Take care of the paperwork
As you take care of all the other details, you want to make sure that your paperwork is processed before the wedding day so that everything runs smoothly when you say “I do.”
· First, there’s the paperwork for the town hall ceremony. At the latest 10 days before the wedding, the town halls where you get married and where you live must publish the banns, a public display your future union. Everything should be in order, but double checking never hurts.
· Then there’s the insurance. Wedding insurance can cover everything from damage to your dress or tux all the way to legal expenses if something goes wrong with one of your suppliers. It can also cover public liability and any unexpected costs associated with postponing or canceling your big day. If you haven’t thought about insurance yet, now is the time to do so.
· Lastly, there’s the last payments that must be made to your vendors on or before the day of your wedding. If you don’t want to have that task on your big day, the easiest way to pay your vendors is to schedule bank transfers in advance!
Meet with your officiant and wedding planner
Meet with the officiant. If you haven’t already, meet with your officiant to go over any last-minute details and to be sure the ceremony runs smoothly. This is also the time to make any last changes to your vows if you’re writing them yourself!
Now alongside your wedding planner go over the agenda for the day. Your planner will provide you with a schedule for the wedding day that describes each moment in detail: who is involved, what tasks are to be done and where they take place. Feel free to make changes as needed, and delegate tasks to your vendors and wedding party so everyone knows their responsibilities ahead of time.
It’s also time to finalize your guest count an seating chart, and to send it to your caterer and wedding designer.
Check your attire from head to toe
Think of what you will be wearing: it’s easy to forget that while you may be wearing the beautiful wedding dress of your dreams, how you accessorize it and what is underneath it is just as important. You will want to make sure that you are comfortable, but also that you have the right color, size, and type of accessories and underwear for your dress. Details about your dress will help determine what you need. For example, a strapless gown may require a particular type of support or cups in order to ensure the best fit under the fabric.
It’s always a good idea to give yourself time to get used to wearing your dress and shoes before the big day. Go through several rounds of fittings and make sure everything is perfect at least two weeks before the wedding. This will allow you time in case anything goes wrong, like: an emergency alteration due to weight loss, or a need for a new piece of clothing because of rain.
If your dress doesn’t quite fit perfectly after having gone through all the fittings, try not to panic! Many tailors are accustomed to last-minute alterations and can usually make changes quickly within two weeks of your wedding date. However, if you want a further change made just days or hours before your wedding, be ready for the price tag—these last-minute services tend to be more expensive than those that take place well in advance.
Buy a guest book and any last items you may want
If you don’t have a guest book for your guests to sign at the reception, now is the time to buy one! This will be a great keepsake for you and your new spouse in years to come.
Other possible last-minute additions may include: welcome signs, programs, centerpieces and other table decor items, signage pointing people in the right direction (bathrooms, coat room), bubbles or items for your guests to throw during your grand exit. For these last-minute purchases: ff there are any problems with receiving an item on time, call your vendors right away and figure out an alternative solution such as picking up instead of delivery or ordering something else if they don’t have what you originally wanted in stock.
Take care of your skin and body
Makeup artists swear by their favorite products: the ones that nourish skin and enhance natural beauty. Beauty treatments such as facials, waxing, body waxing, manicures and massages can help with wedding-day prep by making you look more polished and put together in preparation for your big day.
Get a manicure and pedicure: they usually last about two weeks, so make sure to get one done the week before your wedding day. If you’re thinking about getting waxed, plucked, or threaded for your wedding day, do it a day or two ahead of time to give any redness that may occur time to recede.
A massage or other body treatment is also a great way to relax and prepare your body for the big day, especially if you have been working out more than usual. A good massage can be an excellent stress reliever, helping to loosen tight muscles and improve sleep.
And to ensure your skin and body are in optimal condition for the big day, be sure to schedule these appointments in advance!
Pack a bag, you won't forget anything important!
The best way to make sure you have your most essential items when you need them is to pack them in a small overnight bag and keep it either with you or with someone designated to help you out.
Below is a checklist of a few things you should bring with you on your wedding day so you’re prepared for anything:
• Makeup, makeup remover, and a mirror
• Nailpolish and a nail file
• Toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash
• Hairbrush or comb, and hairspray for flyaways
• Deodorant, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, and any other toiletries you may need
• Tampons or pads (if applicable)
• Tissues (for tears of joy during speeches)
• an emergency sewing kit (in case something rips)
• Phone charger, extra batteries for any electronics that require them
· First aid kit with antiseptic wipes, bandages, gauze pads (better safe than sorry)
… And lastly, don’t forget to pack for your honeymoon!