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1 Month Out Wedding Checklist!

The date is quickly approaching and it seems like there is about 8,000 things for you to get done! Read on for our detailed to do list in that final month prior to your wedding.




-Get your marriage license, if you haven't already done so. Marriage licenses in MN are good for 6 months from the date of application. You will need to plan on a time in which both you and your partner can be present to go to the county office to complete the application. You are able to apply for a marriage license with any county office as long as your wedding is taking place in Minnesota.

-Finalize your day of timeline and touch base with all vendors: Read more here on creating a timeline if you are stuck!

-Confirm an important shot list with photo and video

-Confirm any decor details or changes with ceremony plans with your wedding and/or venue coordinator

-Finalize and confirm songs and name pronunciation with your DJ including how you want to be introduced at the reception!

-Finalize and confirm details for the ceremony with your officiant

-Get an anticipated schedule from your hair and makeup artists. Do your best to schedule bridesmaids you know will be on time in the earliest slots to avoid any delays.

-Create a vendor contact list that can be given to your coordinator if they do not already have one. This list can also be shared with family members that might be helping with preparations.

-Have your final dress fitting

-Reach out to any guests who haven't RSVP'd yet

-Make any appointments needed, nails, waxing, spray tan, massages etc.

-Provide final head counts to any vendors that require one such as catering and bartending

-Create a seating chart if you are doing so. If you are still undecided, read our pros and cons of seating chart vs open seating here!

-Provide details to the bridal party. Send out the wedding day timeline as well as any other events going on in the day or days prior to the big day so everyone knows where they are expected to be and when. This would also include a packing list and expectations of them. This should go to your bridal party and important family members.

-Practice your first dance and first kiss as newlyweds

-Finish any remaining DIY projects you have started

-Complete your vows and letter to your significant other if you haven't already done so.

-Pack up and label any decor items that are going to the venue and where they should be so your coordinator can easily locate items on the wedding day.

-Pay any final invoices and put tips together for vendors. Read the tipping guide for more help with this!

-Print any place cards, menus, programs, thank you cards or other stationary items out and prepare them

-Prep favors, particularly if this is a food item you'll want to save this to as close to your wedding date as possible to avoid things going bad.

-Finalize and package welcome bags and bridal party gifts if needed

-Buy any last minute items such as bar supplies if you are stocking the bar yourselves, snacks/ refreshments for the bridal party during the day, serving items for your late night snack if your catering company isn't doing this.

-Make a plan for lunch for the wedding day. Designate someone to pick something up or order for delivery.

-Pack your bag with any essentials you will need day of as well as your overnight bag. If your MOH or PA isn't creating an emergency kit for you, prepare that as well.

-Finalize your honeymoon plans to confirm everything is set and ready for you to jet off!

-Have a final date night to wrap up your engagement and enjoy some time together before the big day!


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