Today is August 2, and with my goal to be as stress-free as possible during the Wedding Week, this means that I have two months to get, well, everything! done. I thought I would do a quick check-in to see what’s left to do, and maybe you guys can help me figure out if I am missing something. Here goes:
Mail Invitations. I just talked to our invitation lady yesterday, and they are done! I am picking them up tonight, doing some postage and RSVP marking tomorrow, and they should be in the mail by Wednesday latest. Expect a post revealing these later in the week!
Finalize Undergarments & Accessories.
Find something old, new, borrowed, blue.
Purchase flower girl dress and shoes.
Finalize ring bearer tuxedo.
Create song play and do-not-play lists.
Finalize music selections for special dances (first dance, mother-of-the-groom, anniversary dance, etc).
Finalize wedding favors.
Order or make wedding favors.
Create out-of-town bags:
–Finish welcome packet
–Create labels and label water bottles
–Purchase snacks and treats to go inside bags
Figure out/create/purchase Guest Book.
Figure out/create/purchase Table Numbers.
Finalize flower arrangements.
Finalize ceremony with Father Mike.
Finalize the menus for both the rehearsal dinner and the reception.
Finalize, finish purchasing, and wrap the attendant & parent gifts.
Get Dr. Groomy’s gift!
Attend bridal shower and bachelorette party.
Write and mail shower thank-yous.
Finish aisle pomanders.
Finish kids packs for the children attending the wedding.
Find mannequins for displaying the mothers’ wedding dresses (my MIL is currently working on this for me!).
Draft seating chart.
Create escort cards.
Distribute copies of selected readings to ceremony participants.
Apply for marriage license.
Meet with photographer to discuss day’s schedule and finalize shot list.
Meet with DJ (our Emcee) to discuss day’s schedule.
Final dress fittings; pick up dress from salon.
Final tux fitting for Dr. Groomy; pick up tuxes.
Final head count to caterer.
Drop off everything for reception at reception site—family pictures, wedding dresses, mannequins, escort cards, table numbers, day-of schedule, vendor contacts, favors, etc.
Confirm all wedding day beauty appointments.
Send all bridal party members final installment of Wedding Party Newsletter (aka The Wedding Weekend Memo, which lays out every. last. detail! for the weekend. I’ve been working on it for two months already!)
Organize tipping envelopes.
Relax, enjoy the week, and spend time welcoming family and friends.
Wow. This feels like a lot of things left do, and it is. However, if I look more closely, a lot of this stuff will be easy to knock out. All in all, I feel pretty good about where I am at. I have a lot of the stuff listed here started, if not almost completely finished (a lot of the DIY projects, most of the songs, some of the ceremony, etc.). So tell me, gang: what am I missing? Anything?
And where are you at in your wedding planning? If you’re already hitched, tell me about your wedding week. Was it stressful, or did you manage to get a lot done beforehand?
P.S. Wanna check in and see where I’m at? I created a List-Tastic page where I’ll cross off the items on the list as I get them done. Dorky, I know, but you know I love my to-do lists!