It’s easy to focus on the bride when it comes to the ‘getting ready’ portion of the big day. But, stayed tuned grooms – we’ve got you covered too. Before we dive in to explore the essentials for your wedding day, I must ask:
Are you an organized groom? Great! Then you’ll be in your element with this guide to keep you on track throughout the day.
Are you a disorganized groom, forever running late? Then you’ll need these tips to stay a step ahead and thoroughly impress your bride.
Let’s get to it!
Set an alarm
You absolutely don’t want to be late to your wedding – trust me, your bride shouldn’t be waiting at the altar for you! Set one alarm, and maybe a second if you’re a heavy sleeper to ensure you get off to a good start. You can always ask your groomsmen to pitch in with a wakeup call too!
You’re going to be very busy today, talking, celebrating and being photographed. Despite typically being big on food, it’s not going to be high on your priority list today, and you may even feel the nerves getting to you. But, today, more than any other, it’s vital you have a healthy breakfast to give you the energy you need to keep up and enjoy the celebrations – no fading early!
Check the weather
If your ceremony or reception venues are at the mercy of the elements, check the weather when you get up. Make any arrangements you need to if it isn’t going your way. This could be as small as making sure you have umbrellas on hand, to as large as initiating a full-scale wet weather contingency plan with your vendors.
Know thy schedule
Own your day and know exactly where you’re supposed to be at what time. Your best man should be helping here, but two heads are always better than one! After all, when you’re on top of the schedule, you won’t have to send your bride last minute questions and stress her out.
Make sure all vendors (including transportation) are finalized
If you need to check in with your vendors to make sure everything’s finalized, you should get this taken care of early. You should also ensure they ’re paid, or that the payments are ready and waiting to give to them later in the day. Ensure you have all the contact details for those vendors too, just in case you need to get in touch later.
Get all your attire together
Whether you’re getting ready for the wedding at home or a hotel, make sure you have everything that you’re going to wear. They should be cleaned and pressed so that you look your best. You’ll need:
- Formal wear: pants/shirt/vest/jacket/tie
Pack hygiene supplies and groom well
Well, groom, here’s where we talk about the importance of being well-groomed on your wedding day. It’s going to be a hectic day, so you might need to take a little extra care to ensure your photographs will be ones you’re proud of. Make sure you have a clean shave or a well-trimmed beard and clean teeth for a brilliant smile.
Don’t forget you’ll need your usual hygiene and grooming products. They will likely include:
- Shampoo & conditioner
- Body wash
- Hair products
- Shaving equipment
- Beard products (if you have one)
- Nail clippers
- Tooth floss/mouthwash
Pack an emergency kit
Be prepared for anything today and make sure you have the essentials on hand:
- Mild pain-killers
- Regular medications
- Equipment for clothing repairs
- Maybe even some spare socks!
Go easy on the drinks
By all means, enjoy the ‘getting ready’ part of the day with your favourite men, but please take it easy! After all, you want to remember your wedding day for years to come! If you’re getting a bit of pressure from your mates, swap some of those beverages for a sneaky water and stay hydrated.
Check on the rings
Although your best man may be in charge of the rings, give him a helping hand and remind him about them before you leave for the ceremony.
Pocket your copy of the vows
If you haven’t given your copy of your vows to your officiant for safe keeping, make sure you take them with you. There are no do-overs!
And if you’ve written a toast, make sure you have that on you as well.
Take your cell phone
Keep your cell phone handy just in case there are any last-minute changes to plans. Of course, you need to remember to put it on silent for the ceremony and don’t forget to keep it charged.
Remember your marriage license
If it’s up to you to take this with you (your officiant may already have it), then this is an absolute must-remember, because your wedding can’t go ahead without it.
Pack for your honeymoon
You’ve likely already packed for the honeymoon if you’re leaving straight after your wedding, but do a check on the essentials:
- Any foreign currency you’ve pre-ordered
- Remember to put any grooming products you’ve used, back in your bag
LASTLY – a special idea
Treat your bride by preparing a thoughtful gift or a heartfelt letter for her to open on your wedding day. As you won’t be seeing her before the wedding, it’s a lovely way to remind her of how you feel before sealing the deal! While this one isn’t essential, I highly recommend you make the time to organize it and make your bride feel truly special.
And now, just concentrate on having the best day! Good luck!
Written by K. Cooper for Bridalosophy
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