There is so much to do in preparation and planning for your wedding day! The food, the decorations, the transport… but what about the things you’ll need on the actual day? Here is a list of things you mustn’t leave home without when the big day arrives!
It would be pretty hard to turn up at the venue still wearing your silk pajamas! The reason we mention this one is if you aren’t getting ready at home, but at a hotel or friend’s house. When it comes to packing, you could be so caught up in all the other things you forget to grab this from where it hangs on the wardrobe! Remembering to take it will mean no one has to go back for it later that day, and you can enjoy your manicures and mimosas together! When sold, most wedding dresses are put inside a protective bag with a carry-case. Use this case right up until you put your dress on. It will be the best thing to protect it from marks. Keep your dress well out of reach of the sticky fingers of children or the muddy paws of pets. You don’t want to be sponging it down on the morning of the wedding! If you’re dress didn’t come in a good enough carrier, take a look here to buy your own.
Your Wedding Rings
It could be that your other half is in charge of the rings. Or, a member of the wedding party. But it could also be that you choose to look after one another’s rings. Rather than dishing them out of the morning, give them to the right people a day or two before. There is no reason you can’t, and you’ll have more than enough to think about on the day anyway! Make sure you ensure your bands before the big day, especially if you’ve got particularly expensive or diamond wedding rings. This puts you at peace of mind, plus it’s one less thing to think about needing to do the day after. That’s when you need to be either going on or planning your honeymoon!
Your dress, your shoes, you underwear and your jewellery. All pretty obvious things you’ll need to take with you on your wedding day. But what about your handbag? Even if you have one of your bridesmaids look after it, you’ll want to take some of your items with you. Choose one big enough to fit your mobile phone and the lipstick you’re wearing on the day. If you’re wearing false nails or eyelashes, you might also want to take a little tube of glue. And, although it’s unlikely you’ll need to buy anything, pop a bit of cash inside too. You might want to tip someone, or somebody may need to borrow some money for a taxi home. Also, pack plasters, safety pins and paracetamol, and ask your bridesmaids to do the same.
Most brides wear heels with their dresses. This is understandable; what girl can resist the temptation of a gorgeous pair? However, be sure to take an equally pretty pair of flats with you. If you want to fit them in your handbag, consider a fold up pair. You can even get boxes of fold-ups flats for all of your female wedding guests. Otherwise, ask your bridesmaid to look after a normal pair for you. You don’t have to wear them, and indeed, might be happy in your heels all day. But you won’t regret having them with you just incase!
This and the next three points go for the old tradition. “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” It has to be one of the sweetest wedding traditions out there! Of all the four parts, the something old will probably need the most preparation! It could be something from a grandma or older member of your family, for instance. A piece of jewellery is a good idea; perhaps a necklace, or a dainty pair of earrings. If it’s a ring, remember not to put it anywhere you’ll need to remove it when you put your wedding ring on!
You can cheat a little bit with this one as it can kinda be anything new you’re wearing. Here is a sweet idea; a few weeks before the wedding, go out shopping and pick out something that makes you feel really special. Like the ‘something old’, it could be a piece of jewellery. The point here, though, is that it should be something you have bought for yourself, with your own money. Wear it on the day to remind yourself of how much of a strong and independent woman you are. Focusing on it during any pre-wedding jitters will help you relax!
Have a friend or family member who got married in the last few years? Then you’re in luck. Borrow something from them. It might be the handbag they used on the day or the hoop for their dress. Chances are they’ll be more than happy to lend it, as it means the items gets used again! Just maybe don’t borrow the lingerie they wore…
As this is a very specific colour, you can go as subtle or as obvious as you like. For the former, you could wear a pair of tiny, sapphire studs. Or, if you want to be bold and unique, go for blue shoes. Royal blue looks incredible next to the white of a wedding dress. They’re actually a great way of injecting colour into your outfit for the big day. Think of the ones Carrie wears for her wedding in ‘Sex and The City, the Movie’, with the delicate silver embellishment. This article gives you a run-down of some awesome, and far more affordable, alternatives.
For all of these items, don’t feel like you have to take full responsibility to collect and take them. After all, that’s what your bridesmaids are for! Give them one or two responsibilities each and you can enjoy your big day!