What to Do 1 to 2 Weeks Before Your Wedding
First, take a deep breath — most of the hard work has been done. Now it's time to finish up the tiny details.
In this chapter, we'll provide checklists for two weeks and one week until your wedding, and we'll answer a few common questions at the end. If you're wondering about the details of your gown, we'll take care of that for you. At Alexandra's Boutique, we'll make sure your dress fits perfectly for your special day.
2 Weeks Before Wedding
With two weeks to go before your wedding, time will feel like it zooms right past you. At this point in the wedding planning timeline, you won't have to worry about making major decisions, such as what style gown to wear or what to serve at cocktail hour, but you'll still have some important tasks to check off your list, such as:
Confirm Seating Chart
Look over your seating chart one last time and make sure you're satisfied with the arrangement. If you decide to make a change or two, don't forget to adjust your escort cards.
Verify Final Payment Amounts
Catch up with anyone who hasn't RSVPed and give the final headcount to the caterer and venue. Take care of any remaining payments for vendors.
Couples may ask the best man, maid of honor and the parents to give a toast at their wedding. If you've done so, remind your chosen speakers about their toasts. You and your partner should also prepare to thank guests for celebrating your wedding with you.
Give Your Photographer a List of Photo Ideas
Let your photographer know if there are any locations or details you want them to capture. Consider moments you really want to be caught on film that might occur throughout the day. There are some memories you'll want to cherish, such as your partner's emotions when they first look at you in your dress.
Attend Your Last Alterations Appointment
Ask your maid of honor to join you for your final fitting so they can get acquainted with your gown and learn everything they need to know. At the appointment, try on your gown and all of your accessories, including your shoes and veil. As questions regarding pre-wedding dress care and be ready to look and feel gorgeous.
1 Week Before Wedding Checklist
The week before your wedding is filled with excitement, and you might feel fluttering in your stomach. You'll soon be able to enjoy the fruits of your hard work as you celebrate with your partner, family and friends. In the meantime, here's a checklist to get you through the final countdown without skipping a beat:
- Pick up your dress or arrange for delivery.
- Pack for your honeymoon.
- Confirm your travel plans.
- Have a final dress fitting if needed.
- Pack an overnight bag for your wedding.
- Touch up your hair color.
- Get your eyebrows done.
- Have your jeweler clean your engagement ring.
- Practice your vows.
- Put together welcome bags for guests staying at the hotel.
- Print out your place cards and escort cards if you haven't yet done so.
What Should I Eat One Week Before My Wedding?
With all the excitement and strong emotions leading up to your big day, it might seem challenging to stick to a healthy diet. Stress can also affect the digestive system, which could lead to symptoms like bloating or nausea — certainly not what you want when it's time to bite into a luscious piece of cake. To minimize the effects of stress on your body and get the fuel you need, try to eat whole, healthy foods, such as:
- Whole grains
- Lean proteins
- Nuts and seeds
- Plenty of water
Avoid consuming the following types of foods and beverages a week before your wedding:
- Sugary foods and drinks
- Excess caffeine
- Excess sodium
- Processed foods
How Can I Relax a Week Before My Wedding?
Managing stress can feel tricky when you're days away from getting married, but it's important for your mind and body. Here are a few easy ways to evoke calm feelings during the most thrilling time of your life:
- Exercise: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Take some time to do activities that you enjoy, such as going for a nature walk or a jog. Just make sure to stick to a routine you're used to because you don't want to pull any muscles or feel sore for your wedding.
- Pamper yourself: Treat yourself to a massage, curl up with a fun magazine and a cup of lavender tea or take a warm bubble bath. There are plenty of ways to pamper yourself, so make sure to squeeze some "me" time into your schedule — you deserve it!
- Meditate: Meditation can help you clear your mind whenever you start to feel overwhelmed. Simply focusing on your breathing for a few moments as you sit or lie in a comfortable position can make stress melt away.
- Jot down your feelings: Another way to get all of those overwhelming emotions out of your head is to jot them down. That way, you don't have to keep anything bottled up, and chances are, you'll feel better once you can see your thoughts on paper.
- Ask others for help: Planning a wedding is undoubtedly a hefty task, but there's no need to handle it all on your own. Don't be afraid to reach out to friends and family members for assistance when you need a helping hand.
- Stay in touch with your partner: If you're busy planning your wedding, you might not have much time left to spend with your soon-to-be spouse. Make sure to leave time for bonding with your fiancé and discussing your thoughts, concerns and dreams.
How Many Days Should I Take off Before My Wedding?
Consider how many vacation days you have left after you subtract your honeymoon and take off as much time as you can before your wedding. If possible, try to take off at least three days before your wedding, though a week would be ideal.