Weddings are one of the biggest purchases that you are ever likely to invest in during the course of your life. Ideally, you’ll have just the one of these, so it’s fairly traditional to want to go all out and have the most amazing, unforgettable day. As with anything, some items for your big day will be available to you based on your budget. Things like ice sculptures in the shape of swans and champagne fountains may be a little out of your reach if you’re on a tighter budget. When you plan your wedding, you need to work out the things that you want for your big day according to the final budget that you have available.

Planning a wedding can be pretty overwhelming, especially if you don’t have a wedding planner on hand to remind you about your save the dates and wedding invitations. You don’t want to fall at the final hurdle and realise on the morning of your wedding day that you’ve forgotten a crucial detail. Even the smallest wedding detail can feel like a big deal when it’s been forgotten about. The stress, excitement and sheer tension of getting ready for a wedding is enough to make any bride forget something rather important. So, we’ve put together a list of things you must have on your wedding day that you must not forget!

Car ribbon

You’ve likely spent money on a set of beautiful cars to transport your wedding party from the church to the reception venue. You’ve also got the car to take the bride to the church with her bridal party and a car for the groom and his groomsmen. The chances are that you may have to provide your own wedding car ribbon. The company that you use may be happy to provide this, but it’s not something you should rely on. Check out the local stationers and check with your car company whether ribbon is provided before you spend!

Cash

Okay, you may be the bride, but your groom is wearing a suit with inside pockets in the jacket. You may not have opted for a cash bar, and you may not even need to spend any money on your wedding day. However, having a small purse of cash ready as a just in case is a smart idea!

Point person

Your maid of honour or best man may already have this covered, but if you haven’t properly allocated someone to hold onto phone numbers for the caterers, the band, the reception venue etc, then you need to get that done. Having someone to coordinate for you if you haven’t hired a proper wedding planner is a smart idea; delegating to someone else saves your stress on the big day itself.

Supplier meals

You’ve paid a lot of money for a photographer and likely a videographer too, so it makes sense that you should inform your caterer that you would like them to have a meal with you all. It doesn’t sound like something anyone should forget, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t add on the extra, believing that the suppliers should be taking care of themselves. It may not be in their contract with you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t offer and be a little polite with it.

Spare shoes/outfit

One of the worst things to cope with is blisters from new shoes. Not only do they rub on your feet, but they make you feel like you cannot physically walk. Those bridal shoes you picked for your ceremony are beautiful, but are so, not practical for dancing. Bring a white string bag such as this one and add some dolly shoes or flats that are suitable for dancing the night away. If your dress is a large meringue or corseted, you may find yourself quite uncomfortable as the day goes on. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a second dress for the evening if you want to dance more freely.

Sewing box

When you’re getting ready for your wedding, you have plenty of chances to visit a tailor and get your dress sized and ready for the day. This doesn’t mean you won’t run into problems on the day, though. Having a small travel sewing box with you on the day is going to be a life saver if you or your bridal party have a dress emergency and need pinning. Safety pins are a must in your sewing box, so don’t forget to add those.

Makeup touch-up bag

Hopefully, your makeup artist has done an amazing job with a face of makeup to last you all day long. Just in case, have a small pouch with the best makeup you have to touch up your face during the day. This is especially handy if the speeches have made you cry happy tears, or if you find you’ve smeared your lipstick on your champagne glass.

Signage

A lot of your guests may be driving to your wedding venue from the church, especially if your budget hasn’t stretched to include transport from the church. Get your groom to head out along the route from the church to the reception venue armed with signage to tack to trees and lampposts along the way so that your guests don’t get lost. This is especially important if you have remembered to put in a map with your wedding invites.

Bar décor

Whether you have an open bar or not, it’s likely going to get visited a lot throughout the day. Make it look beautiful and decorate it along with the venue room the night before the wedding. It’ll look inviting and your venue will be pleased with the money spent.

Your wedding day needs to go off with as little stress as possible, don’t let yourself get out of control by forgetting the must-haves that your day will benefit from. By taking your time and getting a word of advice from your bridal party, you can have a day to remember.

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