As you approach the final stretch before your wedding day, there are certain things you should do to ensure that everything goes smoothly. Here are a few things to keep in mind in the weeks and months leading up to your big day.
Start Shopping for Your Dress
If you haven’t already found THE dress, then now is the time to start shopping! It’s best to give yourself at least 2 months before the big day in order to find the perfect gown and get any necessary alterations done, if you haven’t done so already.
Definitely make this a priority because the main focus will be on your and your groom, so you both want to look the best possible.
Finalize Your Guest List
This is the time to finalize your guest list so that you can send out your invitations. Make sure you have a confirmed headcount so that you can make final arrangements with your venue and caterer. Confirm all the RSVPs on the list, and give that information over to your wedding planner, or the venue and caterer so that there aren’t any shortages of meals or drinks.
Throw Your Bridal Party
Now is also the time to ask your closest friends and family members to stand by your side before your big day, and join you for your bridal shower. Give them plenty of time to clear their schedules and make any necessary arrangements, you’ll want to spend a whole afternoon celebrating the bride-to-be!
If you want quick and easy ideas, try hosting your bridal party at a tea room, classy brunch spot, or private party venue to make it extra special. Outdoor or bright settings will definitely promote a light and cheery mood for your gathering.
Start Planning Your Honeymoon
If you haven’t already booked your honeymoon, now is the time to start planning. You will want to get those tickets at least 6 weeks in advance, as this time frame typically has the best flight and hotel reservation rates. Begin researching different destinations and comparing prices so that you can find the perfect trip for you and your new spouse.
Also, plan your activities and the extra excursions you would like to embark on at your new destination, especially if it is a place you’ve never been before.
Schedule Your Pre-Wedding Appointments
This is the time to schedule any pre-wedding appointments, such as hair and makeup trials, dress fittings, etc. Make sure you have everything booked well in advance so that there is no last-minute scrambling.
Begin Collecting Addresses
In order to send out your invitations, you will need to have a list of addresses for all of your guests. If you don’t have everyone’s address, now is the time to start collecting them. You can also use this time to start working on your wedding website and guest list.
Start Planning Your Rehearsal Dinner
If you are planning on having a rehearsal dinner, now is the time to start making those plans. Begin by deciding who you would like to invite and then start researching venues and catering options.
Prepare a newspaper wedding announcement
to submit to your local paper and any papers where your guests might live out of town.
Celebrate bachelor/bachelorette parties
a night out on the town with your closest friends to celebrate your last few days of singledom!
Finalize wedding details with vendors,
including final headcounts, menu selections, and payment details.
Write out your vows and start working on any other wedding day readings or speeches.
Two months before your wedding, you should have written out your vows and have any other wedding readings or speeches ready to go. This will help to ensure that everything runs smoothly on the big day.
Delegate Wedding Day Tasks
If you have decided to delegate some of the wedding day tasks to your friends and family, now is the time to do it. Make sure you assign tasks that are within their capabilities and that they are comfortable with.
Purchase Your Wedding Rings
If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to purchase your wedding rings. This will give you plenty of time to have them sized and engraved with any personal messages.
Pack for Your Wedding Night
Now is a good time to start thinking about what you will need for your wedding night. You can pack a small bag with all of the essentials so that you don’t have to worry about it on the big day.
Confirm Your Transportation
If you are using a limousine or other form of transportation for your wedding day, now is the time to confirm all of the details. Make sure you have a backup plan in case of any unforeseen circumstances.
Have a Dress Rehearsal
Before the big day, it can be helpful to do a dress rehearsal with your hair and makeup stylists. This will help to ensure that everything goes smoothly on the actual day.
Take Care of Any Last Minute Details
Now is the time to take care of any last-minute details, such as ordering thank-you cards, finalizing your seating chart, and packing for your honeymoon. By taking care of these things now, you can relax and enjoy your wedding day stress-free.
Send out thank you cards for the bridal shower party and gifts.
Now is also a good time to start thinking about your thank you cards for your bridal shower and wedding gifts. You can either do these yourself or have them professionally done. Either way, it’s important to get them sent out as soon as possible so that your guests know how much you appreciate their generosity.
Relax and Enjoy the Last Few Weeks
Try to take some time to relax and enjoy the last few weeks before your wedding. This is a special time in your life and it will be over before you know it. Cherish every moment and savor the excitement of getting married!
Purchase the remaining gifts for the parents of the bride and groom, the wedding party, and each other.
1 month before your wedding, you should have all of the remaining gifts purchased for your parents, the wedding party, and each other. This will ensure that you are not scrambling to find last-minute gifts.
By following these tips, you can make sure that you are prepared for your wedding one month in advance.
By taking care of the details now, you can relax and enjoy the last few weeks before your big day.