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Wedding Night Check List

June 15, 2020

Wedding night has arrived and you’re one sleep away from the wedding day you’ve planned, organized, and designed with your blood, sweat, and tears. Okay, maybe not that much. But never underestimate the amount of work that goes into planning and organizing a wedding. And when that day arrives, so does the worry about all the things that could happen. Not knowing what to pack for the wedding should not contribute to this worry. In fact, knowing what to pack for your wedding can actually help to ease this worry and make you feel prepared for any problems before they even arise.

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Some things you just don’t want to forget.

From forgetting the rings to ripping a dress, there are any number of things that could happen on your wedding day. And just because they could doesn’t mean they will. Luckily, however, there is a whole list of what to pack the night before your wedding to help you tackle any surprises – should they happen. 

I’ve broken this down into three separate lists: The Wedding Essentials, the “Just Incase” items, and the Nice To Have’s and for Overnight Stays items.

The Wedding Essentials – Including the Rings

If you’re putting it on your body for your wedding, pack it up the night before. This includes – but of course is not limited or restricted to. . . 

  • Shoes
  • Accessories
  • Ties 
  • Rings
  • Hats
  • Pantyhoes 
  • Suits
  • Dresses
  • Rings
  • Hairpieces
  • Perfume/cologne
  • Deodorant 
  • Garder 
  • Veil 
  • Something old, new, borrowed, blue
  • Rings
  • Vows (if you wrote and are reading your own)
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Pack it up. Check it an hour later. Check it again an hour after that. And then check it again before you leave in the morning. The big things like flowers, decorations, etc will most likely be moved to the venue at an earlier date or it’s something that someone else is bringing in the morning. 

If you or your partner are expected to bring all your stuff and all your decorations, flowers, etc on the morning of, I truly recommend delegating that task to someone you trust. Among all the planning and packing and moving and getting ready. . . you need to be able to enjoy your day. That task is something someone else can do for you.

The “Just Incase” Items To Pack For a Wedding

This is where the miscellaneous items for the surprises come into play. 

I recommend having a separate bag – either a ziplock bag or little overnight bag – or container or something to put all of these in. If for some reason you need any of these items, you want them to be accessible and easy to find. 

These “just incase” items to pack for your wedding include. . . 

  • Bandaids of all sizes
  • Tweezers
  • Lint roller
  • Tide pen (I’d recommend testing this on a strip of material before using it on the front of a shirt or dress to make sure it doesn’t mess with the material. An underside or bottom edge can be a good place to try it out.) 
  • Safety pins
  • Tissues
  • Extra deodorant
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Eyelash glue (if you’re getting fake eyelashes)
  • Nail polish that matches what you’re wearing (if needed)
  • Wet wipes
  • Extra hairspray
  • Extra bobby pins

This list is something that can be put together by the Maid of Honor or Best Man, or any other remember of the wedding party or family. This is another one of those pieces that can be delegated to someone you trust. It’s important to have, but not something that you as a bride or groom should be worrying about.

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The “Nice To Have”s or for an Overnight Stay

This list includes items that would be needed if you’re spending the night before your wedding somewhere else, or other recommendations that would be nice to have but aren’t really emergency items. 

These include. . . 

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Hairbrush 
  • Underwear
  • Something to wear while getting hair and makeup done
  • Comfy shoes
  • Maybe some Champaign or games for you and your wedding party

Make a List, Check it Twice

The best way to make sure you don’t miss anything you need for your special day is to start a list of what you need more than a week in advance. Leave it somewhere you’ll see it, or start it on your phone. Try to look it over every day and whenever you think of something you’re missing, add it right away. 

If you try to put everything together at the same time, you may very well forget something important. Working out a list in advance will give your brain time to fill in the blanks. 

Focus on the Big Stuff And Everything Will Fall Into Place

At the end of the day, it’s your wedding. As long as you have the necessities and each other, everything else will work itself out. 

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