Well done! You’ve planned your wedding and it’s drawing closer to the Big Day. There are a few tasks to complete, but do you know what they are? Today we’re breaking it down for you so you know exactly which tasks to focus on! With just 30 days before your wedding, we’ve got a list of 20 things you should do. This list will keep you sane and will prevent you from forgetting the essentials. You’ll thank us later!
1. Get your final headcount
It’s important to let your caterer know how many people are coming to your wedding dinner, so chase up those RSVPs!
2. Go for your last dress fitting
Make the final touches to your bridal look by having your final dress fitting! Don’t forget to wear your heels. Expert tip: do your hair and makeup and you’ll feel extra beautiful during your fitting.
3. Book your final beauty appointments
It’s time to have a hair and makeup trial, so book those for the month before the wedding. Include dying your hair no later than two weeks before the Big Day so you’ve got time for the colour to settle in. We recommend buying the lipstick you and your makeup artist decide is best. Pop it in your wedding clutch for the Big Day.
Book your appointments for your mani, pedi, massage and self-tan, if you’re opting for any of these treatments.
Related: Wedding Beauty Treatments and Where to Get Them in Ireland
4. Chat with all your suppliers
About two weeks before the wedding, phone all your suppliers and check in. Confirm arrival times, what they need to bring and pay everyone ahead of time. The last thing you want to do on your wedding day is be carrying envelopes of cash to distribute.
5. Create a wedding day timeline
Your timeline will include all the events happening on the day, so be as detailed as you can. 30 days before your wedding, distribute this timeline to your wedding party, parents and suppliers.
Related: How to Plan Your Wedding Day Timeline
6. Pack an emergency kit
Things happen and we recommend being prepared! 30 days before your wedding, create a wedding day emergency kit or delegate this to your wedding party.
Related: Your Wedding Emergency Kit Packing List
7. Create a seating chart
Now that RSVPs are in, you can start working on your seating chart!
8. Finalise wedding favours
Whether you are arranging the favours yourselves or enlisting the help of a fabulous supplier, now is the time to put together all the final details. Add ribbons, labels and other personal touches, and get help from your wedding party to do so.
Related: Gifts and Favours in Ireland
9. Order wedding programmes
Speak with your stationery supplier to get a batch of wedding programmes designed and printed.
10. Send your song list to the band and DJ
And don’t forget to include songs you don’t want them to play!
Related: Upbeat Wedding Songs to Get Your Guests on the Dancefloor
11. Confirm your shot list with your photographer
This shot list will include any ‘must-have’ photos you want to take, as well as your family photo list. Enlist the help of somebody from each side of the family to coordinate everybody on the day, and make sure they also have a copy of the family photo list.
Related: What Wedding Photos Do You Actually Need?
12. Check in with your wedding party
Remind the guys to pick up their suits and check that the bridesmaids have their dresses, shoes and accessories.
13. Confirm transport
In particular, confirm pickup times and locations with those who are driving you to your wedding ceremony and reception locations.
Related: Cars and Coaches in Ireland
14. Write Thank You notes to your bridesmaids
And include a small gift if you want to! Tell your ladies that you are so happy to have them by your side and remind them why you asked them to walk this journey with you.
15. Write a note to your spouse-to-be
Don’t forget why you’re doing all of this! Write a special note or buy a sweet gift to give to your spouse-to-be on the morning of your wedding day.
16. Confirm the ceremony plan with your celebrant/solemniser
Sit down with your celebrant/solemniser and speak with all the details of your wedding ceremony. Include readings, vows, the order of service, and any special items you’ve arranged.
Related: Beautiful Ceremony Readings For Your Big Day
17. Practice your first dance
Even if you’ve done lessons, do a final run-through of your first dance, and do it in your heels.
18. Confirm honeymoon plans
Make a list of all the honeymoon details and confirm them. We’re talking about flights, passports, any activities you’d like to do. Don’t forget to make a packing list and then pack ahead of time.
Related: Honeymoon Inspiration
19. Drop off all your extras
Create a list of all the extra items you’ll need for your wedding day, and then put them all in a box. Things like unity candles, guest book, and sparklers. Drop off the boxes at your venue ahead of time.
20. Breathe and take it all in
Don’t forget to enjoy it all! This is an amazing day, so take it all in.
And after your Big Day, come back and share your wedding story with us! You can do that right here on our blog or tag us on Instagram!
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Kelly is a former wedding planner and a lover of anything pink. She believes that any bride can plan her own wedding, with a few tips and helpful tools.