Wedding Checklist

Your Wedding Day

Imagine it is the morning of your wedding day.  Are you going to be rested and excited, or are you going to be in a panic?  The difference may well depend on how well organized you were in the weeks and months leading up to the big day, as well as your general outlook on the wedding.  Remember, that some small things are bound to go wrong.  However, ultimately, you will end the day married to the man you love, and the two of you will begin to lead a life together.  With that thought in mind, you do not have to let a shortage of floral centerpieces, a spilled drink, a drunken guest, or a crying child ruin this occasion for you.  However, to help things go as smoothly as possible, it is important to have a wedding agenda or checklist, even for this special day.  In fact, this agenda should probably be shared at least with your family and the other members of your wedding party.  Listed below are some of the items that you will want to be sure to include on your wedding day checklist:



Checklist for the Day Before the Wedding

Put together an overnight bag, and either put it into the trunk of your car, or ask someone to take it to the hotel where you will be spending your wedding night.

Put the final payments and cash tips for vendors in marked envelopes and ask a designated family member or friend to distribute the envelopes at the reception.

Give a copy of the honeymoon itinerary to a trusted family member, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.

Spend the rest of the day pampering yourself.  Get a massage, if possible.  In addition, this is the day to relax and enjoy a manicure and pedicure.  Your bridesmaids and close friends may want to join you at the nail salon.

Have fun rehearsing the ceremony.  Laugh at the mistakes, and try to control your impulse to become a “bridezilla!”  This is a day for fun, spending time with your family and friends, and having a few laughs.

Go to the rehearsal dinner and have a good time.  However, watch how much you drink and how late you stay.  You don’t want to have a hangover, or be exhausted on your wedding day!

End the evening with a cup of warm chamomile tea, or a similar herbal tea, to help you get a good night’s sleep and wake up feeling refreshed in the morning.

The Wedding Day Checklist

Take a few minutes to thank your parents for everything they have done to help you plan, organize and pay for your wedding.

Confirm that the maid of honor, the best man, and a few other close friends or relatives have prepared their reception toasts.

The bride and bridesmaids should have their hair and makeup done a few hours before the ceremony.  If you have worked with a stylist for a long time, they may be willing to bring along some of their co-workers and come to your home or hotel to do everyone’s hair that morning.  If that’s not possible, spend a few fun hours with your girlfriends at the hair salon.

Once your hair and makeup are done, carefully get dressed.  Your mother, sisters and girlfriends will enjoy helping you add your jewelry, veil and other wedding accessories.

Make sure everyone in the wedding party knows how they are getting to the ceremony.  The wedding party is sometimes transported to the ceremony and reception in a party bus, or a limousine.  You will want to have a separate car for the bride and her parents.  The groom will meet his bride at the alter!

Relax and enjoy your wedding nuptials.  This is a special moment that you will want to remember clearly.

After the Wedding Checklist

While the guests head to the wedding reception, the wedding party will need to remain at the church for an hour to get the official wedding photographs.  Later, the photographer will probably post them on a website, and everyone will be able to purchase the photos that they want.

Have a fabulous time at the reception.  Enjoy your first dance together as newlyweds.  Again, watch how much you drink.  Although it is tempting to get a little tipsy after all the stress of the past few weeks, you don’t want to end up drunk on your wedding night!

Spend a little time at the reception greeting all your guests.  You may want to have a receiving line, or the bride and groom can just spend a little time strolling from table to table.  This is best done either prior to the band taking the stage, or while they are on break, as it may be difficult to chat over loud music.

Take a few minutes near the end of the reception to check with your parents or the wedding planner to be sure that all the last minute details have been handled, and that you are free to leave.

The caterer should arrange to remove the top layer of the wedding cake to be frozen and eaten on your first wedding anniversary.

Thank any guests that are still at the reception and bid everyone good-bye.  Head to the hotel where you are spending your wedding night, and then enjoy your honeymoon.

After the Honeymoon Checklist

After you return from the honeymoon, the next few weeks will still be busy.  You will need to send out the remaining thank you notes for the wedding gifts, and don’t forget to thank your parents.  In fact, it is customary to send them gifts as tokens of your appreciation for everything they have done for you. 

Also after the wedding, you will need to select the wedding photos you want to keep, and put together your wedding album.

Finally, make sure all the vendors have been paid, and all other details have been handled.

Enjoy your new life as husband and wife!

For more wedding ideas, you may also be interested in reading some of the articles listed below:

Wedding Planning Tips for the Weeks Prior to the Big Day

Organizing and Planning for Your Wedding 

How to Create Thoughtful Wedding Gift Bags

When You Should Give Wedding Gift Cash

Easy and Cheap Las Vegas Weddings

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