The day you get married can be hectic and overwhelming, but a wedding day checklist keeps the chaos organized. Ideally, you'll be able to get some of these things done two or three days ahead of time or delegate them to someone else like a bridal party member, family member, wedding planner, or another close friend. Be on top of those last-minute tasks with this to-do list.
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Drop off Welcome Gifts at Hotels
Some couples like to provide welcome gifts for their out-of-town guests. Typically these include a special souvenir of your town, a small snack, a bottle of water or wine, and maps, brochures, and other helpful info for tourists. Package everything together in a gift bag or tote bag, and ask the hotel to have the gifts waiting for guests when they check-in.
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Check the Weather, Make Final Decisions About Rain Plans
If you're having an outdoor wedding, you've most likely been checking the weather obsessively long before your wedding. As part of your wedding day checklist, you'll want to make one final check of the weather. Make sure you know what time you'll need to call for the rain backup plan. If your indoor rainy-day site is next to your outdoor site, you may be able to wait until minutes before the ceremony. But if it involves a tent or changing locations, you'll probably need to decide further in advance so that the staff will have time to set everything up. If it looks like rain, make sure to have enough umbrellas for all of the wedding party. You may even get to take some cute rainy wedding photographs.
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Finalize the Seating Chart
Take a final look at your seating chart to make sure you haven't forgotten anyone, and that you've accommodated any last-minute changes.
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Use Your Wedding Ceremony Checklist
Make sure you have everything you need for your ceremony, or that it's already been dropped off at your venue. There's no need to scramble at the last minute for a missing marriage license, ring pillow, or any other important accessory.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Have Vendor Contact Info
Make sure you have a handy list of your vendor's contact info. In case of a no-show vendor or last-minute emergency, you'll want to be able to reach them easily.
- Reception site
- DJ, band, or other entertainment
- Ceremony musicians
- Sound equipment company
- Lighting designer
- Limousine driver or other transportation
- Valet staff
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Have Bridal Party Contact Info
You'll also want to have the cell phone numbers for everyone in your bridal party, including groomsmen, bridesmaids, flower girls, ring bearers, parents, grandparents, and siblings, readers, and anyone else who might be involved in your ceremony. It's not uncommon for someone to oversleep, have the wrong time, or think they're supposed to be somewhere else.
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Your Wedding Day Attire and Accessories
Whether you're getting dressed at a hotel, your venue, or your own home, you'll want to make sure you have all the items you need including personal grooming tools.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Leave Time for Wedding Day Beauty
Pampering on your wedding day is a must. It will help you look your best and feel confident and relaxed. Brides often opt for a massage, a manicure, a pedicure, hair styling and/or professional makeup. Grooms might like a hot shave, manicure, pedicure, or massage. Get haircuts, spray tans, waxing, or facials at least two to three days beforehand rather than on your wedding day itself, so that there's time to correct any mistakes or breakouts.
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Eat Something Before the Ceremony
Far too many people don't eat enough on their wedding day. To keep you from fainting at the altar, or being famished while you're posing for photos, be sure to eat something while you're getting ready.
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Say Thank You to Your Parents
Your parents had a lot to do with making this day great. They probably gave you money, time, and advice to help make your vision happen, but they also raised you to be the amazing person that you are. Be sure to say thanks with a thoughtful gift or a heartfelt letter.
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Breathe and Calm Nerves
Take a minute to yourself to breathe and calm down. Do some simple relaxation exercises to help manage wedding day stress.