As wedding professionals, we know that weddings are not just the wedding day itself. And, we also know that it takes months of preparation to set yourself up for a successful one; months of work that starts the moment you first meet with your clients and goes through that late night tear down. So today, we wanted to run through some of the most important things to do when mapping out all of your wedding weekend prep. Open up that checklist template of yours and make sure your crunch-time-workflow includes these items!
Documents to Print
In addition to having a copy for yourself and your team, it is always a good idea to print out a couple extra copies (i.e. for the DJ and the catering team). Remember, if you misplace your hardcopy in the hustle and bustle of set-up, you can always access it and everything else in your Aisle Planner account on your mobile device.
The Guest List and Seating Chart
It’s always a good idea to have a hard copy of the full guest list and seating chart on the day-of. We recommend printing it in alpha order for easy reference just in case a guest can’t find their escort card or you need to know who the guest who ordered the vegan-gluten-free meal was.
A Contact Sheet
Be sure to create a contact sheet note that lists the cell phone numbers for all of the vendors as well as the VIP list of bridal party. Print one for your team and have one for the bride as well (extra points if you organize it by "if this then that" so she knows exactly who to contact in case you are not accessible).
Things to Share
As the wedding planner or coordinator, it is your job to make sure that everyone has all of the information they need for a successful day-of. So, when you are doing your final check-ins with your vendor partners, be sure to confirm that they have:
- The timeline
- Parking and load in instructions
- The venue address (this might seem silly but trust us, eventually someone will call you because they forgot where they are supposed to be)
Things to Do
Collect all of the Décor Items
When you are working with full-service clients, you most likely have been collecting (read letting them take over your office) all of the décor items. But, this is likely not the case when you are working with month-of clients. So, be sure to get all of the decor items from the couple so that you can take price tags off, stand up candle wicks, etc.
Alphebetize the Escort Cards
One of those day-of surprises that can throw a timeline off if not having the escort cards organized in alphabetical order for easy set up. So, the week prior to the wedding, task yourself, a member of your team or your client with organizing them to avoid any day-of delays.
Yes, we know that you are supposed to get a hot vendor meal but your day isn’t starting just a few hours before dinner is served. Be sure to stock up on snacks to keep you fueled at 10:00am, through that lunch you’re not going to have time to eat and the afternoon slump. Don't forget to fill that water bottle and have a refill plan to keep you hydrated.
Fill Your Gas Tank
Nothing is worse than starting off your morning on an empty tank. Or leaving the venue at midnight on an empty tank only to realize there's no gas station that's open past 10:00pm for miles. Add this to your list. You won’t regret the reminder.
Treat Yourself to Something
And, because a little pre-game never killed anybody, treat yourself to something! Whether it’s getting your nails done, a happy hour with friends, or just an unscheduled and work-free evening at home, making sure that you’re taking care of yourself before spending the next few days taking care of everyone else is always a good thing.