The week before your wedding has the potential to be the most stressful week ever. But here at Own Your Wedding we are all about keeping it calm. I’ve found that the best way to achieve a sense of calm is to get organised. So I’m going to share my tips for getting organised to make sure the week before your wedding runs smoothly and you’re as calm as can be.
Top Tips for the Week Before Your Wedding
- Take the week before your wedding off work. This may not be possible for everyone, but if you can it will be worth it. It gives you time to focus on the wedding, to get all those final bits and pieces finished. This is particularly important if you’re doing a lot of DIY for your wedding. We both too the week before our wedding off work, it meant we weren’t running around like crazy in the day or so before the wedding.
- Have a set-up and take-down plan. It’s time to bring together all the hard work you’ve put in to preparing for your wedding. But now isn’t the time to try to be Wonder Woman or Superman, you’ll need some help to get it all done. So you’ll need to rally the troops.
- Speak to all your suppliers to confirm the details at the start of the week. You’ll probably have a meeting with the events people at your venue in this final week.This way you’ll be sure your suppliers have everything under control, and you can concentrate on other things. If there are any issues, there is a bit of time to get things sorted.
- Create your wedding day timeline. Share it with everyone involved in the wedding, so they know who’s doing what and when on the day. Click here to read Dean’s post on creating your wedding day timeline (and look out for the free guide and spreadsheet at the bottom to get you started).
- Spend time with your bride or groom before it gets too busy and all the guests arrive. This can be a tough thing to do when you are soo busy. But by having this week planned out ahead of time you can pencil in some time together. Give yourself time to relax with your loved one and enjoy the excitement, your wedding day is almost here.
Set-up and Take-down Plan
The big things that made the week before our wedding calm, was that we had a plan. We knew exactly what was going to happen, so there were few surprises to deal with. To come up with your plan for setting up your wedding and take everything down again, there are some things to think about.
When will you be able to set-up and take-down at your wedding venue? We were lucky,we had the whole day before our wedding to get things ready, and day after to clear up. Not every venue is that relaxed however, and you may only have a few hours before and after available.
Who is going to help you? Having a group to volunteers to get things done is key. Don’t be afraid to ask your nearest and dearest to help, they want to be involved. Some venues will help you do this too. If the set-up has to be done the morning of your wedding, the bridal party probably won’t be able to help, so you’ll need some trust people to do it.
What do you need to take with you? Having spent a lot of time preparing for your wedding, you don’t want to forget anything at the final stage. So it is important to make a list of all the things you need to take to your wedding venue. It’s especially important if your not getting married locally, so popping back home to collect the wedding shoes isn’t an option. Pack everything into sturdy plastic storage boxes (to keep it safe), do this a few days before and tick it off the list as you go. You can see how we created our Wedding Day Checklist to keep track of what we needed to pack by clicking here.
You’ll probably have a couple of deliveries and collections to make in this final week; wedding dress, cake, flowers to name a few. So it is important to have the details of these. When and where are these going to happen? Who is going to receive the deliveries, or do you need some one to go collect something for you? Also when they arrive, will you need space to store them or special conditions (the flowers may need to be kept in a cool place overnight perhaps)? Speaking to your suppliers will answer most of these questions.
Our Wedding Set-up
And Don’t Forget…
With so many things to organise it can be easy to forget some of the little things along the way. Here are a few things that could easily be left out.
Don’t forget about the food and refreshments for you and your helpers. I don’t know about you, but I get hangry, and being a grumpy cow because I’m hungry is not the way to calmly get on with setting up your wedding.
If your staying away from home during the wedding, get your overnight bags sorted at least a few days before. This is even more important if you’re going on honeymoon straight away. This will also force you to get clothes washed and ironed ready. You can include all the things you need to pack in your Wedding Day Checklist.
Think about what you will do the night before your wedding, it’s easy to be so busy that you don’t enjoy this time. If some of your guests are arriving early, you could organise to get together with them for dinner perhaps. Or you might want to plan in some quiet time relaxing instead. Try not to go to bed too late, this is easier said than done though (I felt like a kid on Christmas Eve, so not the most restful night ever).
Keeping it Calm
Having a chilled week before your wedding is definitely possible. Focus on the things that are important to you and get organised. I hope these tips will help you achieve the calm you desire.
If you’re looking for more help to take the stress out of planning your wedding, we have a collection of freebies for you. These include our Wedding Preparation Checklist, budget spreadsheet and guest list advice. To get access, fill in the form below.