The day you say, “I do” will undoubtedly be overflowing with love, tears, nerves, emotions, and happiness. It’s a big day that’ll also be filled with excitement and activities, and for that reason, it can become very easy to forget to take care of something or leave an important item behind as you head to the ceremony.
After months of planning, you don’t want your wedding day to come crashing down because of something you forgot. So here are five things to make sure you have with you and five things to remember to do the morning you tie the knot.
The Things You’ll Need
- Suit or Tux
You should have already picked up your suit or tux at least a day before the wedding, but make sure it’s with you the morning of and ready to go. Check that everything is pressed and you have all the basic elements needed to look your best:
- Dress shirt
- Accessories to Make a Statement
Unless you’re rocking a velvet suit—and in that case, all the more power to you—you’ll probably need some choice accessories to punch up your attire and get it to reflect your personality. When choosing what tie and pocket square to wear for the big day, make sure they coordinate without directly matching. For instance, they can have a similar color palette, but should never be the exact same color or pattern. Your pocket square can be a fun motif like Rare Fold’s The Fine Apples or a bold hue to match the color scheme of your wedding—really, it’s up to you. Just be sure it’s folded in a way that is neat and sophisticated, so the square doesn’t end up looking like an afterthought rather than a star.
- Morning Toiletries/Overnight Bag
Depending on your morning of and morning after plans, you may need to pack an overnight bag. If you’re staying or getting ready anywhere other than home, make sure you bring all the grooming products you’re going to need. Don’t forget:
- Hair products
- Razor, shave cream, aftershave
- And anything else you typically use in the morning
- Note and/or Gift for Your Bride
Many brides and grooms choose to give each other a small gift and note the morning of the wedding before they see each other. Trust us, this will go a long way in building a future of having a happy wife and happy life. Think about a perfume or piece of jewelry she can wear as she walks down the aisle; it’ll be something she treasures for years to come. If you choose to do this, just make sure to bring it with you or have someone in her party ready to deliver it. While she’ll still appreciate the gesture a day or two late, it’ll save yourself the disappointment if you leave it on the kitchen counter, and she won’t get it until after the honeymoon.
- The Wedding Rings
Last, but definitely not least, don’t forget the wedding rings! You can usually entrust the best man to take care of these, but if he doesn’t already have them, make sure you do. If he does have them, check in with him in the morning before your vows to make sure he has the rings safe, secure, and en route to the ceremony.
The Things to Do
You’re about to take a huge—and totally rewarding—step with your bride-to-be, so it makes sense that there will be some nerves. Take a couple hours to do something for yourself and relax those nerves. That can mean getting a couple extra winks of sleep, playing a round of golf with your groomsmen, watching a morning football game, getting in a last-minute haircut and shave at the barber, or even hitting the morning swells alone. You want to be your best, happiest, most relaxed self when you say, “I do.” Just make sure you’re back and done with whatever it is you decide to do with plenty of time to get ready.
- Shower & Shave
Speaking of getting ready, today is not a day you’ll be able to get away with rolling out of bed and down the aisle. Plan for enough time in the morning to fully shower, shave if necessary, style your hair, and get dressed. If any part of your ceremony or reception is going to be outside, don’t forget to slap on some sunscreen. It’s an important moment for you, and you should look your best.
It’s going to be a big day, and by big, we mean busy. There’s a very high chance you’ll be so caught up in the magic and excitement of what’s to come that you’ll forget to actually sit down and eat. A hearty breakfast or brunch will keep you from becoming hangry later in the day, so make time to have something smart to eat before the ceremony. Just stay away from onions, garlic, fish, or anything else that may be a bit odoriferous—remember, the ceremony ends with a kiss, and you don’t want your bride to end up queasy.
Along the same line of eating, make sure you’re hydrating. And we don’t mean with beer or liquor. Drink water as often as you can. Most of the day will involve toasts (with alcohol, likely), and you don’t want to be dealing with a hangover the first day of your honeymoon.
- Run Through the Day
There’s probably a well-thought-out itinerary floating around your house or hotel room—take a second to look it over. You don’t want to end up walking into the wrong entrance (and risk running into the bride), mix up venue locations, or give anyone a scare because you’re running late. You also don’t want to be constantly asking your new wife what’s happening next. This would be the time to read through and recite your vows out loud as well; it’ll calm your nerves a bit and help you get it together when it counts.
As you’re planning your wedding day and pulling your look together, don’t forget to visit Rare Fold online to purchase a pocket square for your big day.