It’s the final countdown: only one week to go before your wedding. Cue the butterflies because this is an extremely exciting time. You can see the finish line; all of the major decisions have been made, the details finalized and the anticipation builds.
But as the big day approaches, use this checklist to go over the few things you still need to do and remember…. don’t be afraid to ask for help!
1. Guest Arrivals
It’s likely that you will have family and friends arriving from out of town. If they will be depending upon you and your family for rides from the airport, accommodations and entertainment, try to plan for this in advance. They will appreciate a visit with you, but will understand that you still have things to take care of. Acting as the official welcome to your festivities is a great job for the parents of the bride and groom. You can also create a welcome packet, either physically or by email, of local attractions, restaurants and transportation that out-of-towners might find helpful.
2. Drop off wedding decor
This week you will have items that need to be delivered to the right locations. Final payments, programs, place cards, seating charts, etc. will be delivered to your ceremony and reception locations. Consider asking members of the bridal party to help you with these details.
3. Information sharing
During the final week before your wedding, you will need to share the final timeline and plans with your bridal party and wedding vendors. Dedicate time in your schedule for these calls and meetings. Those involved in your wedding day need to clearly understand your expectations.
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4. Wedding attire
Assign pickups of wedding attire to the wedding party. Build in a little extra time for deadlines if possible for those who may procrastinate. This allows for final alterations if needed.
5. Pack your wedding day bag
If there are special items that you want for your wedding day, such as grandma’s handkerchief, toasting glasses, cake knife and most importantly the marriage license, make sure that it is placed in a wedding day bag. Take a few moments to place these items in advance so you aren’t scrambling the night before. It’s a good idea to pack an “emergency” wedding bag too.
6. Honeymoon Details
If you are taking a honeymoon, confirm plane, hotel and rental reservations this week. Check the weather forecast and pack your bags!
7. Take care of yourselF
It’s important not to let these last few days get the best of you. Continue your exercise routine, eat well, avoid too many well wishing toasts and get plenty of rest. You want to look and feel great on your wedding day.
One more thing…
Were you surprised to see that ‘Checking in with Your Vendors’ didn’t make the list? That’s because when you book with Mike Staff Productions – your wedding team has it on their schedule to check in with YOU…
MIKE STAFF DJ:
On the Monday before your wedding, your DJ will call you to go over your DJ planner packet, get to know you a little bit and to understand your expectations for your wedding. This call won’t be rushed and you can establish a connection with your DJ which will help set the stage for a great reception.
MIKE STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER:
Your photographer will call you one month before your wedding to go over your timeline and photo plan for the day. Use this time to talk with each other about what you want captured on your day. Our photographers are remarkable at taking pictures but they can’t read minds, so if you have specific items that you want to see captured, make sure to share that with them in your conversation so they know the parts that are most important to you.
MIKE STAFF VIDEOGRAPHER:
On the Tuesday before your wedding, your videographer will call you to go over your planner and get to know you to understand your expectations for your wedding. This call won’t be rushed and you can establish a connection with your videographer which will help set the stage for a beautiful wedding film.
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