Even though your floral contract is signed and sealed, you still need to make sure those flowers get delivered. You’re a week away from saying “I do”â€”and trust us, we know you’re soÂ ready. But with seven days to go, there are a few seemingly small but important tasks that need to be checked off your listÂ so they don’t fall through the cracks. You don’t want to be at the altar ready for your groom to break the glass and then realize that there’s no glass, right?
1. Over-communicate With Your Vendors
To make sure everyone is on the same page (so they don’t need to call you or your point people on the day-of) call every single vendor and service providerÂ and confirm, then re-confirm each arrangement you have with them, including, but not limited to:
Giving theÂ reception site final headcount. Include vendors, such as the photographer, the Deejay or band members, who will expect a meal. Ask how many extra plates the caterer will prepare.
Supplying the location manager with a list of vendors and service provider requests in case they have any, for example, some Deejays may request for a table or setup space needed by the florist.
Giving the ceremonyÂ and receptionÂ site managers a schedule of vendor delivery and setup times, plus contact numbers just in case they need to get some things in order.
Call the car rental company for pickup times and locations to avoid any last day panics and drama.
2. Designate Your Various Point People
You don’t want your caterer calling you while you’re getting your makeup done on the day of your wedding.Â To avoid that, designate point people for every situation, including:
Ceremony items: If you’re having a unity candle, combining sand or breaking a glass during your “I dos,” have one of your attendants make sure all items are at the altar ahead of time.
Money: Write checks and/or talk to theÂ wedding to whoever it may concern about any final balances to be paid at the end of the reception.
Reception questions: Introduce your reception site manager to your consultant or maid of honor for questions or problems during the reception.
Miscellaneous questions: Provide all wedding vendors and service providers with an emergency phone number to call on the day of the weddingâ€”usually your planner, maid of honor or bridesmaid.
3. Take the Time to Pack Properly
This is going to be the one occasion where you probably should care deeply aboutÂ what’s in your suitcase. Whether you’re getting married five minutes down the street or you’re leaving for your honeymoonÂ a day after the reception, taking the time to pack thoughtfully for each event that week is crucial. (We know all too well what happens when you wake up at 5 a.m. to pack with bleary eyes! Mismatched bathing suits and missing deodorant, anyone?) Do you have your beauty emergency kit? (Very crucial) Your bikinis and lingerie that was gifted to you at your shower? Your day-of present and note to your partner? Knowing you have everything you need will definitely minimize any stress or frustrations that could compromise your happiness.
4. Schedule Any Beauty Appointments
Your fingers will likely be texting all week, which makes it even more crucial to keep your nails fresh.Â Make any minor beauty appointments you want to be done that week. Think: a manicure & pedicure, waxing, massage, blowout and facial. This goes for your groom tooâ€”make sure his hair is trimmed and face is shaved (if that’s the look he’s after). Any experimental beauty treatments (like facial peels, lasering, hair coloring and drastic cuts) should be done a few months in advance, just in case they don’t turn out as expected.
5. Arrange Help for Any Guests Who Need It
If you have any ill or elderly guests coming to your wedding, it will be meaningful for them to know you’re so glad they can attend. Show your love by making sure they have proper transport or the right directions to your ceremony and reception events and that they have a comfortable place to stay. You can ask family members, friendsÂ or attendants to help with any pick-ups and drop-offs.
6. Hand These Items Off
Getting married also means having a lot of important things to distribute among your family and attendants.
Present attendants with gifts at the rehearsal dinner.
Present parents and each other with gifts.
Give wedding bands to the best man and the maid of honor to hold during the ceremony.
Give the best man the officiant’s fee envelopeÂ to be handed off after the ceremony.
7. Have Your Wedding Attire Ready to Go
Make arrangements at your bridal salon or local cleaners to have your wedding dress steamedâ€”and don’t try it on after it’s been steamedÂ or else it’ll wrinkle again. Store it in the garment bag from the bridal salonÂ and hang it in a closet in a smoke-free and pet-free room. (You can lift the skirt out of the bagâ€”just make sure to put a clean sheet on the ground below it first.) Also, haveÂ an attendant pick up theÂ groom andÂ groomsmenÂ tuxes.
8. Deliver Welcome Baskets
Whether it’s you or an attendant, deliver your welcome basketsÂ for guests to the reception or hotel concierge. Make a list of names, delivery instructions and any additional information you have to prevent any mix-ups.