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May 31, 2023

The Ultimate Last Minute Wedding Checklist: What You Need to Buy in the Last 30 Days

The last month of wedding planning can be an exciting, yet chaotic time. Every day feels like a whirlwind of emotions and tasks that need to be checked off your list before the big day arrives. Unfortunately, it’s easy to forget something important in all the hustle and bustle. To prevent that from happening, we’ve created the ultimate last minute wedding checklist to make sure you don’t miss a single item! With this comprehensive guide in hand, you can rest assured that the final countdown to your wedding will go smoothly and be one less worry. Trust us – we are the wedding planners!

Before we dive in, we just want to share a few words about day-of coordination. Even if you choose not to hire your wedding planner for “full planning” services, we can’t stress enough how important it is to bring a planner on board for day-of coordination. A professional wedding planner can ensure that all the details come together perfectly and that all your vendors are on the same page. With a wedding planner taking care of the logistics of the day, you can relax and focus on enjoying your time with family and friends. We want that for you! If you are in DC (or anywhere in the NYC tri-State area), reach out here to check our availability!

Okay, now let’s dive into that last minute wedding checklist, shall we?

Card Box

A card box is undoubtedly a must-have for your wedding day as it not only acts as a safe place for guests to leave their cards and well wishes but also makes for a lovely keepsake. Make sure to decorate it to match your wedding theme, be it vintage or modern, and add a personal touch that is bound to catch the eye of your guests. The options to make it stand out are endless – here are just a few of our favorites!

Cake Knife and Server

While your wedding planner may have some items from this last-minute wedding checklist covered, it’s always a good idea to double-check. Missing a cake knife and server, for instance, could prevent you from cutting into your gorgeous wedding cake. If you’re looking to save some money, checking with your venue may also provide a solution, or even mom or dad. Sometimes they’ve saved theirs and now it’s become a family heirloom. Just make sure you have one!

Toasting Flutes

Toasting flutes are an often overlooked addition to your wedding day. Not only are they a functional tool used for toasts, but they also serve as a cherished keepsake that can be passed down through generations. Imagine raising your personalized flutes to toast and cement your new life together as companions forever. These flutes will not only serve as a symbol of your love and commitment but also as a sweet reminder of your special day.

Table Number Holders

Table number holders are a small but essential detail for your wedding reception. Not only do they help guests find their assigned tables, but they also add an elegant touch to your decor. You can get creative and choose holders that match your wedding theme, whether you opt for rustic wooden holders or sleek modern ones. These holders are not only practical but also serve as a charming piece of decor for guests to admire as they make their way to their tables.

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Sign Holders

Sign holders are actually pretty clutch at weddings. They help everyone get around by displaying important stuff like where your bar is located or where the bathrooms are. They’re especially helpful when you have new guests or visitors who aren’t familiar with your layout.

Fancy Dress/Tuxedo Hanger

On your special day, every detail counts, even the hanger for your dress or tuxedo. Trust us, it may seem trivial, but it truly matters in your wedding photos. You won’t want to capture your beautiful attire on a plain hanger. Instead, a customized hanger will add that extra touch of elegance, making your memories (and wedding album) feel even more magical.

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Welcome Bags Essentials

Giving welcome bags to your guests is a thoughtful gesture, and including small essentials, such as hangover kits, Tylenol, and sunglasses, will undoubtedly ensure they have a pleasant and memorable experience, particularly if your wedding is an outdoor event. To make it easy, we’ve linked to a few of our favorite welcome bag goodies here!

There’s nothing worse than a headache caused by too much fun and sun. By putting together these handy kits, you can rest assured that your guests can focus on enjoying themselves without worrying about the little things. The hangover kits can include items like bottles of water, gum, and healthy snacks to help them stay on their feet throughout the festivities.

Vow Books

As your wedding planner, I can’t help but get a bit teary-eyed when I think about your special day. I know it’s all about the love you share with your partner, and the commitment you’re making together. That’s why I always recommend vow books as the perfect way to keep your personal promises organized and together for years to come.

Picture yourselves years down the line, snuggled up together with your children, sipping on coffee, and going through old photo albums of your special day. When you pull out your vow books, the memories will come flooding back. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and most importantly, you’ll be reminded of the love you share. To take your vow books to the next level, personalize them with your names and wedding date.

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In the final month before your wedding, there’s so much to do, and it’s easy to forget essential items you’ll need on the big day. With this last minute wedding checklist, we hope that you’ll be more organized and prepared for your wedding day. Whether it’s a card box, toasting flutes, or a fancy dress hanger, each item has an important role in making your wedding day special. If you have yet to hire a month of coordinator or wedding planner, reaching out to one can also be extremely helpful in making sure you have everything covered in the last month of your wedding planning process. If you think we might be the right fit, let’s get connected here!

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