After months and months of planning, it’s almost time for the big day! The vendors are confirmed, your dress is ready, the RSVPs are pouring in…all that’s left to do is show up, right? Not quite. The week before your wedding is likely to be a tad hectic with some last-minute tasks to get through. But don’t fret! Luckily, after years and years of planning weddings, I’ve just about thought of it all.
This list may seem a bit daunting, but you’re not alone! You have a whole entourage (including that future spouse of yours) to enlist for help. Feel free to keep track of this master checklist, but delegate tasks as needed. Trust me, you’ll need all the support you can get.
With only a few days left in your wedding planning adventure, it's totally understandable that a few things on your growing pre-wedding to-do list might slip your mind. Did I confirm the ceremony musicians? Did my sister ever buy her shoes to go with that maid-of-honor dress? And oh shoot, I still have to pack for my honeymoon! We know these thoughts (and more) are constantly racing through your mind and even sneaking into your dreams in your sleep. It's exhausting—how are you supposed to get any of that bridal beauty sleep?!
More than anything, the week before your wedding you deserve a giant high-five and (while we're at it) a hug too, because the hard part is over. Now, what's left is a wedding weekend celebration that will fly by faster than you can cut your very own wedding cake.
So before the big day arrives and you're off walking down the aisle and into the arms of your life-long love, be sure to take a gander at our grand to-do list for brides-almost-to-be. It's best to get all of your belongings in order, sooner rather than later, so you can kick your feet up and enjoy every second of your wedding celebrations, without making last-minute trips to pick up travel-sized shampoo or texting your bridesmaids at midnight begging them to help you with an unforeseen wedding dress emergency.
And remember to try to stay as flexible as possible during this final countdown. Last minute tweaks will happen, so go with the flow. Just stay on top of things and try to keep your end goal in mind: getting married! You're on the home stretch!
Mindy Weiss, wedding planner to the stars and The Wedding Shop by Shutterfly’s Style Partner, is our go-to expert on all things wedding. With more than 20 years of planning weddings and events for top Hollywood personalities (think Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, and so many more), her best-selling The Wedding Book, and specialized jewelry line, Mindy is the ultimate authority on planning an unforgettable wedding.