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)
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
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.
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)