For the Bride: A Must-Have Day-Of Checklist

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Planning a wedding takes time and can be a stressful period. There’s a lot to remember, so lists and spreadsheets are your best friends. As the big day gets closer, you’ll need a day-of checklist to ensure you have everything you’ll need for your wedding day.

Make Someone in Charge at the End of the Night

Even if you have a wedding planner, ensure you have one person or several people in charge of the clean-up when your wedding is over. They should gather the leftover favors, clean up the decorations, and do any other necessary tasks. Since you and your partner will be off enjoying alone time, cleaning up your own wedding is the last thing you want to do. Let the team know when the venue wants everything broken down and cleaned to avoid fines or trouble.

Prepare a Wedding Day Emergency Bag

Pack items into a wedding day emergency bag you can keep with you. These essentials include:

  • Vendor tips
  • Vows
  • Rings
  • Extra shoes
  • Lipstick
  • Deodorant
  • Safety pins
  • Pain reliever
  • Bandaids
  • Bobby pins
  • Floss
  • Mints/gum
  • Tissues
  • Lint roller
  • Makeup for touch-ups
  • Water

Keep this designated bag with you throughout the night. It can be a lifesaver! You don’t want to deal with last-minute mishaps without the emergency bag.

Wedding Day Changes Bag

Everyone knows you won’t wake up and wear your wedding outfit immediately. You should keep another bag with you or designate a close friend or family member to keep track of it.

In here, you’ll pack pajamas, undergarments, the veil (if you choose to wear one), jewelry, hair accessories, and your wedding shoes. Of course, you’ll need your wedding outfit! Ensure it’s steamed and ready to go for the big day.

Allow for Extra Room in Your Timeline

Tasks are going to take longer than expected during your wedding day. It’s best to pack your patience and allow extra room in your timeline for things to happen. There could be traffic you didn’t factor in, or your hair and makeup might take longer than expected. Include some buffer time to keep things as close to on time as possible.

As a bride, you already have a lot to think about. This checklist will help keep you calm and experience less stress during the wedding day.