Kristen Ley Green is a recently married wedding professional, who documented her wedding planning journey in our “Planning for I Do” series leading up to her wedding last May. Now that she has said “I do,” she’s sharing insider tips – along with her wedding planner, Karen Gramlich of Winey Blonde Events Co., on how to de-stress before your wedding to truly enjoy the planning experience, and most importantly, your wedding day!
- Be as deliberate as possible in regard to how you choose to spend your time the days leading up to your wedding. While most brides opt to get their nails done with their bridesmaids the day before their wedding, I chose to get mine done a couple days before so I could relax and enjoy the pampering in peace. Then, when it came time for my bridesmaids to get their nails done the day of our rehearsal, I was able to sit right in the middle of them and chat, rather than yell across the room trying to talk with everyone. It was perfect!
- If you anticipate some DIY projects might become overwhelming to tackle on your own, save some of the work for when your family and friends are in town so that they can both help you and make it more of a fun experience. The day before our rehearsal when our families started arriving, we assembled the ladies for some DIY favor projects. It was a great way to relax with the girls and visit with everyone before the wedding madness began.
- Consider staying at a hotel or somewhere peaceful the night before your wedding. Because my husband and I were getting married out of state, and so many people were staying at my parents’ house, my maid-of-honor, bridesmaid and I stayed at our wedding venue the night before our wedding. We were fortunate enough that our venue was a beautiful farm house, but just being able to spend the night somewhere peaceful and quiet – and wake up on our own timeline – was heavenly.
Wedding Planner’s Tips
- To avoid tons of last minute questions or concerns the week of the wedding, make sure you schedule a final walk through at the venue to finalize your floor plan and timeline for the day-of. This meeting should take place around 30 days prior to your wedding so you can easily pass off all items pertaining to your wedding day to your wedding coordinator. At this point, your vendors should also just be contacting your coordinator with questions so you are not bombarded.
- Make a list of décor items that belong to you, as opposed to a vendor, and assign someone (or your coordinator) to set those things up. This list will also help whoever is breaking down and packing up at the end of the night to organize all of your belongings and ensure décor goes back with the correct person.
- If you have only hired a day of coordinator, make sure he/she has all updated orders such as your menu, cake, flowers and song selections. Typically, your coordinator will call two weeks prior to confirm arrival times, deliveries etc.
- If anything is left pending, make a list of those items and try to get them all completed the week prior so the week of, you do not have a punch list of items to do. You want to be able to enjoy that week and prep for family coming in town, get a manicure/pedicure and pack your honeymoon bags!
- Consider intentionally putting some time aside to spend with your fiancé a few days before the wedding. You are going to be surrounded by a lot of family friends over the next few days, so it may calm some nerves to just be alone for a little while – especially as you most likely won’t spend much time together on the day of the rehearsal either.