The last few days and weeks leading up to a wedding can be a little hectic. From finalising the food to arranging transport, and checking the weather to planning your timetable, your list of things to do will probably feel never-ending. To help ensure you don’t forget any of the most important details, we’ve put together a last-minute wedding checklist.
Check the weather
You’ll only be able to get a good idea of what the weather will be like around a week before your big day. Any earlier and the forecast will be unreliable. Take a look at a few different weather sites to see what the consensus is. Once you know if you’re planning for sun, rain, snow or storm, you’ll be able to decide if you’re getting hitched inside or out and properly plan your travel arrangements. If it looks like the weather is going to be extreme on your wedding day – whether that’s heat, cold, rain or wind – try to create a contingency plan to minimise the impact of the weather and keep your guests safe and comfortable.
If you need friends and family to travel for your wedding, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the road, rail and air routes in the weeks before the big day. Check to see if there are any planned maintenance works scheduled for your wedding day and check the news to find out if any strikes are planned. If it looks like travel will be disrupted, think about hiring a coach or minibus to get your loved ones to the venue on time.
Talk to your venue
It’s a good idea to keep in close contact with your venue throughout the planning process. In the weeks leading up to the big day, make sure you talk to the venue on a regular basis. This will ensure you’re kept well informed and will also give you plenty of opportunities to ask questions. A week or so before your wedding day, ask your venue about access. Most venues will allow you to put decorations up a few hours before the ceremony. This can really help when it comes to prepping for your big day. As @offbeatbride says, “See how early you’re allowed to start delivering decor items (wedding favours, toasting glasses, cake knife, etc.) to your venue if you have any. Take advantage of any extra time.”
Pay service providers
Some caterers, photographers, entertainers and florists will want at least part of their fee paid in advance. Checking that you’ve made payments where necessary will ensure these crucial services are confirmed and there on the day. Don’t forget to get cash out, if you need to pay them on the day. Speaking to these professionals a few days before your wedding will also give you one final chance to go over the timetable and ensure everyone knows exactly what they need to do.
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