Your fiance proposed awhile ago and now the wedding planning has commenced. Slowly, but surely, some wedding planning has been completed. Now, you are inexplicable nervous with excitement for the big day, but still filled with nervousness that the big day will run into some problems. The wedding is just around corner. Before you get bogged down with all the festivity planning for before, during and after the wedding, it’s important to pack a bag with everything you may need for the day of the wedding.
Here is an essential list of things that can not only make your wedding day easier for you, but also easier for your maid of honor whom you may ask to help you.
1. Hairspray or gel – This will help keep your hair in place and looking perfect all day long. Just be sure to not choose something that is either greasy or too sticky.
2. Bobby-pins, ouch-less hair bands and/or an extra hair clip that matches with your dress. These items are essential for a quick hair fix and are small enough to not be noticed. It is essential not to forget to bring a brush, as it may come in handy as well!
3. Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Floss and/or whitening strips – on your big day, you want your smile to look its most amazing. If you somehow manage to eat something during your day, make sure to check your teeth afterwards! Pictures that can remind you of what you had to eat through your teeth, while comical to others, will not provide for the types of memories you may have envisioned.
4. Breath fresheners – preferably mints, but gum if no other alternative. Just make sure the gum doesn’t show up in your pictures.
5. Slippers for flip-flops – These are an absolute necessity for the reception! Many brides get extremely tired from wearing their special wedding day heels. Slippers or flip flops that match your dress are not only a cute accessory, but also a relaxing way to further enjoy your reception. Besides, with your long flowing dress, people may not even notice that you have made a switch!
6. Extra Buttons and Sewing Kits – in case of some wardrobe malfunction, you want to be prepared. Just make sure the emergency stash matches the dress. Don’t forget safety pins, as they too can come in handy.
7. Garters -be sure to have one to use for your leg and the other to throw out to the crowd!
8. Snacks – pack some crackers or carrots to feed your excitable stomach. Understandably, with the nerves and all, brides are usually too busy or simply too distracted to eat anything on their wedding day.
9. Cell-phones – this could be very necessary to track down any late bridesmaids or groomsmen, especially the ones who may have had a little too much fun at the rehearsal the night before.
10. Essential Documents – pack any receipts for vendors, checks, and extra cash in case you need it!
11. Change of clothes – it’s advisable to keep this near in case you want to plan a quiet exit or just want to change into something more comfortable for the rest of the day.
12. Vows – if you choose to write your own, it is recommended to write them on index cards for an easy reference.
13. Deodorant – your wedding day will be one of the most memorable for you and your friends and family; make sure it’s not memorable for some of those friends and family for your natural aroma!
14. Water – It’s important to stay hydrated, especially with all the talking and running around you’ll be doing throughout the day. Ending your night due to dehydration will not be the most memorable wedding day closure.
15. Make-up and mirror – always essential for any quick touch ups you may require through out the day, especially if any crying is involved!
16. Kleenex – Again, crying may be involved…these will help!
17. Nylon or Pantyhose – most say if you go this route, to use nylons or pantyhose in the shade that will match your dress.
18. Super-glue – an extra, nifty thing to have handy. You never know what can happen, especially with heels!
19. Tampons or pads – Hopefully, nothing like this occurs. But, it is better to prepared than to ruin your wedding day pictures with an unwanted surprise that creeps into the pictures.
20. First aid kit essentials – Aspirin, band-aids and or any last minute medication that may be needed.
21. Something different – be sure to include traditional add-ons. If a family heirloom is usually part of the bride’s attire, but does not quite match with the dress, you can always consider pinning it to the inside of your dress, if possible. That way, it is safe and still part of the wedding!
22. Eye drops and Lotion – it is going to be an extremely busy day and you may not have time for everything. Keep some lotion and eye drops handy in case you start to feel itchy – this could be a sign that your body needs some relief!
23. Nail polish and emery board – you may need this for any nail problems that may occur last minute, or if you want to add some extra polish.
24. Sunscreen – you’ll be out and about all day. You’ll want your sunburns to come from your tropical honeymoon, not the wedding day itself.
25. Tungsten Wedding Bands – no further explanation necessary!
All these items should be able to fit in a bridal bag, the size of a carry on luggage. This bag can be your best friend and therefore you should entrust it to one of your best friends (i.e. a bridesmaid or maid of honor).