April 2015 archive

The Last Half of the Wedding Checklist: What To Do One Month Before the Big Day

By Krysten Lewis

Many couples believe that once everything is booked and the decor selected, then they are done with the major tasks for the wedding; that it is all smooth sailing from here on out! However, there are still many important items left on the checklist to consider in the month leading up to the wedding. For instance:

  • The Marriage License: Most marriage licenses are only good for a short period of time. So, be sure to obtain it in the month leading up to your wedding for the officiant to sign.
  • The Vendors: Be sure to meet with any and all vendors to finalize key items such as the menu, song mr-mrsselections for the first dance or father-daughter/mother-son dances, photo-ops you would like your photographer to capture, and the time that each vendor is expected to arrive at the venue.
  • The Trial Run of Hair and Makeup: This is always a good idea so as to avoid any hiccups on the day of the wedding, to make sure that you like the look, and to identify any makeup allergies ahead of time.
  • The Head Count: You might have already given the caterer an estimate of the number of people you were expecting to attend. However, be sure to provide them with an exact number during the month before the wedding so that they can prepare accordingly, leaving your guests with enough food and you with an appropriate bill.
  • The Directions: You may have already included directions or a venue address for your guests. However, be sure to also send this information to the vendors so that they know where to go on the day of the wedding (this includes any limousine services). It may be wise to have accurate step-by-step directions from the internet on hand should a driver or vendor have their GPS unit fail and call you for directions.

While these are some of the main big items left to cover, there are also many smaller things to consider like gifts for your bridesmaids and groomsmen, pens for the guest book, welcome gifts for the out of town guests, etc. Because this can all be very stressful, having a wedding planner can come in handy. Instead of worrying or stressing over last minute tasks, have someone else worry about it for you. The wedding planner will be there to help you avoid forgetting anything or anyone and to assist in juggling the last-minute to-dos provided by the vendors. Think of them as your fairy godmother(s) come to the rescue!