If you’re about to get married, chances are you’ve spent quite a bit of time and money planning. As you get closer and closer to the big day, it becomes easier for the little things to fall through the cracks. These little things can have big consequences and cause unnecessary stress while you should be preparing for the best day of your life. To make sure your wedding day goes as smoothly as possible, here are some things you should prepare ahead of time.
1. Ceremony Essentials
Losing the rings right before the wedding may be a popular sitcom trope, but it’s not ideal for your wedding day. Make a plan for your rings well in advance, and make sure whoever is responsible for bringing them is prepared to take on the task. You’ll also want to prep your marriage license and make copies of your vows. You won’t have to worry about your setup if your vendor is taking care of it for you. If you’re handling the setup, there are some other items you’ll want to keep close together. These items include your aisle runner and programs for the ceremony, as well as any items used during the ceremony like candles or baskets for flower girls.
2. Emergency Kit
In a perfect world, you’ll have no need for an emergency kit, but it doesn’t hurt to have one handy. Keep some cash on hand and a phone charger nearby just in case. Things like safety pins or nail files can fix a quick beauty emergency, while other items like eye drops, bandages and antacids can help alleviate any discomfort you come across. A quality cosmetics concealer for quick touch ups can help your photos look great all day without appearing “cakey.” Add in some other items like hand lotion, your signature wedding fragrance and breath mints to feel your best all night long.
3. Contact Sheet
The last thing a bride wants on her wedding day is a phone blowing up with questions from confused guests. It may help to assign someone from your wedding party to handle any questions about directions, the ceremony time and so on. Some wedding invitation stationary has the option to include a card like this so guests have the contact information well in advance. It can also be useful to have the numbers for your vendors close by, so you know as soon as possible if there are any issues with the venue, flowers or food.
4. Bride Essentials
You may think all you need is your dress, but there are a number of other things you should have close by to make getting ready a breeze. For instance, wearing a button-down shirt is a comfy option to have your hair and makeup completed in. When it’s time to change into the dress, you don’t have to worry about anything snagging or smearing. If you plan on eating and drinking as you get ready, a straw can help keep your lipstick in place. It’s also helpful to keep accessories such as jewelry, shoes and your veil organized well ahead of time. Some things you may not think about include deodorant, extra contacts with solution, mouthwash and a comfortable pair of shoes.
5. Wedding Night Must-Haves
With the whirlwind of a wedding day it’s easy to forget about the wedding night. Whether you’re leaving right from the wedding to your honeymoon or are simply headed up to the hotel room, a few comforts can go a long way. Prep a couple bottles of water to hydrate after a night of drinking and dancing, and make sure you’ve packed any toiletries, medications, and a change of clothes.
It’s easy for a wedding day to turn into a blur of activities, but don’t forget to slow down and enjoy your day. If you follow these tips and do a little preparation ahead of time, you can make sure just about everything goes smoothly for your perfect day.