What to Do 1 Month Before Your Wedding
By this time, you should have most of your planning done. Nevertheless, you'll probably feel a mix of emotions, ranging from happiness to stress because your life is about to change. Allow others to offer their help, and let yourself unwind when you feel overwhelmed. At Alexandra's Boutique, we'll help you take a breather and find the dress that feels meant to be.
1 Month Until Wedding Checklist
What should you do one month before your wedding besides take time to breathe and cuddle with your fiancé? Let the following checklist keep you on track:
Finalize the Ceremony and Reception
Finalize how many guests will be attending, menu selections, centerpieces, transportation and cake. Walk through the venue one last time to ensure you haven't forgotten anything.
Pay Your Vendors and Prepare Tips
Pay vendors in full if possible, so that it's one less thing to think about on your special day. Place tips in labeled envelopes for musicians, hairstylists, makeup artists, drivers, bartenders, servers and your wedding planner, and designate someone to take care of making sure your vendors receive their tips.
Have Your Second Fitting
By now, you'll have a clearer picture of how your gown will look and feel. For all fittings, and especially your final fittings, bring the undergarments you plan to wear on your wedding day. Also, make sure to bring your wedding-day shoes, so you get the proper length. If you need more alterations and a third fitting, schedule an appointment for two weeks before your wedding. For further peace of mind, you might also schedule a fitting a week before your wedding to address any last-minute needs.
Create a Day-Of Schedule
Create a timeline for the day of your wedding to help everyone stay on track. Include the times of each event that will occur throughout the day, from start to finish. The more detailed you can get, the better.
Plan the Night-Before Activities
Write down your plans for the night before your wedding, which may include your rehearsal dinner and personal reminders. Make sure to leave time for sleep.
Buy Thank-You Gifts
Purchase thank-you gifts for the wedding party and family members, which you'll give out during your rehearsal dinner. Personalized gifts or jewelry to wear on the wedding day are popular options.
Break in Your Wedding Shoes
Walk around in your wedding shoes to help you feel more comfortable on your big day. If possible, consider buying a pair of inserts to make them even easier to wear.
Purchase the Tiny Details
Pick up all of the small items required in your wedding, such as a guest book, cake stand, accessories for the ring bearer and flower girl, and anything else needed to make the ceremony and reception complete.
Create a seating chart considering your venue's floor plan. It might help to assign seats by groups to make guests feel more comfortable. For example, if you're inviting friends from work, you might have them sit together rather than placing them with strangers. Try to seat guests with people they're familiar with and enjoy being around the best you can.
Make Place Cards and Escort Cards
Escort cards direct guests to their tables while place cards show attendees their specific seats. While place cards aren't necessary, it is important to have escort cards, so your guests know where to go.
Have an escort card, which includes name and table number, for each guest. Display the cards near the entrance of the venue and arrange them in alphabetical order, so they're easy to find.