11 Essential Wedding Day Items You Need to Know About
— By Lorna Urwin
17 May 2017
While you’re not going to spend your wedding day toting a bag around, you definitely don't want to show up empty handed either! Pack a bag with some essential items and ask a generous bridesmaid if she’ll take care of it for you during the ceremony and reception. If you’re wondering which items should make the cut, look no further. We’ve prepared an essential wedding day packing list below!
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1/ Wedding timeline
Even if you've read through your schedule countless times, it's worth bringing a copy along with you! Having the timing of each part of the day in front of you should help keep things running smoothly and promptly.
2/ Vendor contact list
It's crucial to be able to touch base with your vendors on the off chance that something doesn't go to plan or you're experiencing delays. Rather than having to scramble to find the right phone number or name, keep all of that information in one accessible document!
3/ Payment or tip envelopes
If you’re keeping hold of these yourself (rather than delegating this to a family member or one of the bridal party), be sure to pack them in a safe, easy-to-access place.
4/ Rings and ring box/cushion
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The rings won't necessarily be your responsibility but, if they are, make sure they make it to the church safely in their ring box or attached to the ring cushion!
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If you've written your own vows, it's advisable even for the most confident public speaker or improviser to bring along a written copy! With emotions running high in the moment it's easy to draw a blank or get confused.
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6/ Full outfit(s)
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While your dress is unforgettable, other accessories, particularly small ones, may slip under the radar. Pack all undergarments, any jewellery (earrings, rings, bracelets, necklace, anklet or any other pieces), your veil and headpiece, and shoes. Make sure you plan your outfit to be flexible, too – you may want to add an extra layer for the evening, a change of shoes for dancing or another outfit altogether for your reception.
When it comes to items like hosiery, consider packing a spare in case of any wardrobe malfunction!
7/ Overnight items
If you’re staying away from home, be sure to pack everything you would normally for an overnight stay. You’ll likely want toiletries, nightwear and a change of clothes at least!
8/ Make-up bag
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If you can, bring along the same products you or your makeup artist uses for your bridal look in case any touch ups are required over the course of the day. To be prepared for any eventuality, you’ll want to pack everything from the shade of concealer down to your nail colour or the right hair spray. Throw in some face wipes (or makeup remover and cotton buds) to help correct any makeup gone astray, too. And don’t forget sun cream if it’s looking like a hot day!
Emergency kit essentials
9/ Snacks and water
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For many brides, the wedding day can get pretty draining. Make sure you keep energy levels high by packing a few of your favourite snacks – bananas, nuts or granola-style bars are all good choices. And let’s not forget hydration! At the reception, you’ll be covered, but keep some bottled water on hand for getting ready and the ceremony.
10/ Fashion fixers
This covers those “just in case” items to carry for any unexpected stains, splits or other mishaps! Some items you may like to have on hand include safety pins, a lint roller, fashion tape, a small stain remover and a mini sewing kit.
11/ Refreshing items
To keep you feeling at peak freshness throughout the day, consider packing some mints, a small deodorant and some anti-bacterial gel or wipes!