When your big day is just a few weeks away, most of the main wedding planning is already completed. However, that doesn’t mean that your work is over yet!
Unfortunately, there is still plenty left for you to do, before you can relax and enjoy your big day. Here at Drangan Video we can let you into a little secret though, and that is that these last few weeks before your wedding, whilst they may be very busy, will be some of the best times you will have so enjoy every minute of it!
Whether you are getting married in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford or any other wonderful location in Ireland, be sure to take a look at our last minute tips below to ensure you have everything in place for the day. Then take some time to relax and enjoy the rare sunshine on the run up to your wedding day.
Contact Guests who have missed the RSVP Deadline
Now is the time to chase up any guests that have missed the RSVP deadline. You will require a final headcount to give to your venue, caterer and other vendors, so make sure you get in touch with any guests who have yet to respond. This will also assist you when it comes to making that final seating plan.
Organise Payments To Wedding Suppliers
At this point, you will need to ensure that all wedding vendors have been paid or at least given the requested down payment for their services. Consider creating a checklist detailing the names of each vendor, along with the amount owed and the date the payment is due.
Pick up and Try on Wedding Clothing
Now is the perfect time to have your bridesmaids and grooms party round to try on their outfits for the last time. You still have plenty of time left for last minute adjustments, but make sure you don’t leave things too late! Seamstresses are extremely busy at this time of the year so it’s imperative you give them the time needed to get all those adjustments completed.
Once adjustments have been completed, it’s time to get all wedding outfits picked up and stored carefully. Keep fragile material stored in a dry cool place where they will be safe and sound until the morning of the wedding.
Tip: Get those shoes broken in now before the wedding day to avoid blisters and sore feet, you’re going to need them at their best to dance the night away!
Draw up a Final Seating Plan
Generally it’s good advice to get a final seating plan to your venue within 2 weeks of your big day. Some venues will tell you they only require it within a day or two of the wedding, but we’d advise doing it that little bit earlier so you don’t have anything to stress about in the days prior. At this point, you should also organise any necessary reserved seating for the wedding ceremony. Make extra copies of your seating plan and give copies to the ushers, caterer, photographer, wedding videographer and the best man.
Your seating plan should also address any dietary requirements or allergies.
Prepare your Wedding Day Emergency Kit
When your big day is this close, it’s a good idea to prepare what we call the ‘wedding day emergency kit’. The kit can include plasters, a sewing kit, clear nail varnish, spare pairs of tights or stockings, extra buttons, tape, mints and safety pins.
Re-Confirm Details with all of your Vendors
Confirm every last detail with all wedding suppliers, staff and any other vendors you have hired. Try to get firm details such as arrival and set up times, confirmation about the equipment or service they’re providing, and give them details on how to access the wedding venue.
It’s not just your vendors and suppliers that you need to discuss details with on the lead up to the wedding day. The best man, maid of honour, and parents should all be briefed on their duties so that there are no unwelcome surprises on the big day.
Make sure you discuss logistics, last minute details, special duties, and your wedding-day schedule with them, so that everyone fully understands their role.
At this point, you need to ensure that all transportation has been confirmed and booked. Make final confirmations that transport has been organised for you and your fiancé, as well as applicable guests, to the ceremony, from the ceremony to the reception, and from the reception to the hotel or back home.
If you don’t plan on providing transportation for guests, bridesmaids or groomsmen, then print out cards with local taxis that guests can book in advance.
Prepare for your Honeymoon
Now is the time to prepare for your honeymoon, as the chances are the week before the wedding you will be extremely busy.
Try as best you can to organise particulars such as travel insurance, spending money, and packing in the weeks before your wedding.
Drangan video would love to hear from any Brides or Grooms that are getting married in the Kilkenny or Tipperary areas this summer or indeed next summer. Eamon is a professional wedding videographer and is available nationwide and we are always available to answer any queries you may have.
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