Our Barn property sees many beautiful couples tie the knot, so we know how important it is to have a special wedding day. Brides and grooms often get caught up in all of the details of outfits, vendors, rentals, etc, and forget some of the small essentials they need to get ready for their ceremony and reception. With that in mind, there are some key things to keep in mind when packing your wedding-day bag.
For the bride
Wardrobe essentials: Since the dress is the most important piece of a bride’s outfit, she may not think about everything else. However, support and coverage are key to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the day and evening. Many brides opt for a corset or shapewear to wear under the dress, but one of the most popular options is a simple strapless bra. There’s enough coverage to keep everything in place, but a smooth design so straps and edges don’t show. For an extra touch, shop bridal collections that offer beautiful accents or even a touch of something blue.
Makeup essentials: One of the biggest considerations to keep in mind when putting together your makeup look, is tears. Happy tears are going to happen, and you want to avoid any streaming mascara or smudges when they do. Waterproof mascara is a most, along with a good concealer. Face mist is also something to consider, as it can give you a glowing, fresh look before stepping onto the aisle.
Hair essentials: Make sure you sync up with your hair stylist in advance to discuss what products he or she is bringing and what you should have. Just to be safe, stock up on extra clips or bobby pins to help hold loose strands of hair into place. A large hair clip is also a smart option for keeping your hair out of your face as you get your makeup done.
Extras: Every bride is going to be different in what she wants to include in her wedding bag, so think through your big day from start to finish and brainstorm what you might need. Think about everything from gifts for your bridesmaids to honeymoon packing essentials if you plan to head off right after your reception!
For the groom
Wardrobe essentials: For the groom, make sure your outfit is steamed or ironed in prep for the ceremony. To finish the look, coordinate with your groomsmen to figure out accessories, such as cufflinks, tie clips or lapel pins. Lay out your entire outfit the night before, from socks and shoes to your tie and jacket, to make sure everything is ready to go. Have your groomsmen do the same for peace of mind that the entire bridal party is prepared.
Grooming essentials: Many grooms grow a beard before their wedding, and shave the morning of for a clean, fresh look. Whether shaving everything off, or opting for a little facial hair, keep a grooming kit handy for touch ups. After-shave balm is also a good idea to calm the skin and avoid any rashes or breakouts. Make sure you try the product beforehand to ensure compatibility with your skin.
Extras: Just as with the bride, the groom should think about his wedding day from start to finish to prepare for anything he might need. Coordinate with your bride beforehand to see if you’re giving each other gifts. If that’s the case, make sure you have one for her, as well as a plan for who will deliver it to her that morning.
In being prepared for your wedding, you can help eliminate unnecessary stressors and focus on the most memorable moments of your big day. Wedding planning doesn’t need to be stressful and everything will fall into place as you move from start to finish. If you’re a bride or groom looking for the perfect place to say “I do,” consider the Bay Horse Inn and look through our gallery to see other weddings!