Wedding Ideas

Don’t Forget! Here’s Your Last-Minute Wedding Checklist

Posted on March 14, 2023 by New Jersey Bride

Here's your ultimate last-minute wedding checklist to set your mind at ease.
Photo: Edward Cisneros on Unsplash

The countdown is on! You’ve spent months (or longer) planning your wedding and honeymoon. Now, you’re wondering: What am I forgetting? The answer may be “nothing”—but with the flurry of details in those final days, we feel better when we have a list. Here’s your ultimate last-minute wedding checklist to set your mind at ease.

One to two weeks ahead

  • Final guest count: Give it to your caterer/venue (deadlines vary, so ask ahead). Include yourself, spouse-to-be and vendors.
  • Vendor meals: Tell your venue how many dinners you’ll need for your vendors (typically, these meals are halfprice).
  • Gifts: Organize any presents for the bridal party, parents, your fiancé, and so on.
  • All-weather gear: Gather umbrellas and boots for rain; shawls for a chill; or fans and extra water for heat.
  • Transportation: Make sure you have a ride home for yourself, your spouse and the bridal party.
  • Day-of point person: Ask a friend to help keep you on schedule and run small errands.
  • Marriage license: Apply for it, allowing time for processing and pickup.
  • Passports: Make sure they’re up to date if you’re honeymooning abroad. Passports must be valid for six months beyond the date you exit the U.S. If this slipped your mind months ago, look into expediting them.
Here's your ultimate last-minute wedding checklist to set your mind at ease.
Photo: Osarugue Igbinoba on Unsplash

A few days to one week ahead

  • Gown: Pick up your altered dress from the shop or take it out of the garment bag if it’s been a while since you’ve seen it/tried it on.
  • Your wedding ensemble: If you’re not getting ready at home, pack your dress, shoes, veil, undergarments, jewelry, purse, etc.
  • Emergency kit: Prepare for an 11th-hour mishap by packing needles and thread, hemming tape, painkillers, nail glue, hairspray, bobby pins, eyelash glue, breath spray and sanitary products.
  • Vendor contact info: Have this all in one place, just in case. Ensure that the MOH or a parent can access it.
  • Something old, new, borrowed, blue: If following this tradition, have items ready.

Two days ahead

  • Honeymoon bag: Have it packed and ready to go.
  • Manicure and pedicure: Don’t do this too early!
  • Your bustle: Ask mom or a bridesmaid to practice arranging it.
  • Personal notes: Consider writing heartfelt messages to your soon-to-be spouse and parents (don’t forget the in-laws!).
  • Vendor payment and tips: Enclose in labeled envelopes.
Here's your ultimate last-minute wedding checklist to set your mind at ease.
Photo: Victoria Priessnitz on Unsplash

The day before

  • Extra cash: Have some on hand, just in case.
  • Your vows: If you’ve written your own, make a printed copy and have a backup on your phone.
  • Photo assistant: Assign someone to tell the photographer who’s who.
  • Do-not-play list: Make sure your band or DJ knows which songs to avoid.
  • Favors, decor, menus, place cards and seating chart: Deliver them to your reception venue. Include send-off items like sparklers or bubbles.
  • The hotel: Check in ahead of time—you’ll be arriving late on your wedding night.

The day of and after

  • Rings: Put the wedding bands in good hands.
  • Card box and gifts: Designate someone to grab this at the end of the night.
  • Final sweep: Ask someone to check the venue for anything left behind.
  • Rented items: If you’re leaving on your honeymoon right away, ask someone to return items like rented tuxes.

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