Tips: Foolproof Wedding Day Checklists

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably woken up in a sweat at night dreaming of your wedding day gone tragically a-rye. Your mother-in-law’s lost and doesn’t make it to the ceremony, your groom has only one shoe and you have a zit the size of Texas on the tip of your nose and your concealer is nowhere to be found!

Instead of stressing out over the possibility of these things happening, I suggest we heed the advice of all the brides before us…and make a list!

As you can imagine, there are a few things you can do the day before your wedding to help alleviate some of this day-of stress.

At the rehearsal dinner, rally up your bridal party and delegate a few must-dos to each of them. You will need people to look after all of the accessories such as the ring pillow, guest favors, guest book, cake-cutting knife and server set, champagne flutes and music list for the DJ.

Create an itinerary and list of directions and hand them out to all members of the wedding party as well as your parents and parents-in-law. This will help ensure no one will get confused or run late.

As for the big day, I’ve created two lists — one for you and one for your groom — to help you sort through some of the obvious and not-so-obvious things to remember on your wedding day.

So, print them off, cut them out and refer to them just before you go to sleep the night before, when you wake up and again just before you leave for the ceremony venue. I’ve left space on the bottom of both lists so you can fill in three of your own, just in case.

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Marriage documents
List of vendors’ phone numbers
Checks and/or tips for vendors (in envelopes, labeled)
Gift for groom
(a fab pair for the ceremony and a comfortable pair for the reception)
Powdered makeup/concealer stick/waterproof mascara
Lip balm/lipstick
Brush and hairspray
Bobby pins
Tissues or a handkerchief
Dental floss and mints (no gum!)
Nail file
Small scissors
Safety pins
Extra pair of pantyhose and clear nail polish
(it will help with any runs)
Stain remover pen/lint brush/static cling spray
Photo list
Something old, new, borrowed and blue

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Figures the bride’s list is three times as long as the groom’s, doesn’t it? If you feel he’s trustworthy, pass off some of the checks from your list to his. Items such as remembering the marriage documents and paying the vendors are things he’ll likely have more time to worry about than you.

Also, don’t forget to eat something. Cereal, toast yogurt and/or fruit are all lighter options but will fill you up. Steer clear of eggs and fatty, greasy foods that could leave you feeling bloated and gassy.

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The rings
Gift for bride
Suit/tie/cummerbund/cuff links
Black shoes and socks
Hair gel and comb
Dental floss and mints
Extra cash

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But most importantly, don’t forget to smile and have fun! This is your special day and sweating the small stuff won’t make the stress go away any quicker.

Happy weddings!

P.S. If there is anything I forgot to add, please feel free to leave a comment!

Photos courtesy of: An Nguyen, Jeff Kramer, Jamison Judd, Robert S. Donovan, James Bowe, Deborah Austin, Shawn RossiJulien GONG Min, danisabella, Klaus Post, Jerine Lay, Conan, kobakou, Bert Kimura, Krista and Mark Fosh.

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