Oct 30

The Ultimate Guide to Planning your Wedding – Step 3

In our last wedding planning post we discussed the middle stages of your wedding plans. In this post we will cover the last few stages leading up to the big day


2 months before:

–          Touch base will all the suppliers: Address any residual questions you or the supplier has.

–          Meet with the photographer: Discuss specific shots  you want and walk through locations to note spots you want pictures taken.

–          Review playlist with the band or DJ: Wish lists help guide them- but don’t feel you need to design the playlist for the entire day!

–          Send out invitations: Ideally, mail invitations 6-8 weeks before ceremony and have the RSVP cut off 3 weeks after postmark date

–          Submit a newspaper wedding announcement: Double check the guidelines  for submission if a newspaper announcement is desired.

–          Enjoy a hen party: Usually the maid of honour plans this night and if you haven’t heard of one yet, feel free to ask if a celebration is in the works.  Make sure the party organisers know what sort of party you want so you’re not disappointed. The last night of partying as a singleton is a big deal so you want it to be as much fun as possible!

1 month before:

–          Track RSVPs in your guest list

–          Get your marriage license (and copies): Getting these documents can take up to a week to arrange so be sure to have a couple of copies for changing your name.

–          Mail the rehearsal dinner invites

–          Final dress fitting

–          Stock the bar: You should be close to a final head count  so be sure to order everything you need for the bar

–          Send out all final payments possible: Don’t get slogged with the final payments for your vendors later when you want to be enjoying your wedding day!

–          Confirm times for all vendors

–          Email and print directions for driver of transport vehicles: This gives the chauffeurs ample time to navigate a route.

–          Assign seating: Draw out table shapes on a layout of the room to help plan place settings. Write the names of female guests on pink sticky notes and the names of male guests on blue sticky notes so you can move people about without resketching the entire setting.

–          Purchase bridesmaids’s gifts: Something personal is a great choice for presenting at the rehearsal dinner

–          Write vows

–          Get your hair cut and coloured

–          Get honeymoon currency now to avoid stress later

Week of wedding:

–          Reconfirm arrival times with suppliers

–          Delegate small wedding day tasks: Choose someone to bustle your dress, someone to carry your things, someone to be in charge of gifts (especially the enveloped sort), and someone to be the point person for each supplier.

–          Send a timeline to the bridal party: Include every member’s contact information, along with the point people you’ve asked to deal with the suppliers, if problems arise.

–          Pick up dress or make arrangements for a delivery

–          Check in with photographer and confirm any last minute changes

–          Book a spa treatment: make an appointment for a mani/pedi  the day before your wedding. A massage is nice too!

–          Send a final guest list to caterer and venue: Most places need to know 72hrs in advance-  but be sure to accommodate your caterer and venue’s preferences.

–          Break in your shoes

–          Assemble and distribute welcome baskets

–          Pack for honey moon

–          Pack a survival kit of travel hairdryer, safety pins, paracetamol and aspirin, lip balm etc  Ask one of your bridesmaids to carry this for you.

Day before:

–          Hang up dress to let it breathe

–          Relax and enjoy the stress free celebrations!

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