When there are a million things to prepare for your wedding day it’s easy to forget a few details that you should add to your personal wedding checklist. From an overnight bag to cake accessories, you’ll be prepared if you remember these 10 must-do’s.
1. Planning getting ready attire
On the morning of your special day, the mimosas will be flowing and you’ll be surrounded by your gal pals. You want everyone to look and feel their best and part of this will be dependent on what everyone is wearing before you slip into your gowns. By no means is this a “must-have” but planning what you’ll be wearing on the morning of will not only make for stunning photos but it’s another way to bring cohesion to your wedding day. Don’t forget some cute hangers to show off those beautiful gowns. There are many options available and they are perfect for your getting ready photos. Need some inspiration? Click here for some adorable getting ready outfit ideas!
2. Making post-wedding plans
I’m not taking about the honeymoon here (who could forget to plan that?). What I mean is you need to decide what you’re doing immediately after your wedding. Don’t want the party to end with the last dance? Choose a late-night spot in or near one of the guest hotels. If you just want to get to bed, you may want to book a room elsewhere.
3. Bringing your overnight bag
If you’re able to check into your hotel room early go ahead and place your overnight bag in the room or have someone do it for you. If your things can’t arrive sooner than you, ask a bridesmaid to be responsible for bringing your bag to the wedding and find a safe spot for it in the bridal suite or another safe location.
4. Choosing someone to take your things home after the reception
Your gifts, special mementos (toasting flutes, cake topper, guest book) and any leftover food, alcohol or cake need a responsible escort to get home safely. Choose a person and let them know about their responsibility.
5. Bringing a cake knife serving set
This is one of those small details that is easily overlooked. Save last minute scrambles to find a knife serving set and plan ahead for this item. It doesn’t have to be extravagant but you want something for the traditionally cake cutting photo op!
6. Deciding where everything goes
Besides planning where your guests will sit, you need to figure out where you’ll put programs, escort and place cards, and menus. Once you’ve decided who’s going to set these out (your wedding coordinator, bridesmaids, venue managers) gives them clear instructions on where they should go. Also, if the venue staff will be setting out these items, find out from your venue when you can drop everything off as some venues want everything a couple of days before your wedding while others won’t take anything until the actual big day.
7. Preparing your speech
I tell this to every couple that I chat with about their wedding. I feel like I remembered every detail when preparing for our wedding day but perhaps one of the most important items: our speech. I was devastated when I realized the time had come to get up in front of everyone to make a speech. This was our moment to thank all of the amazing people who helped to contribute to our special day and I wasn’t prepared. So please. Learn from me and have a little something prepared so you are able to properly thank all those special people.
8. Choosing how to gather the gifts
Designate someone- a bridesmaid, your mom or your groom’s mom to collect envelopes and gifts. That person should also keep an eye out for guests who seem a bit lost at the reception-they may be trying to figure out where they should place their gift. Have a safe area and add a cute sign to tell guests where they can place their gifts.
9. Figuring out your day-after plans
If you’re leaving for your honeymoon straight from your hotel, make arrangements in advance to get from the hotel to the airport. Make sure to bring any luggage you need for your trip along with your passport! If you’re not going on your honeymoon right away, then you need to know where you’re going the morning after and how you’ll get there. Park your car at the hotel before your wedding or ask a friend to come pick you up and bring you where you want to go the next day.
10. Bringing the legal documents
Signing your marriage certificate after the wedding ceremony is one of the most important aspects of your big day. After all, it makes it official! After all the hours of planning, you’re probably more focused on the party afterward than the legalities of your nuptials, but without the paperwork, all the stress and money spent will be for nothing.
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If you’ve gotten married already, what are some things that you forgot for the big day? Add your comment below!