There is just one week before your wedding, and the clock is ticking. It is an exciting time, but there are still a few things on your wedding preparation to-do list that you need to take care of before saying “I do”. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance in the days leading up to your wedding because your friends and family will probably be happy to lessen your load. Everything might feel a little daunting. Happy wedding week, if it is! Utilise our week-of-wedding checklist to prepare over the coming days.
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Collect Your Marriage License
Some states require a minimum “waiting period,” ranging from 24 to more than 72 hours, between the time you pick up your marriage licence and the ceremony itself. However, do not apply too early because most marriage licences have expiration dates once you pick them up, such as 60 or 90 days. Make sure you adhere to all legal requirements by checking the marriage laws in your state (or, in the case of destination weddings, the state where you are getting married).
Take Off From Work
We advise taking the full preceding week off. If it is impossible, try to take at least two off-work days. If your wedding is on a Saturday, you must take off not only Friday but also Wednesday and Thursday.
Check Your Wedding Vendors
In the days leading up to your wedding, we recommend you make a quick call to each vendor to confirm they have everything they require. It is also the time to talk to your vendors if you haven’t previously about any last-minute details. If you have hired a wedding planner, ensure everything is going smoothly by checking in with him, who is likely coordinating the follow-ups with your providers.
Try On Before Your Wedding Dresses
You should already have all of your outfits prepared, but to ensure everything is perfect, it is a good idea to have a “dress rehearsal” a few days before the wedding. Try your wedding dress once before your big day, along with your shoes and accessories.
Do Packing For Your Honeymoon
If you can, you should begin packing for your honeymoon even sooner, but if not, wait until a few days before your wedding to gather any extra items you intend to bring. Check your honeymoon schedule to ensure you have all the required paperwork (passports, IDs, confirmation numbers) available.
Give Final Payments To Vendors
Making sure your vendors are paid is one of the most important tasks you must do in the days before your wedding. Review your vendor contracts well before the big day, so you are informed of the payment schedule for each vendor. Final payments are typically expected the month before the wedding. Don’t forget to include tips and gratuities as well!