The 10 Wedding Day Essentials You Probably Haven't Thought Of

These things are so important to remember, but so easy to forget.
sophie ross the knot bridal fashion and beauty expert
Sophie Ross
sophie ross the knot bridal fashion and beauty expert
Sophie Ross
Bridal Fashion and Beauty Expert
  • Sophie Ross is a Senior Copywriter at Adore Me.
  • Sophie is an experienced style and beauty writer.
  • Sophie worked as an Associate Editor for The Knot from 2017 to 2019.
Updated Nov 11, 2020

Of course you'll want your emergency kit, your transportation and your day-of itinerary locked down. But those things are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to your wedding day essentials. So just to be sure you're briefed on the prerequisites, we've rounded up the less obvious things you'll definitely need when the day rolls around. This way, you'll be fully prepared when it's officially crunch time, and you won't have to delay the ceremony because you'll be running out to grab your legal documents or trying to find an ATM. And don't feel bad if you haven't thought of these yet—you wouldn't be the first.

1. Cash (and Envelopes) for Tipping...

Between your waitstaff, your DJ and anyone doing any heavy lifting to help set up your ceremony or reception, it's likely you'll have lots of people you should tip on your wedding day. Bring cash and premade envelopes to avoid loose bills and having to write checks on the spot.

2. ...And for Unforeseen Incidents

Maybe you didn't know one of your vendors doesn't accept credit cards, or someone unexpectedly goes above and beyond the call of duty. Either way, you don't want to be stuck in a position where you either have to run out to an ATM in the middle of the day, or leave someone in a lurch. Be prepared: Bring the cash.

3. Your Marriage License

Yes, you probably want your wedding to be legal, so definitely don't forget to bring your marriage license. Since you'll be focused on, well, getting married, hand it over to your officiant or appoint a responsible person to look after it so it doesn't get lost amid the chaos.

4. Chargers, Chargers, Chargers

Even if you're having an unplugged ceremony or swearing off your cell phone for the night, you might still want a phone to keep in touch with family members, attendants and vendors during the day, or in case of emergency. And given the fact that you'll probably receive more texts and calls on your wedding day than on your birthday (even though you've already designated your point people for certain phone calls), you'll want to be prepared to plug in if need be.

5. Change of Shoes

As much as you love your brand-new four-inch stilettos you bought specifically to match your wedding gown, be honest with yourself: They probably won't be comfortable when you're breaking it down on the dance floor all night. Bring a pair of comfier heels you've already had a chance to break in, or even sneakers.

6. Tools

Tools are one of the most important day-of wedding essentials! You want to be prepared for any surprises, especially if you don't have a planner. A set of basic tools is a must have: a screwdriver, a hammer, nails. Also bring double-sided tape (both for wardrobe malfunctions and stubborn décor), glue and a set of eyeglass screwdrivers just in case.

7. Outdoor Supplies (for Outdoor Weddings)

If you're getting married outside, be ready should mother nature crash the party by having some special wedding day necessities on hand. Though it may clash with your perfume, bug spray is an absolute essential. Sunscreen and aloe vera are also crucial for daytime ceremonies.

8. Cosmetics

Even the best makeup can get smudged by tears. Keep a suite of basic cosmetics on hand. Even if you get your makeup done ahead of time, you can't go wrong by having foundation, mascara, lipstick and the works at the ready. Make sure that the groom brings some basics for him too. He should have easy access to hair product and deodorant.

9. For the Wedding Night

The party doesn't end at the reception, at least for the lucky couple. Bring any…supplies you might need for the bedroom. Remember to pack your day-after outfit; it's much more fun to have morning coffee with your new spouse in a fresh set of clothes.

10. Medicine

A long-day of standing, crying, eating, drinking and dancing can take a toll on even the most stalwart couples. Bring NSAIDs for pain relief and antacids for the culinary festivities. Bring enough for the guests too.

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