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30 Days to 'I Do'

Posted by Angel Babbitt Harris  September 12, 2013 10:30 AM

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Our wedding is officially 30 days away, and in the straightforward words of my brother, who I spoke with this morning to wish a happy birthday,

"It's about to get real."

Any other brides-to-be out there at the one month mark? Here's a helpful checklist to keep by your side as you get closer to your wedding day:

A Month Before The Wedding...

  • Send out final payments to vendors.
  • Meet with your officiant to discuss the final order of service, musical selections, readings, etc. for the ceremony.
  • I've already started this one, but break in your wedding day shoes. Wear them around the house. Trust me, your feet will thank you!
  • Draft a wedding day timeline. This document is VERY important for your vendors, esp. your wedding planner/day-of coordinator.
  • Harrass Hunt down Stalk Politely contact those who have not yet RSVP'd to find out if they plan to attend. Once RSVP cards begin to come in, start the seating plan for the reception. Remember not to seat bickering family members next to each other!
  • Make sure bridesmaids and groomsmen have their outfits and accessories for the day of.
  • If you are like me and not hiring a DJ, create a music playlist. The Mister and I have a selection of songs for our cocktail hour and dinner music. Back the playlist up on another iPod/iPad...just in case.
  • Attend your final dress fitting.
  • Book a massage or spa service for the week of your wedding as a way to de-stress before the phone starts ringing off the hook with family members asking a million questions that could've been answered if they just visited the wedding website that you worked on for hours with the intention that people would check it and not call you! Sorry, I just had a moment. Let's get back to the checklist...
  • Get your marriage license.
  • Confirm all arrival/delivery times with vendors. Communicate this to your day-of coordinator.
  • Mail rehearsal dinner invitations.
  • Take advantage of every moment in between the wedding craziness to enjoy your partner. Squeeze in a date night. Remember the wedding is one day, the marriage is a lifetime!

Enjoy planning!

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About this blog

Angel Babbitt Harris, formerly of the Expertly Engaged blog, is now "Newly Wed" and learning how to navigate life as a happy wife. Angel lives for weekend getaways to Brooklyn with her husband and anything currently playing on Netflix. She works as a Marketing Manager for a non-profit organization in Boston. Need newlywed advice? Have newlywed advice to give? Reach Angel directly at or tweet her at @MrsHarrisTweets.

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