Week 2: The Day-Of Checklist


Do these things this week
Prepare day-of-checklist
Coordinate with wedding party for day-of assignments
Share day-of schedule with vendors
Put together day-of emergency kit
Pack honeymoon bags
Pick up wedding dress
Prepare vendor payment and tip envelopes

You’re here. Two weeks out, and no doubt simultaneously giddy and freaking out all at the same time. It’s totally normal, and if you’ve made it this far then you’re doing great. Let’s talk about getting you prepared for your big day.

Below is a list of items to get you from the bridal and groom suites to the altar and all the way through your reception. Print it out, recruit your bridesmaids, your closest family members, or the one person who will show up with take out, a tiny piece of chocolate, and the words you need to hear, and have them assist you in pulling all of the below together in a safe place for your wedding day. While they’re around, ask them to help you distribute your day-of schedule to all of your wedding vendors.

You’re one step closer and as prepared as you’ll ever be. The only job left is showing up and soaking in what will surely be one of the greatest weeks of your life.

DAY OF CHECKLIST

Bride:

  • Wedding dress, lingerie, veil / hair accessories, shoes, hosiery, jewelry
  • Groom’s ring
  • Beauty tools such as brushes, bobby pins, hairspray, curling iron, hair dryer, elastic bands, manicure set for touch ups
  • Hygiene kit: toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, deodorant, tissues, pain relievers, band aids, hand lotion, pantyliners
  • Sewing kit, lint brush, stain remover, safety pins

Groom:

  • Groom’s tux or suit, tie, socks, shoes, cuff links
  • Bride’s ring
  • Hygiene kit: razor, shaving cream, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, deodorant, tissues, pain relievers, band aids, hand lotion
  • Lint brush, stain remover

Additional:

  • Important people contact list and day-of schedule for planner / coordinator, wedding party, and vendors (email or hand this off to your vendors before your wedding day if possible)
  • Vows
  • Marriage license
  • ID, driver’s license, passports, travel documents (plane tickets, confirmations)
  • Packed suitcases for honeymoon

As you’re putting your day-of materials and emergency kit into place, start packing your honeymoon bags and give yourself a whole heaping spoonful of grace to take it at your own pace.

And while it’s important to have your day-of kit pulled together (“Of course, you want the usual sewing kit, pain reliever, lotion, bobby pins, ponytail holders, etc,” says event planner Jaime Dydalewicz of Coordinate This) it’s more important to stay focused on what matters most. “Most importantly, surround yourself with family and great friends. Enjoy your day!”