Wedding dress… check. Veil… check. Bridal bouquet… check. What else does a bride need on her wedding day? Actually, quite a bit! Here are ten wedding must-haves that brides can sometimes overlook.
This is probably the most important thing to remember! You will need your marriage license to be signed by the bride, groom and the witnesses. After your wedding, the officiant will fill the signed marriage license with the local government and an official marriage certificate will be issued and mailed to you. If you are concerned that you’ll forget this very important item, ask your maid of honor or a trusted family member to take the responsibility.
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue
If you’re sticking to tradition, all brides should be wearing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Common items including jewelry, hair pieces, flowers and shoes.
By the way, do you know the meaning behind this wedding tradition? Something old represents continuity and is believed to ward off evil, something new represents optimism, something borrowed is for good luck and something blue represents love, purity and fidelity.
An Emergency Kit
Just because it is the “happiest day of your life,” doesn’t mean something won’t go wrong. In fact, something is likely to go wrong! That’s where an emergency kit can come in handy. Loose a contact on the dance floor? No worries, you’ll have an extra pair in your kit! Spinach stuck in your teeth? Pull out the floss!
Some items to put in this emergency kit include: deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, floss, sunscreen, extra contacts and contact solution, makeup, bobby pins, hairspray, band-aids, a sewing kit with thread that makes your dress as well as the bridesmaids dresses, water bottles, and anything else you think you may need.
Okay, this is a bit misleading, we know that you aren’t going to walk out of the house forgetting to put shoes on. But, many brides forget to pack comfortable shoes for the reception. Trust us, after the ceremony, you will be dying to kick off the stilettos.
Even though you’ve spent hours memorizing your vows, it is always a good idea to bring a hard copy. Emotions run wild during the ceremony and there’s a chance your mind will go blank. So, whether you need them or not, having a copy of your vows can add a level of reassurance.
You don’t have a purse, you don’t have pockets, so where’s your phone? While the thought of forgetting your phone seems silly, it’s common for brides who have their minds on everything else they need for the day. Have a friend or a family member hang on to your phone for you. Ask them to take some photos on it too so that you can look at them later.
Guest Signature Sign with a Marker or Pen
With all the fuss over the seating chart, flower arrangements and other big wedding day musts, the guest signature sign or book can often be forgotten. You won’t want to miss out on the loving advice and, sometimes entertaining, messages your guests leave for you. Also, don’t forget to bring a marker/pen and an easel!
Personalized Champagne Glasses
Your venue will likely have champagne glasses, but don’t you want yours to be a little special? Afterall, it is your wedding day! Order a set of personalized champagne glasses with your names and wedding date that you can toast with on your wedding day and also keep as a souvenir of your special day.
Wedding Card Box
Avoid losing any cards by having a dedicated wedding card box on your gift table. Also, be sure to have a trusted friend or family member in charge of taking care of this box after the wedding. Oftentimes, these cards will contain cash and checks so you want to be sure they remain safe.
The last thing you want is your guests getting lost on the way to your wedding! Be sure you remember to have someone put out directional signs that point to the ceremony, the reception area, parking, and other important areas. This is especially important if your ceremony or reception is in a rural setting such as a barn, beach or park.