Day of Wedding Checklist

Don’t leave something at home or in your hotel room that you will need for your wedding day. This list will help to not forget anything.

day of wedding checklist
  • Rings – Who is keeping the wedding couple’s rings for the wedding ceremony? Be sure the rings are handy at the ceremony.
  • Marriage License – The wedding couple and witnesses must sign the paperwork. Be sure the paperwork is at the wedding ceremony.
  • The wedding couple’s dress/suit/tux (attire) and all accessories must be in the dressing room for wedding preparations. Includes necklace, earrings, shows, cufflinks, hair products, and dress socks.
  • An emergency kit is present in dressing rooms and handy throughout the day.
  • Favors, guestbooks, and pen(s) must be placed on the entrance table before guests start to arrive.
  • Unity ceremony items (candle, sand, rope, etc.) for the wedding ceremony.
  • A cake knife, serving knife, and toasting flutes should be placed on the cake table before guests arrive at the reception facility.
  • Wedding programs for when guests arrive at the wedding ceremony.
  • Ring pillow to hold the wedding rings.
  • Gift table attendant to be security for all the wedding gifts at the gift table.
  • Have all wedding day payments ready in envelopes for final payments required from vendors. Be sure to also prepare any pre-estimated tips.
  • Personal wedding party flowers including bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages.
  • Be sure to have matches or a lighter available for the lighting of candles at both the ceremony and reception in any emergency kit.
  • Transportation of guests to and from the wedding day venues.
  • Do you want to keep the top layer of the wedding cake for your first anniversary? If yes, assign someone to the task!
  • Clean up? Is it part of the rental hall fee or do you need to designate helpers?
  • Collection of all rental items and their return including all attire and tables/chairs.

Finally, it would be best if vendors are verified by the wedding planner or a responsible person from the wedding party. Vendors must be confirmed as early as possible that they will meet their obligations on the wedding day.

Heads up! The typical wedding has 12-14 vendors including:

  • Jeweler, Venue, Planner, Photographer, Hair/Make-up (HMUA), Officiant, Florist, Stationer (Invites). Attire (Dress/Tux), Cake Baker, Transportation, DJ/Entertainment, Videographer, Caterer, Favor Vendor.


All of the above checklist is included in my book “The Wedding Music Toolkit” (available on Amazon).

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