15 Things To Do The Week Before Your Wedding

So, it’s the week before your wedding. Your dress is ready, logistics are finalized, all that’s left to do is say “I do!”…right? Wrong! All the last minute tasks you need to complete can add up and seem like a daunting list. However, we’re here to help you get organized and ensure you don’t miss a beat!

1. Clear your work to-do list.

Nothing kills the excitement more than stressing about everything you have to do that isn’t for your special day. Wouldn’t you rather this week be no work and all play?! Get these tasks out of the way so you can focus on enjoying the last minute wedding planning, instead.

2. Meet with your planner or day-of coordinator.

Photo: Courtney Dueppengiesser. Wedding Planner: Sara Elizabeth Weddings

Going over any last-minute details and ironing out all the kinks will make your weekend much more enjoyable.

3. Break in your shoes!

Photo: Amber Rhea

Let’s face it…nobody wants to have achy feet or blistering heels while exchanging vows with their sweetheart. Do yourself a favor and take a few laps around the house in your wedding shoes.

4. Have a trial run of the full look.

Photo: Laken McDonald

Put on your dress, veil, shoes, and jewelry and practice your walk down the aisle to ensure you’re comfortable and confident in your ensemble. You may even want to practice using the restroom in your dress so you know what to expect.

5. Double-check on your marriage license.

Photo: Courtney Dueppengiesser

Make sure everything looks correct and hand it off to your officiant.


6. Confirm with vendors.

Florist: Lavish Floral Design Photo: Jennifer Birkenmeyer Photography

Shoot them all an e-mail at the beginning of the week to confirm their arrival times to ensure everything runs smoothly.


7. Get payments ready.

Finalize logistics and write checks in advance. Double check your contracts to be sure you meet all payment deadlines!


8. Pack your bags for the honeymoon.

Especially if you’re leaving right after the wedding or the following morning! It’ll be one less thing you have to do when all you’ll want is to spend time with your new spouse.


9. Check in with your bridal party.

Photo: Amanda Genenbacher

Shoot the group a text and make sure they all know when they have to be at the venue and what their roles are for the day.


10. Call guests who missed the RSVP deadline.

You’ll need a final number for your venue and caterer. Plus, it would be pretty awkward if someone showed up and had no seat!


11. Finalize anything speech related.

Put the finishing touches on your vows, prepare a “thank you” speech and decide who will be making the toast and make sure they know.


12. Write thank-you cards.

When you get back from your honeymoon, chances are you’ll want to spend every moment you can with your new spouse. Write these ahead of time so you can get them delivered as soon as possible!


13. Get your ring cleaned.

Photo: Courtney Dueppengiesser

Since a million photos will be taken of this beauty, make sure the sparkler is squeaky clean! You’ll be glad you did.


14. Submit a shot list to your photographer.

Photo: Courtney Dueppengiesser

You don’t want to miss any precious moments, so be sure that this is at the top of your list.


15. Schedule some “me time.”

Let’s face it, getting ready for a wedding is stressful. Schedule a mani-pedi, massage, facial, or whatever makes you feel like a million bucks. You deserve to relax before the weekend of a lifetime!


How To Submit To QAB Magazine

Have you been recently married? Engaged? Do you have great marital advice to offer or an area of wedding expertise you’d be willing to share with your community through an article? Our publication would LOVE to feature you in an upcoming issue! Submitting to our magazine is quick and easy, but we’re here to break it down and make it even simpler.

Engagement Submissions

So you get to spend forever with your other half…what better way to share the news with friends and family than in our magazine?! Submitting your engagement consists of just a few steps. All of our submissions require entering your name and contact information. Next, add the announcement you’d like to appear in the magazine and upload photos from your engagement shoot or the proposal! Make sure you have your photographer’s permission to use the images before you submit. We’ve included some examples from our last issue below. You can submit your engagement here. 

Photographer: Courtney Dueppengiesser
Photographer: Amber Rhea










Local Love Stories

Gush about your wedding day! We want to hear all about it. Tell us your Local Love story in an essay up to 750 words. This can include anything from how you met, why you fell in love, why you chose a specific theme for your wedding, and any special details about your wedding day. We’d love to hear from both the bride and groom! You’ll also need to include a list of local vendors that contributed to your big day and their contact information so we can show them some love, too. Next, choose 15-20 of your favorite images from your wedding. We want to see your floral arrangements, cake, and of course photos of the happy couple. Make sure to get your photographer’s permission to share the photos and notify your vendors that you’ll be submitting their information as well. If any vendors would rather their names not be included in the magazine, tell them to notify you so we can make these changes. Submit your Local Love story today! 

Photographer: Amanda Genenbacher

20 Questions

Whether you’ve been married 5 years or 50, we want to hear from you! Tell us about married life. Grab your spouse and a glass of wine and enter 2 answers for each question, one from each of you. Upload your favorite picture of the two of you and you’re good to go! What do you remember about your wedding day? What song played during your first dance? What advice would you give to a couple planning their wedding now? Answer these and the rest of our 20 Questions now to be featured in an upcoming issue.


Calling all photographers, hair stylists, bakeries and DJ’s…this one’s for you! If you’re a local vendor who wants to be featured in our magazine, this is the perfect submission for you. There is no better way to brag about your expertise in the wedding industry. Submit an unbiased article that showcases your knowledge of your field. Articles are chosen based on relevancy to issue and supporting imagery availability. Submit your article here before June 15th to be eligible for feature in our July issue!

Photographer: Laken McDonald

As a local publication, showcasing local couples and vendors is our mission. Thank you in advance to anyone submitting — we can’t wait to brag on you!

8 Tips To Planning The Bachelorette Party of Her Dreams

So she’s got the ring…now it’s time for the last fling! Planning a Bachelorette party can be stressful, but think about it this way…the bride enlisted YOU as her most-trusted pal to plan the night of her dreams. We’re here to help you make the process as enjoyable as possible. We’re giving you our 8 tips to planning the perfect party! 

1. Get Organized! 

As we all know, planning a Bachelorette party seems like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! There are many small details you’ll need to keep track of, and the best way to keep yourself sane is by staying organized. Break out your colored pens and highlighters, buy yourself a new notebook or planner, and print out this Bachelorette Party Template we’ve created for you! Apps such as PartyPlanner or My Party Planner are excellent tools to utilize as well. 

2. It’s all about the Bride

Photo: Courtney Dueppengiesser

Yes, there are other people attending. Yes, it would be super cool to celebrate at the new escape room you’ve been dying to try. But remember — this celebration is about the bride! Do your best to envision the event how she would. Make sure to ask specific questions to clarify what she wants and what she doesn’t want. Whether it be a country concert, a weekend getaway or a night out on the town, make sure to tailor the experience around her.

3. Have the “money talk”

Ah, yes, the dreaded conversation. Let’s face it, nobody loves to talk about money, but establishing how much each person is willing to spend right off the bat will save you ions of time. Talk with each attendee one-on-one about their budget to make everyone as comfortable as possible. You can try your best to accommodate, but know that it’s near impossible to please everyone. If someone is unable to pay the price you’ve decided is most reasonable, advise them to plan a date with the bride or take her out to dinner instead! 

4. Decide what vibe you’re going for 

A night out or a weekend celebration? Let this be the first decision you make. (With the bride’s preferences spearheading your decision, of course!) Once you have this figured out, it’ll make it easier to narrow down your options for the festivities. Think about it…you’d obviously be able to rule out the idea of a weekend in Vegas if you’ll only be spending the day celebrating. Aside from setting the date, this is one of the most important components of planning a successful Bachelorette party. 

5. Set the date 3-5 months in advance

Photo: Courtney Dueppengiesser

If your bride wants to lock down the hottest spot in town for her special weekend, you’re going to need to set a date months in advance. Don’t forget about your guests, either — calendars fill up quickly, especially during the spring and summer months. Choosing a date early will not only make it easier on your guests, but will save you tons of stress. Send out a “save the date” text immediately after choosing, then send out an e-vite or mail out invitations designed with a local vendor 4-6 weeks prior to the big celebration if you’re feeling fancy! 

6. Don’t overbook 

Let’s face it — it’s easy to get carried away and create a mile-long itinerary for your girls. You might be worried that you won’t have enough to do, but chances are you’ve planned more than enough! Keep in mind that enjoying eachother’s company is the most important thing on the agenda. There are people who have traveled near and far to attend, and the bride will want to spend time relishing in the little moments with every person attending. Oh, and don’t forget — photo-ops take up time, too!

7. Show up on Social Media 

Let’s face it, Social Media plays a pretty big role in our lives today. Most people attending the party will want to post something about it, so consider creating a hashtag for the event such as #LastFlingBeforeTheRing or #ByeByeBachelorette so the photos end up in one place. Setting up photo booths/props at the first location of your event could also be a fun way to document the celebration. Coordinate outfits, too, if that’s something the bride would want! 

8. Don’t forget to have fun 

Congratulations! You’ve finished all the planning. All that’s left to do is…oh, wait…put on the whole event. The good news is, the toughest part is over! Finances have been collected, bookings made and logistics sorted out. Though you will be the one making sure everything runs smoothly at the party, don’t forget you’re allowed to enjoy it, too! Don’t worry too much about making everything perfect, because nothing ever really goes exactly as planned. Step back, pour yourself a glass of champagne and remind yourself that none of this would be possible without you!