Your wedding is only a few weeks (or days) away. There is so much to get done, but that to-do list seems to be growing longer – not shorter. Let’s face it; planning a wedding is a lot of work. With so many details to cover, how can you ensure that nothing important is missed or forgotten?
1. Check your wedding date
You have a date in mind, but before committing, be sure to check it against the area you plan to get married for any special events (like a concert, playoff game, community block, party, etc) that could affect traffic flow, parking, or even guests ability to attend.
2. Designate a wedding credit card
Keeping all of your wedding expenses on one card is a great way to keep track of expenses, payments, and find receipts quickly. Plus, it allows you to earn more cash back or loyalty points.
3. Create an emergency phone list
Yes, vendor emergencies happen, so be sure to have a list of all of their contact names and numbers in case you need to get hold of someone quickly. As an added precaution, give each vendor at least two names and numbers of people to contact (besides the bride and groom) in the event of an emergency.
4. Learn your state’s marriage license rules
Some states allow couples to pick up their marriage license any time or any day. Others require an appointment to register and then pick up the license. Check out the rules in your state early so you know what is needed.
5. Learn the rules
Does your church allow flash photography? Does your wedding venue permit smoking in the parking lot? Ask about rules for you and your guests and then let everyone know what is expected to avoid unnecessary trouble – or even added expenses – on your big day.
6. Order vendor meals
Most vendor contracts now require meals. Remember though, just because you must feed your vendors doesn’t mean you have to splurge on a $125 lobster or steak dinner. Instead, talk to your caterer about vendor meal options. Whether plated or buffet style, you can save 20-40% by ordering vendor meals instead of including them in your guest count.
7. Pre-register with your hotel
Check-in may not be until 2 or 3 pm the day of your wedding, but if you let your hotel know you are getting married, they just might agree to let you pre-register the day before and leave your overnight bags at the desk to make checking in easier after your reception.
8. Don’t forget to eat
One of the biggest mistakes brides and grooms make is forgetting to eat and drink while they are getting ready on their wedding day. This goes for your attendants too! Be sure you have plenty of healthy snacks like fresh fruits, juices, nuts, etc. to nibble on before heading down the aisle.
9. Check your emails
No one wants to worry about checking in on their big day – but if you are the point person for your vendors, be sure that you (or someone close to you) checks your email throughout the day to ensure that no one needs quick information, directions, etc.
10. Clean your house
The days leading up to your wedding are bound to be hectic, leaving your house or apartment a wreck – and who wants to come home to a big mess after your honeymoon (or ceremony for that matter)? Maybe you don’t have time to spruce things up yourself, but you can find someone who can. Either enlist a family member or a friend to clean up your home before you return from your honeymoon – or hire cleaners to come in and do it for you.
Your day has arrived!
Yes, your big day has arrived! Everything on your to-do list is marked off and it’s your time to shine. Thankfully, by following the list above, you won’t; find yourself battling unexpected issues on your wedding day. So, take a deep breath and make your way down that aisle. Today’s your day – enjoy it!
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