I have seen a lot of couples posting on social media lately, asking what last minutes things they should be doing.
Here is a checklist of things you may have not thought of :
Get your marriage licence (get it within 90 days before your wedding) and give it to your officiant before your day if possible.
Ceremony programs if applicable
Table numbers and holders
Guest book or equivalent
Seating Chart or name cards or both
Cake knife, champagne glasses etc
Ask your cake vendor to leave a cake box for any left over cake, or if you are keeping the top tier
Rehearsal Dinner reservations
Vendor follow ups/confirmations
Send out the Wedding Day Timeline/Itinerary
Confirm you final numbers to your caterer/venue
Put together an emergency kit (sewing kit, band aids, deodorant, bobby pins etc)
Snacks/lunch for you and your bridal party for the wedding day
A list of things that need to be set up and allocate who is doing it
A list of things that need to be taken away at the end of the night (cards/presents/décor items etc) and allocate who is doing it. This person needs to be someone responsible, who will take the task seriously.
Reserved seating signs for your ceremony
Photo shot list - who do you want photo's with? Who would you be devastated if you didn't get a photo with them?
Music for the ceremony entrances of Bridal Party, Groom, Bride, signing, recessional etc
Music for the reception entrance of the Bridal Party, Parents, the couple, first dance, cake cutting, first dancefloor song, end of night song, toss bouquet, garter toss etc.
Pay off the vendors and any due on the day, put the money in an envelope and give to a responsible person. Tell the vendors that "Joe Bloggs" will have your payment on the day.
Print out a copy of your speeches
A nice pen for signing the marriage licence. It will be in the photo's!
Get your engagement ring cleaned
Where are you going to put your lipstick/phone/keys etc
Back up shoes
Assign someone to look after the cardbox until you can secure it. This person has to guard it with their life!
Write your vows if you choose too
Cushion for the ring bearer/baskets for the flower girl
Send you vendors contact information for the key people you would like them to contact on the day. It's often a parent or a member of the bridal party.
Don't wear a bra the day before or a hair elastic around your wrist
Take your overnight bag to the hotel
Also, don't forget to take time out for you. Your engagement is such a short time in your life as a couple, take some time to enjoy it. Go on a date. Remember why you want to marry each other. Wedding planning can be stressful, busy and expensive so take a little break from the stress and do something fun together as a couple!
Owner of Perfect Planners