Willow Writer Julie, One Month To Go! Her Awesome Last-Minute Tips

May 13, 2013 at 1:24 pm (Willow Writers) (, , , , , , , , , )

It’s just a little more than a month away and finally starting to feel like crunch time! I wish brides got to do a trial run at what it feels like to plan a wedding before you ACTUALLY plan a wedding! Had I know how time consuming all the littlest details would be, we would have had them done sooner! So, because I didn’t know these things and would love to help any future brides, here is a list of things I wish I would have done sooner if I could do it all over again!

  1. Do NOT wait until a month or two before your shower to start shopping for a shower dress and accessories – especially if you are having a spring shower. Get these as soon as possible! I didn’t realize how hard it would be to find a dress for my April shower when I started looking in January/February. No spring dresses were out yet, so I had to wait until the month before the shower. I ended up spending my weekends leading up to it running store to store to complete the outfit. Yikes!
  2. Registering takes SEVERAL visits to the stores! Make sure to do this enough in advance so that you have time to add/change anything. It’s easy to forget a lot the first couple times, and you’ll want enough time to search around for what you really want, rather than just putting things on there in a hurry.
  3. Get all your jewelry and wedding day accessories well in advance. Hunting around at the last minute is stressful, especially because you most likely won’t have your dress with you at all times to try it all on, since it will be with your seamstress or kept at the bridal salon.  If anything, the shoes are definitely the best thing to have early, so that you are prepared for your first dress fitting! The longer you wait to finish your jewelry, hair piece, etc., the more stressed you’ll be in the weeks leading up to your big day.
  4. Tedious tasks take time! Invitations took FOREVER to stuff, address, and stamp! Either get an assembly line of your closest friends and relatives, or get this done early! If you plan on starting the week before you want to send them out, chances are you may get behind schedule. Something as minor as not knowing many of my fiance’s long-distance relatives’ first names to put on the inner envelope held up finishing off his side’s invites until we got spellings and whatnot double checked.
  5. If you buy things to start a DIY project, finish the project as soon as possible!  Some of the things you buy may not end up working out the way you had planned or you may have over-bought supplies. Those items may already be past the date they’re able to be returned.  This happened with a giant frame I bought at PatCatan’s, a DIY invitation kit from Office Max, and specialty paper that I ended up not using!  Such a waste of money that no bride has room to spare!
  6. Keep a running “Must Play” list for your reception throughout your entire engagement. If you sit down one night to make a giant list, chances are you’re not going to remember all the ones you want!
  7. Pay things off as soon as you’re able to and SPACE. IT. OUT.  It’s a tough pill to swallow writing check after check the month or two before your big day! The Willow Room does a fantastic job spacing out your payments for the reception, however, other vendors usually just make you pay a down payment and don’t require the rest until 2 weeks or so before the wedding. Just because they don’t require it doesn’t mean you have to wait until that time! 🙂

Hope that helps! Good luck!!

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