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30 Days Before the Wedding

30 Days Before The Wedding
Photograph by Brian Ambrose Photography

You're so close! A month before the wedding is when everything seems to kick into high gear and stress levels reach a maximum. There is a lot to do and there seems like not a lot of time to do it. Here's a quick reminder of things you should (and should not) do 30 days before you say I Do.

DO Write Your Vows

If you haven't done this already, now is the time. Don't wait until the last minute. These should be heartfelt and special and not rushed or written after a few glasses of bubbly. If possible, submit your vows to your JP before for approval. You can keep them a surprise from your future spouse, but your JP can make sure no one is running long or saying anything inappropriate.

DON'T Go Through Drastic Beauty Changes

You should drink a lot of water and maintain your normal beauty routine, but any drastic changes the month before can lead to some unwanted consequences. These photos will be with you for a lifetime so if you haven't ombre'd your tresses before, hold off for the honeymoon. Stay clear of do-it-yourself tanning and last minute facials and waxing. Waxing can lead to some terrible rashes and facials can often cause breakouts. Maintain your routine and you'll be your glowing self on your wedding day.

DO Finalize Your Timeline

Unless you have a wedding planner, you are the common thread throughout your vendors. You need to communicate with them when and where they need to be. Finalize your timeline and send it to all your vendors to confirm that they can be where you need them to be when you need them to be there. Having been both a vendor and a bride, I can't say how nice it is to have this document. If you don't hear from your vendors, give them a call to confirm. You don't need to be concerned with their whereabouts on the day of your wedding. 

DON'T Do it Alone

I know you want to make sure everyone has fun at your wedding, but it's ok to ask for help! I am 100% guilty of trying to do it all on my own, but I forget that some people want to help out. Designate simple tasks like bathroom baskets or checking the reception tables to responsible parties to keep things off your to-do list. The earlier you delegate the less stress you will feel. Promise. 

DO Enjoy!

Generally within a month or two of your wedding is when all the festivities truly begin. You will be showered with love from your friends and family and you should relax and enjoy and absorb all that happiness. This is a special time in your life and if you spend it stressing about every little detail, you won't enjoy all the love around you. 

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Photograph by Mark Davidson Photography
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The Party Before the Party

If you're gathering all your favorite friends and family for your wedding, you're probably going to want to keep them there as long as possible. And as more and more people are creating destination weddings, the rehearsal dinner list is gradually growing. I was shocked when I discovered that nearly 50% of my 120 wedding guests would be attending out rehearsal dinner. But all that means is you get to throw another fabulous party! 

But it's important to remember a few key wedding rehearsal etiquette rules:

Who do I Invite?
It goes without saying that anyone in the wedding and their SOs should be at the rehearsal dinner. It's your way of saying thank you to them for agreeing to be part of your wedding day. 

Also invite close family or friends who are traveling from far away. My rule of thumb is if they had to use a passport, they should be at the rehearsal dinner. 

Family of the bride and groom should be invited, especially if they are helping out at the wedding at all. 

How do I invite them?
After you receive your wedding RSVPs, then you can put together a guest list for the rehearsal dinner. If it's a formal event, then paper invitations might be the best idea. If it's more informal, e-vites are a great way to get the word out. Or sending emails to people works as well. 

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Photograph by Julia D'Agostino Photography

Who pays?
Typically it is the groom's family who pays the bill, but in modern times it can definitely vary from event to event. 

Where should it be?
The rehearsal dinner should be nearby to the ceremony or reception location - but if there is a place special to you and your fiance, then there really are no hard and fast rules. If you're hosting the event on your property, you can always host the rehearsal at home as well. One thing to note is that the rehearsal dinner should never be more formal than the wedding. The rehearsal dinner sets to tone for the whole weekend.

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Photograph by Julia D'Agostino Photography

What should I not forget? 
This is your time to thank all your friends and family for being a part of your wedding! Tomorrow is your day, but today is theirs. Remember to pass out any gifts or tokens for your bridal party and family members. Perhaps a toast and a quick thank you speech is in order. And traditionally any toasts from the parents of the couple occur that evening as well.

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Photograph by IRIS Photography
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