• Lisa Poteete

The Ultimate Wedding Day Packing List

As wedding planners, we are all about lists! This one in particular, is one of the most important lists for your wedding day. In most cases, you are traveling to a venue and you want to make sure you have a great list to work off of. Now, not all items on our list will apply to everyone, but we recommend using this as a guide while you are getting ready for the big day! This is the one we use for our clients and we hope that those who are reading can benefit from it as well!

Photo by: Allison Jeffers Photography


Special Details for Photography (all assembled in a box/bag ready to go upon photographers arrival)

  • Invitation suite (2 copies)

  • Rings – all 3 bands

  • Shoes

  • Jewelry / Hair accessories

  • Perfume

  • Stationary, letters to each other, vow book

  • Wedding paper goods such as: programs, bride/groom name tags, menu, any personalized items.

  • Décor such as: accents, or significant pieces that represent the wedding

  • Wedding favors or welcome bags

  • Something old, new, borrowed and blue

  • Groom accessories such as: cufflinks, bow tie/tie, cologne, socks/shoes, belt/suspenders, boutonnières, etc.

BRIDE attire

  • Wedding dress: steamed and packed in a bag using a hanger with a twist top (important for dress photos)

  • Veil and/or hair accessories

  • Shoes

  • Undergarments

  • Garter

  • Jewelry – earrings, necklace, rings, etc.

  • Food + drinks for the day

  • Getting ready outfit (robe, pajamas, slippers, etc)

  • Comfortable shoes to change into for reception

GROOM attire

  • Suit / Tuxedo

  • Shirt/pants

  • Tie/bow tie

  • Belt

  • Underwear / Socks

  • Dress shoes / boots

  • Other accessories such as: pocket square, watch, cufflinks, vest, suspenders, etc.

  • Food + drinks for the day


  • Marriage License

  • Gifts for bridesmaids / groomsmen / parents

  • Suitcase packed for honeymoon - check out a GREAT list we found here

All wedding day signage / decor

  • Welcome / Name signs

  • Bar menu

  • Social media hashtag

  • Bridal portrait

  • Engagement pictures

Ceremony and Reception items

  • Guest sign in / nice quality pens

  • Card box / cards and gifts sign

  • Flower girl basket(s) / ring bearer pillow(s) or sign(s)

  • Paper goods such as: programs, bride/groom name tags, escort cards, menu, any personalized items

  • Cake cutting set / Cake topper

  • Toasting glasses

  • Seating Chart

  • Name tags / escort cards

  • Table numbers

  • Guest favors

Vendor payments / tips

Wedding Day Emergency Kit (below are some examples of our most used items we supply for our clients in our emergency kit)

  • Safety Pins (white ones for dress)

  • Tissues

  • Scissors

  • Wardrobe tape

  • Steamer

  • Breath mints

  • Bobby pins

  • Hairspray

  • Combs

  • Lint Roller

  • Stain remover

  • First Aid Kit

  • Medication

If any wedding industry vendors or former brides stumble across this post, leave a comment below and let us know what you think! Did we forget anything?

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