Here’s the deal. Sure your lovely bride has a handle on her wedding checklist, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t want your input and contribution. Your lady is planning the biggest party of your lives so she could use a little help. Lucky for you I’ve rounded up a list of things you should be helping out with to win mega brownie points. Here is the ultimate groom wedding planning to-do list!

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HELP LOCATE A VENUE
Visit venues with your bride and try to find a location that speaks to you as a couple.

SHOW UP AT THE BRIDAL SHOWER WITH FLOWERS
Earn mega brownie points and stop by her bridal shower with fresh flowers. She and her friends will swoon! Make sure to add this task to your groom wedding planning checklist!

HAVE A GUEST LIST COMPLETE WITH ADDRESSES
Don’t just give her names of your friends and family you want to invite, provide her with their addresses and whether or not you are offering them a plus one.

HELP WITH THE SEATING CHART
You know your friends and family best and who they’d be comfortable sitting with, so let your bride know. Also have a say in whether you are having a sweetheart table, having a bridal party table or sitting with your family at the reception.

BE THE IN-LAW BUFFER
A lot of opinions and decisions are to be made about the big day, keep the peace between your parents and the bride.

PLAN ROMANTIC DATE NIGHTS WHERE YOU DON’T DISCUSS THE BIG DAY
Don’t loose track of what it’s all about! Give her a break from the wedding stress and wine and dine her just as you plan on doing for the rest of your lives.

GIVE INPUT ON THE MENU AND GROOM’S SIGNATURE COCKTAIL
Create a signature cocktail that you love and give it a crafty name. Attend the food tasting and give input to the chef.

PROVIDE DIY ASSISTANCE
If your bride is making her invitations, making DIY wedding favors or creating wedding signage, offer to help stuff, seal or paint.

CARE ABOUT YOUR ATTIRE
She has likely picked out the wedding colors, but you know the brands you love and what will make you look and feel your best on your wedding day. Put your own mark on your attire like colorful socks for you and your groomsmen or think about what piece you want different from your groomsmen to stand out.

PLAN THE REHEARSAL DINNER
Plan everything from the venue, to the menu and cocktails being served. Discuss attendees with your bride and provide these guests with a rehearsal dinner card in their invitation.

WRITE YOUR OWN VOWS
As part of your groom wedding planning list, don’t forget to think about what you want to vow to her and write your own vows from the heart.

MUSIC SELECTION
Pick songs you’ll love to dance to and songs that would be meaningful for your first dance and mother-son dance.

PLAN AN EXTRAORDINARY HONEYMOON
Discuss if you want a relaxing beach destination or an adventurous culture-rich location. Book the flights, hotels, activities and plan a surprise or two as well!

GIVE HER ONE HECK OF A NEWLYWED KISS
Your first kiss as husband and wife is a special moment and one shared with those you love. Make sure it’s a good one!

Pippa Middleton just got hitched! I’ve been waiting for Pippa’s big day since she nearly stole the show at big sister Kate’s royal wedding in 2011. Although this wasn’t a royal wedding, it truly was a royal affair with the attendance of her big sister! The bride is blushing in her gorgeous Giles Deacon wedding dress and jeweled hair piece. Her precious niece and nephew, Princess Charlotte and Prince George could not be cutter in their wedding attire. And Kate Middleton didn’t disappoint in a stunning blush Alexander McQueen gown. This was Pippa Middleton’s wedding is definitely the wedding of the year. What is your favorite part of this wedding?

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SHOP WEDDING DRESSES
Wedding Boutique | ASOSThe Wedding Suite | BHLDN | AmazonBridal Salon | Revolve | Etsy

 

SHOP BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES
Dessy | Show Me Your Mumu | Nordstrom

Your out-of-town guests have traveled long and far to attend your special day and likely spent a considerable amount of cash to attend. Show your appreciation with a wedding welcome bag they will love. As as a wedding guest, there’s nothing quite like finding some thoughtful goodies waiting for you when you arrive at your hotel. Here are some of my favorite ideas to incorporate into your wedding welcome bag!

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BRANDED GOODIES
If you are branding your wedding, include your adorable logo on all of your wedding guest goodies. They appreciate the gesture and a sneak preview of the affair they are about to attend.

champagne in wedding welcome bag

CHAMPAGNE
Pop, fizz, clink! Your guests will love starting the weekend off right with some bubbly.

wedding welcome bag

WEDDING PROGRAM
This is the perfect opportunity to include all of the paper goods from the wedding program to keep them abreast of the weekend festivities, to cute tags and of course a thank you note!

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DRINKWARE
If your signature cocktail is a moscow mule or a mint julep, you might want to include a copper cup with that mini bottle of whiskey.

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SOMETHING SWEET
Have state cookies made of the destination you are getting married or the two states the bride and groom are from. It’s a delicious and thoughtful addition to your wedding welcome bag.

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SOMETHING TO TAKE HOME
Most goodies in a wedding welcome bag are items that can be consumed that weekend – think water, champagne and snacks. Give them something to take home with them (non liquid if thy need to fly) such as a candle or souvenir from your wedding destination.

wedding welcome basket

WATER + SNACKS
Yes, your wedding weekend moto is to save water and drink champagne, but your guests will need to stay hydrated all weekend long. Save them from getting the expensive mini bar water and supply them with a couple of bottles to enjoy. Plus include some yummy snacks for your guests to savor. Your guests will thank you!

wedding welcome bag ideas

WEEKEND WEDDING GEAR
Slap that wedding logo you branded on some weekend wedding gear like a cute weekender bag or a baseball cap. Your guests will love the gear and get some cute Instagram-worthy photos using your wedding hashtag.

Even though you’ve had a year to plan, mapped out your dream wedding on Pinterest and thought of every last detail, the week of your wedding will creep up fast. To ensure you don’t miss a thing it’s important to plan out the week of your wedding as it will not only creep up, but be over before you know it. So save yourself the stress and enjoy this special time by planning out this crucial week with this Week of the Wedding Checklist!

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CONFIRM THE DAY-OF TIMELINE WITH YOUR VENDORS
Several drafts will circulate as you start to get concrete times back from your vendors. Such as how much time the rental company needs to set up or when the band cut off time is. It’s essential for all of the vendors (who most likely have never worked together before) all have the final version of the day-of timeline so your wedding goes off without a hitch. Pro tip – include phone numbers and emails of all the vendors, so if the florist is adding flowers to the cake designers masterpiece, they can touch base without you having to bat an eye.

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BRING YOUR SCHEDULE TO YOUR VIPS
Send copies of this final version of your day-of timeline and include your VIPs such as your maid-of-honor or mom’s cell phone at the top of this list. Vendors will know if there’s an emergency to contact them first to try to resolve an issue before you even notice! Let’s keep this wedding stress free shall we?!

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PICK UP YOUR DRESS
I realize this sounds obvious, but funny true-life story, my sister said after her rehearsal dinner that we needed to go to the seamstress for her final fitting. I must have looked horrified because in my head I was thinking ‘are you serious?!, but I didn’t want to stress her out and make her feel like this wasn’t normal. So I said ‘ok, we’ve got this.’ Don’t procrastinate and allow yourself a few days for any last minute alternations to the dress.

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MAKE A CHECKLIST OF EVERYTHING YOU NEED
And better yet, start packing it! Whether you are having a local wedding or a destination wedding, there is a lot to pack from the wedding favors, to signage, custom decor pieces, your something blue, bridal accessories, your bridal emergency kit, DIY wedding projects, the.. list.. goes.. on.. Save yourself the last minute panic attack and make your list now.

thank you for making our day so special card

WRITE YOUR VENDOR THANK YOU NOTES
You don’t have to wait until the wedding to be grateful for everything they’ve done your you thus far. Chances are, your florist has probably already responded to 300 emails from you and been following your wedding flowers Pinterest board since you hired them. Be grateful they’ve stuck around through your not so cute bridezilla moments and be thankful you had the opportunity of working with such talented individuals.

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IMPORTANT DETAILS
Get that pretty little sparkler on your finger cleaned, break in your wedding shoes, get a manicure, build your spray tan and get those eyelashes installed on your eyelids. It’s your wedding day and you want everything to be PERFECT. Customize this checkbox on your wedding checklist by tailoring it to everything that will make you feel your most beautiful on your wedding day.

couple at table overlooking ocean on honeymoon

PACK THOSE HONEYMOON BAGS
You have the time now a week before your wedding so get this daunting task off of your to-do list. And this is the fun part, knowing you will officially be a Mrs. the next time you open that suitcase. Cross this task off your wedding checklist early during this week.