1. Touch base with vendors. Make sure they have your venue address, arrival time, details they need (like list of groups for photos, event timeline), and get a contact person’s cell number if you don’t have it already.
2. Create tip envelopes. Sealed envelopes are easier than fumbling with bills. Designate an amount and envelope for each vendor whom you plan to tip, and then bring along some extra cash in case someone goes above and beyond. Here are some classic guidelines for vendor tipping.
3. Box it up. You need one box for the service and one for the party. What’s in them? Click here. You may also want an emergency kit that could include hairspray, make up, hemming tape, stain remover, pain reliever, tissues, toothbrush/toothpaste and backup copies of your montage DVD and music list in case they’re needed.
4. Organize outfits. Pull all your family’s clothing for the weekend. Sort it by family member and bundle each day’s outfits together by twist-tie on the hangers, including bags for jewelry and accessories like socks and belts.
5 Review printed materials. You’ll have checked your place cards, signage, menus and programs for errors the week before the event. Double check them the day before to make sure you have appropriate quantities.
6. Write a welcome. Make notes for your celebration welcome so that you remember everything you want to say and who you plan to thank. Remember this will be brief… Sweet and sincere – but brief!
7. Choose to Enjoy it! Of course something may go amiss on the big day. When you and your child are surrounded by family and friends who came to share your joy, remember that nobody knows what was “supposed” to happen except you. So, choose to smile and enjoy every moment rather than worry about what could/should be.