A Checklist Of What The Bride And Groom Need For The Wedding

  • Publication date: 03/05/2022
  • Updated: 02/06/2023

Every wedding consists of different stages that are constructed of various details, and each detail needs control and checking. However, during the wedding ceremony and reception, the newlyweds should be focused only on each other and their deep feeling of mutual love. That’s why for being able to relax and be sure everything proceeds the way it has to, it’s recommended to plan everything in advance, completing a wedding-day checklist and timeline so as not to miss anything. The earlier you start elaborating the list of things you should do on your big day, the more time you’ll have to add some points you could’ve forgotten. So, here are some basic bride and groom checklists. Following these points, you’ll be on a roll on your wedding day!

A checklist of what the bride and groom need for the weddingPhoto by coreyjohnsonstudios

Checklist For The Bride

The evening before the wedding day

  • Take all the unnecessary things out of the car

First and foremost, put in the car all the things that you’ll need only during the ceremony or at the venue of the wedding reception. There will be a lot of things that you’ll be carrying with you including heavy packages and boxes. That’s why it’s much better to get rid of those that are not necessary the evening before the big day.

  • Reminder to all the wedding vendors

It never hurts to reconfirm the wedding venue and time you want each vendor to come and start the preparations.  Also, don’t forget to send everyone the wedding day timeline asking to stick to it, so everything goes well and smoothly. Additionally, make sure your vendors know the shortest itinerary to get to the place. By the way, your guests may need this information too, so it’s better to keep them informed as well.

Checklist For The BridePhoto by andyourstory Checklist For The BridePhoto by andyourstory

The bride’s morning

  • Prepare all the items for the shooting in advance. The bride’s wedding day usually starts with the morning preparations. Actually, this process is far from being intimate, because there are lots of people in the room with you, who are doing their best to make you the most beautiful bride ever. While the makeup artist and hair stylist are creating your look, the photographer and videographer are shooting all the charming clothes and accessories you’ll put on very soon. Try to lay out all those things you want to be in the pictures beforehand. So the photographer spends less  time collecting all the items around the room and more on taking beautiful pictures of you. Here is a checklist  of the things you could prepare:
  • Wedding dress
  • Veil or alternative accessory
  • Elegant lingerie and gown you’ll be wearing during the preparations
  • Pair of shoes
  • Jewelry
  • Wedding bouquet
  • Favorite perfume
  • Lipstick or powder in a pretty box
  • Hairspray
  • Cover-up
  • Cute hanger for the wedding dress
  • Wedding invitation
  • Other accessories

Inside the bride’s bag

  • Prepare a bag with the emergency things

Frankly speaking, no one knows what kind of unexpected things may happen during this long day. Even if everything seems fine, you may need the blotting paper to refresh your makeup or a safety pin to fix the maid’s dress that she has torn while dancing. Life is an unpredictable thing, but you might  want to be prepared for the issues that may pop up. The list of basic things you should have in your bride’s bag is: 

  • Sewing kit with a needle and black and white threads
  • Repair kit
  • Tiny scissors
  • Mirror
  • Safety pins
  • Pads or tampons
  • Deodorant
  • Blotting paper
  • Tissues
  • Breath mints or chewing gum
  • Painkiller
  • Superglue
  • Band-aids
Inside the bride’s bagPhoto by lovelylight_imagery


In addition to the things listed above, you shouldn’t forget some really important things you may need during the day. It’s recommended to have an extra pair of comfortable shoes with smaller hills or just ordinary flats to feel comfy while dancing all night long. Moreover, quite often brides bring another dress, a simple one that is much more suitable for having fun. It’s an exhausting thing to keep wearing your gorgeous wedding dress for the whole day, because usually it’s so heavy that you basically cannot dance and enjoy the party. 

What is more, don’t forget about bridesmaids’ gifts that will be a surprise for your closest girls. And last, but not least, are a bottle of water and a cell phone charger. Be sure, these two items are absolutely necessary. You may need to have a quick sip of water during the photo or video shooting. As for the phone charger, this thing always becomes the one that everybody is looking for, so it’ll be great to have a charger, even if you lend it to someone.

Checklist For The GroomPhoto by andrewbayda_wed

Checklist For The Groom

Morning shooting

Actually, bride and groom mornings are pretty similar. They both start with the photo and video shooting and groom’s preparations with the parents and a best man. That’s why it’ll be nice to prepare all the items needed for the shooting beforehand. Among those are:

  • Wedding suit or tuxedo
  •  A tie or a bow tie
  • A pair of shoes
  • Other accessories like watches and cufflinks
  • Boutonniere

Highly recommended having a lint roller to clean the suit from time to time, and keep it  perfect. Also, an iron or a steamer will come in handy if you’ve wrinkled it before the wedding ceremony.

Morning shooting Photo by amandalanephotography

The most necessary things

There are things you can’t miss in any way, because the ceremony is literally impossible without them. The documents, namely the marriage certificate and the passports/ID, are the top priority. The wedding rings are definitely the symbol of love and fidelity, but also they are the things you are exchanging during the ceremony, so having them is a must.


Don’t forget to take your groomsmen’s gifts, in case you haven’t given them before. Cell phone charger is a highly needed thing if you want to take lots of shots of your beautiful bride.

To have a checklist of the things that should be done or taken is that very wedding idea that will help both the bride and the groom feel relaxed and focus on the happiest moment of their lives, knowing that everything is under control.

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