1 Month Til Your Wedding? Here's Your To-Do List

It’s crunch time! Wrap up the wedding planning with our quick list of to-dos for the month before your wedding.

By Maggy Lehmicke

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The First Look ✨

  • Make sure your attire is covered, from your final fitting to laying out outfits for the weekend.
  • Now is the time to go over things like ceremony details, seating charts and the schedule of events.
  • Check in with your vendors, particularly regarding final payments. This includes going over the shot list with your photographer and reviewing menus with your caterer.
  • This is generally a good time to update your registry, send RSVP reminders and order thank you cards.
  • Apply for your marriage license and make sure your vows are wedding-ready!

Congratulations - you’ve made it to the final stretch! Though it’s easy to get lost in the overwhelm, take a deep breath and try to enjoy the countdown. In the meantime, there are just a few more details to check off the list:

1. Attend your final fitting.

It’s almost go time...which means your attire should be about ready for pickup! Whether you’ve got a bridal fitting or simply need to make sure your suit fits, this is the month to get it done.

2. Book beauty appointments.

It’s easy to wait until the last week to book appointments for things like facials, manicures and haircuts, but you’ll want to get these on the calendar as soon as you can to save you from any week-of stress.

3. Finalize any pre-wedding events.

Whether you’ve got a rehearsal dinner to hash out or a bach party to look forward to, there are likely to be several events leading up to the big day that you need to plan for. Just make sure you prioritize and don’t be afraid to delegate if need-be!

4. Go over ceremony details with your officiant.

It’s finally time to walk through the day-of technicalities and make sure your ceremony is ironed out. This includes discussing the length and making sure passages are picked out.

5. Organize RSVPs (and send reminders).

If you’re still waiting to hear back from potential attendees, it’s time to check in and make sure everyone who’s coming has RSVP’d. This should be finalized at least a few weeks in advance so you can provide your vendors will final numbers.

6. Finalize your seating chart.

Now that you have an idea of who will be in attendance, finalizing the seating chart should be next on your wedding checklist. Make sure to include your partner in this step, as two heads is almost always better than one.

7. Line up your outfits.

Maybe it’s a one day deal...or maybe you’ve got a weekend full of events planned. Chances are there are at least a few wedding-related festivities that you’ll need outfits for, whether it be the rehearsal dinner or the day-after brunch.

8. Finalize your vows.

Now that you’ve had some time to soak in your admiration for one another, it’s important to write down the details of your commitment. Make sure to set aside some special time to work on these and focus on what matters most to you and your partner.

9. Make sure there are still items on your registry.

The closer it gets to your wedding, the quicker items are likely to disappear off your registry. If the selection is looking sparse, consider adding a few items (or a cash fund) so that everyone has options to choose from.

10. Develop a day-of timeline.

It’s time to get into the nitty gritty! From the ceremony to cocktail hour and after-dinner speeches, it’s important to have a detailed layout of how you want the day to go. Just remember to be flexible!

11. Go over the shot list with your photographer.

Make sure your photographer has a full list of all the moments you want to capture, from the first kiss to the smaller, less tangible moments. Don’t forget to include portraits and group shots as well.

12. Confirm menus for all events.

With only a few weeks to go, you’ll want to check in with your catering crew and make sure all the menus are in order. This includes the wedding cake (or whatever dessert you choose!).

13. Apply for a marriage license.

If one step had to be placed above all the rest, this would probably be it. Give yourself enough time to apply for your marriage license and make sure you know your state’s specific licensing requirements.

14. Finalize vendor payments.

They’ve had your back through the whole process, so it’s important to make sure you’ve got theirs. Over the next few weeks, check in with your vendors and make sure any outstanding invoices are paid.

15. Order thank you cards.

This is an easy one to overlook, but you’ll want to make sure you order thank you cards at least a few weeks out. Fill them out as gifts arrive or knock them all out at once after the festivities are over.

Whether you’re feeling lost in the abyss or overly giddy about your pending nuptials, it’s important for you and your partner to take some time and reflect. Try to be mindful through this last month of the process...and don’t forget to celebrate every little detail along the way!

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