May 20, 2020
The countdown is on! T-minus 30 days until the big day and you find yourself wondering what you are supposed to be doing the month before your wedding? The planning journey has had its ups and downs but you can finally see the finish line. This is the home stretch! Just don’t kick your feet up quite yet…there is still much work to be done! Here 8 very important tasks to not to forget in the month before our wedding.
The walk through is the last time you are in the wedding reception venue with your vendors before the big day. It is a chance to iron out all of the last minute details, get questions answered, and get all important parties on the same page. In addition to the details of set-up and break-down, use that final meeting before the event to review the timeline, floor plan, expectations for each vendor, and any décor elements that will be brought into the space on that day. Take notes and make sure all pertinent parties are present!
The deadline for when you need to get your final guest count largely depends on your specific vendors. But by the month before your wedding, if you haven’t received RSVP replies from everyone…it might be time to start making phone calls. Check your vendor contracts for deadlines and if it doesn’t specify, reach out to vendors to confirm their timing for final numbers. Some vendors like photographers and DJs won’t require a final guest count. Others like your caterer and florist will. Your caterer and wedding planner should be kept in the loop about any last-minute dropouts or additions, even if they come in after you’ve given your final guest count.
When the day of your final fitting arrives, ask your maid of honor or whomever your main attendant will be to accompany you so they can learn how to bustle your gown. If your dress has complicated straps or buttons, make sure this person learns how to work them before the wedding day. Also, now’s the time to find out how to get rid of last-minute wrinkles and what to do if you accidentally spill something on the gown!
You should have already booked your beauty pros for wedding day hair and makeup and nailed down your wedding day look. But don’t forget to book your other beauty appointments like mani and pedis, waxing, tanning, haircut/coloring etc. Call early to get first picks for the times and dates you want. Disclaimer: It will take a few attempts to achieve your desired spray tan pigment. Thus, many brides begin spray tan sessions about 6 weeks before their wedding. Don’t have the tan done too close the the wedding day to avoid an epic tan fail! Likewise, getting your hair cut/colored less than one week before your wedding is not recommended. You want your color to settle and be fresh while having enough time for minor tweaking, if necessary. Ask your hairstylist when they recommend coming in for these services.
About two weeks before the big day, you’ll want to call all of your vendors to make sure they’re set for the wedding. Go over the wedding day timeline with them, what time they need to arrive, what they’ll be doing. If you have a wedding planner, you can delegate this task to her. Also, be sure to note all final payment due dates and make sure you pay your balances on time!
A wedding day timeline is a planning template that is used to make a list of everything that needs to be done on the wedding day, what time it needs to happen and by who. It’s the “run of show” for your wedding day. If you have a wedding planner, they can help you create a detailed wedding day timeline. Make sure to share it with your vendors, bridal party, and family to ensure the day runs smoothly and on time.
Emergencies happen but your handy bridal tool kit can help protect you from them. Some items include makeup for touch-ups, breath mints, sewing kit, etc. Check out our guide “7 Things You Need in Your Emergency Kit” for common items to include.
The last thing a bride or groom needs on the day of the wedding is a tug on their sleeve informing them there aren’t enough chairs for guests, or that the flowers haven’t arrived yet. Couples that choose to plan their own wedding should strongly consider hiring a wedding day coordinator. A wedding day coordinator, will ensure everything goes according to plan. They will oversee the set up and tear down plus every transition in between. So ease the load off yourself and your bridal party by hiring someone who will take care of any snafus that come up, assist you in tasks that need help, and coordinate all the activities on your big day! Check out our services to see how we can help!