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Tips for Planning a Wedding Last Minute: Little Details, Part 1

customizable engagement rings, his and her wedding bandsPlanning a wedding can be extremely time consuming and stressful, and planning a wedding on a time crunch multiplies the time commitment and stress level immensely. But you don’t have to do it alone. I love wedding planning, so I’m here to help! I’ve already given you some tips for picking a venue, choosing a wedding dress, and selecting his and hers wedding bands, but now it’s time to talk about all those pesky little details you need to take care of before the big day. Ready to get to work? Let’s get to work!

1. Pay the Bills

Hopefully throughout the wedding planning process, you’ve been keeping an accurate total of what you owe and to whom you owe it. If not, you need to make a spreadsheet stat. You shouldn’t be stressed about money on your wedding day, so take care of all your final payments before then. Here’s another helpful idea: when you give a vendor a payment, have them sign something saying they received it. This way, you have proof if one says they weren’t paid.

2. Check in with the Vendors

The week of your wedding, you need to call all of your vendors and make sure everything is ready to go. Make sure they have the correct address for the ceremony and the reception. You also want to make sure they have a few different people’s contact information--just in case your point person can’t answer the phone at the moment when they call.

3. Ring Cleaning

Here’s a small detail that can go a long way: the week before your wedding, take your engagement ring and your wedding bands to get cleaned. Trust me, you’re going to want everyone to see the full brilliance of your rings on your wedding day. And don’t forget about your partner! If he or she has one of our customizable engagement rings or a wedding band, take those to get cleaned as well.

4. Talk to Your Photographer

Do you have specific ideas for photographs? Then you need to tell the person taking the photos! Don’t expect the photographer to read your mind. Write down a list of your ideas ahead of time. You also need to write down which groups of people you’d like photographed so that you won’t forget anyone. Get this to the photographer the morning of the wedding.

5. Appoint a Coordinator

You should be relaxed on your wedding day. You need to be able to take the time to take everything in and enjoy yourself--after all, you (hopefully!) only get to do this once. You don’t need to be worrying about the caterer getting there on time or the ring bearer having your his and hers wedding bands. Instead, the only thing you should be concerned with is getting down that aisle! That’s why it’s a good idea if you appoint a day-of coordinator. (If you have a wedding planner, then you’ve already got this covered.) Make sure to choose someone that’s organized and that you trust--this is the person that’s going to make sure your day goes as smoothly as possible. Give all your vendors his or her contact information so you don’t have to answer calls about flower deliveries while you’re sipping champagne and getting ready.

There are still more things that need to be done, so stay tuned for my next set of tips! Be sure to let me know if you’re having a last minute wedding in the comments.

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