The day you have been looking forward to all your life is rapidly approaching, and all you can think of is the laundry list of to-do’s you still need to get done. To help ease your stress and focus on the priorities, we’ve created a list of 10 things to do the month before your wedding day.
1. Make it legal
Within a few days of your big day, get your marriage license. The marriage license is only good for a short period, meaning it needs to be signed within a couple of days of receiving it. Call ahead to make sure you have all of the required documents before you go in!
Delegating is a must! You simply cannot take care of everything on your own and remain calm. Delegate specific tasks to your trusty bridesmaids. You chose these people to be part of your wedding party for a reason! They are the closest and most trusted people in your life. Don’t be afraid to put them to work. They will feel honored you trust them to get the job done.
3. Give your caterer a final head count
Once you receive all of your RSVP’s, give your caterer a final head count several days before your wedding day. Providing the exact number of people in attendance will allow the caterer to order enough food for everyone and accurately assess your bill at the end. Here is where your first delegation comes in — have one of your bridesmaids be in charge of bringing the cake knife and toasting glasses to and from the venue.
4. Do an attire run through
Make sure everyone has everything they need for their wedding attire. Check in with your bridal party and go through every item the males and females will be wearing. This way if anything is missing, you can quickly replace it.
5. Write your vows
Do not wait until the last possible day to start writing your vows. You will regret the feeling of being rushed. Take your time and start early. Give yourself a month to organize your thoughts and get it all on paper. Then, memorize them.
6. Decide who will sit where
Creating the seating chart may be the most dreaded task. Take your time and give yourself a solid week to work on this.
7. Prepare for guests
With all of the visitors that come from out of town for your wedding day, it’s best to prepare everything for their arrival. Make sure hotel accommodations are set up, and your home is ready.
8. Organize decor, accessories, and any honeymoon items that you will be transporting
You don’t want to forget anything. Plan your packing for the big day and your honeymoon. Another delegating option: put a bridesmaid in charge of making sure all of the necessary items make it to their destination and back.
9. Book a spa treatment
Stress will surface during this time, but you don’t have to let it show. Book a spa treatment to get a little pampering in after your hard work.
10. Break in Your Shoes
The last thing you want to happen on your wedding day is to have your beautiful wedding shoes hurting your feet. Spend a week breaking them in. And, of course, bring a pair of ballet flats for after the ceremony.
Remember, your wedding day is about you and your significant other committing to love and cherish each other for the rest of your life. Your day will be wonderful no matter what. Take a deep breath and enjoy every moment!