The day you get married can be hectic and overwhelming but a wedding day checklist keeps the chaos organized. Ideally, you'll be able to get some of these things done two or three days prior, or delegate them to someone else like a bridal party member, family member, wedding planner, or other close friend. Be on top of those last minute tasks with this to-do list.
Some couples like to provide welcome gifts for their out-of-town guests. Typically these include a special souvenir of your town, a small snack, a bottle of water or wine, and maps, brochures, and other helpful info for tourists. Package everything together in a gift bag or tote bag, and ask the hotel to have the gifts waiting for guests when they check in.
If you're having an outdoor wedding, you've most likely been checking the weather obsessively long before your wedding. As part of your wedding day checklist, you'll want to make one final check of the weather. Make sure you know what time you'll need to call for the rain backup plan. If your indoor rainy-day site is next to your outdoor site, you may be able to wait until minutes before the ceremony. But if it involves a tent or changing locations, you'll probably need to decide further in advance so that the staff will have time to set everything up. If it looks like rain, make sure to have enough umbrellas for all of the wedding party. You may even get to take some cute rainy wedding photographs!
Take a final look at your seating chart to make sure you haven't forgotten anyone, and that you've accommodated any last minute changes.
Make sure you have a handy list of your vendor's contact info. In case of a no-show vendor or last-minute emergency, you'll want to be able to reach them easily.
- Reception site
- DJ, band, or other entertainment
- Ceremony musicians
- Sound equipment company
- Lighting designer
- Limousine driver or other transportation
- Valet staff
You'll also want to have the cell phone numbers for everyone in your bridal party, including groomsmen, bridesmaids, flower girls, ring bearers, parents, grandparents, and siblings, readers, and anyone else who might be involved in your ceremony. It's not uncommon for someone to oversleep, have the wrong time, or think they're supposed to be somewhere else.
You'll want a small bag that has everything you'll need for your wedding night, including lingerie and other sexy items, a change of clothes for the morning, and a midnight snack (since no one seems to eat at their own wedding.)
Whether you're getting dressed at a hotel, your venue, or your own home, you'll want to make sure you have all the items you need including personal grooming tools.
Pampering on your wedding day is a must. It will help you look your best and feel confident and relaxed. Brides often opt for a massage, a manicure, a pedicure, hair styling and/or professional makeup. Grooms might like a hot shave, manicure, pedicure, or massage. I recommend that you get hair cuts, spray tans, waxing, or facials at least two to three days beforehand rather than on your wedding day itself, so that there's time to correct any mistakes or breakouts.
Far too many people don't eat enough on their wedding day. To keep you from fainting at the altar, or being famished while you're posing for photos, be sure to eat something while you're getting ready.
Your parents had a lot to do with making this day great; they probably gave you money, time, and advice to help make your vision happen. But they also raised you to be the amazing person that you are. So be sure to say thanks with a thoughtful gift or a heartfelt letter.