Eight “Must-Do’s” for the Day/Night Before Your Wedding

You’ve planned the perfect wedding. Now you’re 24 hours from the finish line. Here’s how to use that last day to ensure the perfect celebration.

Check in with your vendors. One last check with your photographer, DJ, florist, baker, stylist and so forth will put your mind at ease that everyone will arrive at the proper time and be ready when it matters.

Pamper yourself. Go to the spa and get the works – massage, wrap, manicure, pedicure, facial, and whatever else will relax you for your big day. But DON’T try any new treatments you’ve never tried before. You don’t want to wake up on your wedding day with a raging rash.
Make sure your gadgets work. Charge your camera. Pack an extra charger and memory card. Make sure you have all your power cords and patch cables. 
Pack your emergency kit. By now you should know what you’ll need at each of the day’s venues. Itemize your list, and have a separate bag for each venue – church/temple, reception hall, hotel, etc. If you need help, check this master list.
Practice your vows. Your officiant should have provided you the actual words you’ll be asked to repeat. It’s a good idea to rehearse, just in case there’s a phrase that gives you trouble. If you wrote your own vows, a little rehearsal is even more important. 
Reminisce. Spend some quiet time looking back on your courtship. Open up your photo album (or computer file) and let the memories wash over you. Quietly contemplate how wonderful it is that you’ve found your perfect mate.
Share time with those closest to you. Remember, everyone at your wedding reception will want “face time” with you. The day before your wedding is the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with your family and closest friends, whether it’s over the phone, across the table at Starbucks or Denny’s, or just at home. Let them know how special they are to you.

Sleep. You’ve done everything you needed to do. Now it’s time to relax and trust that you’ve chosen good people to help you put on the wedding of your dreams. Don’t stay out all night. Find your quiet space, whether it’s in front of a book, in front of the TV, or in a relaxing bath. Get plenty of sleep.
If you follow these tips, you’ll arrive at your wedding relaxed, confident, and ready for whatever the day throws at you. Remember, in 24 hours you’re going to be married to your favorite person in the whole wide world. Enjoy your final victory lap!

© Fourth Estate Audio, 2016 – Jay Congdon is president of Fourth Estate Audio, a professional Chicago DJ and Chicago Wedding DJ company.

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