Just when you think you've tackled each and everything on your to-do list, last minute tasks seem to pop up out of nowhere. Don't stress. We've compiled a list of the most common last minute wedding tasks so you can head into your wedding day relaxed, prepared, and ready to become a Mrs.!
After Party / Ceremony Playlists
You've spent so much time creating playlists and requests for your DJ or band for the reception, you might forget the after-party, ceremony and cocktail hour need some musical accompaniment too. Whether you're playing music from your smartphone or have professionals coming in, be sure to provide a playlist and song requests for every part of your wedding day that needs some tunes.
Every couple knows that certain vendors and service providers expect to be tipped, but it's often neglected since tips almost always come after the service is provided. To avoid this, you may wish to tip early on your wedding day, and add a bit extra later on for exceptional service. Or, pre-arrange cash tips in envelopes labeled for each recipient, and designate a trusted bridal party or family member to dole them out at the end of the night. Mission accomplished!
The "Extra" Touches
You know all those little extras you've spent time, effort, and money on to complete your big-day vision? Often, they're left behind in exchange for the bigger, less-easy-to-forget items. Create a décor checklist listing every single item you need for your ceremony and reception, and ensure everything is boxed up far in advance to avoid leaving behind these details that make your wedding uniquely yours.
Shave those Legs!
Perhaps you're a laser or waxing devotee, or maybe you prefer the old-fashioned soap and water shave. Regardless, in all the craziness leading up to the wedding (especially a winter wedding!) you might forget to shave your legs for a silky smooth glow on your big day. Luckily, this task only takes a few minutes — but if you're a last minute shaver, just make sure you're relaxed and don't rush! Avoid knicks and cuts at all costs.
Your Honeymoon Luggage
If you're departing straight from your wedding night hotel to the airport, double and triple check you remember to pack your luggage for your trip. If all you're thinking is "wedding, wedding, wedding," it can be easy to forget the luggage for the after-wedding excursion at home. If you do, don't freak. Assign a person close to you to swing by and grab what you need to avoid running late to the airport the morning after you've said "I do."
Appoint a Gift 'Point Person'
Wedding guests typically bring cash and checks to your reception (and place them in an obviously adorable gift box, birdcage, or other creative contraption.) At the end of the night, chances are these aren't going to be the first thing on your mind. Ask a best man or MOH, family member, or your wedding planner to safeguard these items and carefully place them in your wedding suite, or even hold on to it all until you get back from your honeymoon. Knowing they're safe in the hands of someone you trust will ease any anxiety or worry while you enjoy every second of your wedding night and honeymoon.
Maybe they've been tucked away in a sock drawer since you bought them, or maybe you try your ring on every night before bed in anticipation of the day you can actually wear it. Either way, these tiny pieces of jewelry symbolize pretty much everything you're about to embark on and are an essential part of your big day. Choose one person to be in charge of the ring transport, or opt to give them to your officiant so that there is no confusion or concern.