The Wedding Planning List: 1-2 Weeks Before the Big Day
By this point in the process the big things are all taken care of and now the little details just have to fall into place. With follow-up calls and proper preparation you can help reduce stress on your wedding day. Here are the steps you should take one and two weeks before the big day.
2 Weeks prior:
Bride: Get last pre-wedding haircut and color.
It is a good idea to get any color and cut touched up close enough to the wedding that it still looks fresh, but soon enough before that you can make any necessary adjustments before the big day.
Put together Bridal Emergency Kit.
There are bound to be little things that go wrong on the day of the wedding. Being prepared for the mishaps will relieve much of the stress surrounding the situation. A Bridal Emergency Kit can contain anything from a needle and thread to a Tide-To-Go pen.
1 Week prior:
Give reception site/caterer final guest count.
By this point you should have heard back from everyone who sent an RSVP and anyone you called after RSVP’s were due. Don’t forget to include vendors such as photographer or band members, who will expect a meal in the final number. Ask how many extra plates the caterer will prepare.
Supply venue manager with any special requests.
These can be any last minute requests from vendors such as DJ tables or set up space needed by florist.
Finalize seating plan.
Now that you have a final number you can finalize the seating plan you had created earlier.
Print place and table cards.
This is the time where the smallest details come into play. Once your seating chart is finalized you can print up table cards and place cards.
Call all wedding vendors and confirm arrangements.
Once again, following up will reduce the last minute stressors on the wedding day.
Give ceremony and reception site managers a schedule of vendor deliveries and set up times, plus contact numbers.
Give this list to them in advance so they have an idea how the day will run.
Groom: Get your hair trimmed.
Finally, something else the bride doesn’t need to handle! Just like the bride, the groom should get a trim to make sure he looks his absolute best for the big day!
Keep an eye out for the next wedding planning steps from Waterfront! Check out the Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist for a complete list of how to plan your wedding!