*** Please note that the below photos were from weddings/shoots at our old location ***
Congratulations to all you engaged brides! What an exciting time of planning + dreaming up your perfect wedding. We know that planning a wedding can be overwhelming at times, but when the day finally comes, you should feel excited, ready and energized- not burnout, stressed + tired! Today we’re sharing 8 things to do right before the “I Do” so that the week and day leading up to your wedding are a breeze. At our Atlanta wedding venue, we want you to truly enjoy every moment!
(If your wedding isn’t for a few months, make sure to save this blog post so you can come back to it the week before the wedding to refresh your memory!)
The Week Before:
1. pack for honeymoon
Our first tip for the week of your wedding is to pack for your honeymoon. You spent so long searching sites like this to find the perfect villa to spend some time alone as newlyweds, you don’t want to ruin it by forgetting to pack something. It’s why we are telling you now – don’t pack for your honeymoon the night before your wedding! Packing is something most people wait to do until the last minute, but this is not the occasion to procrastinate for, especially when you could be heading to the best honeymoon resorts that the island of Fiji has to offer – https://www.turtlefiji.com/romantic-honeymoons/. Packing in plenty of time before you go will ensure that you have everything to enjoy the wonders of what this magical vacation can bring you. Make sure you check the weather for your honeymoon location and pack a few days before the wedding + double-check you have everything you need for your travels and activities, whether you’re planning on enjoying the Napa Valley Balloons and have a ride scheduled, or you’re scuba diving in exotic waters, pack everything you think you’ll need a few days before, then you may start to remember things you forgot in the proceeding days. Another tip is to even go ahead and put everything in the car you’ll be taking to the airport. You don’t want to have to run around on your wedding day making sure your car is packed!
2. get pampered
Whether it’s a spray tan or getting your nails done, this is something relaxing that you can do the week before the wedding. Make sure you get your spray tan done 2-3 days before the big day so it has time to settle before the wedding. Taking your bridesmaids for a spa day at somewhere like the Luxe Body Spa or to get nails done a day or two before the wedding is a fun way to pamper and relax with your girls!
3. do something special with the groom
In the hustle and bustle of the wedding week, your time can be divided among many people + family coming in for the wedding. Make sure to set aside time to spend alone with your groom that week. Whether it’s going out for breakfast or going for evening walks, you’ll enjoy special time alone to enjoy each other! We also recommend that if you’re writing a letter to share with the groom on the day of the wedding, you do it the week before and not waiting until the night before. You want to make sure you set aside time to write everything you really want to say and aren’t rushed.
4. finalize details with the vendors
Make sure your caterers have the right numbers. Reach out to the photographer to make sure he or she knows where + when to meet you to start the day. Make sure who ever is in charge of making the cake shows up knows when + where to go. You don’t want to spend your wedding worrying about where vendors are or if they have all the details they need. Make sure to give them the number of your wedding planner or day-of-assistant.
5. bridal gifts
If you’re planning on giving gifts to your bridal party, wrap them + write your notes before the day of the wedding. Small details like can easily get forgotten until the last minute, but doing it ahead of time will save you stress + time on your day!
The Day of:
6. drink and eat plenty
One of the MOST important things to do on the day of your wedding is to remember to eat food + drink plenty of water. Even if you’re not hungry due to excitement and nerves, you really need to find something to eat. Keeping healthy snacks and bottles of water in your getting ready room is always a good idea.
Take some time for yourself to relax. Go on a walk, read a chapter of your favorite book, watch an episode of your favorite episode, spend time with your pup! Whatever would relax you, spend 30 minutes with yourself. A little time alone will go a long way for de-stressing + calming nerves.
8. give your phone to maid-of-honor
Unplug for the day. Give your phone to your MOH to hold on to so that you can be fully present with everyone + enjoy every moment of the day. Trust your photographer to capture the behind-the-scene moments of the day so that you can give your full attention to taking it all in. You’ll have plenty of time to post pictures from the day later, and you’ll be glad you decided to be in the moment without the distraction of your phone.
Above all, remember to take it all in! Enjoy every moment + don’t stress about the little things. Happy planning!
What are some tips you have for right before the “I Do?” We’d love to hear!
Photos by: Kelly Berry Photo