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Preparing for your wedding day is stressful, I totally understand! When my husband and I eloped to Oahu I was so worried I was forgetting something. I didn’t want to forget our vow books, or my jewelry, and I had nightmares about forgetting my dress at home in Arizona! I made lists for lists so that I wouldn’t forget anything, you’d rather over pack for your wedding day than under pack! So let’s go over what to pack for your Wedding Day.
Even if you’re getting married right down the road from your home, it’s nearly impossible to run home and grab the thing(s) you forgot when you’re getting ready, or need to get into your wedding dress. I can’t tell you how many times I have showed up to wedding days and brides and/or grooms say, “I forgot my invitation suite for flat lays…” or, “I left my cufflinks at home”. It happens to the best of us!
In my 20 page wedding guide that I give to my couples, I include several pages on staying organized while prepping for your wedding, a checklist for what to bring, and how to pack your many details so they’re easy to find on your wedding day! I have included those tips and checklists below for you to have as well!
Having a wedding planner and/or coordinator is the best way to help you stay organized. After shooting countless weddings I can testify that the brides who are the most calm and have the least amount of stress have a professional organizing their day! However, this blog isn’t about the pros of having a planner (you can read all about that here). This blog is to help you with all the things that are on your to-do list!
Before we get into the checklists of what exactly to pack for the bride and groom, I think it’s important to go over these tips and what to pack to keep the day organized.
I recommend laying everything out the week leading up to your big day, that way nothing is left in a closet and you don’t forget something you needed or wanted. My next tip is to get bins, boxes, or bags to sort things and then label them; TJ Maxx has great and cheap reusable bags that hold tons of things. This makes it easier for your bridesmaids, mom, vendors, etc. to find things without bothering you while you’re getting ready!
I have created a Pinterest board with tons of inspiration for detail photos, this might help you when it comes to what to pack!
By sorting and packing all your details, your wedding day will flow smoothly. Your maid of honor and/or anyone helping you get ready will know exactly where stuff is, and you won’t have to worry if you forgot anything! I can’t recommend prepping for your wedding day ahead of time enough; it will save you so much stress.
I love helping couples and want every single one to feel prepared for their wedding day! If you are looking for a wedding photographer who will help you prepare in many ways for your wedding day, reach out here! I would love to chat.