Post # 1
Another thread on here just got me thinking about something. I’ve heard so much about how busy I’ll be in the days leading up to the wedding. Everyone talks like it’s just a complete miserable rush, and I’m worried I’m not taking enough time to get everything done — even though I have no idea what “everything” entails.
What types of things were you taking care of in the last few days before your wedding? How busy were you really? How much time did you take off prior to the wedding day?
As of now I’m planning on taking off the Wed-Fri before my Saturday wedding. I’m planning on making my favors (baking) Tuesday night and Wednesday. Maid/Matron of Honor will help me package them Wednesday into Wednesday night. Thursday I thought I’d get a massage and get my hair cut/colored and my nails done. Friday is the rehearsal dinner and dropping off decor and miscellaneous items at the reception venue.
It doesn’t seem like there’s really THAT much to do — but I know I must be missing things! Anyone willing to share their experiences?
Post # 4
@loveinthelibrary: I was rather busy, but not crazy busy. We DIY’d the flowers, and I assigned folks to do things so I didn’t have to worry. (Bring decor to the reception/wedding), etc. Don’t forget to schedule time for your “beauty” stuff–nail appointments, tanning, hair cut, etc. And also the rehearsal dinner! 🙂
Post # 5
Following… 🙂 Great topic!
Post # 6
Not busy at all. I didn’t understand what the last minute craze is all about. There wasn’t much to do expect for pick up and bring over our centerpieces, seating cards, guest book, and anything else we wanted set up before the wedding. Then again, I was pretty relaxed the whole planning process. Maybe I had it easy though since everything was at one venue, which also provided food and a day of coordinator? I also did my bachelorette party and nails on Friday (wedding on Sunday). I took the whole week before the wedding off since it was July 4 week also, but only because his best friend and family flew in for the week and stayed at our house. (Which is another thing I didn’t understand… not wanting to let people stay at the house before the wedding because of being too busy).
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
For the most part I had everything prepared before my wedding week. We were in Vegas for a few days before the event, and all I had to do was bring in my stuff to the reception venue and go over last minute details with my coordinator. I basically spent the days before my wedding partying – which tired me out so I wouldn’t suggest following in my footsteps ha.
Post # 8
I was only busy because I was still running around looking for gifts for my BMs. Outside of that I didn’t have much else to do the week before.
Post # 9
@loveinthelibrary: my sister was stressed about packing for the honeymoon because she didn’t have the things she needed and ended up having to hit up the mall for swimsuits, flip flops and cover ups in September. Thats what took up most of her time besides the “beauty” items listed above.
Post # 10
I think I will be. I am taking the week before off. My sister lives out of town and is helping me with our centerpieces. The only time she can come to help me with them is the weekend before the wedding lol So I am kinda freaking out about that but she’s very crafty and very confident that we can get them done in one night. I am hoping to buy all the supplies very soon.
Other than that, we just have nail appointments and we will be doing the decorating ourselves. Everything else should be done but I know it will be stressful! lol
Post # 11
@loveinthelibrary: I’m an out of town bride (wedding is in our hometown, we now live in NYC) so Christmas was nuts and the week before the wedding will be a little bit nuts:
- Hair/Makeup Trial
- Spray Tan
- Skype meeting with DJ
- Skype meeting with Officiant
- Final meeting in-person with DOC
- Picking up dress/final fitting for last minute changes if needed
- Final meeting with events coordinator of venue
- Dropping off stuff with event designer/florist and going over everything.
- mani/pedi (I really don’t even want to bother with this but I know I will.)
Yes – I expect to have aged a few years within that week
Post # 12
Well I’m not there yet, but I have plans pretty well laid out for those days. My wedding is a Friday and I’m taking Wednesday and Thursday off. But honestly I doubt I’ll be focused on work at all on Monday and Tuesday! Anyway, we have a few things to pick up and drop off/decorate the venue. I’m also getting my nails done, legs waxed, making fresh flower centerpieces with my mom, and stocking up on brunch supplies for getting ready. It’s not too bad.
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I was super busy, but for two reasons. We had a very DIY wedding (both in terms of making decor etc, and also in terms of bringing in all the components to our venue rather than the venue providing everything). And we had a ton of events (lots of family and friends came in from across the country, and we had stuff going on Thursday through Sunday).
In the few days beforehand, we prepped all the food for a welcome BBQ for 120, bought all the drinks for the BBQ and wedding, prepped the wedding cocktail hour food, made seating charts, put together and distributed welcome bags, gathered all lighting and electrical equipment for an outdoor evening wedding, made a ceremony “program” on an antique window, put together a bunch of barnwood signs, set up tents, got organized for cutting and putting together all the flowers for the wedding out of my parents’ garden, made dozens of tissue poms, organized all the thank-you gifts, stuck personalized wine labels on the wine we bottled, organized the shuttle schedule, gathered BBQs and lawn games … And then Saturday morning itself was busy, with setting up all the decor and tables and linens and flowers, not to mention getting ready …
…. not to mention the events themselves – a Thursday afternoon hike, Thursday evening dinner out followed by a big party, Friday family brunch, Friday evening welcome BBQ, Saturday wedding prep and wedding, and Sunday goodbye bagel brunch.
So if you’re not a DIY bride and you don’t plan a gazillion events, you probably won’t be as busy 🙂 I loved having so many activities with loved ones though, and I loved how personalized our wedding was, so I don’t regret any of it at all.
Post # 14
Not that busy. I went and hung out with a friend at a winery, went for long walks (govt was shut down)…day of rehearsal I had to get a mani/pedi, get stuff to the hotel, hang in the pool at the hotel…rehearse. I just planned ahead so I didnt have to be stressed. Stress upsets my stomach badly and I didnt want to deal with that the day of!
Post # 15
I didn’t think I would be busy, but I was running all day the day before the wedding. We had rented a Domaine for the week and everyone arrived 2 days before the ceremony, so I thought we’d be fine leading up to it, but no, we had to talk to everyone (and there were only 15 guests!!!!). I just remember having to go to the shop for our brunch items the next day; we had to get gas for the car, food for the week, make sure that everyone knew what to expect the next day, I can’t really list everything we did, because I honestly can’t remember, but I know that we were literally running all day. Which was actually great because I didn’t have time to eat, and my dress fit lovely on my wedding day!!
Post # 16
Busy, but not to the point where I was crazed or anything. I worked up until Thursday before the wedding. The programs got delivered Thursday and they had a mistake, so Friday there was a little rush to get them corrected. That stress was my fault in hindsight, because I waited til the last second to decide I wanted programs. Of course there was some rush on the actual wedding day, but again, nothing too stressful.