What to do the week of/night before your wedding?

Wedding Planning Tips


Are you quickly approaching your big day but stressing about what you need to do the week of or even the night before your big day? I’ve got you covered! Check out this handy list –

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1. Make a List: When planning an event as big as your wedding day, organization is necessary. Keep track of all of the items you need to bring with you to the venue and check off each item when you pack up your car in the morning. Be sure to check your list twice. A third time couldn’t hurt, either. Here are a few things you’ll want to remember:

  • Give checks to someone to ensure all of your vendors are paid on time – a family member or reliable friend is always a good choice here.
  • Give rings to someone reliable in the wedding party – MOH or Best Man typically
  • Day-of itinerary – make sure the wedding party and vendors have a copy as well
  • And of course – your dress, veil/headpiece, accessories, undergarments, shoes, a CHANGE of shoes, etc.

2. Touch Base with Your Vendors: <this is the case if you do not have a planner> Erase the worries of no-show vendor nightmares by calling your team to confirm arrival times and other details. Ask yourself questions like, “What time is the photographer arriving to set up? When will you need to be ready for hair and makeup? What time are the flowers going to be delivered?”, and then speak with the vendors to get secured answers.

After checking in with each vendor, you can also minimize stress by designating his or her tip amounts and how the tips will be delivered ahead of time. You can sort all the due payments digitally via PayPal or other server, or maybe have all the checks ready in properly marked envelopes and hand them to your wedding planner or trusted bridesmaid or relative.

It’ll be super useful for them to have in hand a list of vendors, too.

3. Spend Time with Family and Friends: RELAX as much as possible the day and night before your big day.

4. Drink a lot of water!

5. Eat a healthy meal.

6. Pack your personal items (and some extras!): Packing too much is never a good thing, but being u

If you’re having the reception in a place that lacks a first aid kit, make sure to bring one with you!

Also, this is a list of essential things that brides will appreciate to have in handy:

  • Extra undergarments
  • Breath mints
  • Button-down shirt
  • Perfume and deodorant
  • Tape
  • Extra buttons
  • Hair styling products and makeup
  • Safety pins
  • Small sewing kit
  • Tissues
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

7. Run Through Your Vows or Speech: All eyes and ears will be on you and your groom as you say your “I dos.” If you’re uneasy about tripping over ultra-important words like “to have and to hold” or drawing a blank if you’re reciting vows you wrote yourself – practice, practice practice!

8. Turn your phone on silent.

9. Get Romantic: Take time to reminisce on your relationship with your Prince Charming by looking through old pictures and love letters. Allow yourself to appreciate how amazingit feels to have found the love of your life. After you soak it all in, maybe you’ll be inspired to do something extra special for your groom, such as writing him a heartfelt letter to give to him before you walk down the aisle – AWW!

10. Primp and Prep: On the night before your wedding day, give yourself a sweet spa session. Go get a mani/pedi with your ladies, exfoliate and moisturize your skin, and do one of your favorite (tried-and-true) facemasks. Remember that now is not at all the time to be experimenting with new beauty products! You definitely don’t want to end up with irritated skin the day of your wedding, so make sure you’re using products you use regularly.

11. Relax and Rest!