If you've just barely begun the process of planning your wedding, there's a good chance you have had a very important realization: there's so much to do. Unfortunately, it doesn't get any less hectic as your wedding day approaches. As scary as that may sound, there is a way through all the madness. The key lies in planning ahead and staying organized.
With that in mind, here are some of the most important tasks that need to be taken care of. While your list might look a little different, this wedding day checklist for the bride should cover most of the major things that need to be accomplished in the days leading up to your big day, and on the big day itself. Of course, if you start to feel too overwhelmed, give the groom some of these jobs! He’s willing to help, just needs to know where to start.
Bride’s Pre-Wedding To-Do List
- Take your dress for a test drive. If you still need to pick up your wedding dress, that should be done at least a week before the wedding. Once you have your dress, be sure to try it on (along with the shoes) and practice walking in the full getup to see how it feels.
- Clear your work schedule. Make sure everything is taken care of at the office, that way you don't have to think about work for one second during your wedding weekend.
- Put together a playlist. From the drive to the ceremony all the way through the reception, make sure you have some good tunes ready to go!
- Know who's giving the toasts. You don't want any surprises here! Establish in advance who will be giving toasts, and in what order.
- Drop off items at the venue. If you have decorations and other items to drop off, do it ahead of time (if the venue allows it).
- Confirm your vendors. Do a final check of all your vendors to make sure everybody is ready to go. If anybody still needs to be paid, get those checks out.
- Check the status of the rehearsal dinner. If you're in charge of this detail, give the restaurant or venue a call to confirm the details. If another family member or a member of the wedding party is in charge, remind them to do it.
- Get the marriage license. Everybody wants this union to be fully legal, so don't forget about the marriage license! Keep it in a safe place until the big day...and don’t lose it!
- Make a list of other, miscellaneous things you might need. You have a lot on your mind during this time so don’t waste your energy trying to remember all of the little details. Just write them down and you can rest easy knowing you can’t forget them. Jot down everything you can think of that you might need, from toiletries and sewing kits to cake-cutting knives and other accessories, and make sure either you or someone reliable is in charge of bringing them.
Bride To-Dos on the Day of the Wedding
- Meet with your wedding planner. Set aside enough time to talk with your wedding planner—in person if possible—to make sure everything is on track on their end.
- Count up the RSVPs and finalize the seating chart. Ideally, you'll want to give your wedding planner the final headcount no less than a week before the wedding but, chances are, there will be some last-minute stragglers who let you know that -- Surprise! -- they are coming after all. Once there is a final head count, your wedding planner can nail down where everyone is sitting, once and for all.
- Check in with your photographer. Touch base with your wedding photographer to make sure everything is in order on their end. They may have questions that come up once you are all at the venue. You can’t guarantee that the weather will cooperate, so a morning-of check in with the photographer to discuss any needed alterations to the shot list.
- Practice your vows. Know your vows backwards and forwards. No one wants to see you embarrass yourself.
- Touch base with the bridal party. Take a second to hand out your bridesmaid gifts and check in with other friends.
- Keep track of the rings. Probably shouldn't forget about the wedding rings! Either hang onto the rings yourself or assign someone trustworthy the task of keeping them safe.
- Take some time to enjoy it. Breathe. Relax. Drink some water. Spend some time with the people around you whom you love, doing nothing other than enjoying each others' company. Often brides recall after their wedding that the day went by too quickly for them to enjoy and that they were exhausted at the end of it from running around. This is your day! Be sure to enjoy it.
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