(Closed) Married Bees: The week before the wedding..

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I finished up our bird seed cones, made the rest of our pom poms, put together all the gifts for our bridal party, made sure the house was clean so I could come home after our honeymoon and relax, bought anything I might need for an emergency (tape, bobby pins, mints, etc.) but most importantly, I tried to enjoy the moment. It went by SO fast!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Just from the title, I automatically thought “was one of the worst weeks ever!” I did a lot of planning ahead, but there are things you won’t be able to do until right before. I remember doing the following things:

Final dress fitting, table assignments, filling out place cards, trying to get a last minute tent for the cocktail hour because rain was forecasted, timeline with caterer, DJ, photographer, florist, videographer (trying to coordinate all of them was FUN), dropping off decorations at the venue the day before, bathroom baskets, tracking down the Burberry lipstick that I was sure would change my life, praying daily for my period to start at least a little on time (I’m known to be weeks late due to stress), so it wouldn’t pop up the moment I put on my wedding gown (it came three days before the wedding, but still 8 days late)

So yeah. Not my favorite week.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

The week before the wedding wasn’t too bad for me.  We confirmed the final guest number with the reception hall. We were also taking all the decorations and guest favours over to the church and reception hall. Then just for me, I was getting my mani/pedi done 2 days before hand.

ETA: I was also working up until the Thursday before my Saturday wedding.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I worked up until two days before the wedding. The Wednesday before my Friday wedding, I was handling escort cards/seating assignments, cards denoting special meals, creating thank-you cards/packaging gifts for the bridal party and others, packing for the honeymoon (which I was up until the wee hours of the morning on the day of the wedding doing! Ugh!), having mani-pedi and hair appointments for the day of the rehearsal (pedi had to be switched to the day of the wedding after my car wouldn’t start and I barely made it to my other salon appointments or my own rehearsal — what an absolutely insane day!) I’m sure there were other details, but I’ve probably blocked them from my memory, hahaha!

ETA:  Oh, I also packed up our wedding programs, escort cards, menu cards, ring pillow, guest book and pen, card cage, etc. to take to the venue on the day of the rehearsal. Of course, I did not have any idea that, once I loaded all of these things into my vehicle before heading to the salon that I would still be at home several hours later while waiting first for AAA and, eventually, for a rental-car company to come retrieve me, and that I would have to load all of these items into a rental and go the rental-car company’s office to sign a contract before getting to the salon appointments I could still make following this unexpected snag to my day, LOL. To make matters even more fun, my venue was 1.5 hours away. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
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883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Worked through Tuesday.

Had a cut and color on Wednesday.

Had nails done and Pedicure on Thursday.

Greeted out of town guests on Friday; had lunch with them before rehearsal/dinner

Saturday morning hair/makeup for wedding; at 11:30 got back to get ready and at the alter at 1:01!!!!

Pretty much had my entire wedding planned in a couple days, months ahead. Just let it all happen; didn’t order flowers until the week before, and only got a photographer 3 weeks before.  All this happened in a little less than 6 months. Had 105 guests at the wedding; 30 were from out of town.

 

Post # 8
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542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

This is a good thread.  I’m posting for later.  This will come in handy by time March rolls around.  Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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11354 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@dkacerek:  “…didn’t order flowers until the week before, and only got a photographer 3 weeks before.”

Oh my word! I would have been a basket case! Haha! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The week before the wedding, I did next to nothing! I had the seating chart done and turned in about 2 weeks before, all my DIY projects were done. I did make a few phone calls to vendors to confirm, but most of that was already done because I had met with them for final meetings about 2-3 weeks before.

The Wednesday before I made a few trips to the airport to pick up some friends (of course they couldn’t have come in around the same time!), Thursday I picked up my dress from being steamed, Friday I relaxed and took my time getting ready for the rehearsal dinner.

I should note that my parents were AMAZING. The few things that needed to be done, the did. My dad picked up the popcorn maker for the reception, my mom picked up linnens, but even that only took a few hours.

ETA: I did go to the spa on Thursday with my BMs and mom to get nails done.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

  • Fill in seating cards
  • Get last minutes supplies that hadn’t occurred to me (basket for programs, extra lipstick, more ribbon to tie up some of our signage, pens for the guest book, etc.)
  • Print out timelines, photo lists, and family photos to put in the frames for our guest book table, 
  • Finish assembling the programs (we had a family assembly line two nights before the wedding after arriving at the hotel, with ribbon cutting, tying, folding)
  • Last “just in case” fitting the weekend before, then pick up my dress day of the rehearsal
  • Confirm salon appointments and make sure my bridesmaids know the schedule
  • Box up and carefully label all our decor so it wouldn’t get lost at our venue
  • Pick a song for our last-minute anniversary dance and confirm our song list with our DJ, as well as all arrival times for vendors
  • Send out any final payments due the day of the wedding (you really want to minimize any scrambling the day of your wedding, so send out checks!)

The day of the rehearsal, all I had to do was pick up my dress and drop off the decor, and once that happened, I was free to get my nails done, sit back, relax, and enjoy events as they unfolded. I would highly recommend giving yourself a cut-off time when your projects need to be done so you can enjoy everything to its fullest.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Posting to find later

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Mine was kinda a “horror story” feel to it, but I’m pretty sure mine is the exception. Honestly, it felt like I was doing everything!  We only had a 3 month engagement, 1.5 of those I was traveling for work and another 2 weeks I was working at a camp or visiting friends in CO.   Not much time to pull things together.  

Sunday: Found out the girl who was going to do my hair broke up with my cousin and was no longer coming to the wedding.  Had to find a new stylist (found another friend’s girlfriend who was willing to do mine and a couple BM for free and she’s a professional!) 

Monday: ran around town and finished the parent/BM gifts, bought the hair and makeup stuff I needed.  Did a trial run on makeup.  Finished random decorations and put finishing touches on our scrapbook. 

Tuesday: woke up sick (panic moment!), did the shopping for the reception food (we catered it ourselves) and chose our first dance song.  Also found out the tents we were using for our reception had been blown down in a windstorm the weekend before and were torn.  Had to make backup plans in case the repair guy didn’t come through in time.  Made a icicle light chandelier for the dance floor.  

Wednesday: hung out with my mom all day working on on wedding stuff. 

Thursday: finished designing programs, finished the video for the wedding, tried on dress one more time, wrapped gifts, started making food.  Ordered electric fans for the reception because my MIL was worried about it being too warm for people to handle, did one last family night with my siblings and parents. 

Friday: woke up to POURING rain,  spent the morning competely changing reception plans.  Venue, layout, timeline, photo location all had to change (we were doing an outdoor reception.  We had rain plans in place, but it wouldn’t have worked with the deluge of rain we got that day!)  Ran around like a crazy person ALL day!  My BM were supposed to be there by 12, didn’t show up until 3.  My DH had to work that day until 3:30, my MOH until 6.  Painted our card box, rented more tablecloths, picked up cupcakes, wrapped TY gifts, finished rehearsal dinner speech, printed and folded programs, decorated reception tables, framed pictures, worked on cooking food for reception, packed for wedding night, finished playlist for reception with our DJ and had the rehearsal. After the late rehearsal (supposed to start at 6:30, I didn’t even get to the church until 7!) we ran back to my parents house for fireworks (best part of the day!) and then went back to the church to arrange the flowers, decorate sanctuary, got the dressing rooms decorated, put the programs out, finished the thumbprint tree. 

It was an insane week and nothing like I had planned.  the only thing that went the way I thought it would was the day with my mom which was awesome.  But, in the end, it was all worth it.  I got to marry my best friend and we’re so happy.  My friends and family were AMAZING and did everything I asked them to and more.  There’s no way I could have done it without them! 

 

Post # 15
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11354 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@X0JLYNN03: The honeymoon packing can take time, especially if you’re flying and trying to meet baggage requirements in terms of size, weight, etc., all while trying to find a way to bring everything you want to take with you to look fabulous for every possible occasion!  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
Bee
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

Oh my gosh where do I even start…

I think the MAIN project I spent a lot of time on the week of the wedding was signs. I had a lot of DIY projects – Coke bottles for escort cards, a postcard guestbook, an assortment of lawn games, etc. – and I didn’t make all of the signs ahead of time. I didn’t even get to a few signs – most importantly, the bar menu. We had drinks in 3 glass beverage dispensers, all alcoholic, and I didn’t have time to make signs for them. One of them was lemon drop, which everyone thought was lemonade – a lot of non-drinkers got a little tips by accident from that one. Nobody complained but I felt a little bad!

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