How to Get Ready for Your Wedding Day and How to Pack

The final week leading up to your wedding can be one of the most exciting weeks of your life...and also one of the most stressful. Throughout the planning process, our goal is to try to ensure that everything is taken care of before the week of the wedding so our couples can enjoy spending time with visiting friends and family. But, there are always last minute items that need to be done including packing everything for your wedding day. Here is your rundown on what to do the week before your wedding and what to pack the day of. 

Confirm Your Wedding Vendors
If you hire Proud to Plan, we take care of this for you. The Monday before your wedding, we contact all of your wedding vendors to confirm all of the details we have finalized and also to confirm their arrival time and that they have our contact information, should any issues arise. It's a great way to get on the same page with all of your wedding vendors and to make sure nothing falls through the cracks. 
Finalize Your Inventory
I am sure a large corner of your living or dining room has started to pile high with everything wedding related. The week of the wedding is the time to go through it all and make a list of where and how everything is getting to where it needs to be. This includes all your decor and wedding essentials like your guestbook, toasting flutes, table numbers, signage, framed photos, etc. Typically you are able to drop most of these items off at the venue up to a day or two before, but some items you may need to bring the day of. 
Pamper Yourself
The week of your wedding is the time to pamper yourself. Get your nails done so they look their best, tweeze or get your eyebrows waxed, schedule a massage to relax you for the big day and overall, just spoil yourself. Now is the time to do it. And make sure to bring some of your girlfriends along for the fun!
Pack for Your Wedding Day
Next it's time to actually pack for your wedding day. From your marriage license to your dress, there is a full list of items you will need to pack with you the day of. Here are the essentials:
Wedding Essentials
  • Marriage License
  • Wedding Rings
  • Bride and Groom's Vows
  • Speeches and Readings for Ceremony
  • Invitation Suite (save the date, rehearsal dinner invite, shower invites, and the wedding invite, so your photographer can document them)
  • Final Vendor Payments (if you have any final payments to vendors)
  • Gratuity Envelopes (tips for any of the appropriate wedding vendors)
  • Extra Cash (in case you received excellent additional service)
  • Final Inventory Items (any items that could not be delivered to the venue)
For the Bride
  • Bride's Button Down Shirt (to make getting ready easier)
  • Bride's Dress
  • Bride's Veil
  • Bride's Undergarments and Garter
  • Bride's Jewelry
  • Bride's Purse
  • Bride's Shoes
  • Bride's Change of Shoes (flip flops or flats for dancing)
  • Bride's Luggage
  • Bride's Toiletries 
For the Groom
  • Groom's Tux or Suit
  • Groom's Tie
  • Groom's Pocket Square
  • Groom's Specialty Socks
  • Groom's Shoes
  • Groom's Cuff Links
  • Groom's Luggage
  • Groom's Toiletries
Pack For Your Honeymoon
If you are leaving for your honeymoon right after the wedding, you will also need to handle the packing before your wedding day. Remember that most of your out of town guests will stay around the day after your wedding and will want to spend time with you before heading home, so you may not have time to pack after you make it official. Pack before so you feel prepared and not rushed after the wedding. 

Enjoy Time Alone
Remember to take a breath and enjoy some alone time during your final week as an engaged couple. Plan a dinner date night to get the wedding off your mind for just even an hour and plan some fun things to do with friends when they start arriving to town for the weekend. 
Enjoy the moment and remember that everything will turn out great!


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