Post # 1
I’m getting married in 10 days!!! Holy Cow!!! I can’t eat, can’t sleep, my stomach is killing me and to top it off I am PMSing! Not a good combination! I’m not a bit worried about getting married but the wedding itself is causing so much stress!
I have planned to have a DIY wedding from the start and most everything is in place. I will be off of work starting next Wednesday to make appetizers and last minute desserts. We set up the venue on Friday and then we’re off to the rehearsal dinner that night. On Saturday 2 of my bridesmaids will be setting up last minute stuff with the groomsmen and my other 2 bridesmaids will be helping me get ready.
I know that everything is well planned but I can’t help but freak out. Please other DIY brides reassure me everything will be ok. How did your last minute wedding preparations go down? Did everything go smoothly? Did the wedding come together the way you imagined it would? Please help reassure this restless bride!
Post # 3
STOP…DEEP BREATH….IT WILL BE FINE!
I was also a do it your self bride in a tented backyard wedding. You will be fine, your will get everything done that needs to get done, you will have all of your friends and family there to support and love you and most of all; they will help you.
I took off for 2 days before the wedding and enlisted every person that I could to come and help sent the tent, dance floor, decoration, table setups, ceremony set up, bathroom set up…you name it, we did it.
You will be fine just remember to keep breathing!
Best fo luck on you wedding day, I am positive it will be gorgeous.
Post # 4
I hear you. I’m getting married the same day as you and I am in a similar situation. I have a lot to do in these next few days. Honestly though, I’m not freaking (yet). It is what is it and things will come together. If not, the important things are taken care of.
A lot of brides come back here and say a lot of things went wrong on their wedding day but they still felt it was perfect. Sometimes you get caught up in the planning you forget to look forward to the emotions and joy that really make the day. Know that it will be great no matter what little things mess up because of all the love.
Post # 5
My biggest advice: Write EVERYTHING down!! When people are trying to help, it will get overwelming with everyone saying your name and asking what needs to be done. Have a list and make sure to deligate!
The list will also help you visualize what needs to be done!
Post # 6
I put everything that needed to go to the venue in big rubbermaid totes/bins and labelled the outside with exactly what was inside and where it needed to go. Try to keep all the items for a particular area in the same tote so you can just plop it down in that spot, set up, and move along. No running around. Being overly-organized is your friend!!!
Post # 7
My best advice is to prioritize and then start knocking things off your list. Just figure out what the most important things are and make sure you get those done. The rest? I’ll bet you are the only person that notices if you don’t get them done. There were a few things that I didn’t get done, and not one person even realized they were missing!
Post # 8
I would do a mockup table, take a photo, and make sure everyone knows what goes where. Better safe than sorry!
Post # 9
You will be amazed at how many people will come out of the woodwork to help you on your big day.
Our groomsmen’s and bridesmaid’s dates were even pitching in. There were a flurry of people that just wanted to help in anyway they could so all I had to do was figure out how to delegate.
It will all work out and you will have a fantastic day! 🙂
Post # 10
DELEGATE and prioritize. What is MOST important to be done — not just what you WANT to be done? Since it sounds like you’re making most of your food, do the most important items first.
Everything will be fine!
Post # 11
I second what a PP said about writing things down! You won’t want to stand around telling people whta to do!
I drew a really rough sketch of our head table, who sits where, etc. I made a list of each area and what went in each spot: the guest book table, the photobooth area, the centerpieces, etc. I handed the list to my bridesmaids and they helped out.