If you are about to tie the knot and you’ve got everything ready from the gown to the finalised guest list, great! But unfortunately that’s not all. You've got other things to do, and we are here to let you in on those things so that you won’t have a problem that will show up a day before the big day and give you anxiety. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you plan everything ahead, prepare a checklist and set a countdown.
The week before your big day will most likely be a headache. Luckily, there are dozens of lists online and in magazines about what to do before your wedding and let’s face it every bride has been there and survived. You can survive too, so take a look at the things you need to check on your list a week before your big day.
#1 Test drive the shoes
It’s no surprise that most brides complain about the discomfort of their heels on their big day. So what you need to do is to take them on a test drive, wear them every day a week or so before your wedding and get comfortable in them. Try to test them on different surfaces and different areas, just make sure not to ruin them while in the process!
#2 Have a Trial
The wedding pictures will last forever. So make sure you absolutely love your look for the big day. You need to have a hair and makeup trial, and make sure you are completely settled for the makeup look and hairstyle you want. And the best way to do so is to try them out and check how does it look under different lighting. Try to have the trial a couple of months in advance.
#3 Walk in your gown
You need to experience how it feels being in your gown for hours, rehearse walking in your gown, dancing in it and even going to the bathroom in it. You don’t want any surprises to pop up on your wedding day.
#4 Clear your mind
And in order to do so, you need to take some time off work. You don’t want to double your stress level by focusing on work-related tasks. Clear your schedule and focus on your big day.
#5 Check with your wedding planner
The planner is your only best friend before the wedding, and you need to meet with them to make sure that everything is in place and review any last-minute changes.
#6 Know the exact number of your guests
Even if roughly you need to know the number of guests that RSVP-ed and inform the hotel/venue of this number.
#7 Go over honeymoon details
Although the groom might be fully in charge of the honeymoon plan, you also need to check if everything is booked and you need to go over the travel time and make sure everything is planned perfectly.
#8 Get your beauty routine in check
If there's a week to your wedding then it’s probably time to get laser hair removal or if you are going for body waxing do so. This is to avoid any redness or rashes that might occur from all the hair removal you are going to do. As for hair, get your final hair color and haircut, as it’s better to do so a week before the big day cause you have time to make any changes if you didn’t like your look. Get a facial, a week before the wedding is perfect for a facial as it’s enough time for the skin to heal from all the scrubbing, masking and exfoliating.
#9 Confirm with all the vendors
This is an essential part, you need to make sure that everyone is going to be there from the photographers, to the makeup artist, to the hairstylist and that they will be doing their job exactly as agreed upon.
#10 Finalize hotel reservations
If you reserved hotel rooms or a bridal suite for the night before the wedding, call the hotel and confirm your bookings. Also, if you are booking for friends or family members make sure everything is settled.
#11 Call your in-laws
It’s probably time to check in on your in-laws, ask them if they have any questions regarding the wedding, see if they want anything from you as a bride and as their future son’s wife. Maybe they need you to meet or know about certain guests or family members.
#12 Make a song list
Don’t let the DJ decide on all the songs he/she wants to play, you too should have a saying in this. Maybe you and your future hubby have certain favorite songs that bring back good memories of the two of you. Make sure you put that song on the list along with other fave song picks and deliver it to the DJ to prepare them. Also ask your bridesmaids and the bestmen if they have specific recommendations.
#13 Test the food
As a bride, you need to think of your guests, and you need to make sure that they have a good time and most importantly you need to make sure that the food is tasty. So try the food and make sure you are going to feed your guests food that tastes good. Also, if you want to make any alterations to the food choices this is probably the best time to do it.
#14 Prepare an emergency kit
Even if you are totally prepared for your big day, you will definitely need an emergency kit. Let’s face it, accidents do happen and they happen at the worst times. The best thing you gotta do is be prepared, your kit should include hairclips, extra makeup, tissues, hand sanitizer, deodorant, painkillers, nail file, a swing kit, band aids, etc.
#15 Check on your ladies
Yes, your bridesmaids! Make sure they have their dresses ready and make sure they know when and where you will meet the day of the wedding, let them know the wedding timeline so that they will be informed about what they need to do.
#16 Pack a luggage bag for the honeymoon
Get that out of the way and be ready for the honeymoon, so pack what you will take on your honeymoon. Make sure your clothes are clean and ironed and pack everything you will need. For instance, if you are going to a sunny destination, make sure you buy good sunscreen, you wouldn’t wanna be left with a sunburn on your honeymoon.
#17 Get a mani padi
You can either do this a day or two before the wedding or on your wedding day. Just make sure you choose the right color, even test it out with your gown, you wouldn’t want a color that’s too distracting.
#18 Pack a bag for the hotel
If you will be spending a night before/after the wedding in the hotel, pack all you need from intimates, pjs to bathing-suit to lingerie.
#19 Check the weather
One thing we usually miss, is checking how will the weather be on the big day. If you are having your wedding on the beach, check for how the wind will be that way you will be prepared, you wouldn’t want your veil to be flying to your face the whole night.
#20 Relax, hydrate, sleep
As a bride you probably are put under a lot of pressure trying to make your big day as special as possible. And a week before the wedding you need to be relaxed you wouldn’t wanna look tired on your wedding photos. So make sure to drink enough water for fresh skin, and to get enough night’s sleep.
The last thing you want is to be a grumpy bride, that’s why you need to consider doing things that will help you unwind. Consider yoga for relaxation, take a long walk or go for a massage. These things might help you loosen up a little before your big day and will give you time to breathe and let go of all the wedding stress you have been experiencing.