When a wedding day is packed with activity from beginning to end, it is easy to get lost amid appointments, checklists, and last-minute details. So, to ease the stress, here is a list of the top ten things we found from research that brides often forget on their wedding day.
10. A Point Person. It is not easy to get through wedding day responsibilities alone. Brides often forget to assign a “point” person on their wedding day, or a close friend or family member who can assist you by running minor tasks, preparing for emergencies, and ensuring that you remain well-fed, hydrated, and at ease.
9. An “Emergency” Kit. Remembering to pack an emergency kit can reduce the stress of any bridal emergency, from ripped hems to stomach aches. These items are easily accessible and can fit in any tote bag or purse. If you are working with a wedding planner (like April Foster Events) :) they will most likely bring a fully stocked emergency kit with them, so be sure to ask if your wedding planner brings an emergency kit to weddings. An wedding emergency kit can include but is not limited to:
A compact mirror, extra make-up, hair spray and bobby pins, deodorant, mints/chewing gum, headache remedies and antacid tablets: aspirin, Pepto-Bismol, etc., eye drops, sunscreen, tissues, bottled water, snack items, extra earring backs, small sewing kit, stain remover stick (like Tide), hand wipes or sanitizer, extra change of clothes, chalk (to clear up smudges on dress), and double-sided tape or dress tape.
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8. Hair and Make-up Detail: It is surprising to read about the number of brides who forget their make-up, tiaras, veils, hair accessories and even jewelry when leaving for their make-up and hair session. Keeping all of these items together can reduce this risk.
7. Undergarments for Dress. It is also important to keep all facets of your dress together so that no piece is left out on your wedding day. Slips, stockings, garter belts and underwear are sometimes overlooked in the excitement of getting dressed.
6. Vendor Contact List: If you are working with multiple vendors on your wedding day, it will be useful to have their contact information on hand. Hand the full vendor list over to your point person, or keep the list in your wedding emergency kit, just in case.
5. Photographer Detail: A wedding day can fly by so quickly that certain group shots with family and friends can be forgotten. Get a list beforehand of required pictures for the photographer. Also remember items for detail shots, such as rings, programs, and a nice hanger for dress photos.
4. Ceremony Detail. Personal items brought into the ceremony can make all the difference, so make sure they are not left at home. These can include:
The wedding bands, the ring bearer pillow, the flower girl baskets, unity or memorial candles (and matches), and a copy of the vows (if custom-written)
3. A Back-Up CD: Depending on whether you have a DJ or live band, prepare an extra CD with the first song and other special dances for the reception. You can carry it in your wedding emergency kit for convenience.
2. Travel Bags. If you leave for your honeymoon right after the reception, make sure to have your bags pre-packed and in the car the night before. And don’t forget your checkbook, license and credit cards, extra cash, car and hotel keys, and (if needed) tickets and passports.
Finally, the number 1 thing that brides forget on their wedding day:
1. The Marriage Certificate. In my research, this was the most forgotten item on a wedding day. Assign your point person or a close family member to ensure that the marriage certificate is at the right place at the right time.