Everything you'll need to be ready for your big day
Wedding planning revolves around checklists and in the days leading up to your nuptials you’ll need them more than ever to make sure everything gets done! Between breaking in your shoes, last minute check-ins with coordinators and submitting your final shot list, you’ll have enough on your plate without worrying about forgetting to pack something the night before. That’s where this guide will come in handy, to give you peace of mind that you’ll have everything you need for your special day.
Essential toiletries & tools
Makeup and brushes – even if you have a makeup artist coming, bring your everyday and best cosmetics. This way, if you end up not liking your look, you’ll have your favorites at the ready for last-minute fixes.
Face mask – choose one that you know hydrates your skin and has no chance of causing a reaction. Do not risk using anything new on your skin in the days leading up to your wedding.
Skincare - pack everything you would usually for a night away. Make sure to have make up remover that can cope if you are wearing heavy-duty coverage.
Toothbrush – toothpaste, floss and mouthwash for fresh breath all day and all night.
Hair care – hardcore hairspray, heavy-duty shampoo and conditioner to wash away hardcore hairspray, dry shampoo, bobby pins, hair bands, hair brushes, any styling tools you’ll be using and heat protection.
Body – shower gel, razor, shaving gel, body mitt, deodorant, moisturizer, perfume.
Extras – Remember to pack your favorite items from your gorgeous bridal subscription boxes, as well as a nail file and tweezers for any hairs that may have escaped waxing or surprise chips in nails. Plus, if you are wearing false lashes, keep the glue close by!
Bridal clothes & backups
Wedding dress – of course, plus any accessories such as detachable skirts, second outfits and shrugs/cardigans if it’s going to be cold.
Underwear and PJ’s – something comfy and color coordinated for the day and something special for the night, even if you do both end up passed out in your pajamas after all the celebrating!
Bodice/Spanx – make sure to pack the undergarments you have already tried on with your dress to ensure that you don’t have visible straps or lines.
Tights, socks + extra pairs – even if you are wearing bare legs, having a pair of back up tights and socks is a good idea in case your shoes rub, or you get chilly in the evening.
Shoes – your wedding shoes and any flats for the evening for when your feet get tired.
Veil – and any other hair or headpieces.
Second outfit – everything you’ll need for your evening change of clothes.
Must have accessories
Something old - something new, something borrowed, something blue… and a silver sixpence for your shoe!
Jewelry – your earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces for both your wedding and the day after, ideally kept safe in a travel jewelery case to avoid any damage before your big day.
Casual clothes – For the day after, remember you’ll probably be hungover so have some comfies at the ready and get that #wifey t-shirt packed too. Equally, if you’re doing a post-wedding brunch, make sure you plan your outfit in advance ready to pack.
Underwear - bra, pants, socks, tights and double up on everything so can rest easy.
Weather protection – sunnies and sun cream if it’s hot. Coats, under clothes, hat, scarf and umbrella if it’s not.
Bathing suit – and goggles if you’re planning to use any pool facilities.
Sewing kit – for last minute tears.
Safety pins – see above.
Band-aids – for cuts and blisters.
Shoe cushions – in case they rub.
Painkillers and tampons – should you need them.
Birth control – if you use them.
Any medications – that you need to take.
Cash – just in case you need to get a taxi or a drink for any reason.
Charger – to keep your electronics juiced.
Headphones/speaker – for watching movies, shaking it out in your room.
A book – for relaxing the night before.
Don’t forget your other checklists! You should be able to just relax and get ready when you wake up on the morning of your big day, but just in case make a final list of everything you need to check up on and make sure to bring it with you so you can relax fully when you get into your PJ’s for the last night of unmarried life.
The night before your wedding should be a little nerve-wracking, but mainly super exciting. Ideally, by this time all loose ends will be tied up and by following this guide you should have everything you need to be able to just chill, run a bubble bath and unwind before one of the biggest days of your life!
Nat is a fashion-conscious blogger with an interest in all things wedding related. Having been married for over four years, Nat is still running her wedding blog entitled Help! I'm Getting Married. Her other interests include health and beauty, family, travel and hanging out with her cat.