You've saved, budgeted, researched, and planned, and now your wedding day is almost here. But that doesn't mean you can kick up your feet just yet. Despite your wedding date inching ever closer, there are still some very important last-minute wedding details you have to take care of before you walk down the aisle.
We’ll be the first to say that the tasks on this last-minute wedding checklist may not be as fun as all the others you’ve completed so far. But now that wedding planning tasks like cake tastings, floral meetings, and hair and makeup trials are done, all you need to do is check off a few more things before you’re in the home stretch. Luckily, it's nothing you can't handle. After all, you have already planned an entire wedding.
From packing for the honeymoon to finalizing your ceremony and picking up your marriage license, we've outlined the 20 things you have to do before the big day and why. Reference this checklist 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 must-have songs for cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing, it's helpful to come up with a list of songs you absolutely do not want to hear at any point throughout the night. Remember, your playlist doesn't have to be a set list of what you want your DJ to play at certain times. However, putting together a list of faves will definitely give your DJ some better 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. To avoid being swarmed while you're prepping for your walk down the aisle, pick a bridesmaid, planner, friend, or family member 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 probably isn't how you want to spend your night after tying the knot. 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.
Make a Plan for 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 décor elements, or you're 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 destination.
Confirm a Backup Plan
If inclement weather strikes on your wedding day, the last thing you want is to be left without an alternative plan. Some outdoor venues have a redundant space for you to use, but if not, you'll need to coordinate having a tent on hand for guests to seek shelter in. Better safe than sorry!
Get a Wedding-Ready Manicure and Pedicure
Your hands are photographed a lot when you're engaged, 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.