More often than not, wedding planning is chaotic and overwhelming for a bride, and so is the wedding day. Sometimes brides can forget essential elements that contribute to making the wedding day as comfortable as possible. However, there’s no need to fret because brides can always create a small list of things they may need for their big day. These elements are essential to remember for a successful wedding day.
- Overnight Essentials
Some brides stay at the wedding location the night before the big day, so it’s essential to pack an overnight bag ahead of time and set a reminder to grab it. You can even tape your list to the door, so it’s impossible not to see it when you leave. If there’s too much going on for the bride, they can always have a backup plan or ask a trusted friend or family member to take the bag with them instead.
Brides should pack the overnight bag with a few essential items like a toothbrush and toothpaste, clean clothes, makeup remover, deodorant, and pajamas. Brides can also bring a robe for getting ready the morning of. An overnight bag is a perfect way to ensure comfortability during the first night of marital bliss.
- Comfortable Shoes
Comfortable shoes are a must-have for the wedding day, as there is a lot of walking around and getting ready. Most brides don’t want to wear their heels while getting hair and makeup done, especially if it’s in the early hours of the morning. Brides should pack slippers, sandals, or sneakers that quickly slip on and ensure protection and comfort. If the bride doesn’t have to step outside while getting ready, they can choose to go barefoot or wear socks instead.
Usually, guests and the wedding party need a way to get to the venue with as much ease as possible. The easiest way to set up transportation is to book a bus, limo, or designated driver beforehand. Once the bride figures out guest numbers, booking transportation saves ample time and unnecessary stress. However, if there is a strict budget or a small guest list, the bride and groom can always ask guests to find their way there.
- Wedding Dress Protection
Because wedding dresses are transported throughout the day, the bride must take measures to protect the wedding dress. The bride should opt for a garment cover or sleeve and a padded hanger to store the dress appropriately on the big day. Hanging up the dress as soon as you get to the venue is paramount, as it lets it air out so wrinkles can fall, and the bride can get some great photographs of the dress for memory’s sake. Brides can also bring a spray bottle to get smaller wrinkles out or a piece of white chalk to cover up accidental stains.
- Food Allergies
Food allergies and intolerances are common, so it’s important to accommodate this in the menu selection. There are many allergies or dietary requirements like vegan, vegetarian, coeliac disease, and pescatarian. Brides should choose their caterer wisely and find a team that can cater to all needs.
Finding out who has what can help avoid unfortunate scenarios on the big day. An easy way to prompt this conversation is to ask on the invitation. That way, when guests RSVP, they can include their dietary requirements. Brides can also opt for a DIY food table, where guests assemble their own plates or work with your caterer to create a separate menu for those with different needs.
- Weather Consideration
Brides can’t change the weather, so it’s important to have a backup plan if it rains or is colder than usual. The easiest way to do this is to have at least one venue space indoors. For example, the ceremony could take place outside, while the reception is in a hall. This way, if it does rain before the ceremony, the bride can shift over to the reception venue and vice versa.
The bride and guests should also bring umbrellas on the day if it’s overcast. Jackets, shawls, or cardigans are also great alternatives for cooler weather. Be sure the wedding party is prepared for any climate, as they will probably be outside to take photos at some point.
Forgetting is Normal
Not all brides will remember every little thing for their wedding day, and that’s completely understandable. Forgetting elements is a normal part of the process, but it makes it a little easier when the bride has a list of essentials they should consider. Creating your own personalized list is the first step to a successful wedding day.