Remember 6 months ago when Aunt Sue said just to give her a call if there was anything she could do to help out? And when your friend Tiff - the one that's really handy with a needle and thread, offered her assistance too? You're finally in the final countdown to your wedding date and it's time to take advantage of all those willing helping hands.
If you're anything like the rest of us, you're feeling quite overwhelmed! There's less than a week left before the big day and still so many little things to do. Friends and family members love to share the joy of a new marriage and are usually more than willing to lend a hand. These last few days are the times you'll need (and appreciate) that assistance the most.
What Else Needs to be Done?
Take out your planning checklist - by now, you may have two or three different ones! Put together a final list of all the little things that still need to be tended to for a perfect wedding event. Is your gift table ready? Are there any last minute touches needed on decorations? Will your caterer be setting up all the serving stations at the reception or is it your responsibility?
Other details that may require some assistance include:
- Finalizing the ceremony program.
- Arranging wedding favors.
- Setting out place cards for the reception.
- Watering plants at the location sites.
- Setting up tables and chairs if your venue or caterer doesn't handle this.
- Last-minute touches to any handmade elements of your wedding.
Depending on your plans, there may be other minor tasks that require attention before everything's ready for perfection.
Finding Willing Hands
In a perfect wedding planning world, you would have a list of everyone who has offered their help over the past months with notes about the things they would prefer to do. But in most of our real lives, we're lucky to remember the names of our bridesmaids when the wedding date gets this close!
Take your final checklist to your parents and future in-laws and discuss which family members would be suitable for some of these details. Talk with your bridal party for input as well. Once you have a list of names and numbers, make a few phone calls and enlist the help of those who have the time to pitch in. Even small weddings require a great deal of planning and preparation - you can't do it by yourself so don't be afraid to ask for help!