The Ultimate Stress-Free Wedding Day Checklist

For Brides

1. Confirm all vendors and their arrival times.

To ensure smooth operations for your big day, confirming all vendors and their arrival times is crucial. Here’s what you can do:
– Start by creating a list of all the vendors involved in the wedding. This could include caterers, decorators, photographers, entertainers, and more.

– Reach out to each vendor individually to confirm their arrival time and any other important details. This could be done via email, phone, or even in person.
– Make sure to document each vendor’s arrival time and other important details in a centralized location, such as a spreadsheet or project management tool.

– If any vendors are unable to confirm their arrival time, follow up with them regularly until you receive a response.
– Consider creating a backup plan in case any vendors are unable to arrive on time or at all. Having a backup vendor or alternative solution can help prevent any major disruptions to your big day.

2. Pack a wedding day emergency kit with items like safety pins, stain remover, and pain relievers.

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and you want everything to be perfect. However, even with the best planning, unforeseen circumstances can arise. That’s why it’s always a good idea to pack an emergency kit to prepare for any unexpected situations. Here are some items you may want to consider including in your kit:

– Breath mints or mouthwash for freshening up before photos or after eating – Tissues for happy tears or unexpected spills
– Hair spray or bobby pins for any hair emergencies
– Deodorant to stay fresh throughout the day

– Band-aids for any blisters or cuts
– Sewing kit for quick clothing repairs
– Sunscreen for outdoor ceremonies or photo sessions
– Snacks and bottled water to keep you fueled and hydrated throughout the day
– Advil or Tylenol, in case of a headache, or Allergy medicine and eyedrops, for any seasonal allergies.

By packing a wedding day emergency kit, you can rest easy knowing that you’re prepared for whatever the day may bring.

3. Have a designated point person to handle any unexpected issues.

Having a designated point person to handle any unexpected issues can be extremely beneficial. This person can be responsible for addressing any issues that may arise and ensuring they are resolved quickly and effectively. Here are some additional benefits to having a designated point person:
– It reduces the likelihood of confusion and chaos in the event of an unexpected issue.
– It ensures that there is someone who is accountable and responsible for addressing the issue.
– It allows the bride and groom (as well as the wedding party and immediate family) to focus on the specialness of their day without being distracted by the unexpected issue.
– It can improve communication and collaboration among the wedding party and vendors, as everyone knows who to turn to in case of an issue.

Overall, having a designated point person can help to streamline the day and ensure that unexpected issues are handled in a timely and effective manner.

4. Eat a nutritious breakfast and stay hydrated throughout the day.

Incorporating a balanced breakfast into your daily routine leading up to and especially for the wedding day can help provide you with the energy you need for the beautiful day ahead of you. In addition, staying hydrated is essential to prevent feelings of fatigue and sluggishness later on in your reception. Here are a few tips for ensuring that you are properly nourished and hydrated throughout the day:
– Aim to consume a breakfast that includes a variety of nutrients, such as whole grains, lean protein, and fruits or vegetables.
– Carry a reusable water bottle with you and aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water (PRO TIP: Stop drinking water 1 hour before you walk down the aisle & ask one of your wedding party to remind you to drink after the ceremony ends).
– Snack on healthy options while you get ready, such as nuts, seeds, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
– Limit your intake of sugary, processed foods and drinks, as they can lead to spikes and crashes in energy levels.
– Consider incorporating herbal tea or infused water as an alternative to sugary drinks, as they can provide additional health benefits and keep you glowing all day long!

5. Schedule plenty of time for hair and makeup.

When it comes to your wedding, it is important to schedule enough time for hair and makeup. This not only ensures that you feel confident and beautiful on your big day, but it also helps to alleviate any unnecessary stress or rush. Here are some helpful tips to consider when scheduling hair and makeup for the wedding day:

– Consult with your hairstylist and makeup artist ahead of time to discuss the look you want to achieve and how much time it will take to complete.
– Consult with your professional photographers and videographers to see how much time they need with you prior to the ceremony and factor that into your schedule.
– Factor in any additional time needed for touch-ups or changes in the schedule.
– Consider the location of the event and any potential traffic or parking issues that may cause delays.
– Don’t forget to schedule time for any pre-event rituals, such as getting dressed, first look, or taking pre- event photos.

Remember to relax and enjoy the process. With the right planning and preparation, you can feel confident and beautiful on your special day.

6. Have a plan for transportation to and from the ceremony and reception.

Transportation is an important, but often overlooked factor to consider when it comes to your wedding. Here are some things to keep in mind when thinking about transportation for your big day:
– Determine the distance between the ceremony and reception venues. If they are far apart, you may want to consider providing transportation for your guests.
– Decide on the type of transportation you want to use. Limousines, party buses, and vintage cars are popular options for weddings.
– Consider the number of guests and the size of your wedding party when choosing transportation. You want to make sure everyone can fit comfortably.

– Don’t forget about transportation for the bridal party. You may want to arrange for a separate vehicle or two to transport them to the ceremony and reception.
– If you have out-of-town guests, consider providing transportation from the airport to their hotel and to the wedding events. This will make their experience more enjoyable and stress-free.

– Consider using a common location such as a wedding website or wedding app to share information with guests regarding recommended transportation, or the plans if you have scheduled it.

By planning ahead for transportation, you can ensure that your wedding day runs smoothly and that all your guests arrive at the right place at the right time.

7. Bring a comfortable pair of shoes for dancing.

If you’re planning on hitting the dance floor, having the right shoes can make all the difference. Here are some tips to keep in mind when choosing your dancing shoes:
– Look for shoes with a secure fit that won’t slip off your feet during fast movements.
– Opt for shoes with a smooth sole that allows for easy movement across the dance floor.

– Consider the type of dance you’ll be doing – for example, salsa shoes often have a higher heel to help with turns.
– Don’t forget about comfort – you’ll be on your feet for a while, so choose shoes that won’t cause blisters or discomfort.
– Wear the shoes you choose for your big day BEFORE the wedding to make sure they are properly broken in and won’t cause you pain.

Overall, bringing a comfortable pair of shoes for dancing is essential to ensure you can enjoy yourself and hit the dance floor with confidence.

8. Take a deep breath, enjoy the moment, and have fun!

Planning a wedding can be a dream or a nightmare. Actually, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced a little bit of both sides along the way. One of the most important things to remember is, at the end of the day, the wedding day is only day one of the rest of you and your spouse’s life together. Don’t let unexpected guests, or unforeseen hiccups steal your joy. Instead, make the most of the moment and have fun! Here are a few tips to take with you for your special day:

– Practice mindfulness by focusing on your breath and being present in the moment with the love of your life.
– Leading up to the wedding, engage in activities (unrelated to the wedding) that bring you joy, whether it’s reading a book, taking a walk, or listening to music.

– Take time to appreciate the beauty around you, whether it’s the beautiful sunset or your luscious bouquet, or the sound of your loved ones around you.
– Remember to not take life too seriously. Laughter is a great way to relieve stress and boost your mood, look for little ways to share gratitude and laughter as you go about your day!

You won’t regret the moments you choose to slow down for. Don’t let the day pass you by without taking it in.

leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

©2024 Sara Haines Photography | ALl rights reserved

privacy policy