Post # 1
my dear FI claimed he would like to have everything wrapped up and completed the week before the wedding !!
I pointed out a few things that wouldn’t be able to be completed until the last few days before the wedding, but it got me wondering if there were things that even I hadn’t considered! What kind of things were you frantically doing on the run up to the big day?
Post # 3
oh, lol, so did I! However, I was indeed running around a little bit the week before, getting my nails done, seeing my aesthetician, buying food for all the people that would be staying in my house, etc. I was frantically finishing programs and making "kits" of the centerpieces so they were easy to assemble. I also started moving all the wedding stuff into categories (rehearsal….ceremonyh, etc) so nothing got left behind last minute. All i ended up forgetting were batteries for a bubble maker. My mom ended up doing the programs for me while I was at work one day, though. WHEW. Getting the rings cleaned, picking up the tuxes, getting the marriage license, and going to Sams Club to buy food (day after brunch) took up a whole Thursday. Also, cleaning. You clean and clean and clean, and the week before, it all gets trashed. My parents cleaned while i was at work, but if you don’t have that option, hire a maid for $150 or whatever to scrub your bathrooms and freshen everything up. I would NOT have had time to clean toilets and showers or other necessary things. Then again, I had like 6 people staying in my house from Wednesday on, so that made a big deal. Other than that one Thursday, which really wasn’t SO bad because we got away and stayed in a hotel and had a date night that entire evening, it was Friday that was busy. Rehearsal, then all the family getting pedicures, then the dinner, etc. It did NOT help that my parents were 15 minutes late getting ready for the rehearsal and they made me 30 minutes late to my own wedding and claimed it was my fault because i hadn’t given them explicit enough instructions. So if you’re carpooling, give yourself EXTRA EXTRA time. I gave myself 20 min extra and my dad had just gotten out of the shower when we were supposed to leave…but, honestly, i kept up my usual schedule the week before of working til 430 or so, then the gym for an hour, hour and a half, so if i hadn’t gone to the gym i’d have had extra time.
Post # 4
geez, you’re scaring me now!
Thanks for the tips, and i’m sure we’ll find plenty more to keep us busy!
Post # 5
pedicure, MARRIAGE LICENSE, escort cards (printing and alphabetizing), honeymoon packing, programs from printer
Actually packing in general. I needed a bag of things for the few days before (since I was back at my parents’), a bag for the night of the wedding (with day-after brunch clothes), and my honeymoon suitcase.
Post # 6
This is funny. My fiance also keeps saying he wants to be stress-free with everything completed, but he wants everything done a month before our wedding. Lol.
I know that I will have my nails done in the evening the night before …!
Post # 7
nails, packing, packing, packing, marriage license, printing & folding programs, printing menus and adding the table bags, making table numbers, picking up snacks for OOT bags, stuffing and dropping off OOT bags, buying beverages for reception (we had to stock the bar), adding flowers to rehersal dinner centerpieces, and most of all answering the phone. Everyone was calling with a million questions, etc the week before, I was so happy to turn my phone over to the MOH and DOC the day of the wedding! 🙂
Post # 8
The week before the wedding I was busy with: Programs, OOT bags, Seating Chart/Placecards, Confirming Vendors, Touching base w/ the Bridal Party, Favors, Wrapping Bridal Party gifts, PACKING EVERYTHING, Nails, & Dropping items off with catering staff. It wasn’t too crazy, but it was definitely busy! I enjoyed it though b/c I would have gone stir crazy if I had been sitting that whole week w/ nothing to do!
Post # 9
I wasnt TOO busy but there were a lot of little odds and ends. I had to pick up the napkins and specialty tablecloths from the linen company, fold the napkins (didnt want to pay extra $ to the venue for the fold I wanted when I could do it myself), make the place cards, finish the menu cards, gather everything together and organize it, wrapped bridal party gifts. We didnt pack until the morning we left for the honeymoon, 2 days later.
Post # 10
DON’T FORGET YOUR TRAVEL VOUCHERS FOR YOUR HONEYMOON!
Sounds simple, but i left them tacked to the fridge. Ironically, where I couldn’t miss them. I brought the wrong swimsuit bottom on our hm, too! It’s hard to pack the day after your wedding just so you know.
Didn’t mean to scare you! But if you aren’t feeding family at your house it shouldn’t be so bad! Those sandwiches and fruit trays were ideal though–we had a break on the way to the wedding at my house, and i fed all my bridesmaids. Everybody was happy and content. Feed them or they get grouchy =]
Post # 11
Packing for the honeymoon!
Also, picking up our paper products (table numbers, escort cards, programs, etc.), tux pick-ups and final fittings (groom and groomsmen), getting nails done (bride and bridesmaids), and planning rehearsal schedule.
Oh, and rearranging the seating chart and finding last-minute people to invite after about five guests dropped out the WEEK OF.
Post # 12
I had A LOT of stuff to get ready before I left work. That stressed me out a lot in the days before the wedding ( I only took one day before the wedding off). Make sure you have everything ready to leave work.
I had a melt-down with the programs the week before the wedding, and had to overnight them to the person who made them so they could be fixed (it was my error). I had to get my nails done. Pack up all my stuff to take to the hotel we were staying in the day of the wedding and the night after the wedding. And buy my wedding day jewelry! (it was a birthday gift from my mom, but the earrings didn’t work out so she had to return them and buy different ones the day of the wedding! Luckily our wedding was late in the day).
Post # 13
I think this is my favorite thread EVER. The week before my wedding is Christmas … so I know everyone says it but I really really really want to try and have everything done before hand. For most of our vendors I am saying that our last meeting is taking place on December 15th … I want everything solid by then, and I think they will appreciate it too. I totally get there are some last minute things that are unavoidable but this list is going to help. I think it will also help that I can definitely pack for my honeymoon in October since I won’t be needing ANY of the same clothes in Boston that I will in Hawaii! 🙂
Post # 14
The last week we were making and packaging our favors (homemade caramels and dark chocolate with five-spice truffles)–I had my whole family, husband, and my MOH’s boyfriend helping. We also had 200 roses and 100 orchid stems to cut, water and repeat before making 3 bouquets and 5 ceremony flower arrangements. We also had about 10 corsages and 8 bouts to make from orchids, some chinese tree stems, and some roses. We also had to spray paint the flower girl’s basket. We had to print out escort cards and ceremony programs–these were easy though. I got a facial at a spa and bought some make up/got a make up lesson from the woman at the counter. We picked up a bow tie. The day of, I got my hair and nails done, then finished up the corsages until about 15 minutes before the ceremony when I put my dress on and walked across the street to the church. We also had to pack, but since we were staying in a city we weren’t too worried about forgetting anything since if it was really important we could just buy it. It was intense, but really worth it I think. If you have a florist and are done with your favors, I don’t think you should have too much to worry about the week before. I think having so much to do beforehand calmed me down though–it was definitely a good distraction. Good luck!
Post # 15
I scrapped the idea of doing programs…until we had our rehearsal 2 days before our wedding and it was scorching hot outside. The night before the wedding, when my husband was supposed to be out with the guys, they were instead sitting at home making fan programs. (I was busy cutting and arranging all the flowers) They eventually made it out for a couple drinks, but that was very last minute.
I also never got around to washing my car, which we were using as our getaway car, so I had my MOH drive it through a gas station car wash when I was getting my hair done.
I also spent forever looking for the absolute perfect shade of nail polish for my fingers, which I never found. I meant to just paint them a color I already had early morning the wedding day, but got busy and forgot until ~1hr before the ceremony. Oops!
Oh, and we didn’t pack for our 10 day European honeymoon until the day after the wedding…the same day we were leaving! (I did have our passports and plane and train tickets ready plenty in advance though).
Post # 16
good question..I wish I’d handled that week better and maybe not worked as much as I worked, bc it got very frantic…besides primping that HAD to be done the week of the wedding, here’s some things I could’ve done earlier:
1) finalize programs
2) pack (I was really crazy and didn’t do much until the day before)
3) pew decorations (didn’t care about these, but it still stressed me out that day)
4) minor clarification left on the service "wording"…questions from the pastor that weekend!
5) I totally forgot to bring the maps to the rehearsal dinner TO the rehearsal and apparently forgot to invite my singer, and I felt so bad…
Usually I’m well organized (I’m a project manager) and have a good memory, but I was overwhelmed w/ wedding emotions and seeing all the relatives
One piece of wedding advice I’d ignored is telling people what you expected from them…I thought we were kosher w/o me being TOO bossy, but people didn’t really know what they were doing and some people let me down when they didn’t help out with set up..but, there is only so much you can control, so just make sure you have some cushion time built into your schedule…I did, and I used every minute of it!