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Bridal Checklist – One Month Before The Wedding

Planning for your wedding can feel like a whirlwind at times. The closer you get to your wedding date, the more it feels like you have to do to finalize. Here are a few things you should do about one month before the big day!

Final Guest Count
Pass along the final guest count to your venue & caterer. If any guests haven’t RSVP’d, now is the time to reach out to them.

Final Fitting
About one month before your date is when you’ll have your final dress fitting. Be sure to bring along the undergarments & shoes you’ll be wearing on your wedding day to this fitting. You’ll also want to bring along your mom/maid of honor/sister/whoever will be helping you into your dress. Your tailor/seamstress can show them how to help you with your dress and bustle it later in the evening.

Seating Chart
Once you’ve reached out to the last-minute RSVPs, you can organize your seating chart! You’ll want to get this to-do marked off your list ASAP so you can begin to focus on the more fun elements of wedding planning.

Set/confirm any Salon/Spa Appointments
Be sure to book/confirm any appointments for mani/pedi’s, waxing, facials. Massages, etc.

Final Meeting With Vendors
About a month before your wedding, you should be meeting with your vendors to finalize any plans & timelines. Each specific vendor should have a few items you’ll need to finalize for them. Your hair & makeup team will need a final headcount, your DJ/Band might require your final song selections, and your photographer will need to confirm your family formal portrait list. If you’ve invested in experienced vendors they should help keep you on top of this so nothing will slip through the cracks. You’ll want to take care of this ASAP. Once this part of planning is out of the way, you can begin to relax & enjoy yourselves! If you don’t have a wedding planner, you’ll want to cross-check the different timelines you have with all of your vendors! For example, you’ll want to make sure that hair & makeup will be done in time for photos, that your DJ and venue have the same time for cocktail hour & open dance, etc.

Check-in with your Wedding Party & Immediate Family
Confirm & reconfirm times, locations, and other details with your entire wedding party, parents, and grandparents. Let them in on any details they may need to know about the wedding. Bonus points if you can print out a little handheld timeline printout for everyone one

Planning & executing a wedding is a labor of love. So plan ahead, and take care of much of the planning as you can, as early as you can!

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I’M  CASEY

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