10 Things to Do 100 Days Before Your Wedding
Hi! Hola! Ciao! My wedding is ALMOST here and I'm so freaking excited I could screeeeamm! I've been thinking a lot about what's left to get done in these last 100 days, and decided that a checklist would be helpful for all the brides out there. This list will vary depending on many factors, including how long of an engagement you have, but generally, keep these in mind at the 3-month-mark. Happy planning!
1. Book your hair and makeup artists.
I can't stress how important it is to be prepared and set up trials. As my future MIL says, hair and makeup are so personal, and as my mom says, you really don't want to leave these to the last minute. Many great artists get booked up to a year in advance! When I started looking, I was confident that it would be so easy to find someone in NYC. After all, every time I go on Instagram I see 10 new makeup artists. Beware ladies. There is a lot more to consider for the person who will be there on your special day. First of all, make sure they are reliable. Are they are someone who will swim to your venue if their car breaks down? They better be! Make sure they also have a clear understanding of your vision. Along with a trial (or two, or three, or more), your artist should know YOU, in case any last minute changes come up.
2. Dress + Dress Fittings
Do you have a dress? If you want a custom gown, I certainly hope so. Those take 4-6 months to be made! If you still don't have a dress, find a few boutiques in your area that have sample dresses, or dresses you can buy off the rack and have tailored to your body. Some stores I love in NYC are Wedding Atelier, Spina Bride and Gabriella Bridal. Once you have your gown, you should speak with the store or your tailor about scheduling 2-3 alterations before you walk down the aisle. Alterations typically happen 8-12 weeks before your wedding, with the last one being just 1-2 weeks before. You want to be snug as a bug in a rug!
Remind/nudge your groom that he needs to get his tux if he hasn't already purchased it. You two should also go to the store to pick a set that the guys will rent.
4. Floral Walk-Through + Sample
If you haven't already, I highly recommend taking your florist to do a walkthrough of the venue. It's vital they has a great understanding of the space, and that you can show them your vision. I recommend going even if they have already worked there so that you can talk to them about any questions or concerns. Florists also have a great understanding of table layouts, so don't forget to talk to yours about how you see the room being laid out.
Your florist should also be creating a sample centerpiece for you, so schedule this for 4-6 weeks before the wedding. You'll want to know exactly what you're walking into as a bride. I'd also recommend a sample of your bridal bouquet so you can make sure it's as you wish!
Start thinking of all the little things you will need for your wedding day such as a veil, headpiece or comb, shoes, jewelry, cufflinks, tie for your groom, etc. Make a list and tackle each item one-by-one so that you're not running to Bloomingdales the day before your wedding.
Now is a good time to start noticing songs that you want played at your wedding. Keep a running Spotify playlist or Shazam list so that when you meet with the band, you can tell them your favorite songs!
7. First Dance
Speaking of songs, it's time to start thinking about your first dance! Take a week or two to find the perfect song, and then start rehearsing. Whether you're taking lessons or not, practicing once a week will (almost) guarantee a flawless evening out on the dance floor. Even more so, it's healthy to dance together! And sexy! And fun!
You should be choosing and ordering your invitations as these take about 6 weeks to be printed. Modern etiquette says you should mail out invitations 6-8 weeks before the wedding. Then ship them out to your loved ones, and get ready for the RSVP's to roll in :) Remember that if you want to save some money and trees, you can set up an online RSVP for guests on your wedding website.
9. Hotels + Transportation
If you're having a wedding where people will be staying over, make sure that you've set up room blocks with 1-2 hotels. Additionally, organize your shuttle to and from the hotel to the venue on the day of the wedding. Avoid doing this at the last minute to secure better prices.
Have you figured out who is going to marry you yet? You should talk with your Rabbi/Pastor/Justice of the Peace/etc to make sure that they're available on that date. Plan to meet with them at least once before the wedding to discuss what kind of ceremony you envision, what kind of speech they'll give, whether you'll be exchanging personal vows, etc. You really want to make sure that you're going into your wedding confident and excited!
Do you have have other recommendations for things to keep in mind a few months before the wedding? Please feel free to share your thoughts below!
photo for this post was taken by Katherine Marchand of Wilde Scout Photo Co. and cannot be shared, downloaded or repurposed for any reason without written consent Wilde Scout or Be Like Family