Let’s face it, with all the excitement (and stress) surrounding your wedding, you’re bound to forget something, right? Whether it’s something as simple as eating breakfast before your preps start, or something important like making sure someone has the rings, we’re here to remind you about all the things you shouldn’t forget to do on or before your big day. So keep this list with you, and don’t forget to check each number!
We all know that sleeping in is awesome, but for your wedding day, you’ll have to be up and at ’em once the sun is up (and maybe even earlier, depending on what your coordinator says). Don’t forget to ask your coordinator the night before what time you should be up, and set an alarm (or multiple alarms!) just to make sure you get up. If you want to be extra sure, ask one of your groomsmen to wake you up, or if you’re staying in a hotel, ask the front desk to give you a wake up call.
With everything that will be happening like your preps and photo shoot before the ceremony, you might be surprised to find that you’ve skipped a few meals. The last thing you want is to be lightheaded or hangry during the ceremony, so eat a hearty breakfast and lunch in between everything. You can ask your coordinator or a family member to order in some food, or ask your groomsmen to deliver a meal to your room.
You can do this either the day before your wedding or the day of, depending of course on how fast your facial hair grows. If you’ll be staying in a hotel or venue the night before your wedding, don’t forget to pack whatever you need to shave including a razor and some shaving cream.
Speaking of packing, don’t forget your accessories! We have a whole list here for you that includes your tie, boutonniere (unless your florist will give it to you), the rings, cufflinks, socks, shoes, cologne, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, mints, a comb, shades (just in case, you never know!), hair products (like gel, wax, pomade, etc.), maybe even a bluetooth speaker to psyche yourself up with music, and a lint roller!
Here’s a very important one! I would recommend doing this first thing in the morning so it’s off your chest. Entrust the rings to someone who will know where it is at all times. You can give it to the best man, your coordinator, or a trusted family member–someone you know for sure won’t lose it!
If your vendors also need the other half of their payment, prepare that too. You can choose to do this with your bride the night before the wedding just so that it will ease your minds that this task is completed. You can separate each of the vendors’ payments in white envelopes, mark them with the vendors’ name, and give the envelopes to your coordinator, a family member, or a member of your entourage. They’ll be the ones giving these out on the big day so you won’t have to worry about it.
Once you and your bride have finalized who will be giving the speeches, remind those people on the day of your wedding. You can tell them face to face, send them a quick text, or give them a call. Either way, just make sure that the speech givers are ready and prepared.
While you should have already gotten one, the last thing you want to do is leave it behind or forget to bring it with you. A lot of photographers and videographers include the gift giving in their sequences nowadays, and if you forget your gift, that’ll kinda ruin the photo and video. So before leaving your home, check to make sure you have it!
Yes, it’s also okay to wing your vows, but you know what they say–practice makes perfect. Practice helps in that you know the speed you’ll be reading in, when to pause for breath, and even just how to say it with enough emotion. Remember, the important part is really that your vows come from the heart, and that you genuinely mean them–100%.
Believe it or not, you can actually forget to say this to your bride. Sure, you said it during the ceremony and reception in front of all your guests, but don’t forget to take her aside (even just for a few seconds) and whisper it in her ear. Your wedding day marks the commitment you made to her, the love you have for her, and the journey you will start together. What better way to start it than with these three, simple words?