Post # 1
I’m trying to anticipate how the week leading up to my wedding will be. It’s in March, so i have time to make sure im completely organized. But i’m a bit of a control freak & doing a lot of DIY.
How busy/stressed were you in the days leading up to your wedding??
Post # 2
It’s not bad. I had a DIY wedding basically with 300 people, but I had work and grad school from 9am-8pm Monday-Thursday and until 2pm on Friday for our Saturday wedding. I just had people help me set up, finished the seating chart as soon as I got RSVPs with help of our parents. I think a lot of people just make it more difficult for themselves. My motto was not to stress over one day, which is suppose to be happy! Just get things done early and it shouldn’t be stressful.
Post # 3
I woould say insanely stressed, but then again it was a destination wedding and we only arrived about 4-5 days beforehand and thus had to fit in hair and makeup trials, final meetings with vendors and venue, picking up packages, meeting with officiant, etc. on top of spending time with family and dealing with last-minute drama. The wedding was fantastic, but the day or two beforehand was utter hell. Fortunately if you aren’t doing a destination wedding you should be able to finalise that kind of thing a lot earlier. Just be sure to get your DIY projects done as early as possible.
Post # 4
We had a small semi-destination wedding (we live in Canada but got married in Sweden where my family lives) that involved a lot of DIY. I would say the DIY component was a handful in itself, but totally manageable. As long as you have a list of what needs to be done and don’t save it until last minute you’ll be fine. What fell into the category of “insane stress” was trying to balance all the family members. Weddings are a big thing, and if you have relatives that aren’t that great with handling stress/get along when stressed… prepare yourself!
Post # 5
theEguarantee: Mine was sort of interesting– I was sick. In bed Monday, Tuesday and part of Wednesday- wedding was Saturday.
There was enough stuff to do– but being that I was sick, my husband was working and my mom and sister were already helping with stuff, there were some things that I just had to for-go…there was simply not enough time to deal with it, and it turned out OK. The fact that I was sick made me stress out less about some of the details– but if you’re sick, you’re sick!!<br />
Post # 6
I felt a lot of different emotions the week of. There’s never going to be another event in your life where you have that group of people together that you do on your wedding day. It was a lot of fun running to the airport 2 and 3 times a day picking up college friends and then relatives. Everyone kind of descended upon us at various times Wednesday- Friday morning. THAT was really fun.
What kind of got me a little on edge was right before the rehearsal dinner. A lot of people asked me a lot of questions about the dinner, and I spent so much time focusing on the wedding that I wasn’t as prepared for our RD ( for reference, we had 50 people at our RD in a very nice restaurant– so it was as big as some people’s receptions!). I should have given it more thought, so I spent Friday afternoon decorating THAT space, doing placecards, assembling last minute gifts and it made me feel a little scrambled.
After the RD, the entire bridal party ( 20 people) went out to a local bar and cut loose. THAT was much needed and helped me just have fun with my friends and family.
The day of the wedding though I was back to being chill.
Post # 7
The week before my wedding was stressful but that was because I was sick and hadn’t had any time off throughout the whole engagement. If I had taken more time to get things in order it would have been infinitely better!
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens
Mine varied between the first two options. Mostly busy but manageable, with some insanity thrown in. I’m a teacher and the wedding was two weeks after school got out, so I had saved A TON of stuff to do in those last two weeks! I had an amazing MOH, as well as incredible MIL and SMIL (my parents live out of state and weren’t able to help as much as they would have liked). I had lots of ideas, just had to DO them.
Post # 9
theEguarantee: For what its worth I am currently in the week leading up to my wedding (its on August 2nd). So far I have felt quite zen about it all. There is nothing left to do but little details.
This is my last day of work but I could have worked the whole week if I wanted to. I’m glad I have a few days off to relax and hang out with family though. I also like that we have a few days to run around and do any last minute things that may pop up.
I’m really hopeful that this isnt a false sense of calm that will be shattered the night before when I suddenly realize a million things I should have thought of weeks ago, but at the moment I don’t see that being the case.
I will say that the BIGGEST stressor this week is the weather. Right now it is calling for rain. I know there is nothing I can do about it, I know its still days away and could change, I’m trying not to pay attention to it but I’m also tired of people talking about it and drawing my attention to it….the whole thing makes me a bit crazy!
Post # 10
I wasnt stressed at all, the week before. Everything was pretty much done, Just had to pick up the rentals the day before, and attned my spa appointments. I am a super organized person, and i think this had alot to play in the calmness of the week before. I was just so excited for the day that I honestly was not worried about forgotten details or things going wrong!
Post # 11
Thanks ladies. I was hoping for these types of responses! The goal is to have everything good to go by then, so that i can spend time with family, especially those coming from out of town.
I appreicate your input!
Vsmart: congrats on being at the FINAL COUNTDOWN!!!!
Post # 13
theEguarantee: I was fine. It wasn’t anything too crazy. My job actually kept pushing me to take days off before the wedding. And I was like nah, I am fine, then last minute I decided to take off on Friday (the day before my wedding) and my boss was like “good, you have finally come to your senses!” I just needed a day to relax, bring stuff to my moms house, get a mani/pedi. But all my vendors were paid, everything was at the wedding hall.
Post # 14
I am in my final week and I am pretty relaxed at this point. All I need to do is finish up favors and pack for the honeymoon. But I worked hard at finishing up last minute things in the final 3 weeks, so by now I am good to go!
Post # 15
2.5 weeks before was pretty stressful because that’s when we had to have our head count in and chase down the RSVPs. Since we had the final headcount (finally!) we finalized the seating chart and completed the place cards that same week. After that, the only thing we had left to do was find gifts for our bridal party so it wasn’t too stressful the week of the wedding.