It's the final countdown! In 30 days, you're going to say "I do," but you still have a lot of things to do that are surely keeping stress levels high.
Consider Adreina Herrera (@spanishdrizzy) who told Brides about a wedding planning hurdle she faced that sent things into a last-minute tailspin. "I lost my wedding venue three months before my wedding!! But we found a new venue and we’re getting married in two months. At this point, I just want to walk down the aisle and say I do until forever," she said, adding, "but that was so stressful for me."
Herrera elaborated on how wedding planning with her fiancé Michael—her high school sweetheart, whom she got engaged to last August at Peltzer Winery in Temecula—has been a "rollercoaster." "He is from Indonesia, I am Hispanic, so our relationship has had its differences, but love is love and we want to spend the rest of our lives together," she says. "His family wanted to have 400 guests which made it difficult to find a venue we liked that fit that many people, but after losing our venue, we cut our list down to 250. I can't wait to marry my best friend though, so the obstacles we have endured are nothing compared to what’s coming! The worst part about wedding planning has been trying to stay within our budget because let’s be real, that’s so difficult when you’re a picky bride!"
But for Herrera and all other brides who have just weeks to go before their big day, don't panic! Below, we share a list of 11 things to do in the last 30 days before your wedding. Hopefully, these tasks will make you feel more at ease before walking down the aisle!
1. Make a Packing List
Finish your packing list—completely—making sure to list every outfit you and your fiancé will need. You should have started the list months before but this is your chance to tweak and perfect it.
2. Run Last-Minute Errands
Do your last-minute shopping for clothing, toiletries, special perfume, etc. And make sure your fiancé does the same.
Sometimes grooms need a little help so that you don't have to freak and stress about what they didn't do a week before your wedding.
3. Get Organized
Make sure you have enough luggage (and space in the luggage) for what you need to pack. If you need a garment bag and don't have one, get one.
4. Pack for the Honeymoon
After you've finished packing everything you'll need for the wedding weekend, get a head start on the honeymoon. Treat this as you did for the wedding, by starting with packing listing, running errands, then putting everything in the appropriate bag.
5. Create a Master Schedule
Complete a detailed schedule of all of your wedding activities and events—right down to the minute. Include vendors and your wedding party on this schedule.
6. Use Your Phone
Take advantage of apps like Messenger that can make planning in a pinch more seamless and less stressful. Create a group chat for your bridal party via Messenger without having to worry about who is an Android user and who is on iMessage. Best part? You can even easily group video chat through the app to quickly get your bridesmaids' feedback on shoes or accessories.
Also, don't forget to also set reminders for meetings with your wedding planner, special activities with your bridesmaids and any big moments with family and friends ahead of the wedding. Access the reminders icon and get more done so you don't forget dates, times and locations of events. Share them with the group chat, so everyone can respond to your reminders.
7. Check-In With Vendors
Contact every vendor to confirm the times (and dates) on the schedule no later than three weeks out.
8. Confirm All Travel Arrangements
You've been making a lot of plans: Did you remember to reserve your own rental car and hotel room? Make sure none of your flight times have been changed (that does happen).
9. Concentrate on Self Care
Get a facial and do any necessary waxing at least 10 days prior to your wedding date. Facials can cause breakouts and waxing causes discomfort you don't want to feel on your wedding night.
10. Finalize Hair and Makeup
Visit the hairstylist and makeup artist for a practice run. Do not do this on the same day you have your facial. If you're having a destination wedding, pre-schedule this appointment for as soon as possible after you arrive at your destination just in case you don't like the results and have to make a change.
11. Make Sure Everyone Is as Organized as You Are
Send out your detailed vendor schedules to all of your vendors at least one week prior to your wedding. If anybody doesn't respond within 24 hours, call them directly and get confirmation that they will, in fact, be where they are supposed to be, when they are supposed to be there on your wedding day.
Author of How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007.