We’re big fans of being as organised as possible before your big day but there are always things that you can leave until the last minute. Here’s a list of some of the last-minute items you can leave until a few days before the celebrations begin.
Organise thank you cards
It’s a really good idea to write thank-you cards for your presents as you receive them. Draw up a master list of presents you’ve received and then tick off when you’ve sent your thanks. You don’t have to write a long letter – a card is absolutely fine maybe add a few words about how excited you are about the wedding and how you’re enjoying making all your plans. You’ll probably receive some gifts quite a few months before your wedding day so get your thank-yous sorted then. People won’t mind being thanked early and it’s a great task to get on top of early on.
Check your passport
Check that your passports are up to date and have at least six months before they expire as some countries won’t let you in if your passport is due to expire. Get whatever currency you need ordered and make sure your travel tickets are in order.
It’s also a good idea to ring your bank or credit card company to let them know when you are going abroad and where so you don’t have any embarrassing card refusals, it has been known to happen.
How are you paying your suppliers?
Some may not invoice you or accept credit cards and prefer cash or cheques. Some you won’t be paying until your actual wedding day. Check out your methods of payment, get some cash put aside to cover fees and put it in a marked envelope, you can ask your mum or chief bridesmaid to take care of it on the day for you. A last minute dash to the cashpoint is so not what you want to be doing on the morning of your wedding!
Bridal supply kit
Be super organised and get together an emergency bridal bag. It could turn out to be a lifesaver on your wedding day and you know the rule – if you have something ready it means that you won’t need it after all. What should you put in it? Lipstick, deodorant, face wipes, Rescue Remedy, tissues, perfume, eyeliner, hairspray, dry shampoo, mints, safety pins, a small sewing kit, eye drops, paracetamol, non drowsy antihistamine tablets and a list of your suppliers phone numbers. Give it to your mum or chief bridesmaid to look after.
Something old, something new…
As you almost certainly know, you’re supposed to wear something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on your wedding day. You can make sure you’ve got all this in place in the day or so before your wedding. Something old could be a piece of vintage jewellery, something new is probably going to be your lingerie, wedding dress or your shoes, something borrowed could be a tiara, a brooch to decorate your bouquet, or even a bracelet from a family member. Something blue? It could just be your garter tucked under your skirts, or you could even wear Tiffany blue wedding shoes if you want to add a splash of colour to your outfit! There’s no rule that says you have to wear white or ivory shoes on your big day.
You might also like to run through your list of must-have photographs with your photographer so that they don’t forget anything or miss anything out. You only get one shot with your wedding images so you need to make sure you’ve got all the ones you want.
All in one place…
So that you know exactly where they are, we suggest that you put all your accessories in one place. Your earrings, tiara, bracelet, necklace, shoes, etc.
You should also have a dress rehearsal with your bridesmaids where you all try on your dresses and accessories to make sure that everything looks right and nothing has been forgotten. The men should be doing the same thing too!
Thank you gifts
Buy your bridesmaids’ gifts if you haven’t done so already and wrap them up prettily in something that complements your wedding theme. You might also like to organise thank-you gifts for both the mums,which could be a bouquet of flowers. All these gifts can be handed out during the speeches