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A Bride’s Guide to Surviving the Week Before the Big Day

The big day is just one week out. Your wedding plan book is falling apart with all of the double and triple checking you’ve been doing. Let these last minute tips give you some insight into what your final week should look like before you say “I do!”

The Clothes

Now is the time to go pick up your tux and gown for the wedding day. Make sure you and the groom both do a final fitting before leaving the store. Practice walking and dancing in your shoes. The last thing you want is for you or the groom to wind up with blisters at the end of the night.

Confirm Wedding Day Appointments

You’ve made the appointments to get your hair, make up and nails done, now it’s time to confirm. You won’t have time for a ‘Plan B’ if your appointment time gets double booked.

Speaking of Hair

One week out from the wedding is the best time for the groom to get his haircut. Doing it too soon could create a scraggly look and doing it too late could make his hair look a kid’s cut.

Schedule, Schedule, Schedule

Now is the time to create and communicate the wedding day schedule. It’s important to have a clear idea of what the day is going to look like and the order things will happen in. Once you have the schedule in order, pass it out to everyone who needs to know.

Get the Papers in Order

While the legal side of marriage is not nearly as fun as the wedding day events, it’s probably the most important part of the day. In many states, marriage licenses are only good for a short period of time and some states have a waiting period. If you have a pre-nuptial agreement that still needs to be signed, get it done now. Know that it may not hold up in court if a full disclosure of assets was not made at the time you sign the contract. The day of the wedding is not the time to review legal documents or property assets.

Point of Contact

On the day of the wedding, everyone will be looking to give directions. By naming a point of contact, and arming them with all the possible answers, you can ensure yourself a relaxing and stress free day.

One Last Tip About the Honeymoon—Pack Early!

You don’t want to have to deal with packing up on the day of your wedding or even after your celebration. Make a list of everything you think you’ll need—such as scuba gear for your Jamaican destination or luxury comforter sets for cozying up in at a cabin in the Rocky Mountains. Whatever it is you need, pack it up a week early. There may be some things you won’t be able to pack just yet—those last minute everyday necessity items—but have them on hand to grab once it’s time.

Planning ahead will help keep the day organized and as calm as can be expected. Remember that it’s ok to delegate tasks. Your friends and family are there to help you create the wedding of your dreams.

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