Last minute wedding checklist
Planning a wedding is a complex and time-consuming task, but even with all the preparation, some last-minute details can be easily overlooked. Whether your big day is just around the corner or you’re the type who thrives under pressure, this comprehensive last-minute wedding checklist will help ensure nothing is left to chance.
One Month Before the Wedding
- Final Fitting: Attend your final dress fitting to ensure it fits perfectly.
- Confirm Vendors: Double-check details and timing with all your vendors (caterer, florist, photographer, etc.).
- Marriage License: Obtain your marriage license if you haven’t already. Research the requirements in your area.
- Wedding Rings: Ensure the wedding bands are purchased and fit correctly.
- Seating Chart: Finalize the seating chart and share it with your caterer and venue.
- Ceremony Details: Confirm the ceremony order, readings, and music with your officiant.
- Rehearsal Dinner: Plan and confirm the rehearsal dinner details.
- Gifts for Wedding Party: Purchase and wrap gifts for your bridal party.
- Marriage Name Change: If you plan to change your name, start the legal process.
One Week Before the Wedding
- Packing: Begin packing for the honeymoon and ensure all necessary documents (passport, tickets, etc.) are in order.
- Emergency Kit: Create a wedding day emergency kit with essentials like safety pins, stain remover, and pain relievers.
- Final Payments: Confirm final payments with vendors and have cash tips ready for service staff.
- Vendor Contacts: Create a list of vendor contacts and distribute it to key members of your wedding party.
- Marriage License: Pick up your marriage license.
- Guest List and RSVPs: Check in with guests who haven’t RSVP’d.
- Transportation: Confirm transportation arrangements for the wedding day.
- Bridal Party Duties: Remind your bridal party of their roles and responsibilities.
Two Days Before the Wedding
- Venue Visit: Visit the ceremony and reception venues to ensure everything is in order.
- Vendor Check-Ins: Contact all vendors to confirm final details.
- Payments: Prepare checks or cash for final vendor payments.
- Personal Care: Get a manicure, pedicure, and any spa treatments you desire.
- Wedding Attire: Lay out your wedding attire, accessories, and undergarments.
- Packing: Finalize packing for the honeymoon.
- Photographer/Videographer: Share any specific shot or moment requests with your photographer and videographer.
One Day Before the Wedding
- Rehearsal: Attend and lead the wedding rehearsal.
- Venue Setup: Drop off any decor or items needed for the wedding setup.
- Marriage License: Ensure the marriage license is in a secure place.
- Beauty Sleep: Get a good night’s sleep to feel refreshed for the big day.
The Wedding Day
- Breakfast: Eat a hearty breakfast to keep your energy up throughout the day.
- Getting Ready: Start getting ready early to allow ample time for hair and makeup.
- Emergency Kit: Have your emergency kit ready for any last-minute touch-ups.
- Final Check: Verify that all arrangements are in place, including decor and seating.
- Relax: Take a moment to breathe, relax, and soak in the excitement of the day.
Remember, while this comprehensive last-minute wedding checklist covers many aspects, every wedding is unique. Customize this list to your specific needs and delegate tasks to trusted friends or family members to ensure a smooth and stress-free wedding day. Enjoy every moment of your special day, and congratulations on your upcoming wedding!