While reminiscing about our wedding day, my husband and I laughingly remembered that he forgot our marriage license at home. Sadly, our wedding venue was over an hour from our hometown, and we were leaving for England the next morning. Needless to say, the license went unsigned for several weeks, and that one loose end we never tied kept nagging me throughout our honeymoon.
The only reason we can laugh about it now? Our wedding was years ago. But to avoid making a dreaded mistake like ours, I’ve compiled a list of items that brides (or grooms) forget on their wedding day. Check these off to ensure your loose ends are tied into a pretty bow:
**Your Makeup Bag:**
There’s a good chance that tears will be shed before you walk down the aisle, and some of them may be your own. Be sure to bring your makeup along for last minute touch-ups, and tote it along to the reception, too.
**Something Old, Something New, etc.:**
So, in the movies, someone always pulls out a blue handkerchief or an antique brooch. Unfortunately, this doesn’t typically happen in real-life scenarios. When you’re checking your last-minute inventory, make sure these four items are along for the ride.
**Your Phone Chargers:**
Whether you’re sneaking last-minute texts to your groom-to-be or making eleventh-hour phone calls, chances are you won’t forget your cell on your wedding day. But don’t leave your charger behind; I’m certain this is one of the number one items newly married couples have to stop for post-wedding.
**Your Wedding Planner:**
I’m referring to the binder-type, not the person, although he/she is important, too! In all seriousness, take along your planner, especially if you have contracts or tips stashed away in it.
Okay, this one may seem obvious, but the flurry of activity pre-wedding may leave you a little less put-together than usual. If you have a large bridal party and/or you are staying in a hotel, make sure everyone has a ride to the ceremony. No bride wants an angry bridesmaid on her wedding day.
If you and your soon-to-be-hubby have written your own vows, be sure to take them along. Even if you don’t need to use the paper version, I promise that just having it will give you peace of mind… something we all need on the most important day of our lives.
There is just something about him slipping on that ring that takes a girl from bride-to-be to full-on bride! (If your groom is in charge of this task, send in a reminder crew.)
If you’re donning stilettos under your gown, consider toting along a pretty pair of flats (or lower heels) for the reception. This detail is often overlooked and (just as often) regretted.
**An overnight bag:**
Don’t forget the essentials for your wedding night and the next day. One necessity that’s easy to forget? Your medicine or vitamins.
If you’ll be traveling overseas for your honeymoon, don’t forget to pack these safely in a bag you will be traveling with (a purse is perfect!)… Even though I knew I had mine, I checked and double-checked multiple times.
There are so many things that a bride has to remember leading up to the big day, but from the walk down the aisle to the grand exit into marital bliss, the tiniest details make all the difference.
PS: Don’t forget your marriage license!