That’s why we pulled together a list of commonly overlooked wedding details you’ll be bummed to forget. True, they’re not serious essentials, like your venue or cake baker, but they’re little extras that can really make a difference and personalize your day. Read on for fun and practical details you’ll be sorry to let fall through the cracks. You’re planning a wedding, which means you get a free pass, or two, when it comes to being forgetful. (It’s called “wedding brain,” and we understand).
1. Essentials for Under Your Dress
Your dress may be ready, but you’re not quite done on the fashion front. Accessories are a no-brainer, but you’ll also want to plan what to wear beneath your gown ahead of time—nothing’s worse than running around last minute to find the right bra for that deep, plunging neckline. And don’t forget to bring the undergarments to your final fitting to make sure everything works.
2. Personal Touches That Fit Your Style
Sure, you could absolutely go with classic white napkins that your venue or caterer has on hand, but choosing custom ones is way more fun. An easy way to add a personal touch to your cocktail hour is with customized napkins, cocktail glasses or centerpieces (like block letter signs with a sweet message, or both of your initials). And why not personalize your drinks? Create a signature cocktail in line with your style and all-time favorite flavors.
3. Bride and Bridal Party Getting-Ready Outfits
4. Cute Cake Table Servingware
Your five-tier buttercream masterpiece with cascading sugar flowers looks absolutely stunning—but you’re not done just yet. Finish off the cake table with a few fresh flowers (you could even repurpose your bridesmaid bouquets), a detailed cake stand and don’t forget the cake cutter and servers. For something extra-special, engrave your wedding date on the cake knife and server. It’s a beautiful, understated keepsake you can use for years to come.
5. Gifts for Your Parents (and Your New Mother- and Father-in-Law)
It’s easier than we’d like to admit to take your parents for granted (and even take your wedding stress out on them from time to time). But on your wedding, all will be forgiven and appreciated with a thoughtful and sentimental thank-you gift. Even just a card with a sweet note about how much you love and care for them will go a long way if you’re planning to gift them a wedding album later down the line.
6. A Powder Room Rescue Basket
Making sure you have enough bathroom stalls per person is a given (typically one bathroom per every 35 guests just in case), but a touch of extra hospitality goes a long way to make your guests feel welcome. Stock a basket full of necessities like mints, extra bobby pins, stain remover and bug spray (if your wedding is outdoors) and everyone will thank you.
7. Flower Girl Accessories
Now that you’ve got her dress all figured out, don’t forget cute accessories to finish off her look. A sweet flower crown, bracelet or fabulous little shoes can double as a thank-you gift to her for playing such a special role in the ceremony.
8. An Emergency Kit
Stuck zippers, a drop of red wine and flyaways that can’t be tamed—these things happen. But trivial as they usually are, these mini bummers can lead to panic on the day of your wedding if you’re not prepared. Make an emergency kit that your maid of honor or mom can keep handy throughout the wedding just in case and you’ll feel more at ease. Keep a needle and thread (to match the color of your dress), stain remover, perfume and any other items you might need on a moment’s notice throughout the event.
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