Post # 1
So I’m sitting here, trying to make a list of “day before” things we need to do… and I just know I’m forgetting something! So I pose this question to the hive:
What do you wish you would have done the day before to make your wedding day go more smoothly?
Post # 3
I’m bumping this, cuz I really need advice here!
Post # 4
My wedding isn’t until September but one thing I just thought of is:
HAVE YOUR RING CLEANED! 🙂 (well, both of them, and his) You want them to sparkle in pictures.
Post # 5
I’m not married yet, but a few things jump out at me: confirm all your vendors, get cash for tips for vendors, manicure.
Post # 6
I have tried doing this list myself & seriously havent been successful – I actually bought a book and started writing down vendors and their info so I can just hand it over to anyone and have them carry out the calling of vendors for me if things get too hectic.
So far: Confirming all vendors, manicure/pedicure, workout, touch base with relatives as to times I need them at different places following day. Get wedding bands & grooms gift to bestman.
Attend & enjoy our Cocktail Welcome Party for out-of-town guests & enjoy my night thereafter by myself in our bridal suite at the hotel ( I get to stay there the night before on my own to relax morning of wedding)
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
Are you working with a DOC? If so, he/she could give you advice on what you might still need to do!
The day before our wedding, I’ll be doing a little thank you lunch and surprise for my BMs, then relaxing in the hotel after check-in and meeting up with the boys to drive up to the church for the rehearsal. So, nothing really to-do list oriented…that’s all gotta be done the day BEFORE the day before.
Post # 8
my day before (er week of) I am dropping off seating cards to venue, dropping off BM bouquet vases, guest book, all that stuff, arranging for someone to take the altar arrangements from the church directly to the reception, checking up with vendors, mani/pedi, get ring cleaned…hmm…not much else. Im doing most of it earlier that week
Post # 9
I have to have everything dropped at my venue by Tuesday before the wedding. I’d check with your vendor on when everything needs to be there.
Friday my plans are checking into the hotel, dropping off OOT bags at hotels, dropping favors at venue (they are chocolate and refrigeration couldn’t be guaranteed), hopefully fiting in a workout and some pampering. Rehearsal and dinner
Post # 10
My wedding was last month, and went pretty smoothly. Well, as far as I know it went smoothly. That was probably the best thing that we did. I made sure we had go-to people with vendor information and schedules so that I wasn’t bothered with anything the day of. Turns out there were a few things that required attention, but nothing got back to me (like the fact that the aisle runner wouldn’t stay put when rolled out), which was perfect! Here are my tips for the days leading up to the BIG day:
I highly recommend designating tasks to people so that you don’t have to deal with them. This may include things such as meeting the florist to show them where to put the bouquets or passing out the payments/tips to vendors.
Put someone in charge of putting your bag/things in the correct vehicle; you don’t want to be worrying about where your stuff is or if you remembered it.
Decide who will pack and transport gifts (give a house key if necessary.)
Put gas in a vehicle if you are going to need to do any distance driving.
Go to the bank, whether it’s for deposit or withdrawal. Make sure to withdrawal any cash you may need. (I rarely carry cash, but we knew we would need it when we reached our honeymoon destination and wouldn’t have a chance to get it before.)
Get your manicure/pedicure. As long as you aren’t doing anything crazy, it will be fine to do it earlier than the day of. (Just make sure you have the bottles for touch-ups if needed).
Have your ring cleaned.
Make a list of must-get shots to hand your photographer. (I didn’t do this and wish I would have. We missed some shots and it was difficult getting some of the shots b/c people weren’t sure if they were in it or not.)
Get some sleep! You’ll look better the next day if you managed to sleep a little the night before.
Post # 11
Thanks ladies! I think I’m just have pre-wedding-week freakout! As in, I feel like I should be doing more, but in all honesty, there isn’t much left to do! We don’t have a florist, or a DOC (unless you count my 3 aunts!) or assigned seating; we’re staying at home on our wedding night, so no hotel to check into/pack overnight bag for; and all of our “vendors” (which are mostly friends or friends-of-family) are all already paid-in-full. But I had COMPLETELY forgot about some of the little things, like getting our rings cleaned and putting gas in the car (we will be driving about 30 min to the reception). I feel so much more relaxed now!