Wedding Day Checklist for the Bride
Your wedding will be here before you know it, so it's important that you have a day of game plan. Because the last thing you want to be doing is running home for forgotten toiletries or tip envelopes. Follow our handy wedding day checklist below to help you prepare for your big day! We recommend completing this list at least a week before your wedding so you can focus on enjoying the day and not worrying about what still needs to be done.
And as always, delegate! If your maid of honor is the queen of organization, enlist her help in packing your emergency bag. And remember, inevitably something silly may come up. But don't let it stress you out. Your day is still going to be perfect even if one of the groomsman forgets his suspenders. We promise.
The Marrygrams Wedding Day Checklist
Pack Your Emergency Bridal Kit
Sit down the week before your wedding and create an emergency kit. This should include everything that you would possibly need for minor wedding day mishaps. And it will vary from bride to bride. So try to only pack things you can actually see yourself using, while still preparing for the unexpected. We recommend including the following:
toothbrush - toothpaste - mouthwash - mints - gum - sewing kit - band-aids - ibuprofen - tampons - deodorant - stain remover stick - tissues - nail polish for touch ups - extra bobby pins/hair ties - water bottle - granola bar or snacks - driver's license and extra cash - cell phone and charger - lint roller - antacid - personal medication - extra earring backs - q-tips - tweezers - blotting papers - static guard - drinking straws
Pack Wedding Gown and Accessories
This may seem like a given, but make sure you try on your dress one final time before the big day. Then keep it safe and wrapped up and pack a separate bag for all of your make-up and accessories. Don't forget your shoes (plus an emergency extra pair), wedding jewelry, slip or spandex, wedding lingerie, perfume, and any other accessories you're planning on wearing. Double and triple check this bag to ensure you don't leave anything behind.
Check in With Your Vendors
A day or two before the ceremony check in one final time with your vendors. Confirm arrival and set up times and ask any last minute questions you may have. Even if it's all smooth sailing it doesn't hurt to send a quick message or call just to make sure everyone is on the same page. If you're having a wedding planner they may do this step for you, so run your thoughts by them if that is the case.
Pack for Honeymoon
If you're leaving for your honeymoon (or mini-moon, read our blog all about those here!) right after the reception pack your bags early and have them waiting in the car. Include clothes to change into following the reception as well. And if you're jetting off abroad don't forget your passport and travel documents!
Prepare Final Payments and Tips
Finalize any outstanding payments for your vendors and prepare tip envelopes as necessary. Designate a space (or a person) for all vendors to collect these from before the ceremony and let them know where (or who) that is. We also love the added touch of including vendor thank you notes with your tips or final checks. Because a little extra thank you goes a long way. You can find those here!
Discuss Your Shot List with Photographer
Ideally, this will happen prior to the week before your wedding. But if you have any final photo ideas or poses you would like to try make sure your photographer adds them to list. You can also schedule a walk through of the venue with your photographer before your big day. Ideally you'll want to do this during the time of day in which your wedding events will take place. This will help your photographer analyze the light and space relative to your ceremony. And remember that the best photos are usually the ones that you don't even realize are being taken. So sit back, relax and trust them to execute your vision.
Confirm all Legal Documents
No wedding day checklist would be complete without the legal jargon. So make sure you have all of the appropriate legal documents in a folder ready to go. This should include your marriage license, your pre-nuptial agreement if you have one, and anything else your state (or country) may require. Be sure to check the timeline for your particular location as far as obtaining these documents goes, as it may be much longer than a week prior.
Final Review of all Printed Materials
Keep all of your menus, programs, place and escort cards and signage in a safe place before taking them to your venue or planner. Hand write any last minute RSVP's escort cards if necessary. Then do a final read through of all of your printed goodies so you can troubleshoot any mistakes you may find too late to correct. (For example, if you misspelled your groomsman's name on the programs and didn't catch it, don't panic. Talk to him separately and let him know of the mistake and apologize. Most likely you'll all have a little laugh and life will go on as planned without hurt feelings.)
Make Copies of Your Vows (& Practice!)
Better safe than sorry is a good rule when it comes to making copies of your wedding vows. Keep your originals with you, and give your maid of honor, best man and parents a copy to hold on to as well. It's also a good idea to read them out loud a few times, if you're writing your own, to make sure the words feel comfortable. This will help you speak more naturally on your big day, and cement the words in your brain, even if you still need to physically read them during the ceremony.
Drop off Decor with Wedding Planner or Venue
Take any final decor or paper goods to your planner or venue. And once you do, let it go! They will make sure everything is in it's proper place so you don't have to worry about a thing. Now all you have to focus on is getting married! ;)
Assign Day of Duties to Bridal Party
Delegate, delegate, delegate! Your bridal party is happy to help so divvy out any remaining day of duties still on your wedding day checklist among them. Who is in charge of bringing the champagne for mimosas? These are the important questions!
Write a Note to Your Soon-to-Be Partner
Day of love notes are a favorite of ours. They are perfect to read before your first look or just as a sweet note before you meet your beloved at the altar. Give yourself a quiet moment a day or two before your wedding to give them a little preview of the vows you are about to make. And when you write them in a Marrygrams card, your words will be treasured for years to come. Shop all wedding day cards (for your family and bridal party too!) right here.
And there you have it! Our ultimate wedding day checklist will help keep you calm, organized and prepared for your big day. You can always print out this post to help you keep track in real time too. And remember, your wedding day checklist may look slightly different (or longer...or shorter!) based on your own personal needs. So feel free to pick and choose what works for you. And when it's all said and done share your gorgeous wedding day images with us on Instagram using #Marrygrams! We can't wait to see how it all turned out!