Last Minute Checklist
Checklist tasks that shouldn’t be done last minute, but completed in the days, hours before your wedding.
You remember when your wedding was months away? You said to yourself back then, ‘it’s fine, we’ve got loads of time’! But now, a few months down the line, you’re mere days away from tying the knot and there’s still so many unresolved tasks that need to be completed. You just want to get everything done, and out the way. But the number of little jobs you need to do feels insurmountable. Step in, the last-minute wedding checklist.
With everything going on in the weeks and days before your wedding, it’s important to concentrate on a plan. To tick things off and understand how far you’ve progressed. Because if not, you’ll either forget the tasks that have to be done, or you’ll end up succumbing to the anxiety often felt pre-wedding.
Avoid the stress of not knowing what to do when the time comes, and plan your last minute wedding checklist now.
Your Last Minute Wedding Checklist
We share those little details and jobs you’ll need to keep in mind as the big day draws very near.
Practice Getting Ready
Sounds crazy, but dressing yourself on your wedding day is quite unlike a normal day. And it’s more than likely you will need help.
If your wedding dress has a bustle, hopefully a member of your wedding party was with you during the bridal shopping experience, and has been taught how to do it for you. Even if they have been shown, it’s a good idea to get together and practice before the big day.
When practicing, put on everything you’ll be wearing on the day, right down to your veil and undergarments. That way there can be no surprises.
Finalize & Practice Your Vows
If you’re choosing to have a nonreligious ceremony, it’s wise to add a little bit of vows practice to your last minute wedding checklist. Whether you end up refining the words, or simply reading them out loud in the mirror. Its good to have your vows fresh in your mind as the big day approaches.
Break in Your Shoes
The last thing you want on your wedding day is to feel uncomfortable in your shoes. It can really dampen a mood, and stop you from enjoying many of the day’s highlights.
Avoid blisters and aching by wearing your shoes around the house in the weeks leading up to the wedding. And avoid slipping on shiny floors at your venue, by taking your heels for a walk outside. It’ll certainly add a bit of glamour to your dog walk, and help avoid any nasty accidents on the big day.
Pay Vendors & Prepare Payments
There will be some vendors you can pay in advance of the wedding, and it’s good to put through payments for those before they even reach your last minute checklist. Get them out the way.
On the flip side, there are other vendors who’ll require payment for their services on the day. Which, we imagine, is the last thing you want to be doing during celebrations. To avoid this task, enlist a trustworthy member of your wedding party, and set them the job of handing out preprepared envelopes of cash on the day.
Chase Up Late RSVPs
We’ve all got those friends and family members who are never on time, always full of excuses. And without a doubt, you’ll be chasing their RSVPs when the time comes.
Your final guest count and seating plan cannot be completed without everybody being accounted for.
Go Through Must-have Shots with Your Photographer
It may well be that your wedding photographer is already fully briefed with your checklist of required shots, but it doesn’t hurt to have a last minute check in with them.
Couples often see photography styles and shots from real weddings during the process of planning their big day, and wish they’d used certain elements themselves. Don’t let that be you! Chat through any last-minute changes or fresh additions with your photographer in the weeks leading up to the big day.
Organize an Emergency Kit
Every couple needs to prepare for those little emergencies that so regularly happen during the course of a wedding day. The headaches, paper cuts and minor hair mishaps that could ruin someone’s day but otherwise be avoided with a little preparation.
Wedding emergency kits can either be prepared in advance by buying all the individual items, and creating your own bespoke box of lotions and potions. Or, you could simply buy a pack online and have someone put everything together for you. Either way, we’ve listed below what you should have in your wedding emergency kit.
- Sewing kit
- Perfumes and cologne for men
- Eye drops
- Hand lotion
- Anti-dust white chalk for dress stains
- Nail file
- Bride’s nail polish
- Fabric tape, to fix a fallen hem
- Double-sided tape
- Earring backs
- Safety pins
- Breath mints
- Sugary sweets
- Lint roller
- Phone charger
- Clear nail polish
- Face powder
- Bobby pins
- Krazy Glue/Super Glue
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