You’ve got the venue, the food and the photographer on lock. Your save-the-dates just went out (and man, are they stunning). The biggest boxes are checked, and frankly, that was the easy part. Now you need to buckle down and focus on the nitty-gritty. Here’s how to get it all done in just one month.
30 Days Out: Figure Out The Flowers (Or A Nice Alternative)
We know, we know—you love dahlias. But enlisting a florist at the last minute could potentially be a huge financial undertaking, and honestly, it’s not worth the hassle. Our suggestion? Go green. By keeping the color scheme monochromatic, you eliminate any futzing and also cut down on cost. Mix in tea lights or tapered candlesticks and no one will miss the blooms. Same goes for the bridal-party bouquets and boutonnieres: You can’t go wrong with cascading eucalyptus and olive-branch sprigs.
25 Days Out: Shop for All Of Your Dresses In One Fell Swoop
Turn this task into a girls’ trip. Head straight to Moda Operandi’s Wedding Salon in New York City (located at 24 E. 64th St.), where you can shop their drool-worthy selection of designer looks for everything from your gown to your bridesmaid dresses and even your honeymoon attire. Pick out all of your accessories, too, and perhaps even check bridesmaid gifts off your list. (A pair of Rebecca De Ravenel classic short earrings sounds like a fabulous choice to us.)
21 Days Out: Order The Table Top Ephemera
The best way to tackle this to-do is through a service like Paperless Post. They offer a pretty huge (and frankly, lovely) collection of ready-made and customizable templates for everything from the menus and programs to the escort cards, so you can take care of it all in one sitting. And if you haven’t ordered your invites yet, they also have an online service for seriously chic E-invitations. (Trust, it’s not taboo when they look this good.)
14 Days Out: Find A Tux
Tuxedo rentals are a gamble. (You’ve paid how much for one that looks like it’s been through the wringer?) Save yourself the grief (and regret) by using the tuxedo version of Rent the Runway, called The Black Tux. Just like RTR, you find the styles you like and select the dates you need them, and they’ll be shipped straight to you. Worried about fit? Don’t be. Their backup sizes have you covered. Oh, and you can even get overnight shipping…if it comes down to that.
7 Days Out: Crowd Source A Killer Playlist
For guests, music is one of the most important components of your wedding. (It is a party, after all.) Since you’re strapped for time anyway, skip the wedding band showcases and play DJ yourself. Ask your friends for suggestions and compile a big playlist of songs. It’s totally free on Spotify, and your guests are guaranteed to love the music. Win-win. (Just don’t forget to do a dry run of all your audio hookups. Sonos speakers are a great choice for streaming music.)