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9 Things Brides Forget to Do Before the Wedding Day

by Emma Arendoski

If you don’t want to forget anything ahead of your wedding day, you’ve come to the right place! We don’t want you forgetting anything for your wedding day, so we’re rounding-up the most important things to remember ahead of the festivities. Which one on this list have you completed already?

What Brides Forget

Don’t forget a thing: here are the big things to note and take care of ASAP.

1. Decide If You’re Changing Your Name — Or Not

Many brides put this off for too long, but we don’t want you to forget it. If you’re changing your name after getting married, there is a lot of paperwork to complete to make it happen. In addition, if you’re not sure about changing your name or what variation you’ll select after marriage, now is a great time to decide. This helpful book entitled, Should I Change My Name?: The Impact of Your Last Name on Identity, Marriage, and Happiness by Marcia K. Morgan offers an easy guided worksheet with questions to help you pick a name that fits for you and your lifestyle. It also includes a checklist of the pros/cons of the 6 name options. It’s the easiest way to decide which name change is right for you. Check it out here.

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2. Apply For Your Marriage License

The marriage license is one of the most important documents you’ll ever apply for — and is essential on the wedding day. Since all cities have their own policies, we recommend you look into the local area for the timeline on when you need to apply for and obtain your marriage license. That is definitely one thing not to forget on your wedding day (or it won’t be official!)

3. Create Your Ultimate Music Playlist

By now, you likely have an idea of what song you want to play during your first dance or what song will be booming as you and the wedding party are announced at the opening of the reception. But have you thought about what songs to play during dinner, throughout the night dancing, and what the last song will be? Write these songs down and be sure to let your DJ know. Also, make a list of “do not play” songs if there are any you don’t want to include.

4. Review a List of Must-Have Wedding Photographs

Your photographer will likely have a list of those must-have, most important photos for the wedding. But if there are any you don’t want to miss, e.g. a photo of you and the bridesmaids getting ready, opening gifts, a first look with you and your soon-to-be spouse, etc., make sure you put it in writing so you don’t forget.

5. Practice Walking in Your Wedding Shoes.

Many brides forget to walk around and “wear in” their wedding shoes before the big day. As you may know, wearing the most comfortable wedding shoes possible is 100% important. In addition, you don’t want to make these wedding shoe mistakes, which can reek havoc on your feet all day long. Sore feet are awful, and on your wedding day? The worst! So “wear in” or stretch those wedding shoes, use these if you need to, and don’t forget to stock up on these (and a pair of these).

6. Figure Out Your SOSNSBSB

What will be your Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue? Now is a great time to pick these out so you have them in time for your wedding. And don’t forget the sixpence in your shoe: it’s good luck!

This one is perfect (and authentic!) Get it by Silver Sixpence here.

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For something blue options that think OUTSIDE the box, read: 24 New + Unique “Something Blue” Ideas

7. Pack For Your Honeymoon

Don’t put off packing for your honeymoon, since you won’t want to forget anything that goes inside your suitcase. We made this helpful guide to tell you everything you need to know. Read: What to Pack for Your Honeymoon and get a list going ASAP.

And don’t forget one of these: you can bring home honeymoon sand in a keepsake bottle or ornament! Cute gift idea. Bottle by PointerCreatives.

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Ornament by TheLetteringStudio.

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8. Create A Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Having a complete wedding day kit to take care of any last-minute emergencies like fixing a torn veil, a rip in your wedding gown or bustle, a ripped seam on your hosiery, adding pins to your hairstyle mid-reception, etc. is a great idea to finalize ahead of the wedding day. This kit by AmandaMaeStudio takes care of anything you need and is already stocked and ready-to-go in your bridal clutch.


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9. Do These Three Beauty Regimens

Many brides forget to take time to pamper themselves with these three important beauty regimens, best done right before the wedding day.

Get a pedicure + manicure.

In addition, use this treatment on your feet. It is amazing.

Whiten your teeth.

This cannot be emphasized enough! Whiten your teeth! Whether you go to a dentist’s office for a professional whitening treatment or you get one of these kits at home (I even like these cheaper versions), it is important for your wedding photos. You’ll be so glad you did.

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Your wedding makeup will look much better if you have a great foundation of moisturized skin. Keep up with your regular moisturizing and skincare routine, especially leading up to your wedding day. And many brides forget you shouldn’t try any new products on your face just before the big day — this keeps from any breakouts, oily spots, and rashes (yikes!) when trying new products.

BONUS: Take Time To Relax

Don’t forget to take some time to lounge and relax! Read a good book, exercise, meet up with friends and don’t talk wedding stuff — just get out and have some fun. It’s important to do so you’re not stressed out on the wedding day. :) And if the weather is as nice for you as it is for us today, get out in the sun — don’t forget the sun hat!

(Sun hat by HundredHearts.)

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We hope these wedding planning tips help you to NOT forget anything on your wedding day! What would you add to our list? Tell us in the comment box below.

Happy Planning!


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