“Have I forgotten anything?” Last minute checklist for the week before your wedding

At some point in the future, the wedding planning will be done… it might seem like a distant dream at the moment, but imagine yourself a week out from your wedding day.  You’re on annual leave, your hair has been done, you’re ready to relax… but you can’t.

You’ve got that feeling.

You know the one.

…The feeling where you just *know* you’ve forgotten something.  But what? You can’t put your finger on it. If only there was some way to get rid of that worry and avoid any last-minute wrinkles.

Aha! Southern Bride is at it again. I’ve pulled together a checklist of all the last minute tasks and items for you to double check the week before your wedding day. So no danger of wrinkles, or forgetting something kinda important.

week before wedding checklist

Last Minute Wedding Checklist

  • Have you got your marriage licence (one of the brides who helped put this list together forgot theirs!)
  • Speaking of ceremony stuff – are you writing your own vows? Make sure both you & your partner have written your vows and have them nicely typed up.
  • Get everyone to do a try on of their outfits, including their shoes (this gives you time to alter if necessary, or grab any last minute additions if someone’s forgotten something – cufflinks, socks etc)
  • Go through and confirm all your vendors and reaffirm they have the correct date and timings – venue, photographer, cake, florist, celebrant, catering, transport, hair and makeup  (One bride’s father ordered the cake for the wrong day and realised only when they went to collect it!)
  • Create & distribute a timeline to wedding vendors and bridal party
  • Break in your wedding shoes
  • Ribbon for the cars
  • Wedding favours ready (I only came up with mine a week before the wedding, so there’s still time)
  • Designate someone to drop off bits and pieces like wedding favors, toasting glasses, cake knife to the wedding reception
  • Who is picking up hire items? Confirm with them and confirm what time they’ll be collected and where they’ll be putting the hire items till needed
  • Who is responsible for returning hire items? Confirm with them and confirm what time they need to be collected from the venue and returned to the hire outfit
  • Create a list of important family photos for your photographer (they might need this a little earlier than a week before – check with them)
  • Heel stoppers for the bridal party’s shoes if you’ve got thin heels and the wedding is on grass/soft ground
  • Pack a bag to drop to your wedding night accommodation – include a change of clothes, some makeup and shoes
  • Create an emergency kit for if (or when!) things go wrong
  • Borrow, buy or find a clutch or bag big enough for bits and pieces you’ll need on the day (things you might carry in your emergency kit, and your cellphone, maybe cash or a wallet etc)
  • If you have time, create bathroom baskets for your guests
  • Knife for cutting the cake
  • Chilly bin with drinks and nibbles for during bridal party photos
  • Matches or lighter for the candles on the tables or at the service
  • Ice for drinks (if you’ve got a friend doing the bar)
  • Pick up rings from the jeweller and keep them in a safe place
  • Order of service confirmed and printed
  • A ring pillow
  • Remind speech-makers that they are making a speech
  • Write your speech if you’re doing one
  • Confirm honeymoon arrangements if you’re leaving straight after the wedding
  • Reception Menu confirmed and printed
  • Have you paid everyone that you need to (or do you need to take your cheque book with you?)
  • If you’re leaving for your honeymoon straight after the wedding, start packing your bags

Download a printable version of the last minute wedding checklist below

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week before wedding checklist

What would you add to the checklist?

Thank you so much to Rachael D, Roberta H, Fi B, Yvette C, Aimee H for your contributions to the post. If you have something to add, please comment below.

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  1. Great article! Thanks for this amazing checklist. People often forget important things to be done at weddings. So it’s better to make a checklist to be sure.

  2. This is great! I do wedding hair on location and so often I hear and see some of these things hat weren’t taken care of. This list will help make anyone’s wedding day easier and better!

  3. Wow, this is a good list! I wish I had thought to break in my wedding shoes before that day. My sister just got married a month ago and this list would have been so helpful!

  4. Even though we brought the marriage license, we actually forgot to get it signed! haha There was just so much going on that day. Great list!


  5. Great list Amanda. So many things that I wouldn’t have thought of. Reminded me of the movie The Wedding Planner with Jennifer Lopez. All her weddings (on the movie) were awesome cause she was so organised and had her emergency kit around her waist. Thank you.

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