Congratulations on making it to the week of your wedding!
At this point, you are probably feeling very excited and stressed at the same time. You are excited because you are getting ready to marry the love of your life.
However, the wedding encompasses more than the moment when you and your partner say ‘I do’.
You want the day to unfold exactly as you imagined and also want your guests to have a fantastic time. You might think that you have taken care of most of the required tasks in your wedding planning, but there are key details to take care of the week of your wedding.
Don’t stress about these tasks!
After reading this article, you will know what are the important to-dos for the week of your wedding and will have enough info to prepare one week before the wedding checklist.
Week before your wedding to do list
1. Communicate and Touch Base with Vendors
Some of you might have a vendor for virtually every aspect of your wedding while others only have one or two vendors.
Regardless, the final week before your big day is a great time to touch base, confirm final details, and let the vendors know about any big changes.
- Keep a list. You have a lot on your mind in the week of your wedding, so write out a list of all of the vendors that you need to contact. After you get in touch with them, update the list and mark any special notes or information that is going to impact your wedding.
- Ask key questions. Ask questions that are relevant to the vendor you are contacting. If you are contacting the photographer, for example, ask them if they have any questions on the venue, package, or order that you want pictures.
- Alert them to changes. It is very possible that there will be changes to your plans from when you last talked to your vendor and now. Maybe there are changes in the food or in the guest list. Whatever they are, let the vendor know. You might not think they are important, but the changes could impact the vendor’s plan.
2. Practice your vows
Your vows are a very big deal!
These are the words that really capture how you feel about spending the rest of your life with your significant other.
Just like someone who is giving a keynote at a conference or sermon at a church, you need to practice saying your vows before walking down the aisle.
Even if you think this seems silly, you will be nervous and excited when reciting your vows and you do not want your stress to mess up what you say.
This is an important task whether you are reading your vows off a paper or memorizing them. The following are suggestions for practicing your vows.
- Practice in front of a mirror. You can use a mirror to look at your body language and other communication when saying your vows.
- Practice with a friend. It can be hard to know if you are speaking too fast or too slow without feedback from someone else. You can use a trusted friend to speak in front of.
3. Finalize timeline
Your general timeline will be set at this point.
You have a specific time for your wedding and reception. You also probably have specific times for anytime devoted to getting dressed and fixing your hair and makeup.
However, there is still a lot of variability in the day. You have to decide how early you need to be at your wedding and how much time you need to get ready for the reception.
Like most other days, everything will take longer than you think. It is always better to be slightly early than late for the events of your big day.
- Be reasonable. There is a lot of stuff that you want to fit into the day. Make sure to not fit too much into a tight timeline. Think about what is essential for you and what would be nice to have but not necessary.
Make room for the things that are essential and see if you can fit in the extras.
- Write out the timeline. Just like if you were planning a conference or other event, you want to make sure that you write out each part of the day. This lets you see the big picture of how the day is going to flow and can give you a sense of where the tight points in the schedule might be.
Writing it out can also let you see if you should rearrange parts of the day based on the bigger picture.
4. Pack your bags
You will need bags not only for your wedding but also for any trips you have planned immediately after the wedding.
Remember when we said that your timeline on the day of your wedding is going to be tight?
You definitely do not want to add packing time into your timeline. Think about everything that you might need for the wedding. This is a case where it is better to have and not need then to need and not have.
If you are also taking your honeymoon immediately after the wedding, then you want to make sure those bags are packed.
The last thing you want to do is get to the airport and realize that you forgot your passport or identification.
5. Take care of payments
Make sure that your payments are ready for all vendors or anyone else who has provided a service for the wedding.
It is a good idea to delegate someone to be in charge of making sure that vendors are paid and tipped appropriately.
You do not want to let financial headaches or snafus mess with your attitude and memories on your big day. Make sure to review the contracts from your vendors so that any payment deadlines are met.
By following the steps above, you can be confident that you are ready to have a wonderful day. You have been proactive in making sure that all of the details are taken care of so that you can celebrate, enjoy your loved ones, and spend the day in bliss.