The wait is almost over! Just one day is left until the most exciting day of your life (so far)! Just remember, there is still a lot to do. Before you get stressed, look at the list below which will help you organize all of your last minute tasks, and help your big day go off without a hitch
Call the hair salon and makeup artist and confirm the appointments for you and your bridesmaids. Also, confirm that there are a backup stylist or artist is on call in case someone calls out sick or has an emergency. Have all of your hair accessories ready to go, including your veil, if you plan to wear one. Ask the makeup artist if you’ll be able to purchase the products that he or she is going to use, so you can have extras for touch-ups. You’ll most definitely need that tube of lipstick, and you never know if your nail polish will chip! Ask if there are any special instructions. For example, many salons will request that you wash your hair the night before rather than the morning of the wedding.
Go over your guest list and get final head counts. If any guests did not RSVP to the event, call them to see if they are planning on coming. Just because they didn’t reply doesn’t mean they’ll be a no-show! Their reply card may have gotten lost in the mail, and the last thing you want is to have a guest show up at your reception and not have a place for them.
Go over the schedule for the day with everyone involved, including both sets of parents, the bridal party, photographer, wedding coordinator, and officiant. Ensure that everyone knows what time to show up, just in case there was any miscommunication or confusion, and what their duties are. Write down a schedule of events and hand it out to everyone. You’ll want to make sure your bridal party knows what time to be at the hair salon, and what time your photographer needs to be at the wedding venue, just to name a few. You can be much more relaxed on the big day knowing that everyone knows what is expected of them and when.
Make sure you have any final payments and tips for bartenders, servers, and other players. Put everything in individual envelopes that are clearly labeled, and designate someone to make sure everything is handed out accordingly. It will save you a lot of stress, and nothing is more awkward than having your wedding coordinator approach you for final payment while you are celebrating with your guests.
Call and re-confirm every last detail with each of your vendors including date, time, and location. Call the limo company if you are using one and confirm times and locations with them. Designate a point person for the day of the wedding. Everyone will have questions, and you are going to be too busy to answer them. Make sure every single person involved has everything they need beforehand. Confirm date, time, and location with every vendor to make sure there were no mix ups. Don’t let a nightmare happen, such as a bartender going to the wrong venue! The photographer needs a photo shot list, the DJ needs your song choice for the first dance, and much more. Make sure that everyone has directions to the venue as well, so they can allow for travel time! If you don’t do this ahead of time, your phone will be ringing nonstop the morning of the wedding with frantic people asking what to do.
Have your seating chart finalized and share the final version with your caterer, venue manager, reception host and hostess, and wedding coordinator. They will be placing name cards at each table, and the servers will need to know where to deliver each meal. This is an extremely important step in helping the reception run smoothly.
Shop and pack for your honeymoon. While this is undoubtedly one of the fun things to do, especially since you get to pack all that great lingerie you received at your bachelorette party, don’t leave it until the last minute, or you’ll be going crazy trying to get everything together! Pack all of the clothes you need, including bathing suits, outfits for dinners and during the day, shoes, sunscreen if you need it, makeup, and most importantly, have all of your travel documents in order. You don’t want to leave for the airport and then realize you forgot your passport.
If you are writing your own vows or making a speech, make sure you have the final version clearly written and ready to go. You may want to ask someone to hold an extra copy just in case. You never know when you might misplace your wedding toast, and having someone with an extra copy can help avoid disaster.
Gather a wedding-day emergency kit that includes fashion tape, safety pins, band-aids, mints, a stain removing pen and a needle with thread that matches your dress. Let’s face it, accidents happen, and you don’t want to be rushing around trying to find something that you or someone in your bridal party needs. Plan ahead, and make sure everyone knows where this emergency kit is if they need it.
Pack a bag for your wedding night. Ask some one to deliver it to the hotel where you’ll be staying. This is another thing you won’t want to leave until the last minute. With everything that is taking place, you won’t have time to be packing your bag the day of the wedding.
Finally, ask everyone to confirm to you that they are clear with everything and if they have any last minute questions, or if they have any last minute tasks that need to be done. This will save a lot of stress on the day of the wedding. Remember that last minute “emergencies” arise, and the best thing you can do is take the necessary steps to avoid them before they happen.
Communication is key to making your wedding day run as smoothly as possible. Everyone has a job to do, and your job is to make sure everyone knows what to do. Let everyone know that you’d like them to come to you with questions or concerns at least 24 hours ahead of time so that you can get everything resolved in a timely manner. Be prepared, and you are sure to have the time of your life at your wedding!