It is spring time (finally!) and that means lots of weddings in the Washington DC area are coming up, and many of you are getting ready for your weddings in the summer and the coming fall. As you begin to set a wedding schedule, here are five things that you should not save until the week before your wedding. Start planning now and get some of these things done and out of the way.  Really start to think about all of those little things that you are going to want and need for your wedding and do want you can in advance. (Don’t forget to come back later this morning for my list of five things that you should do before your wedding too!) These are in no particular order…


Photo credit: Sarah Culver Photography. from Melanie and Matthias’ Annapolis courthouse wedding

DIY Projects
Do not wait until the week before your wedding to start putting any DIY projects together, including things like packaging favors, writing escort cards, making centerpieces and more. This is not the time to be running around to craft stores, gathering supplies and staying up all hours of the night. Ideally, you should start your projects months in advance, so that you’ll have time to create and re-create. As you plan your DIY projects for you wedding really try to pick things that can be done in advance. If you do find yourself with DIY projects to do at the last minute do your best to delegate to a bridesmaid, a friend or family memebers. To this end, the week before is not the time to decide you want to start any new projects. Stop the wedding blog and magazine reading and just focus on your wedding!

Bikini Wax + Spray Tan
It is true. You should not save your body waxing and/or spray tanning until the week before your wedding, unless you are an expert and these are things you’ve done many, many times before. If waxing and tanning is something you want to do for your wedding or perhaps your upcoming honeymoon, then you should have plenty of trails well-before the week before your wedding. Your body needs time to get used to the experience and any potential complications, like soreness and redness, that can arise. You just don’t want to have to deal with any unexpected drama right before your wedding and these things are harder to recover from with such little time before the big day.

Bachelorette Party / Bachelor Party
Some groups of friends are tame and can keep it together, but if you know that you and your friends aren’t the mild ones, then schedule those bachelorette and bachelor parties well before your wedding. I know that the week or the weekend before might seem like an ideal time with friends coming in from out of town, but you never know what disasters can arise from a fun night out with friends. If there is any way to avoid it, have your parties with plenty of time for everyone to heal and re-hydrate! I’m having flashbacks of a bridesmaid in a sling and another with a black eye…

Cut Your Hair
The week before your wedding is not the time to get a new haircut or try out new hair color. You may be thinking that you want to get your hair highlighted before your wedding, but the week before is just not the time (unless you’ve done it many, many times before and you know exactly how your hair will react). It is traumatizing enough to be getting married, you don’t need the added stress of a new haircut or new hair color. Well before your wedding, you should be looking at hair styles and talking with your hair and make up professionals about the wedding day look that you want. This way, you can plan ahead and know exactly what you need to do in advance!

It seems like a “no brainer,” but you should really try to avoid any kind of stress the week before your wedding. Guests will cancel their RSVPs, because they always do, your bridesmaid might not have had her dress hemmed exactly how you wanted it, and so begins the unavoidable wedding drama, but there comes a point where you just need to let it all go and start to enjoy the moments! The last thing you want is to be stressed out the week before your wedding. Make up can only cover up so much of that stress and lack of sleep! You are marrying the love of your life, and the week before your wedding is a great time to start focussing on that. So, keep your eye on what matters – your marriage! The rest will all just happen (or not)!


So, that’s my list of five things that you shouldn’t do the week before your wedding. What did I miss?? I’m sure there are plenty more things to avoid in those crucial days before your wedding. Come back later this morning because I have a list of five things that you should do before your wedding!

Are you looking for more local wedding ideas? Be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC area pros. If that isn’t enough, check out our collection of local DMV weddings from the real world and the best DC area wedding vendors who make it all happen.

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