Read the first and second parts of our Wedding Prep Checklist!

So, you've spent your recent free time in the months leading up to your wedding planning the details. Now's the time to enjoy the fruits of your labor and look forward to spending the rest of your life with your special someone.

11. A lot of venues (Greenhouse Loft included!) will let you drop off any non-perishable decor items (like picture frames, your guest book, gift box) if you have that kind of thing the day before your event. This is awesome because you don't have to worry about carting stuff around on your wedding day! And let us tell you, you want to be relaxing and enjoying yourself that day, not dealing with boxes and escort cards. The day before your wedding is also a great time to get a relaxing massage or manicure, if you're into it!

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12. The evening before your wedding, folks often have a rehearsal or gathering of some sort with all of your family and bridal party. If you have out of town guests, this is a great night for them to explore the town where you are getting hitched! Sometimes people have a backyard BBQ, sometimes our clients will have dinner at a favorite restaurant (our clients have had rehearsal dinners at Publican Quality Meats, Jane's Restaurant, Quartino, Nightwood, Zed451 & Irazu.) This is a great way for people to catch up, and is a chance for everyone to loosen up and have a little fun.

13. The day of your wedding, you'll probably wake up pretty early, excited and a little nervous... this is totally normal! Make sure you eat a good, healthy breakfast--- the rest of the day is going to be a real whirlwind!

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14. Depending on what time your wedding starts, at some point you might want to arrange your photographer to stop by the respective wedding parties' hotel rooms/apartments and get some prep-shots of everyone getting ready. We've learned that you don't need TOO many photos of lipgloss being applied of cufflinks being put on-- about a half hour or 45 minutes should do the trick.

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15. If you're getting some prep-shots, now's a good time to do a first look, if you want. What's a first look you ask? Lots of times, so that the couple doesn't have to be away from the reception for photos, we've had clients do some portraits before their ceremonies. This is a great way to calm your nerves, and get some really awesome photos around the city! Of course, it's also super romantic and sweet to see each other for the first time when you're walking down the aisle. Basically, communicate what you want to your photographers and they'll make it work!

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16. Your ceremony will be a really important part of your big day. Like we mentioned before, if you have it at a house of worship, that's where everyone will go. If you have it at the same venue as your reception, everyone will already be in one place. If you're having your ceremony and reception at the same place, make sure that you arrive when your vendors suggest. Now's the time to relax and let your caterer and florist work their magic. If you get there too early, it can seem a little stressful, because it's a whirlwind of activity!

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17. So, your ceremony was a success! No one objected and you got to kiss! Huzzah! Let thecelebration commence! Lots of times, people have a cocktail or social hour directly after the ceremony. You can serve a signature drink, beer and wine, and have some passed appetizers. You'll get more photos with your family and friends and say thank you and be on the receiving end of a million hugs and smiles.

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18. After your cocktail hour, it's time to get serious about eating. Depending on your style of event, you will have exactly the kind of food and service you want. It will be super fun to see all of your planning come to fruition! You'll be eating delicious food next to your new spouse surrounded by those who matter most to you! We recommend taking a moment and looking around at all the joy!

19. Often times after dinner, the dance floor opens. After some relaxing dinner music and a delicious meal, it's fun to bust a move on the dance floor and enjoy the good energy. Cake or dessert can be served and everyone gets to have fun.

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20. After the last call and the last song, it's time to head home for you and your guests. But just remember, your amazing wedding is just an awesome start to the rest of your life with the person you love the most. You have so much to look forward to!

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