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Bridal Checklist – Things to do one week before your wedding day

It’s the week before your wedding, you’re excited, but there are so many details you want to make sure you address before your big day! Tackling this list now will settle some of those last-minute nerves that can pop up when you leave things to the very last minute-just like when you wait to pack for your vacation the night before! If you tick off the items on this to-do list a week before your wedding, you’ll be in much better shape.

Confirm Your Timeline
Confirm your wedding timeline with all of your major vendors (Photographer, DJ, Coordinator, Makeup artists, etc.) and your Venue to ensure everyone is on the same page. If you have different timelines for your vendors, make sure they coordinate. You won’t want your photographer to arrive at your getting ready location at 9 am if you won’t have your hair and makeup done until 11:00 am! Taking care of this the week before will guarantee your day will run smoothly; you won’t have your DJ or coordinator asking you what time you want to cut the cake while you’re enjoying your dinner! I know it seems like you have a lot on your plate one week before the wedding, but this item is a must! I send all of my brides a friendly reminder to confirm their timeline a week before the big day, so they don’t forget. If you’re still in the planning phase of your wedding you can grab my guide on creating your perfect wedding timeline here!

Dress Rehearsal
It’s a good idea to try on your dress and all of your accessories a week before your wedding. You’ll want to make sure that everything fits correctly, and if not, you’ll have time to come up with a solution! As a bonus tip, have your mom or MOH help you try on your dress and accessories. They will most likely be the ones helping you into your gown come wedding day, so if you need to show them how to button up your dress, or fix your veil, doing it ahead of time can save you time on your wedding day.

Details & Communication
Tie up any loose ends! Whether it be giving your venue the final (final, final) version of your seating chart, letting your bridal party know when & where they need to arrive on the day of, or letting your dad know when he needs to be ready for the father-daughter first look, take care of this before your wedding day. The last thing you want is a bridesmaid to show up late, a guest to be left out of the seating chart, or your dad to walk in the bridal suite as you’re getting ready. Take care of these items beforehand so you won’t have to spend any time on your wedding day worrying about them.

Get your stuff together.
Set aside all of your wedding details & accessories for your wedding day. Place them all together in a bag or box that you can bring with you to wherever it is that you will be getting ready. Use the list below to make sure you don’t forget anything. One of the first things I do as a photographer when I show up on the wedding day is to capture detail portraits. When all of the details are set aside for me, I can work through detail shots quickly and spend more time on candids and portraits. Use the list below to make sure you don’t miss anything!

Share your Coordinator’s Info
If you hired a wedding planner or coordinator for your day or your venue has one assigned to your wedding, make sure everyone in your wedding circle has their number! If any type of mishap happens on your wedding day, you’ll want to make sure that you don’t have to deal with this added stress. Suppose your DJ has a question about where they can set up their system for the outdoor ceremony, or your florist wants to confirm the hotel room number they need to deliver boutonnieres to. In that case, this is something your coordinator/planner can handle while you enjoy some mimosas with your wedding crew!

Relax!
Ideally, you will take care of all this stuff early on in the week, leaving you to relax and soak up and enjoy the rest of the week before you’re married!!

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I’M  CASEY

FINGER LAKES REGION WEDDING & PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER

Fueled by equal parts caffeine and passion, I spend my days capturing the kinds of images that make you stop, smile and ask time to please slow down. Your story, your love, is beautiful and I can’t wait to capture it in images you will treasure for years to come.

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