As your wedding day draws near, you’ll have dozens of different tasks and responsibilities to manage. From setting up the ceremony and reception to checking with your vendors and service providers, there’s an enormous amount of stressed places on the bride and groom at this time. As a result, it’s easy to overlook certain aspects of planning your wedding.

In an effort to take some of the stress off your shoulders, we’ve compiled a list of some of the last-minute things to do when planning a wedding. Whether your big day is scheduled for next month or next week, we have a checklist to help you prepare.

Wedding License

Contact your local Probate Court for more information on how to acquire your wedding license. Requirements vary from state to state, but you’ll typically need your birth certificate, proof of residence, driver’s license, and the license fee (usually around $50).

Note: some states, such as Mississippi, also require DNA testing from the bride and groom. Check with your local courthouse to determine what you need to acquire a wedding license.

Check Your Wedding Dress

With your big day right around the corner, you should take this time to check your wedding dress, making sure it fits and isn’t damaged in any way. Some soon-to-be brides purchase their dresses 6 or more months in advance, which is perfectly fine, but it can also result in the dress no longer fitting when the big day rolls around.

Take a few minutes to slip into your dress to ensure it fits. In the event that your dress doesn’tfit, take it to a professional tailor to make the necessary adjustments.

Make a Backup Plan

As the saying goes, hope for the best but prepare for the worst, is usually a smart rule to live by, especially when it comes to planning a wedding. If your wedding ceremony and/or reception is scheduled to take place outside, for instance, make sure you have a backup plan in the event of rain.

Hopefully, mother nature will be kind and give you a bright sunny day, but at least you’ll have the peace of mind knowing there’s a second area where you and your guests can go if it rains.

Other Last-Minute Tasks

  • Confirm appointments with vendors and service providers.
  • Contact the bridesmaids and groomsmen, making sure they are ready.
  • Prepare tip envelopes for service providers.
  • Pack your luggage for the honeymoon.
  • Prepare the guest book.
  • If you are renting a car, contact the rental company to confirm your appointment.

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