Wedding planning can be a time consuming endeavor. That’s one of the ways a wedding planner can spare you headaches. But there are a few details of your big day that even he or she can’t take off your to-do list. As your wedding date approaches, plan to set aside a little extra time for a few tasks only the bride or groom can do. Being prepared to save a little extra time for these details when wedding planning will alleviate that extra stress from your last few weeks to “I do.”
Important last minute details to remember when wedding planning:
Seating Assignments. Only you know with who your guests should sit. This can be a complex puzzle to put together with family dynamics, politics, friends and loved ones. Give yourselves enough space from the RSVP deadline to the wedding date to sit down together and organize where you’d like each guest to sit and with who.
Thank You Notes. Any personal thank you notes should be written ahead of the wedding weekend. Save a little extra space in your schedule to write meaningful notes of gratitude to those who matter most. This could include your parents, your wedding party, your wedding professionals, and out-of-town guests too.
Vows. Too many brides and grooms dash to get their vows done on the wedding day. Take the pressure off and write these well in advance (if you’re planning on saying something personal in the ceremony). This goes for any speech you intend to give at the reception too.
Dance Practice. Even if you don’t opt for professional dance lessons, you should take a spin around your living room once or twice to practice your first dance song. If the two of you get on the same page ahead of time, there will be no awkward surprises on the wedding day.
Welcome Bags. If you’re gifting your guests welcome bags at a destination wedding or for the out-of-towners, plan ahead. Your wedding planner may be able to stuff, tag and deliver these for you but if not, get it done in advance. You’ll find it always takes more time (and helping hands) than you’d expect!
Packing. Whether you’re hosting a destination wedding or just a wedding outside your home, start your day-of or week-of packing list early. Get organized ahead of time so nothing is forgotten on the big day.
Marriage License. Depending on where you plan to wed, this can be quick and easy or a longer process. Check the requirements early and plan for a some time out of the office to appear if you need to.
While you’re wedding planner can do most of the work, a few details must be left to the bride or groom.
Getting these last minute details done ahead of time will help make your wedding week that much more fun!
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