Finishing 99% of Wedding To-Do’s Two Months Before the Wedding

by Melissa on August 4, 2011

So, I know that the weeks before a wedding can be crazy busy.  But I wonder, do they have to be? 

We’re getting married in early November.  What if, say, I were to have 98% of all wedding tasks done by mid September?  Let’s just throw out September 15 just for the heck of it.

I think it’s definitely possible.  Here are a few things that I know couldn’t be done until the weeks before the wedding.  Those things would include:
  • Final dress fitting
  • Final suit fitting
  • Buying perishable or other food type items (fudge favors, beer keg, ice, pumpkins for our centerpieces, etc.)
  • Final vendor confirmations
  • We’ll continue our dance lessons too, but that’s just for fun at this point

But what if, seriously, everything else could be done nearly two months in advance?  All decorations purchased, all remaining balances paid, all accessories bought, hair and makeup trial done, playlists made, etc.).  I think, too, that even though we won’t have a final guest list by September 15, that I’ll print out the place cards with the names of each invitee, and we can just pick the cards out of the stack that we’ll need.  Another plus?  It will force me to think of everything far enough in advance that I won’t have to pay any additional shipping.  For instance, I just ordered something from Etsy for the wedding that has a six week turnaround time!  I’m glad I ordered it early!

It just feels so liberating!  So, I think I’m going to give it a whirl and let you know how it goes.  And I’ll see what, between September 15 and the wedding date, we forgot to do and ended up having to do.

I’m not sure what made me think of this.  I was just thinking I guess of how hectic brides’ lives seem to get in the last weeks leading up to the wedding.  And I don’t want to be that bride.

I wrap up a HUGE project at work on September 9.  And, if I make my new “pretend” wedding date September 15, I can bust my ass both at work and at home on wedding-related stuff, and then chillax for nearly two months before the wedding!  And dare I say even perhaps take some sort of mini vacation in October?

So, brides, what were some of the things that took up a lot of time in the weeks leading up to the wedding?  What should I be aware of and look to take care of well before the wedding?

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