Your wedding day is approaching fast and you’re wondering how it’s all going to come together. The first thing you should do is stop and take a breath. You’ve got this! You’ve planned it all out and now all you have to do is make the final preparations and hand the reins over to your planner, day-of coordinator, or awesome loved ones. Coordinating all the details and handing them over is the last crucial step in planning your wedding. You don’t want to have taken all of that time to plan everything just to run into problems because of miscommunications. And speaking of communication, don’t forget to communicate with your guests in the lead up to the wedding either! It may seem nerve-wracking now, but here are our wedding day tips to help you get through the home stretch with as little stress as possible!
1. Plan ahead of time so you can enjoy the moment
Doing the proper planning beforehand will allow you to relax and enjoy the moment on your wedding day. You’ve already done the big parts of the planning, of course. Now you just need to get everything organized. This means really working out the logistics of the wedding day and creating documents such as your timeline, seating chart, and floor plan. After that, it’s just a matter of remembering being comfortable with delegating the responsibilities of running the show on the day of the wedding.
2. Have everything in one place for whoever is managing the wedding
Of course, you can’t enjoy the moment if you’re actually the one handling all of the logistics. The responsibility of running the wedding should go to your planner, DOC or loved one willing to do the work. Whoever it is, make sure your plan is clearly laid out and you have all the documents together in one place, such as a folder—documents including, but not limited to, a vendor list (including contact info), floor plan, timeline, marriage license, seating chart, and song list. If you have everything well-organized, you can rest easy knowing that you’ve handed off a plan that is easy to follow.
3. Communication is key in the lead up to the wedding
Though you’ve undoubtedly all the essential information on your wedding website, you may want to send out some last-minute reminders in case someone missed something vital. You can remind your guests about dress code, transportation, unplugged events, whatever is important but could be forgotten. As much as possible, you want to avoid any unpleasant surprises for your guests. Follow our guest communication plan and contact guests in the way that works best. If your guest are using the Joy app, you can send them announcements as notifications on their mobile device. You can also use Joy to send general emails to all of your guests. If you’re worried some guests may not check their email, you can always call them to be extra sure!
4. Know who will be in charge of setup and cleanup
You may be working with professionals to handle setting everything up for the wedding. In that case, this part is easy. Just double-check with them and coordinate with your venue. But if you are enlisting the help of family of friends, you will want to know exactly who is doing what. Make sure they know all they need to know, including when everyone and everything has to be out. You may assign different tasks to different people, but make sure there is someone coordinating everything. Also know what you are responsible for cleaning, and make sure you know exactly who will be handling that as well.
5. Make a list of things to pack—and bring back
Whoever is managing setting everything up and taking everything down should have a checklist of all the things that need to be transported to the venue and set up. You’ll also want to provide a checklist of things that need to transported from the venue. This way you can be sure nothing valuable is left behind. These lists should also be among the documents your DOC has in their wedding folder
6. Thank your vendors
It’s a good idea to take some time during the reception to publicly show your appreciation to your vendors. Let all of your guests know who is responsible for the delicious food, the beautifully arranged flowers, and your bridesmaids’ stunning hair and makeup. Likewise, don’t forget to feature you vendors on your wedding site! And if any of these pieces of your wedding were done by a friend or family member for free, be extra sure to show your appreciation publicly.
7. Have a wedding day survival kit
Between all the preparations, hair and makeup, and photos, your wedding will most likely take up your whole day. You don’t want to have to take time from your wedding day to run out and buy something you realized you need at the last minute. It’s best to have sort of “wedding day survival kit” that includes anything you might need. That could include items for setting up decor, makeup, clothing, hygiene, and especially first aid and and medical needs like Tylenol, bandaids, and tampons or pads. For more ideas on what to include, check out our emergency kit guides for a bride and for a groom.
8. Decide what role technology will play
Technology will inevitably play some role in your wedding. You can plan ahead to determine what kind of role it will play. Deciding on a social media plan is of course part of this. You’ll want to decide what your policy is on posting things publicly and whether you will have a wedding hashtag. But you should also think about how you and your guests can use technology in other ways to enhance the experience. You can provide charging stations for your guests’ mobile devices or QR codes to link to vendor info. And of course your wedding app can be a great tool for capturing and sharing moments and bringing everyone together. Just communicate to your guests how they can use tech to make the most of the day!
9. Cherish the moments
You’ve done all the planning for all of the different parts of your wedding so that you and your guests can enjoy the day. Now it’s time to be in the moment and experience things directly. The memories you make on your wedding day will be tied to the emotions you feel, so let yourself feel the emotions instead of worrying about all the details. Photos will help you remember the day, but you don’t have to take photos of everything yourself. Your guests and your photographer will handle capturing the images. And your Joy wedding site will preserve the moments so you can revisit them any time.
10. Don’t lose sight of what the day is really all about
Think back on the very first steps you took toward planning your wedding, the conversations you had after you got engaged, and why you’re getting married in the first place. More important than the decor, the flowers, the food, is celebrating your relationship with your loved ones. You invited them so you could share this moment with them and make memories for a lifetime. Keep the big picture in mind, and you’ll have an amazing wedding experience you’ll want to remember forever.