With all of the planning that goes into your big day, it’s hard to imagine there being a single detail that will have escaped your finely tuned plan. It’s easy to lose track of a few things along the way, though, especially as the big day approaches and the excitement kicks in.

Eat breakfast

As the morning of your wedding arrives it’s easy to find yourself rushing around and getting wrapped up in the excitement of it all. Breakfast will be the last thing on your mind, but make sure you give yourself enough time to eat something, even if it’s small and simple.

Emergency kit

Every bride and groom should bring a small kit including a lint brush, needle, thread, safety pins and spare buttons to keep somewhere nearby. Hopefully, you won’t need it, but if you do, you’ll be glad you thought ahead and have these things to hand.

Accessories

Make sure to check and double­check that you have all of the accessories for your outfit, as well as those for your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Buttonholes, cufflinks, the groom’s pocket watch, jewellery and flowers are all important parts of the overall look. Don’t forget something old, new, borrowed and blue for the bride too!

Garment bags

Bring garment bags to keep your wedding dress and suit in once the day is over. This will help to keep them in the best condition possible and protect them when transporting them home too.

Wedding rings

One of the most important things of all, but it’s surprising how often they are accidently left behind by a nervous best man! It never hurts to double check, and it’ll give you peace of mind too.

Printed copies of the wedding timeline

Make sure your wedding party all have their own copies of the wedding timeline, to help your day go as smoothly as possible.

Speeches

Making a speech in front of a room full of people is always a nerve­wracking situation, so even if you think you know it off by heart, bring a written version or cue cards to act as backup. Ask everyone else who will be giving a speech to do the same too.

Overnight bag and fresh clothes

With the focus on the big day, it’s easy to forget that you’ll need to plan for the morning after too! Make sure to pack an overnight bag with everything you’ll need, plus a change of clothes for the next day.

A plan for your photographer

Weddings can be a great opportunity to get photos of the whole family together, and having beautiful photos of those special people in your life to look back on is priceless. Giving your photographer a run through in advance of key people and photos you’d like means you can relax and leave them to it. Ask one of your bridesmaids or groomsmen to be responsible for rounding everyone up for the group photos, to ensure no one is missed out.

Honeymoon luggage and valid passports

If you’re jetting straight off on your honeymoon the next day, make sure you have everything packed a few days beforehand to avoid packing in a last minute rush. Check that your passports will still be valid for the whole of your trip and place them near your suitcases, so you’re ready to go.

Assign someone to gather up gifts

Ask a bridesmaid, groomsman or one of your parents to be in charge of collecting your gifts and cards at the end of the night. They can then take them home for you, so they’ll be waiting for you when you return.

Take time for yourselves and enjoy it

Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy the day! Make time for yourselves to take a breather away from your other guests, and stop to enjoy the moment.