Photo: Kevin J. Miyazaki
You've crossed one thing after another on your wedding to-do lists, but now as the day approaches in less than 24 hours, here is a list of 19 things to remember to do before you climb into your wedding dress and let out a confident "I Do" to your very own prince charming.
1. Eat a healthy meal.
Though the greasy pizza and the bag of cool ranch Doritos might be screaming your name, stick to the fresh fruit and the whole grains. They won't have you waking up with a food hangover like a Big Mac and a side of fries will on your wedding day.
2. Pack a bag or clutch of personal items.
Put together your reception clutch and your post-reception bag and hand it off to your wedding point person, who can help make sure it's waiting for you in the bridal suite or in your hotel room.
3. Drink a lot of water.
Keep a cold glass of water nearby and make sure you spend some quality time with it. This will help you avoid any dehydration that stress and running around can often cause.
4. Get a good night's sleep.
Or at least try to tuck yourself underneath those covers at a decent hour.
5. Turn your phone on silent.
Say goodbye to checking Facebook and answering frantic text messages. Turn your chunky device on silent or hand it over to your maid-of-honor.
6. Put any boxes, suitcases, bags to bring to the ceremony or reception in the car.
Pack the car with all the items you'll need for your wedding day so that you can wake up in the morning and not have to worry about doing any heavy lifting before getting out of the door.
7. Cash on hand.
Have a couple of 20 dollar bills nearby in case you need to tip any of your vendors or in case of any last-minute emergencies.
8. Payment for vendors.
Have them sorted out digitally — whether that means you've scheduled payments via PayPal or Venmo or gather checks and cash and put them in clearly marked enveloped and hand them off to your point person for the wedding day (whether that's your wedding planner, professional bridesmaid, or trusty uncle).
9. Gather a survival kit.
Toss a bunch of must-have items into a small tote bag in case anyone needs them. Grab a handful of Band-Aids, safety pins, packets of Advil, and of course hair ties.
10. Print out a list of vendor details.
Be sure to include vendor info. like their phone number, arrival time, and name. Then, pass this list on to your point person so they can check up on them.
11. Write a love note to your groom.
Something short and sweet. Reminding the guy who will be waiting for you in a freshly-cleaned tux that they are the love of your entire life.
12. Grab a pair of flip flops.
Keep these close by, you'll want to change into them throughout your wedding day — whether after the morning photos are taken or in the middle of the reception. Your feet are going to need a time-out before you do!
13. Watch something that'll make you laugh.
In the spirit of putting yourself in a happy and enlightened mood, plop yourself down in front of some funny YouTube videos or search for your favorite RomCom on Netflix.
14. Enjoy a mani and pedi.
While you're getting a fresh coat of polish, say "I do" when they ask you if you'd like to add on a 10-minute massage. Pamper yourself — you deserve it!
15. Assign someone to be your morning-after person.
This person's role will be to collect all the gifts at the end of the wedding and do one final sweep of the venue when the party is over to make sure you didn't leave anything behind.
16. Say a big "thank you."
Before the wedding-day chaos kicks in, be sure to thank people in advance for sticking by your side through this adventure. Give an extra hug to your bridesmaids and pop a kiss on the cheeks of your family members.
17. Make sure the shoe fits.
Even better, make sure you practice walking a straight line in them. After that, turn the volume up on your favorite Kesha song and bust out some dance moves. This will help you not only relieve some stress, but it'll make you see your threshold for when your shoes are going to start throwing a temper tantrum on your feet.
18. Confirm with vendors.
There's a time and a place for everything. Make sure your outside vendors know when and where to show up. Now's the time to also let them know the name and phone number of your "point person" that day.
19. Practice deep yoga-like breaths.
End the day before your wedding with 5-minutes of meditation and deep breaths. This will help calm you down before you hop into bed for the last time as a Ms.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.