15 Things to Do the Week Before Your Wedding: Last-Minute Wedding Planning Tips

This is it. Your big day is almost here. That’s right – you’re getting married next week! To help your day go as smoothly as possible, I’ve gathered a list of helpful steps you can take right now. last-minute wedding planning tips

last-minute wedding planning tips

Last-Minute Wedding Planning Tips

  1. Confirm your hair and makeup appointments. If they’re getting ready with you, make sure your bridesmaids know who’s getting hair and makeup done at what time, and with which beautician. Get your mani-pedi taken care of, and make sure you have matching nail polish on hand to fix any last-minute chips.
  2. Gentlemen: Get a haircut. If you get trimmed when you’re more than a week out, you run the risk of looking shaggy all over again. On the other hand, the day before your wedding is not the best time to visit the barber, because then you might look like you’re ready for elementary school picture day.
  3. Pick up your dress and suit or tuxedo, and try them on in the store! Nothing is worse than getting home and realizing your garment doesn’t fit quite right. A quick fitting as you’re picking it up is often all it takes for you to look your best a week later when you’re ready to walk down the aisle.
  4. Practice wearing your wedding and dancing shoes. The last thing you want is to be unsteady on your big day!
  5. Check-in with guests who missed your RSVP deadline and send your final headcount to your planner, caterer, and venue coordinator.
  6. Review your wedding day schedule and communicate any last-minute changes to your vendor team – especially your planner and photographer! Consider typing out a document with “call times” for your wedding party and family so they know when and where they need to be for important events and photographs.
  7. Prepare final payments and cash tips in separately labeled envelopes. Designate a trusted friend or family member to help you distribute these on your wedding day.
  8. Check-in with your vendors! Make sure your photographer has your final photo timeline, and confirm that each vendor knows who to contact for questions and assistance on the day of the wedding.
  9. If you haven’t already done so, make a seating chart for your reception. (Your planner might be able to help you with this!) Be sure to provide copies to your venue coordinator, host or hostess, and caterer.
  10. If you’re DIY-ing your escort cards for dinner, now is a great time to gather your bridesmaids for a crafting party. Trust me, you don’t want to leave this job for the night before the wedding!
  11. Make sure your limo or shuttle drivers have a schedule and list of names and contact info for pickup and drop-off throughout the day.
  12. Pack your honeymoon bags! Be sure to pack for the weather of your final destination.
  13. If you’re doing your own vows or making a toast, write it down. All of your speeches should be prepared ahead — bonus points if you practice and time them, too!
  14. Put together your wedding day emergency kit: fashion tape, safety pins, band-aids, mints, and a needle and thread that coordinates with your wedding dress. Oh, an extra bottle of water is a good idea, too, especially if you’re planning on several outdoor photo sessions.
  15. Pack a separate bag for your wedding night and have it delivered to your hotel.

last-minute wedding planning tips

Now that you’ve followed these last-minute wedding planning tips, all that’s left to do is relax and count down to forever with your spouse!

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