It’s no secret, the week leading up to your wedding will be one of the busiest weeks of your life. On top of being filled with various emotions, you will become a family wrangler, an advisor for traveling guests, and a professional assistant tasked with picking up and delivering various items… all while finding those hidden moments to spend with your soon to be spouse. It can be overwhelming and exhausting, especially if you have not hired a Day of Coordinator to handle all of those many pre-wedding tasks. So how do you keep your sanity the week of the wedding? I’m going to share 5 tips that will help you to wake up on your Big Day, stress-free!
1. Don't wait until the last minute!
Most brides-to-be take time away from work the week or days leading up to their wedding day to help get those last-minute tasks and duties accomplished. It’s easy to think that you can get EVERYTHING done in those few days, and decide to put off completing wedding related tasks such as filling welcome bags, printing programs, creating a seating plan, or even putting together favors for your guests. While it may seem like you can get these tasks marked off your list in no time, you can underestimate the length they’ll take to finish, or the million other things you’ll also have to do. These items can quickly get pushed to the back burner, and the next thing you know it’s 11pm the night before your wedding and you’re stuffing favors and tying bows instead of getting your beauty sleep!
2. Get organized!
Even with marking items off your to-do list in advance, there will still be a ton of duties that you will need to complete the week of your wedding. One of the biggest keys to keeping your sanity is to become organized. Make a list of everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING, that has to get done this week. Then, you are going to prioritize what must get done first, and what can wait. There may be items, such as appointments and fittings that have a specific day and time. Start with those items on your calendar, and then fill in the remaining tasks. Try to organize tasks that are either related to each other, or in the same area. For instance, if you have to go to the east part of town to pick up your dress, what other duties need to be completed in that area, or on the way. You don’t want to run all over God’s creation when you can logistically organize your day.
3. Enlist the help of others!
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. In fact, enlisting the help of your bridal party and family will take off added stress and pressure from you. Asking your bridal party to help you stuff and fill the welcome bags or asking your sibling to pick up grandma the airport will buy you free time to relax and not have to worry about the little items. It’s your wedding, and generally your maid of honor, best man, and other close friends and family will be more than willing to put in a helping hand. So don’t feel like you have to put on a cape and tackle all of your to-do lists items yourself. When you’re getting organized and making your list of duties, think about what items you can get someone to help you with. Maybe your best friend lives 2 miles from the print shop and can pick up your programs. There are definitely items on your list that you can graciously assign out for help. But, don’t become a “bridezilla” and mandate they help you. Please and thank you goes a long way!
4. Share your wedding weekend event schedule with the VIPs!
No bride to be wants to be bombarded with hundreds of phone calls from the wedding party, family, and her vendors asking where they should and what time they should be there. Giving your wedding day (and day before) timeline to all your important people will prevent your phone from ringing nonstop! If you’ve hired a day of coordinator, it is their job to take over this responsibility and make sure that they have become the point of contact for your vendors, and that you have a detailed schedule to provide to your wedding party a few weeks in advance. This will alleviate any last-minute questions, and provide you peace of mind that the logistics for the wedding weekend have been handled. If you haven’t hired a day of coordinator, you’ll want to create a schedule of events that you can provide to all of the important people and designate a point of contact for your wedding day.
5. Pamper yourself!
Amidst the errands, the checklists, the packing, and the printing, you’re going to have to find time for yourself to relax and unwind. If you have organized your week effectively, prioritized what needs done first, and enlisted the help of others, you can schedule in pampering time for yourself and even for your groom to be! This is a perfect time for the two of you to spend alone before the big day, relaxing and unplugging from all of the wedding week demands. Scheduling a pamper session at least three days before the big day, will allow you to ease into the end of the week stress free and ready to say I- Do!
It no secret that wedding planning can be stressful, and all of that stress can come to a climax at the end of the planning process. But, if you are organized and actively think out your week of wedding schedule, you can ensure that you will make it through the wedding week without pulling your hair out. Wedding planners and Day-of Coordinators are there to take the brunt of the stress from you and your fiancé, so that you only have memorable moments leading up to your big day.
If your wedding is six to eight weeks out and you are beginning to feel the pressure heat up, reach out to a local planner and see if they are available to help out on your wedding day. We like to book our day of clients at least two months out, however, we have been booked for weddings that are less than three weeks away! While not ideal, we approach every Day-of Client with the same mission: To ensure they have a stress- free wedding weekend that they will look back on and remember as the best day of their lives!
Don't be ordinary, be merry! Cheers!
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