You've saved, budgeted, researched, and planned, and now your wedding day is almost here. But that doesn't mean you can kick your feet up just yet. Despite your wedding date inching ever closer, there are some very important details you still have to take care of before you walk down the aisle. Luckily, it's nothing you can't handle! (After all, you have already planned an entire wedding.)
We'll be the first to say it: These tasks aren't as fun as all the others you've completed so far. Cake tastings, wedding-dress appointments, floral meetings, and hair and makeup trials are filled with excitement, so when it comes time to tackle these last-minute to-dos, like making a day-of timeline and coordinating deliveries, we can understand why you might be significantly less overjoyed. But despite being somewhat less glamorous and fun, these details simply can't be overlooked!
From packing for the honeymoon and assigning a point person to field questions and help you avoid day-of stress to finalizing your ceremony and picking up your marriage license, we've outlined the 20 last-minute things you have to do before the big day and why. Reference this handy list in your final weeks of wedding planning so you can be sure all of your earlier prepping isn't wasted due to one small mishap!
Make Your Music Playlists
Along with making a list of your favorite tunes for cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing, you should also come up with a list of songs you absolutely do not want to hear at any point throughout the night. Remember, these don't have to be set lists of what to play when, but they give your DJ some guidance about what you love and what you don't.
Assign a Point Person
If there's one thing we can promise you about your wedding day, it's that everyone will have a question for you. Since you don't want to be swarmed while you're prepping for your walk down the aisle, pick a bridesmaid, friend, planner — anyone! — who can field inquiries so you don't feel overwhelmed.
Prepare Tip Envelopes
You'll want to thank your vendors for their exceptional service after the reception, but whipping out your checkbook or handing out bundles of cash isn't how you'll want to start your first night as a married woman. Pre-designate envelopes with the appropriate tip and hand them off to a planner or relative who can do the honors at the end of the evening.
Display Extra Decor
You spent time planning and executing that adorable hashtag sign, so make sure you get it out there. Whether you're planning to set up the finishing touches, like favors, signage, or other small decor elements, or assigning the task to someone else, have the duty planned out ahead of time.
Pack for the Honeymoon
We can promise you the last thing you'll want to do after the excitement of your wedding is rush home and pack for your post-wedding vacation. Save yourself the stress by packing before the big day so you can enjoy time with your family and friends before jetting off to your gorgeous locale.
Get a Wedding-Ready Manicure and Pedicure
Your hands are photographed a lot when you're an engaged lady, and since the wedding day is the last time anyone will really be trying to capture your rock with a camera lens, make it count! Get a good-quality manicure and pedicure before the big day in a flattering shade that you'll love looking at in your wedding album for years to come.