Where did the time go? You’ve got 1 week before your wedding!

You’ll be married in 1 week. ONE WEEK!

But with only 1 week before your wedding you’re calm, cool, and relaxed because you’ve spent the last 11 months getting ready. You’ve scouted and booked your venue(s), set your budget, finalized your guest list, and sent your Save the Date cards.

You created your wedding website and set up your registries, booked your wedding vendors, and reserved room blocks. You shopped for and ordered your wedding gown, searched, tasted and ordered your wedding cake, finalized your florals, and taken your engagement photo.

You found your hair and make up artists and booked your trials, selected your bridesmaid’s dresses and partner’s attire, and bought your wedding day accessories. You made your wedding night accommodations, booked your honeymoon, searched for and ordered invitations and stationary. You finalized your menu, got bridesmaids’ accessories, chose groomsmen and ring bearer attire, and bought wedding rings.

You updated your registry, searched for favors, planned and invited guests to pre-wedding parties, searched for readings, and confirmed gown fittings. You booked transportation, sent invitations, tracked your gifts on a spreadsheet and sent thank you notes. You checked on room blocks, folded your programs and menu, researched your marriage license, bought a guest book, and selected gifts for your attendants and family.

You have invited guests to your rehearsal dinner, gotten your marriage license, and submitted preferences for music. You’ve gotten all of your last minute accessories, created your wedding day schedule, planned your readings with the officiant, and went to your final wedding dress fitting. You updated your timeline, made a list of floral recipients, confirmed shots with your photographer and videographer, and went over readings with your officiant. You confirmed honeymoon details and itinerary, started packing, and made a list for your receiving line.

You wrote your wedding vows, picked up your wedding rings, and checked in with your out of town guests. You created a seating chart, organized transportation, and finalized your guest count. Your vendors have been paid and your toasts are written. You’ve got a few things to check on, then it’s time to enjoy the party!

  1. Give final head count to the caterer.

    Confirm set-up instructions, menu items, and any special requests for your guests dietary restrictions 1 week before your wedding.

  2. Check in with Your Florist

    Has anything changed? Did you add tables, or has one of your bridesmaids dropped out? Have you added a flower girl or a corsage for your grandmother who wasn’t originally able to attend? Let your florist know as soon as possible, especially if you’ve selected special order flower varieties.

  3. Check in with Your Wedding Cake Baker

    Confirm head count, delivery time, and location with your wedding cake vendor 1 week before your wedding.

  4. Pick up your wedding gown.

    Try on your wedding dress before leaving the shop to make sure it fits perfectly.

  5. Transport Items to Reception Venue

    Visit the designated corner in your home where you stored all your wedding related items. Box up everything for the reception and transport it to the reception venue. Removing the mountain of favors, candles, place cards, guest book, pens, cake knife, toasting flutes, and all other reception items from your home will give you a huge sense of accomplishment.

  6. Assemble Your Emergency Kit

    Along with your wedding gown, veil, shoes, stockings, it’s good to have an wedding emergency kit. You can tailor it to suit your reception venue and time of year. For example, for an outdoor summer wedding reception in Austin you’ll want to include bug spray and Benadryl from the optional section at the bottom of the list. Probably an extra bottle of water or two, as well.

    Essentials for your emergency kit:

    • Aspirin (or pain reliever of choice)
    • Band-Aids
    • Bottle of water
    • Breath mints/spray
    • Cash
    • Chalk (to cover up any last-minute smudges or smears on your wedding dress)
    • Comb/brush
    • Copy of your wedding day and transportation schedules
    • Dental floss/toothpicks
    • Deodorant
    • Eye drops
    • Extension cord
    • Extra earring backs
    • Hairpins/ponytail holder
    • Hair spray
    • Hand towelettes
    • Lint roller
    • Makeup (for touch-ups)
    • Mini sewing kit
    • Mirror
    • Nail file
    • Nail polish- clear
    • Perfume
    • Phone charger
    • Q-Tips
    • Safety pins
    • Scissors
    • Scotch tape
    • Spot remover
    • Static-cling spray
    • Straws (to avoid messing up your lipstick)
    • Tampons/sanitary napkins
    • Tissues
    • Tweezers

    Optional Emergency Kit Inclusions:

    • Antacid
    • Benadryl or Epi-Pen
    • Blow dryer
    • Bug spray
    • Ear plugs
    • Energy drinks
    • Granola bars
    • Hem tape/double-sided tape
    • Highlighter/white out
    • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
    • Matches or lighter
    • Mouthwash
    • Paper and pen
    • Razor
    • Smelling salts (just in case)
    • Sunblock
    • Super glue
    • Toothbrush/toothpaste
    • White duct tape

Now, with all your planning done, you can start looking forward to enjoying your day. But, what will you do when you return from your honeymoon?

Thank you notes! And that’s it. After all this work, you can settle in to married bliss.