- Planning Tools
by Kim Forrest
You’ve spent months preparing for your wedding and you’re feeling fully prepped and ready to go. Well, we’re here to tell you that there may be some things that you’ll probably forget to bring on your big day – little details, but important things nonetheless. Check out our list of important things you’ll want to remember before you leave the house on your wedding day.
An Overnight Bag
As tired as you’ll be on your wedding night, you’ll still want to take off your makeup, brush your teeth, etc. So don’t forget to bring an overnight back with all of your toiletries, medications, and changes of clothes.
You probably already know the starting time for your ceremony and reception, but you’ll need to come up with a timeline for every important part of your wedding day. What time should dinner be served? When’s the first dance? Make sure that all of your vendors receive a copy of the timeline and are on the same page.
You have plenty to deal with on your wedding day, so you don’t want to be the one fielding questions from vendors, managing the timeline or dealing with minor emergencies. That’s why having a wedding planner (even just someone day-of) is a great idea. If you don’t have a wedding planner, a bridesmaid, groomsman, family member, or friend can be helpful – but just make sure that all of your vendors know who the point person is.
Make sure you have something to wear while you’re getting your hair and makeup done. Sure, you will be photographed while you’re primping and prepping, but you don’t need to wear anything fancy – a favorite button-down shirt or robe are fine options.
Vendor Contact Information
Make sure you have a list of all of your vendors’ contact details – and make copies. Your wedding planner and a few select family and wedding party members should have this list in case of emergency.
Even if your wedding planner or a wedding party member is handing out the gratuities, you’ll want to make sure that the tips are organized, labeled and ready to go. Make sure to bring some extra envelopes just in case you forgot someone.
Cash and IDs
You never know where your wedding night will take you – so make sure that you have a small clutch with a bit of cash and your identification in case you’re planning on hitting the town for an after-party. Put one of your wedding party members in charge of monitoring your valuables during the night – you have other things to worry about.
Do not, we repeat, do not, skip breakfast on your wedding day. Yes, we know that you’ve got a million butterflies in your tummy, but you should not get married on an empty stomach. Ask a relative, bridesmaid or groomsmen to pick up breakfast for the whole gang to nosh while you’re all getting ready.
Extra Wedding Stationery Items
You’ll want your photographer to take some shots of your wedding invitations, programs, save-the-dates and the like, so make sure you bring extra copies to hand over.
We hate to say it, but emergencies happen – spills, paper cuts, ripped hems, and more. Create an emergency kit (or ask one of your bridesmaids to help you out), that includes a few essentials – stain stick, sewing kit, double-sided tape, band-aids, tissues, and dental floss are all important to include.
Anyone who is giving a reading or speech at your ceremony or reception should make multiple copies of the text and give them to your wedding planner or a trusted family member or friend. Readings and speeches should also be available electronically and emailed just in case.
Planning on carrying your great-grandmother’s handkerchief or wearing your mother’s locket? These small items can get lost easily, so make sure they’re kept in a safe place while in transit. You can ask a relative or friend to hang on to these important items for you so you’ll know they’ll be well taken care of.
A Gift Plan
Throughout your wedding day, guests will probably be giving you cards and maybe bringing larger gifts as well. Make sure you appoint a trusted friend or family member to supervise collecting the cards and gifts at the end of the night and transporting them to their final destination.
It happens to everyone at some point – a broken heel. We hope that this doesn’t happen on your wedding day, but just in case it does, have an extra pair of shoes on hand. The likelihood is you won’t have to wear them, so they don’t have to be as fabulous as your primary pair, but just in case, you’ll be glad you had them on hand, er, foot.
Something Old, Something New…
Think about your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue” and make sure those items are transported carefully to your wedding.