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Wedding Day Checklist: What to Remember to Pack

Your wedding day is fast approaching, and amidst the excitement and anticipation, it's crucial to ensure you have everything you need for a smooth and memorable wedding day. As an experienced wedding planner, I've seen firsthand how the smallest details can make the biggest difference. So I put together this wedding day checklist to help you stay organised and ensure nothing is overlooked when packing for your special day.

1. Garments & Accessories

Your wedding attire is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of your big day, so use this checklist to ensure you don’t forget any accessories or details. 

For the Bride:

  • Wedding dress: Ensure your wedding dress is hanging up and not stored in a box in the days leading up to your wedding. 

  • Steamer: Bring a steamer so that your dress, veil and bridesmaid dresses don’t have any creases in them. 

  • Hanger: Have a nice hanger to present your wedding dress so it looks lovely in photos. 

  • Veil or headpiece: Ensure your hair accessories are packed ready to give to your hairstylist. 

  • Shoes: Break them in beforehand to avoid uncomfortable blisters, and pack a spare pair of flats for dancing in the evening - just in case!

  • Robe: For getting ready, you don't want to have to take clothes off over your newly done and hair and make up.

  • Jewellery: Remember earrings, necklace, bracelet, and any other special pieces.

  • Lingerie: Pack your wedding day underwear and wedding night lingerie

  • Wedding bag: If you want to give your wedding day bag to your maid of honour, then these are a few items that are always useful to have: lipstick, lip balm, perfume, deodorant, tissues, plasters and breath mints.

For the Groom:

  • Suit or tuxedo: Remember to iron your shirt or take a steamer to your getting ready venue. 

  • Tie or bowtie: Practice tying your bowtie beforehand!

  • Shoes: Pack show polish and a spare pair of socks.

  • Accessories: Cufflinks, pocket-watch, belt, braces or a cumberbund and any other accessories to complete your wedding day attire. 

2. Toiletries

Having a toiletry kit on hand in the bridal suite or in your venue’s washrooms in a basket for all to use!

  • Deodorant

  • Mints

  • Makeup wipes and remover

  • Hair products, hair grips, hair bands

  • Tissues

  • Plasters

  • Pain relief 

  • Sanitary products 

3. Rings

This is the most important element of your wedding day, so entrust your wedding rings to a family member or best man to hand to you during your wedding ceremony. 

  • Engagement ring: If you want your engagement ring in your wedding photos, remember to have it nearby to wear after your ceremony or simply wear it on your right hand. 

  • Ring box: Choose an elegant and stylish ring box to keep your rings safe before your ceremony.

4. Stationery Suite

Flatlay photos are a beautiful way to capture the design of your wedding, and your photographer will want to take photos of your stationery alongside your flowers, wedding rings and personal details. Remember to bring with you: 

  • Invitations 

  • Save-the-dates

  • RSVP cards

  • Menus 

  • Order of service 

If you haven't dropped off at the venue prior to the day or have a wedding planner to handle you will need to ensure you bring all stationery for the day including table plans, welcome sign, placards and table numbers. Take a look at this post for more information on wedding days stationery.

If you have decided to give small wedding day gifts to your partner or your wedding party, remember to bring these along with you. These could be: 

  • Bridesmaid gifts

  • Groomsmen gifts

  • Parent gifts or flower bouquets 

6. Speeches

If you or your partner is giving a toast or a speech, the key is to be prepared. So remember to bring along your notes, cue cards or speech if you have written it out. 

7. Honeymoon 

If you are departing for your honeymoon straight after your wedding, or simply staying the night at a hotel, then you will need to remember to pack an overnight bag or holiday suitcase. 

Packing for your wedding day might seem overwhelming, but with this checklist you'll have everything you need. Just remember that organisation is key and starting a few weeks prior to your wedding date will ensure you don’t feel stressed leaving these packing tasks to the last minute. 

For more expert wedding planning tips and advice, read my previous blogs where I share top tips and inspiration if you are planning your wedding, or get in touch here to see how I can help you with your day.

Photo credits: D&J wedding photography and The Curries Studio


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