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8 Things You Don't Know You Need For Your Wedding

Because you don't want to be left with no one to light the candles.

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Why didn't I think of that?

As a bride or groom, there are about a million and half things you have to think about when planning your wedding. Dresses, suits, colors, flowers, food...the list goes on and on.

There's a good chance you've not planned a wedding before, and there's an even better chance that the day of you're going to realize there are a bunch of things you didn't think of for your big day.

Here's a list of some of those things to knock off your list!

1. Day Of Coordinator

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Ok, this one may seem obvious but if you skipped out on having a wedding planner and thought you didn't need a coordinator because of your budget...RECONSIDER YOUR LIFE CHOICES.

Seriously. A Day Of Coordinator will be in charge of getting everyone where they need to be at the right time, and making sure everything runs according to plan. They'll also be able to handle the inevitable issues that come up. Having someone in charge of those details will take a TON of stress off of you, and will make your day much easier on everyone!

2. Delegated Helpers

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You might think that since you've got a ton of friends and family around that shit will get done, but pro-tip: it won't.

There is going to be a ton of set-up to do, and you're going to need to know who is going to handle it ahead of time. Make sure you know who is setting up chairs and tables, who is handling the linens and place settings, and even who is going to light your candles. For real, you need to have someone to light all those candles you paid for.

This goes for clean up as well. Make sure you have a tear-down plan for post-party. Your venue probably has a set time for you to be out, so you'll want to avoid having to stop your big night to tell everyone what to do.

3. Taxis and Transportation

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Hey, did you know people get blitzed at weddings?? Yeah, I know right?

But even though you probably have thought about what your guests will be drinking, you may not have thought about how to get them home safely at the end of the night.

While some people offer trolleys or busses at the end of the night to get people back to hotels and such, there are some things you can do to make it easier for your guests to travel safely after a night of open bar.

Send cards with your invitations with numbers of local taxi services, and encourage your guests to program the number into their phone ahead of time. You can also have them set up an UBER account and have it ready to go.

It's also a good idea to make a sign you can set up at the bar with taxi numbers on it in case someone ignored your very good advice of planning ahead!

4. Something for the Kids

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Ah, those cute little flower girls and ring bearers are so cute!

Well, that is until their sweet angel duties are done and they go back to being kids again.

Weddings are boring for kids, and you're not going to want to spend your day babysitting either. To prevent either of you from going crazy, plan on having some activities for the kids to do while they're stuck at your big day.

Coloring books, board games, anything that will keep them occupied for a few hours. You can even set up a kid area and hire someone to monitor the kids while the parents party their faces off.

5. The Paperwork


You've probably had a hundred nightmares about forgetting things on your wedding day. What if I forget me veil? What if I leave all my jewelry at home? WHAT IF I FORGET MY DRESS?

Definitely make a checklist ahead of time for all those things you'll want to bring, but most importantly don't forget to bring your marriage license! You're going to need that most of all!

6. The Money

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I know it's really easy to pretend like money doesn't exist and your bank account isn't a deep, dark pit of despair but eventually you'll have to address your wedding costs.

One of the things so many brides wait to do until the last minute and end up dealing with at the end of the night is the tip money and vendor payments.

Save yourself the stress of hunting down your wallet at the end of a long night and set aside all payments and tips in labeled envelopes and leave them with someone you can trust (like your day of coordinator or a bridesmaid or groomsmen) and let them dole them out at the end of the night.

You'll be too busy celebrating to be paying!

7. Bridal Emergency Kit

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You've probably heard this one before, but it couldn't be more important.

When something goes wrong, you'll be so happy you've prepared for the worst.

Be sure to include things like medicines (headache medicine, eye drops, cold medicine, allergy tablets, etc), sewing items that match your dresses, safety pins, bobby pins, phone chargers, Clorox pen, water, hairspray, and snacks.

Basically anything that could work for a zombie apocalypse, throw it in there.

8. Bring Back Up Shoes

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Oooo girl. Those are some niiiice shoes.

And I know you probably spent a fortune on them, I'm going to bet that by the end of that ceremony you're ready to kick them off.

You definitely need to break in your wedding shoes before the big day, but even with a trial period wedding shoes tend to get kicked off shortly into the reception.

Plan on bringing along a comfy pair of flats that you can dance the night away in. Your feet will thank you later.

You're going to forget SOMETHING, but hopefully this list will narrow down some of those things.

If you're a bride who forgot something at your wedding, leave a comment below to warn the rest of us.

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