You have been planning your wedding for months, maybe even years. It is getting down to the wire. And it has happened...you are in the home stretch...it's one week till the big day! You have all of the big tasks done but there are still some small things you need to either do or double check. This list will help you to not forget anything. Just add this to your list or save it and it should be a smooth ride. I promise, you WILL be able to relax eventually. Remember it will be all be worth it when you say and hear those words, "I do". This is just a short list of some things. Look up a wedding planning checklist to get a full list.
Clean Your Ring
You can wait till the night before to ensure it will be extra sparkly for your big day. But just make sure you do it. You will want it to look stunning and shine for pictures.
Drop Off Things At The Venue
If it's okay with the venue, take everything that you will need for the rehearsal (if you are having it at the venue) and the wedding so it's there and ready to go.
Contact Those Who Have Not RSVP'd Yet
This isn't a fun task. But it's better to have an accurate head count or as close as you can get.
Deliver the Final Head Count
Give the final headcount on the Monday prior to the wedding to the caterer and any other vendors that need to know.
Test Drive the Full Look
If you don't already have your dress, pick up your dress and wear it around the house (very carefully). Wear the shoes, jewelry, garter, and any other items you will be wearing at the wedding. Practice walking and moving around in it so that the day of your wedding this isn't a completely new and unfamiliar feeling to you. If you really want to break it in turn on some music and practice dancing in it!
Make A Playlist
Get together a list of songs you want played at the reception. Get the list to the DJ ASAP so they can have them ready to go.
Pack An Emergency Wedding Day Kit
Get together nail file, nail clippers, band aids, a small sewing kit, extra makeup, double sided tape, hair spray, and tampons.
Break In Your Shoes
Just like test driving the whole ensemble, break in your shoes. You can wear just the shoes around the house for a short period of time for a few days.
Send all vendors an email or give them a call on the Monday prior to the wedding to confirm arrival times and any other details. Also, contact hair and makeup artists and any other people that will need to be there at a set time.
Finalize the Seating Chart
Sit down with your significant other and finalize the seating chart. Send a copy to those who need it, like the designated bridesmaid, wedding planner, and photographer.
Practice Your Wedding Vows
Practice saying your vows out loud so you will be less likely to stumble on any words. Read them at a slow and steady pace. There is no reason to rush through them. You have plenty of time.
Prepare Welcome Bags
Make sure you have everything for the welcome bags and assemble them.
Check on the Marriage License
Be sure that the marriage license is ready to go. Put it in a place with things that will be going to the ceremony venue.
Pack For Your Honeymoon
If you are leaving directly after the wedding reception or the next day you will want to have enough time to double check that you have everything. Having this done will cause less stress.
Get all payments ready and double check deadlines on payment in the contacts.
Write Your Significant Other A Note
Write them a little note about whatever you want for them to read the morning of the wedding.
Assign Someone To Get Decorations, Gifts, Etc. After Reception
You don't want to be the ones stuck having to get everything. So assign a family member or friend with this task.
Validate Honeymoon Details
Confirm hotel bookings, flight times, rental car information, and any other reservations related to the honeymoon.
Confirm Who Is Giving A Toast
Make sure who is wanting to give a speech and let them know the time frame they can work with.
Get Any Tips Lined Out
Prepare any tips that you will be giving vendors in envelopes and have them ready to go so you aren't scrambling the day of the wedding to find extra cash.
Get a Mani Pedi
You are going to want your nails and toe nails to look good. Especially since you will more than likely get shots of your wedding rings and if you can see your toes with whatever shoes you are wearing. Even better if you can go with your bridesmaids or Mom and Mother in law.
What are some things you think need done on the week of the wedding? What things did you do to make it easier? Let me know in the comments!