Don't Forget

Getting into and out of transportation always takes a few minutes longer than the drive itself so plan more travel time than you think you’ll need

Bring snacks along in your transportation to keep your energy up all day

Plan transportation for how you will get from the reception to your house/hotel after the reception

Communicate any major road constructions or projects that may impact accessing your church and reception venues to your guests



Provide breakfast in your getting ready suite for the wedding party members.

Plan when you will eat lunch on the wedding day. With the excitement and nerves you may only want to snack on something light, but it is important that you do in fact eat and stay hydrated so that you don't risk fainting later. 

You’ll need to go to the bathroom throughout the day, be mindful about when you might need to do this. Before the bride gets into her dress, in the 30 minute out of sight time before the mass, before you leave the church, when you arrive at the reception venue are all natural times to do this on the day.

Food & Breaks


Bring a basket for your wedding programs if one is not provided by the church

Place a packet of tissues at your seats for during the mass (small water too can be a good idea on a hot day)

Bouquet of flowers for Marian devotion purchased and placed by the bride and grooms seats for the mass (or other area designated by your parish)

Confirm who will be responsible for the marriage license once signed (often times parishes handle this responsibility and other times they pass it along to the couple)

Ceremony Prep


Delegate a personal attendant, usher, or other family member to ensure the Church is left the way you found it.

  • Clean up food and remove personal items any getting ready rooms or lunch areas
  • Collect extra programs from the pews
  • Remove floral boxes/paper/debris
  • Remove decorations and floral arrangements
  • Any unity symbols (crucifix, candle, etc.) is picked up after mass

Ceremony Clean-up


Take hair ties, watches, and other items off your wrists that you don’t want in pictures

Advise the groom, groomsmen, and parents to keep their phones/wallets/keys out of their pants pockets on the wedding day as the silhouette can appear in pictures

Pack all morning details into a box so that they're easy to find to get the day started off strong. This includes your shoes, jewelry, accessories, perfume, etc. For the groom this would be his shoes, tie, cufflinks, watch, etc. 

Personal items


Bring cake knife and server (if not provided by the venue)

Clear the head table of dirty napkins, plates, empty cups, salt and pepper shakers, etc to minimize the clutter before toasts and speeches begin

Confirm with photographer and DJ where Maid of Honor, Best Man, Father of the Bride, and others will be giving their speech from so that it is in an ideal location

Determine who is going to be available to setup and clean up your reception venue between the venue’s staff and your family members

How you will move the wedding gifts from the reception to your home (or parents house)



These are items that are helpful to have on hand if you have a health or fashion emergency.

emergency kit

  • Tissues
  • Blister care (bandaids, alcohol swabs, etc)
  • Period products (tampons, pads, etc.)
  • Deodorant (spray format!)
  • Perfume
  • Hairspray
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair ties
  • Hairbrush
  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste
  • Floss or floss picks
  • Breath mints
  • Nail care kit (nail file, clippers, tweezers, etc)
  • Nail glue
  • Eyelash glue
  • Sample size makeup (eg. Lipstick color from your makeup artist)
  • Adhesive bra
  • Fashion tape
  • Shout wipes
  • Lint roller
  • Downey wrinkle releaser
  • Small scissors
  • Safety Pins
  • Needle and thread
  • Pain meds
  • First Aid Kit

wedding week date night


The wedding week itself can get hectic with last minute decisions and errands, wrapping up tasks at work, appointments or events with the wedding party, and friends and family traveling into town. You may find yourselves around each other quite a bit, but that doesn't guarantee it will be any kind of of quality time, unless you intentionally plan for it! Save a night to go on a date and keep wedding details off limits so that the two of you can just connect. 

Your photogaLlery


Emergency Kit
Vendor recommendations
Sample timelines

catholic wedding tips
hair + Makeup trials
dress fitting 


tips + tricks
feeding vendor team
cocktail hour
cake cutting
special exits


Out of sight time
timing & logistics
Nuptial blessing
receiving lines
aisle Reveals


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