Post # 1
This question is for any of the married bees or those who are now within a couple of weeks to their wedding. What are some of the things you ended up doing days before the wedding that you did not expect to do? ie. the things were not on your official list?
As my date gets closer, I would like to get a good idea of the things that other brides had to address that they either put off to the last minute and had to rush to do, something unexpected occured and you had to address it, or any other minute details popped up that you didn’t think of.
I’d love to hear your experiences! Thanks!
Post # 3
Would still love to hear any advice. I think this thread may help other bees as they try to relieve any extra stresses days leading up to the wedding!
Post # 4
I would love to know too please!
Post # 5
Find out how soon you can get into your venue – luckily for us we were the only wedding that week so we could start bringing stuff in on Wednesday for our Saturday wedding. this was great because i was able to get the photobooth over there and set up along with all my centerpieces and favors. i really liked it because i got to see how it was coming together.
i took off 3 days of work before the wedding. W,T,F….i planned on just taking thursday and friday but that extra day was clutch! i was able to drop off programs and marriage license to the church and pick up last minute DIY flower stuff. the best part though was just not feeling rushed – i needed that extra day. Thursday we went an picked up tuxes for my groom and the dads – the boys were on their own. Thursday night i went to the hotel where everyone was staying and had one too many drinks! such a fun time but not ideal, i had to be up early friday morning for a bridal luncheon (where they had some fabulous cocktails that made me sick to even think about -darn you hangover!) that went way too long so i had to rush to my moms, do my flowers, rush home and get ready for rehearsal! the rest is history
it was only a month and a half ago but i had to dig at my brain to figure out what the heck i did those 3 days…i know im missing some things, so if i think of it ill come back!
Post # 6
In the last few days before the wedding, we were busy finishing our DIY favors, wrapping attendant gifts, and making LOTS of trips to the airport to pick up out of town guests. We also got more caught up than I expected with helping with travel plans — if you have lots of guests coming in from out of town, this can get overwhelming!! But overall I wasn’t too stressed out, we had a great planner who had most everything under control. The attendant gift thing would not have been a big deal except that my hubby procrastinated big time and the groomsmen gifts barely made it in time!!
We were lucky that our reception venue was my parents’ backyard so we didn’t have to worry about access. But totheislnds’ tip is a good one!! 🙂
Post # 7
@lindseymagen: gifts! thanks for reminding me – this is something i had to run around and get (well i had the gifts) but no wrapping for them and we gave them out at the rehearsal. Also i had written notes to all my BM’s to go with their gift and forgot them at home! so try and keep everything in one place.
Post # 8
@totheislnds: Oh yes, writing the notes to go with each attendant gift was a big thing!! I did that the Thursday before and it was quite hectic because the tent was going up in the backyard and other setup things, and everyone kept wanting to ask me questions or get my opinion on things… I wished I had done the notes earlier.
Gosh, I bet I’ll think of a dozen more things! Such a blur 🙂
Post # 9
Attendant note writing (did the night before the rehearsal dinner), reconfiguring the seating chart (MIL couldn’t make up her mind about DH’s relatives, this was also finally solved the night before the rehearsal dinner), and believe it or not, getting the ties for the groomsmen. DH and I were literally running around town the week before the wedding trying to find brown ties because apparently brown wasn’t currently “in fashion”, and we hadn’t bought them online earlier because we figured they’d be so easy to find nearby!
Also, due to a small mental block on all our parts, we and the wedding planner kind of forgot about communicating with the DJ until just over a week before the wedding, so we were scrambling to get her our song list 9 days before the main event. Luckily she’s a genius and still managed to find all the quirkier ones we wanted without having to ask us to send her the files, but that was some stress we all could have done without.
Best advice I have is to double-check how everything you and other people bring to the wedding is getting home from the wedding. We assumed the restaurant was going to send the top tier of our cake home with my parents, who were taking the gifts with them as well, but this didn’t happen and it sat in the venue’s fridge for almost a week before they called to ask us to pick it up, which was news to us. Lucky thing we hadn’t left on our honeymoon yet and didn’t have to send someone else to get it.
ETA: Oh, and I almost forgot to put on and paint my fake nails the night before. Almost showing up to my wedding with short, ragged, unpolished fingernails FTW.
Post # 10
Last minute phone calls from everyone, last minute emails to/from everyone, last minute facial, walk through the photo location with dh and bm, etc.