It can be hard to concentrate on anything concrete on the day of your wedding, which is why it’s so useful to have a thoughtful checklist already prepared.
When preparing for an event as complex, and emotional as a wedding, it really pays to plan ahead. And creating comprehensive lists is undoubtedly a key part of planning a successful wedding. Whether you’re tying the knot with 10 of your close friends in attendance, or marrying in front of hundreds. A good checklist will stop you from forgetting critical steps in the planning process, while also rewarding you by showing how far you’ve come. There is, however, one list many couples fail to prepare in advance. And that’s the wedding day checklist.
It’s understandable to think that after 6+ months of wedding planning, and never-ending checklist PDFs, your wedding day will simply run itself! But unfortunately not. There will still be some jobs that yourselves, and/or your wedding team, will have to look after if events are to run as smoothly as you desire. Nothing major, just small actions and items that will have to be prepared in advance.
The Wedding Day Checklist
We’ve broken our checklists down into sections, so you can pass on the relevant parts to those who need them. But our first list is useful for everyone.
Wedding Emergency Kit Checklist
No wedding goes off without a little hitch. There will always be someone who cuts their finger, or forgets to paint their nails, snags their pantyhose. These things will happen. What’s important is to be prepared for almost any big day eventuality, by putting together a comprehensive wedding emergency kit checklist.
Here’s what to include:
- Sewing kit
- Perfumes and cologne for men
- Eye drops
- Hand lotion
- Anti-dust white chalk for dress stains
- Nail file
- Bride’s nail polish
- Fabric tape, to fix a fallen hem
- Double-sided tape
- Earring backs
- Safety pins
- Breath mints
- Sugary sweets
- Lint roller
- Phone charger
- Clear nail polish
- Face powder
- Bobby pins
- Krazy Glue/Super Glue
Bride Checklist For Wedding Day
The best way to feel as relaxed as possible on the morning of your wedding, is to feel prepared. To have all the things you require pre-packed and ready for the day. There will be items your hair and beauty team can certainly provide. But there are others that can only come from you.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Bridal shoes
- Extra lipstick
- Hair accessories
- Floss and mouthwash
- Wedding dress
- Chafing relief creams
- Makeup and beauty tools
- Hairstyling products and tools
- Shirt to wear during beauty treatments
- Drinking straws
- Comfortable flats or flip-flops
- Extra pair of contact lenses
- Something old, new, borrowed, and blue
- Hand mirror
Bridesmaid Wedding Day Checklist
Your bridesmaids probably believed before they signed up for the job that all they needed to do on the day was look good, and help you in the restroom. But there are actually a few checklist tasks expected of them during the wedding day.
Here’s what they should prepare for:
- Check off emergency kit items and wedding day checklist.
- Bring along extra snacks and water for the group.
- Help the bride put on their dress in the morning, and aid them in the restroom.
- Ensure that the bride is happy and hydrated throughout the day.
- Work together with the maid of honor to sort any situation.
- Help guests in finding their way or getting to transport.
- Pay or tip vendors.
- Potentially clear up the next day…
Groom Wedding Checklist
The average groom requires so little stuff on their wedding day, it doesn’t normally require a checklist! But there are some who’ll easily forget to shine their shoes, or even bring their suit along if it’s not written down for them. For those guys, here’s what you should pack for your wedding day.
- Hairstyling products and brush/comb
- Shaving tools
- Shoe polish kit
- Toothbrush and paste
- Lint brush
- Gum or mints
- A little morning whiskey
Day of Wedding Coordinator Checklist
As a wedding coordinator, the bulk of your duties will have been completed in the lead up to the big day. And if you’ve done a good job, everything should just fall into place. Just as long as you’re present, making sure to check in on things throughout the day.
To ensure smooth running during a typical wedding day, these are the actions you should have on your checklist:
- Keep an accurate timeline and make sure all vendors are sticking to it.
- Sign off on rental deliveries and ensure they’re set up correctly.
- Bring along your own emergency kit.
- Check in on the wedding party while they’re getting ready to ensure everyone is on time.
- Guide the ushers before and during the ceremony.
- Check over all day-of wedding stationery such as the table plan, names, numbers and guest book.
- Check off all members of the wedding party before the ceremony.
- Make sure the DJ understands the timeline.
- Look after or oversee the cleanup.
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