One Month Before

 

  • Enter RSVPs into your guest-list database.

    Phone people who have not yet responded.

  • Get your marriage license.

    The process can take up to six days, but it’s good to give yourself some leeway. If you are changing your name, order several copies.

  • Mail the rehearsal-dinner invitations.
  • Visit the dressmaker for (with luck!) your last dress fitting.

    For peace of mind, you may want to schedule a fitting the week of your wedding. You can always cancel the appointment if you try on the dress then and it fits perfectly.

  • Stock the bar.

    Now that you have a firm head count you can order accordingly.

  • Send out as many final payments as you can.
  • Confirm times for hair and makeup and all vendors
  • E-mail and print directions for drivers of transport vehicles.

    This gives the chauffeurs ample time to navigate a route.

  • Assign seating.

    Draw out table shapes on a layout of the room to help plan place settings. Write the names of female guests on pink sticky notes and the names of male guests on blue sticky notes so you can move people about without resketching the entire setting.

  • Purchase bridesmaids’ gifts.

    You’ll present them at the rehearsal dinner.

  • Write vows, if necessary.
    Get your hair cut and colored, if desired.

 

Week of the Wedding

 

  • Reconfirm arrival times with vendors.
  • Delegate small wedding-day tasks.

    Choose someone to bustle your dress, someone to carry your things, someone to be in charge of gifts (especially the enveloped sort), someone to hand out tips, and someone to be the point person for each vendor.

  • Send a timeline to the bridal party.

    Include every member’s contact information, along with the point people you’ve asked to deal with the vendors, if problems arise.

  • Pick up your dress.

    Or make arrangements for a delivery.

  • Check in one last time with the photographer.

    Supply him or her with a list of moments you want captured on film.

  • Set aside checks for the vendors.

    And put tips in envelopes to be handed out at the event.

  • Book a spa treatment.

    Make an appontment for a manicure and a pedicure the day before the wedding. (You might want to get a stress-relieving massage, too.)

  • Send the final guest list to the caterer and all venues hosting your wedding-related events.

    Typically, companies close their lists 72 hours in advance.

  • Break in your shoes.
  • Assemble and distribute the welcome basket
  • Pack for your honeymoon.

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