You have now completed the major parts of wedding planning and your date is set! You deserve a pat on the back just for getting that done. And you have probably spent hours pouring over your Pinterest board, curating your day down to the very last escort card design. After months of minute details and dotting your I's followed by crossing your T's there are always those dreaded unforeseen things that pop up at the last minute. Oh, and lets not forget the things that you just forget, because you were focused on getting the flower design perfect, securing music that spoke to the love you and your groom share or finding the ultimate cake tower that would take your guests breathe away. So in order to help minimize those last minute details falling through the cracks, we pulled together a few things for you to consider before your big day arrives.
Top 10 things to do when you're about to say "I Do"
1. The License
The marriage license is an important part of making it ‘official!’ Check with the jurisdiction where your ceremony will take place about any deadlines for applying for your marriage license well in advance of your wedding date and also whether a blood test or special documentation is required to complete your application. Start gathering your documents early so that when it comes time to get your license, you have everything you need and can make the process as efficient as possible.
2. Final Day of Details
Will you have something for your guests to leave their well-wishes for you upon arriving at your reception? Many brides might leave the guest book to the last minute and many times forget about toasting flutes and a cake knife. (I thought those were already provided by the venue!) Also, don’t forget the pens! Being such minute details in the big scheme of things it is easy to over look these items on your do to list. From the guest book, wedding guest favors, the toasting flutes and cake knife, its important to finalize how these items are going to arrive to the wedding venue. Once this item is off your to-do list, you can focus on other things to pack — like your trousseau for the honeymoon!
Being a woman who likes to do most things by myself, this can get very overwhelming especially on your wedding day. Hopefully you’ve gone ahead and hired at least a day-of wedding coordinator to take control on your day, allowing you to just be the bride. But if you haven’t, its time to delegate certain things you need done to your wedding party or friend you trust. Let go of the control and just have fun!
4. Honeymoon Preparation
Shop and pack for your honeymoon. Though your girls will make sure you're covered in the wedding-night lingerie department (what else are bridal showers & bachelorette parties for?!), bikinis, sun dresses, and SPF 50 won't buy themselves.
5. Passport and Identification
After the wedding day it's honeymoon time! Be sure your passport and driver’s license are up to date and packed safely in your carry-on luggage. Airport security will not let you get on the plane with expired identification, so be sure you have taken care of this detail one month before your wedding.
6. Write Your Vows
Writing your own vows? Making a toast? Prepare anything that requires a speech now. Nothing worse than fumbling through a speech that is supposed to be heart felt and moving.
7. The Shoes
Practice walking and dancing in your wedding shoes. If you trip or fall in your wedding shoes, you will never forgive yourself!
8. Wedding Day Emergency Kit
Gather a wedding-day emergency kit that includes fashion tape, safety pins, band-aids, mints, and a needle with thread that matches your dress. Also pack a bag for your wedding night. Ask some one to deliver it to the hotel where you'll be staying.
9. Confirm Beauty Appointments
Confirm your wedding-day beauty appointments and get your manicure and pedicure. Better to leave this until you only have one or two days to go! And don't forget to buy the colors you end up using to fix any accidental last-minute chips.
10. Rejoice, Relax & Don't Rush!
On your wedding day take your time! This day is a beautiful once in a life time experience and will fly by on its own, so don't rush through the day. Allow yourself to take your time and relax. Having completed steps 1-9 prior to the big day, you should be ready to enjoy it stress free. Get your beauty sleep, wake up early, eat a filling breakfast and spend time with the people you love. Your wedding day is a joyous occasion so giving yourself adequate time to primp and prepare will make walking down the aisle stress free.
Hope this helps get you prepared to say "I Do"!