Your Ultimate Last-Minute Wedding Checklist

Photo by Oh, Karina Photography You've almost reached the finish line of your wedding planning journey. The official Offbeat Bride checklist has been diligently followed, and now you need a last-minute checklist to ensure nothing...

Last minute wedding checklist Photo by Oh, Karina Photography

You've almost reached the finish line of your wedding planning journey. The official Offbeat Bride checklist has been diligently followed, and now you need a last-minute checklist to ensure nothing slips through the cracks. In this article, we'll cover the essential tasks to tackle in the days leading up to your wedding. From finalizing payments to breaking in your wedding shoes, we've got you covered. So grab a cup of tea, take a deep breath, and let's dive into your ultimate last-minute wedding checklist.

Check in with your trusted vendors

It's crucial to touch base with all your vendors to ensure everyone is on the same page. Confirm that they have the correct directions, your designated point of contact's information, and that you're aware of any outstanding payments. Take this opportunity to clarify how long each vendor needs to stay or when their services will conclude.

Prepare final payments and obtain receipts

Don't leave anything to chance when it comes to payments. Make the necessary arrangements to settle outstanding balances with your vendors and get receipts as proof of payment. To simplify tipping, consider creating envelopes for each vendor with their gratuity inside. Seal them securely to prevent any mishaps.

Arrange early drop-off for luggage and wedding outfits

If you're staying at a hotel, inquire about the possibility of dropping off your luggage in advance. Alternatively, have someone reliable handle this task on the day itself. Ensure that your jewelry, accessories, shoes, and other essentials are prepared and ready in one place. Coordinate early delivery of reception changes or going-away outfits to your venue.

Check decor and venue items off your list

Take advantage of any extra time you have and find out how early you can deliver decor items to your venue. This includes wedding favors, toasting glasses, cake knives, and any other items you've planned for. Don't forget to arrange for the transportation of ceremony items as well. Designate someone trustworthy for this task.

Pack for your honeymoon in advance

If you're heading off on your honeymoon right after the wedding, ensure that your travel documents are organized and easily accessible. Double-check your passports, airline tickets, hotel reservations, and any other relevant documentation to avoid any last-minute stress.

Break in your wedding shoes

It's essential to wear your wedding shoes on various surfaces and spend some time walking in them to ensure maximum comfort. Even if they felt fine during your fittings, consider packing a backup pair of flats, just in case. Trust us, your feet will thank you later.

Arrange for plant and pet care

While you're enjoying your big day or jetting off on your honeymoon, don't forget about your beloved plants and pets. Make arrangements for someone trustworthy to take care of them and shower them with love in your absence.

Prepare backups for important documents and lists

No matter how well-prepared you are, having backups is always a wise idea. Print out copies of your vows, music playlists, speeches, and photo shot lists. Additionally, keep electronic copies on your smartphone or entrust a wedding party member with these vital documents.

Create a day-of itinerary

Map out a detailed itinerary for your wedding day. Include plans for decor setup, photography sessions, getting ready schedules, and instructions for everyone involved. Consider distributing the itinerary during the rehearsal or when your crew is gathered together.

Pack your "Oh shit" kit

Be prepared for any surprises or emergencies with a well-stocked "Oh shit" kit. Here are some ideas to include:

  • The ultimate Decormergency Kit
  • Wedding day essentials that could save the day
  • Tips for avoiding unexpected chaos on your wedding day

Plan your meals and hydration

Keep yourself fueled and hydrated throughout the day. Arrange breakfast, snacks, and water to be readily available. Whether it's preordering breakfast at your hotel, asking a friend to bring take-out, or having healthy snacks on hand, ensure you're well-nourished as you embark on your wedding journey.

Review printed materials

Take some time to review all your printed materials, such as programs, menus, signs, and any other stationery. Ensure that there are no glaring errors or misleading information. While minor mistakes can be overlooked, make sure nothing major slips through the cracks.

Get your welcome gifts ready

If you plan to shower your crew with fun welcome gifts, prepare and wrap them well in advance. Include these gifts in your supplies and ensure they're easily accessible and ready to be distributed.

Designate a gift hauler

As much as you may discourage gifts, cards and presents are inevitable. Choose a trusted person to collect and deliver these gifts to your home or a secure location. Make sure they have access to the necessary keys or codes.

Arrange transportation for your bridal party and yourself

Don't let transportation be an afterthought. Ensure that there's a well-planned arrangement to get you and your bridal party safely home after the celebrations. Avoid getting stranded by making arrangements in advance, especially if you'll be in a bustling city.

Program important contacts into your phone

It's always a good idea to have important vendor contacts programmed into your phone. Whether it's a cab service, limousine company, or any other transportation provider, make sure you have their numbers readily available. Consider sharing this list with a trusted friend or family member for added peace of mind.

Entrust your legal documents to a responsible person

Your marriage license is a vital document. Assign someone responsible to safeguard it during the wedding ceremony and keep it safe afterward. The last thing you want is to misplace or damage this important piece of paperwork.

Seek wisdom from wedding veterans

Gain insights and learn from others' experiences. Take a look at articles such as "Buy more tape, and 6 other things I learned as a day-of coordinator" and "13 things I wish I'd known on my wedding day." Benefit from the wisdom of those who have been through the wedding planning process before.

Relax and enjoy special moments with your partner

Amidst all the hustle and bustle, be sure to take some time to relax and savor intimate moments with your partner. Appreciate the love and excitement surrounding your special day. After all, this is a celebration of your lifelong commitment to each other.

What last-minute wedding checklist tips did we miss? Let us know in the comments!

Article inspired by "Your last-minute wedding checklist" from @offbeatbride

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