The wedding week! The one week in your life that no one prepares you for! It’s crazy, exciting, overwhelming, and emotional. Talk about a whirlwind week that can either make or break your wedding planning experience. Here at The White Dress, we don’t want you to look back at the week before your wedding and think about how much of a stress-case you were but instead, look back at what was one of the best times of your life. We have your back, brides! Below we’ve come up with 10 tips to having a stress-free wedding week! Well, let us rephrase that…it is your wedding week so you probably will be feeling a million emotions all at once and you do have some freedom to have your stressed moments, but we want to help you keep “bridezilla” at bay so you, your handsome groom, family members, and bridal party are all happy and sane on the BIG DAY! Enjoy!
1. Call and Confirm All Beauty Appointments
Make sure to write out a list of all the appointments you have the week of in regards to making yourself look and feel beautiful. We encourage our brides to get a manicure and pedicure either the day of or day before to ensure that no chipping or smudging happens. These little appointments can easily get lost in the chaos of the week so make sure to set time away to pamper yourself in the midst of everything. Also, remind your groom to get a haircut a few days before so he doesn’t show up looking like a straggly pirate.
2. Pick Up the Dress/Tux
More than likely, you have had all the final alterations made to your dress and it’s been steamed one last time. Whether you are storing your dress at home or elsewhere, you will want to make sure that you have it in your possession a few days before the wedding and keep it hung as much as possible. Your groom will most likely need to pick his tux up the day before just to make sure any last minute alterations are not needed as well. Keep both articles in their garment bag as long as possible and keep away from any liquids, scissors, writing utensils, and food!
3. Practice In Your Wedding Shoes
Whether you are wearing a flats or 5-inch platforms, you will want to make sure you are 100% comfortable and confident in them. You are on your feet ALL. DAY. LONG. and the last thing you want to be worried about is your feet hurting. Take every advantage you can to break them out of the box and get them molded to your feet. Who says you can’t wear sky-high heels while doing the dishes?! Work it, girl!
4. Discuss the Wedding Day Schedule
As a bride, we’re sure that one of your top priorities is the actual day flowing smoothly. Whether you enlisted the help of a professional wedding planner or are asking a responsible friend to coordinate the day of, you will want to run by every last detail with them. Make sure she has the final counts for all vendors and seating arrangements, any schematics that may be needed the day of, the names and numbers of all vendors, the names of important guests, as well as a rough timeline for every event. Of course, things are going to go long and great-grandma could be running a little late but don’t stress. Enjoy your day, let the little things slide, and soak in every moment!
5. Call and Reconfirm Vendor Services
Contact each vendor to reconfirm every little detail, including date, location and time. Ensure all vendors have the contact information of their designated point person for the day of, and check that your DJ has the song list, your photographer the shot list, and that the venue and coordinator know each vendor coming to set up. Also, make sure to let vendors know of any major changes being made. They will want to know this so that they can provide you with the best service so try to keep them in the loop as much as possible. Of course, they will all come prepared for the worse but the more information you can provide them with, the better.
6. Make Final Payments
The last thing you want to be worried about after your wedding is more wedding to-do’s! If finances allow, paying off any outstanding wedding bills will feel like a weight lifted off of your shoulder. You will be done crunching numbers and it’s one more thing to cross off the list. When you leave for your honeymoon, you will feel like a free woman ready to take on the world with your new hubs!
7. Shop for the Honeymoon
We could be bias but one of the best parts of the entire wedding planning journey is knowing your getting away shortly after! Depending on where you are traveling to you will want to make sure that you have packed some cute little outfits for your trip. Every bride needs some fun cocktail dresses, heels as well as flats for venturing around town, a bathing suit or two as well as some new lingerie! It is your honeymoon, girlfriend, so treat yourself to fun some new additions to your wardrobe. Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen!
8. Write Speeches
Write your vows, toasts or any other speeches planned for the big day. Doing this the week of the wedding may seem like a stressful thing to do but writing them will get you into the “wedding spirit” and will give you a moment alone with time to reflect on everything that is about to take place. Get those tissues ready!
9. Make an Emergency Kit
Make a wedding day emergency kit that includes fashion tape, band-aids, mints, safety pins, and a needle and thread that matches your dress and give this to your maid/matron of honor. Expecting for the best but preparing for the worst is the best that you can do. You never know what can happen so making sure you have some of the essentials that could save you from a major disaster is always a nice security blanket.
10. Pack a Wedding Night Bag
Pack a bag for your wedding night, and have someone deliver it to your honeymoon suite or into the car that you will be driving away in. Make sure you have this task designated to someone or else you could end up forgetting it as you make your grand exit. You will want to pack all of your toiletries, something to sleep in, and a change of clothes for the next day. Make sure to bring your normal undergarments for the next day as well. From our experience, it’s always nice to have some pain killers on hand as well since you just finished one of the biggest days of your life and all the emotions, feelings, and aches could come flooding in now that the adrenaline has worn off!
We sincerely hope these few tips help you while preparing for your wedding week! The week before a wedding is usually pretty crazy, and it can be easy to forget one (or 10) tasks that still need finishing. Rather than freaking out as you get closer and closer to the big day, breathe easy, brides! It will all come together just as you planned, if not better! From all of us here at The White Dress, thank you for reading and stay tuned for more posts!
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