There’s plenty to stress about as you finalize the details of your wedding. It can be overwhelming, from picking the perfect dress to finding the best reception venue. To help ease some stress, here’s a list of must-have wedding essentials you’ll want to remember to do before the big day and some easy-to-forget things that make a difference.
This might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many couples forget their marriage license before the wedding. Your marriage license is probably the most important thing on this list because the window is so small!
Depending on where you live, you’ll have to register for this license and can only have a marriage ceremony once 24 hours have passed. Sometimes, the license is valid for up to 60 days but may only be valid for one day based on county and state. Some have a waiting period after applying and again after approval. Research ahead of time to make sure your wedding day runs smoothly.
Try on Your Wedding Dress
While this doesn’t seem necessary, doing this a week before the wedding is crucial. Consider doing another fitting about five days before the wedding to make any adjustments.
You should also try on the shoes, undergarments, veil, etc., to ensure these items work together. If something doesn’t fit quite right, this gives you enough time to take things to the tailor.
Wedding Bands and Accessories
Be sure to hand off your wedding rings to the best man or maid of honor before you start your busy day! The last thing you want is to get to the altar and don’t know where the rings are. Your wedding day is the perfect opportunity to wear your favorite jewelry. Whether it’s a family heirloom or something new, make sure you have everything you need to accessorize your look.
Makeup and Haircare Products
Despite how much work your hairstylist and makeup artist put into your look, there’s no guarantee it will stay intact. Pack your makeup bag for touch-ups, hairspray, and bobby pins for any hair emergencies.
Vendor Contact Info
This may be a surprise, but the wedding setup may not go as smoothly as hoped. It’s always a good idea to have your vendors’ contact info stored in your phone and a written vendor contact list in case your phone dies!
Guests will likely still bring something along even if you’ve requested no presents. With this in mind, organize a small table inside the venue for your guests to leave their gifts, with a small basket for any cards. Make sure you’ve allocated someone to collect and store these safely at the end of the night.
HISTORIC OAKLAND MANOR: THE PERFECT VENUE
Nestled in a peaceful wooded area in the heart of downtown Columbia, Historic Oakland Manor stands proudly in natural splendor. Elegant Oakland is the perfect setting for ceremonies, wedding receptions, bridal showers, holiday parties, family celebrations, business meetings, or retreats. Schedule a tour today with our expert venue coordinators! Please call (410-730-4801), email ([email protected]), or visit our chat on our homepage to book a tour appointment.