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The last minute wedding day checklist

06 May 15 By: Lene McGuinness

Your big day is just around the corner and you’re pretty sure you’ve got all your bases covered when it comes to organising everything – except just like that feeling we get when we’re going on holiday, there’s something niggling at you. Could you have missed anything? The last thing anyone wants to do is forget an important detail on their big day, so with this in mind, we’ve put together a last minute wedding day checklist to help make sure you don’t forget those finer details that make such a big difference.

Call your vendors to make sure they’re ready for you.

Caterers, Equipment Hire providers, manicurists, hairdressers call everyone and make sure they know the times and dates that they’re supposed to be there on the agreed date. The last thing you need is your hair and make-up expert to forget they’ve double booked and not turn up on the day.

Check your schedule, and then check it again.

It’s important to make sure that your wedding runs smoothly, or the person who’s in charge of your big day – whether it be a member of your family or the venue representative is aware of the schedule that you’re working to. Make sure your hire car is going to arrive at the specified time, the celebrant or priest is working to the correct time and the venue is going to be open when you arrive. It’s a good idea to pass a document to all the important key players of the day with times on.

Brides, try your dress on again

If you haven’t put your dress on in the weeks leading up to the wedding, try it on again and look closely to make sure everything is ok. If you can do one last fitting in the store, make sure you have the seamstress look it over again as they may find something like a loose button or a small tear that could cause havoc on the big day. Grooms, this goes for you too. Try your suit on and check over every detail the week before to save any mishaps ruining your style!

Grooms, get a haircut

Let’s face it, bad haircuts can happen. But by getting a haircut at least a week early, you can get settled with how it looks and make sure you’re happy with it.

Make sure your favours are ready

Favours are a great way to add a little personality to your table, so don’t forget them. You can often leave these with your venue representative, so just make sure they’re labelled up and placed on the right table if you’re making them unique for certain people.

Call those tardy guests.

Some people may have forgotten to RSVP to your invite, it happens. You’ll need the final headcount for your caterers, plus you’ll want to know if that annoying Aunty is coming or not and who to warn that she’s coming!

Wear your shoes again.

This goes for both bride and groom. You’ll be on your feet most of the day and dancing through the night, so make sure your shoes are comfortable. If you simply have to have those killer heels to walk down the aisle (and we don’t blame you) make sure you’ve got a pair of foldaway pumps for when you need a little rest. Grooms; it’s important to remember that you’ll be walking around thanking everybody for coming all day, so make sure your shoes are a good fit.

Double check that speech

If you’re making a speech, and grooms we’re looking at you here, there’s bound to be a few jokes in there. Maybe double check whether it’s appropriate one last time before the big day.

A wedding day emergency kit is a must!

A kit full of safety pins, hair clips, spare eyelash glue, lip balm, deodorant, fashion tape and mints is an absolute life saver. Even things like Antihistamines are a good idea to take with you, especially if the wedding is outside. Grooms, a small bag of toiletries left with your best man will help you freshen up throughout the day too.

Pack a wedding bag for the wedding night

Don’t leave this until the last minute. Having someone deliver the bag to the hotel you’re staying at also takes a little of the stress away.