Typically, many months and in some cases years are taken planning a wedding. This is not a wedding checklist for tasks to complete 6 months before your wedding, or even a month before the wedding. This is a list of 5 things to remember when preparing for your actual wedding day, things that I wish I had known and maybe prepared for a little better than what I did.
1. Get Plenty of Rest
I know, I know, you probably hear this one all the time. But hear me out. The night before my wedding, I stayed up very late with family who had just flown in, playing games with cousins and friends. Then once I went home, great procrastinator that I am, still had to pack for the honeymoon. I ended up staying up nearly all night, with meetings at the church early the next morning. Needless to say, I was exhausted!
2. Pack a Wedding Day Bag
One thing I did that really helped me out was to pack a small wedding day bag. In it I had everything that I needed for the day, as well as some emergency stuff in case something went wrong. I packed wedding shoes, hose, underwear for under the dress, jewelry, tiara, safety pins, Tylenol, garters, extra deodorant, Dr. Peppers, and much more. It was really helpful with all the madness going on around me to know that I had everything in one place.
3. Print a Schedule for the Day – and Pass It Out!
Creating a master schedule is extremely helpful, and I wish I had done it!It should list all tasks that need to be done and at what time. This is not only helpful for the bride and groom, but for all everyone involved. The time line begins several hours before the wedding ceremony. Include cell phone numbers so people can get in touch with you with any questions. Don’t forget to update your schedule and make sure everyone has the latest version.
4. Do as Much As You Can Before the Big Day
If at all possible, try and get in the day before the wedding and do as much of the work as you can there. If you have pew bows or need tables in certain positions, try and get as much of the decorating done before the wedding day as you can, and map out where you want everything else to go later. There is always a lot to do to decorate for a wedding, and getting what you can do early will definitely help!
5. Take Advantage of Delivery!
If you are going through a florist for your wedding flowers, have them deliver if they offer the service. Its typically only a flat fee, and then you don’t have to worry about it anymore. Sending a friend or family to go pick up huge flower arrangements can quickly turn messy if one of them falls over en route to your location. Not a stress you want for the day. This also applies with catering. Dropping a container full of food on the way to the reception can be a nightmare waiting to happen. If the company or restaurant you are using to cater your reception will deliver and serve, take them up on it!