When planning your own wedding it is important to keep track of the many little bits and pieces. Even the best wedding planners can overlook a few items until the last moment, when it may be too late. With that in mind, here is my guide to the ultimate list of things to buy for your wedding day.
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1) Bridal Veil / Hair Accessory: I ended up wearing a fingertip length drop veil for my wedding, but now wonder if I should have worn a floor length veil instead. I strongly suggest choosing your veil and hair accessory long before your wedding day so that you know exactly which one you want to wear.
Try on the veil a few times throughout the process, take photos wearing it with your gown, and get a feel for how you will wear your hair. Only then will you know for sure which veil accessory is right for you, giving yourself plenty of time to purchase a different one.
Read my complete guide to wedding veil styles to help you find the right veil length.
2) Jewelry: Just like your bridal veil and hair accessories, bridal jewelry should be chosen long before the wedding day!
Knowing what goes best with your dress is worthy of a whole other post. Some gowns with a high neckline might only call for chandelier earrings, whereas a sweetheart neckline looks stunning sans earrings, but rather a chunky necklace.
Do you homework. Etsy has a large selection of stunning fine bridal jewelry and reasonably priced costume jewelry.
3) Bridal Emergency Kit by Pinch Provisions
A bridal emergency kit is likely not high on your bridal buy radar. Rather, its a safety precaution in case something unexpected happens on your wedding day.
For example, a button can fall off last minute, you forgot to brush your teeth after rushing out the door into the waiting limo, or perhaps your wedding dress turns out to be a lot hotter than you thought and you would love to add a little extra deodorant.
A Bridal Emergency Kit will come in handy for just those moments.
A proper lingerie themed bridal shower or bachelorette party is a great way to receive some lovely lingerie pieces. Otherwise, don't forget to buy a piece of lingerie (online or in store) for you and your special somebody.
A sexy little chemise from BHLDN bridal boutique is the perfect honeymoon negligee that is pretty and looks good on all body types.
Read More: Guide to Wedding Day Undergarments
5) Bridal Garter by Alisa Brides
The hidden item that carries a fun tradition, can easily be forgotten.
I actually ended up wearing my mother's garter from her wedding as my something old. In the end, I didn’t end up doing a garter toss, probably because I didn’t want to give up my mom’s garter.
This is why you will sometime see garters sold in pairs – one is to throw and one is to keep.
6) Bridal Shoes
A staple that every women should have in her wardrobe is designer shoes. What better reason to splurge than your wedding day attire!?
Below are a beautiful pair of Badgley Mischka Salsa peep toes that I simply adore. There are many other amazing designers to choose from when it comes to buying bridal shoes.
Read my Ultimate List of Popular Bridal Shoes for great ideas!
7) Dress Garment Bag by Love & Lavender Boutique
Whether you are going to your third and final dress fitting or the big day has finally arrived and you need to transport your gown to the ceremony, a sturdy garment bad will ensure a pristine white dress while you walk down the aisle. Check out our garment bag over on our shop.
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8) Wedding Direction Signs by Sasafras Printables
As one of my best girl friends reminded me on the eve of my first wedding anniversary, “This time last year, I was on your computer room floor making wedding signs using gold pens and a black sharpie!”
TIP: to save you and/or your friends from scrambling the night before the wedding, be sure to either buy or DIY your wedding direction signs long before the big day. That way everyone can enjoy the rehearsal dinner and evening without gold pen all over their fingers.
9) Welcome Sign by Creative Union Design
As with wedding ceremony direction signs, make sure to either buy or create your welcome signs long before the big day.
My ornate gold chalkboards were complete before my wedding day, but still needed to be written out with chalk the night before.
10) Easels for Signs
Easels come in handy for all sorts of signs such as welcome signs, seating charts, or menus. You can always use easels at your wedding reception. Before you go out and buy easels, however, I suggest the beg, borrow or steal from friends or family approach.
If you are unlucky and have to buy easels for your wedding, try ones similar to below on Amazon.
11) Family Reserved Seating Signs by Wedology
Usually the first few rows at the wedding ceremony are reserved for family members. At my wedding, I accidentally created too many signs for the number of people in my small family. I ended up having an overflow of guests standing near the back when there was perfectly good seating at the front!
Learn from my mistake. Calculate and create reserved seating signs for your family long before your wedding day.
12) Aisle Chair Decor by Party Poms
Line the wedding ceremony aisle with a little bit of decor to tie your wedding theme and colors together quite nicely.
13) Wedding Programs by PaintTheDayDesigns
Not a necessity, but a fun way to let your guest know who’s who in the wedding party along with a schedule of events.
14) Aisle Runner by Certainly Chic
An aisle runner is a quintessential ceremony item that adds a bit of drama. All eyes anticipating the bride, watching the ushers roll it out just before the bride walks down the aisle.
15) Unity Candle by Lacey Claire Designs
Sometimes performed to symbolize the joining together of the two families into one united family. More often it is to symbolize the union of two individuals becoming one in commitment, a unity candle is a more recent tradition.
16) Sand Ceremony Set by Exclusively Your LLC
An alternative to the unity candle is the ever popular Sand Ceremony. It offers a visually poignant moment that can be personalized and kept for years to come as a whimsical keep sake.
17) Bubble Favors by Custom Favors
Most wedding venues don’t allow guests to throw rice or confetti in the air after the ceremony. A great alternative is blowing bubbles!
18) Flower Girl Basket by Bella Bride Creations
Another item that can be easily over looked is the flower girl’s basket. I love the cute rustic nature of the one below, which can be used after the wedding too.
19) Loose Silk Rose Petals by Etsy
One you have the flower girl’s basket, don’t forget to fill it up with loose silk rose petals. They are a great alternative to real rose petals.
20) Ring Bearer Pillow by Micheles Cottage
A burlap and twine ring bearer pillow is such an adorable keepsake.
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21) Seating Chart by Momenti Design Studio
A sit down wedding reception with assigned seating calls for a seating chart to guide your guests to proper tables. Professionally designed custom seating charts are a luxurious finishing touch that adds to the overall look and feel.
22) Table Numbers by gaugenyc
Along with a seating chart, table numbers are needed so that your guests can find their corresponding table. The designs and ideas are endless when it comes to table numbers. I love the metallic look below from gaugenyc.
23) Place Cards by EZPrintables
Sometimes certain guests need special seating arrangements. A strategically placed name card that assigns an exact spot at a table is a good idea.
24) Wedding Card Box or Basket by ThoseDays
A card box or basket is a good idea to hold any loose cards. Although one would hope everyone is honest, leaving easy-to-snatch envelopes full of money in plain view on a table is never a good thing. You are better off enclosing cards in a box or cage. Once all the gifts are collected, make sure you have a trusted friend or family member lock them away in a safe spot.
25) Guest Book by alphabetcanvas
Guestbooks can be fun! Get creative and let your imagination run wild.
We used a double magnum wine bottle at our wedding, which was signed using a gold felt pen by all our guests. We plan to pop the cork on our 5th wedding anniversary.
There are all sorts of unique guestbooks to choose from. Below is a personal picture that is framed with your wedding day, signed with guests messages.
26) Pens for Guest Book from Etsy
Make sure you have a pretty pen for both the wedding ceremony and guestbook.
27) Cake Topper by Chicago Factory
Some couples choose to just have matching florals on their wedding cake from their bouquets. Others choose fun and personal wedding cake toppers.
28) Cake Knife and Server by Etsy
Find out if your venue already has a cake knife and server that you can use. If not, make sure to buy a nice set for the perfect cut.
29) Cake Platter from Amazon: A beautiful wedding cake resembles a piece of art to be admired. Be sure to have a beautiful matching cake platter to show off your wedding cake.
Read More: 13 Cake Stands to Fit Any Wedding Style
30) Toasting Flutes from Etsy
There are going to be lots of toasts at your wedding. Personalized toasting flutes are a nice touch to go along with the special cheers.
31) Wedding Favor Sign by SomethingwithLove
Love is sweet sign is a cute way to signal to your guests to take your sweet wedding favors.
32) Wedding Favors by thefavorbox
Don’t forget a little token for your guests to take home as a thank you for coming and celebrating your big day.
33) Battery Tea Lights from Amazon
Tea lights come in handy for most occasions. If your wedding venue DOESN'T allows live flame, choose battery operated tea lights.
34) Photo Booth Backdrop by VowWowDecor
For some fun photo opts, don’t forget to create your very own photo booth.
Read my Custom Wedding Photo Booth Backdrops article to help you find an appropriate backdrop for your wedding.
35) Disposable Cameras
As the bride and groom, you won’t be able to be everywhere at once to celebrate with all your guests. Place disposable cameras on each reception table so that guests can capture moments throughout the night. Relive all the fun and crazy moments from your wedding reception for years to come.
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37) Gifts for Bridal Party
A fun photo I see from featured real weddings all the time is the bride and her bridesmaids each wearing matching robes while they get ready. There are lots of different gifts you can buy for your ladies.
More ideas: 11 Bridesmaid Gifts That Cost Under $65.