Since I kept so much of our wedding planning a surprise, I have lots to share with you now! This summer I’m going to be doing Wedding Wednesdays, where I blog about a different project or element of our wedding each week. This way I can share all our DIY elements and what I’ve learned without completely overtaking The Thrifty Ginger. Since I’m waiting on my professional photos, I figured I’d kick off the series with a post about what you really need to do the week leading up to your wedding—besides getting your nails done.
The two weeks before our wedding were quite stressful. George and I were at our wits end trying to organize everything, finish projects, and get in touch with all of our vendors. Here are a few things that helped me keep my sanity in the week before the wedding.
Buy healthy, prepared foods in advance
I literally think one of the best things I did before the wedding was take a trip to Trader Joe’s and buy a week’s worth of healthy, prepared foods. I was running around way too much to make meals from scratch, and I certainly didn’t want to eat junk food or takeout. I bought salads, wraps, sides, yogurt, and juice to power me through that last week. All I had to do was grab something from the fridge, chow down, and then rinse out the container afterwards to recycle it. Fast and easy. Sure our groceries were a little more expensive that week, but it was totally worth it.
Maybe I love lists a little too much, but they were crucial in getting me through wedding planning. In the last week before the wedding, I made day-by-day lists that outlined what George and I needed to accomplish. Since our event was so DIY-heavy, I also created a packing list to make sure everything made it out of our apartment and to the venue. For decorations I had copied from blogs and Pinterest, I printed out photos of what the completed project was supposed to look like. This was extremely helpful when setting up with our families, since it allowed them to see the final goal.
Trust your prior decisions
Wedding planning will make anyone at least a little crazy. I’m a worrier, so in the weeks leading up the wedding I started to doubt a lot of our plans. One of my specific worries was that we wouldn’t have enough alcohol, and that we should order more beer for the event. Eventually, George convinced me that our previous calculations were probably right. We stuck with the decision we had made months earlier, and it was completely fine. In fact, we had too much beer and tried to drain the kegs at the end of the night.
Yes, ask for help
I had a hard time throughout the whole planning process asking for help. Since we didn’t have a bridal party, there was also no one built in as our worker bees. I got through the planning process thanks to George and a couple of friends who insisted on helping (thank you!). In the end, though, we relied upon our families to do the final setup of the venue. I remember debating over whether or not to ask George’s family to assist. I am so glad we did, because otherwise I don’t know how it would have gotten finished in time. People are happy to help you for your big day, so don’t be too proud to ask.