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Lists of Accessories You’ll Need on Your Wedding Day

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Your wedding is a very exciting time and you want to be as organized and prepared as you can be. If your wedding is just around the corner, it’s very important to make sure that you haven’t forgotten anything. Of course, you don’t want to panic days before your big day and you want every detail of your wedding already taken care of.

But, many brides, despite all their best efforts to sort things out prior to their wedding day, forget about the little things that actually matter a lot during a wedding celebration. To help you with all the planning and preparation, here is a list of wedding accessories that you’ll need on the big day. To make things easier for you, the list has been divided into four major groups: bridal accessories, groom’s accessories, wedding ceremony accessories, and wedding reception accessories.

1.    Bridal accessories

If you’ve already purchased your wedding gown, you’ve already probably realized that there’s more to your bridal ensemble than just a white dress. The fact is, even the smallest details count. There are shoes to buy, a veil to choose, and jewelry pieces to consider. But, where should you start? Below are some of the most important accessories that every bride should have during the wedding.

  • Accessories – shawl or wrap, shoes, gloves, tiara/headpiece, handbag
  • Jewelry – engagement ring, wedding bands, necklace, earrings, bracelet
  • Lingerie – bra/bustier, underwear, garter, hosiery, slip (important if your gown’s made of tear-prone tulle), body shaper/body slimmer (to keep you tucked in)

2.    Groom’s accessories

Just like the bride, the groom needs a little something for the finishing touches. Aside from the suit, of course, and maybe some of men’s jewelry, there are some things that every groom should have on the big day.

  • Cufflinks
  • Tie bar
  • Bow tie
  • Wedding band
  • Matching socks
  • Underwear
  • Watch
  • Shoes/Shoe polish
  • Handkerchief
  • Sunglasses

 3.    Wedding Ceremony Accessories

A bride, her groom, and their wedding planner can be caught up with so many details to ensure that the dream wedding will be transformed into reality. But most often than not, it is the little things that are easily overlooked. It’s important to have a checklist that will prove useful when preparation becomes too overwhelming. Even just forgetting to bring matches to light candles during the wedding can create an awkward moment to a ceremony that is meant to be a solemn unity. Make sure you a good list that you can easily double check so that you can be more confident you have everything you need.

Here are some wedding accessories you surely need on your checklist.

  • Wedding rings
  • Engagement rings
  • Veil and pins for fastening
  • Cord
  • White, red, or ivory church aisle runners
  • Candles and holders
  • Baskets for the flower girls
  • Choice between silk or fresh petals
  • Ring and bible bearer’s pillows
  • Church or venue decorations
  • Choice between petals, rice, or bubbles for confetti
  • Corsages and boutonnieres for the wedding entourage
  • Guest program booklets
  • Guest book
  • Items of tradition
  • Matches for the candles

4.    Wedding Reception accessories

The reception is considered by many as the most enjoyable part of a wedding. Here is a list to be sure you have the wedding reception accessories you need for a fabulous and memorable celebration.

  • Champagne glasses for toast
  • Knife for cutting the wedding cake
  • Registry, guest book, signature frame, and pen
  • Place cards
  • Cake stand
  • Cake topper

Planning a wedding can be fun and exciting, but it can also be stressful. The key to a stress- and hassle-free celebration is to take care of the details no matter how big or small. Be sure to keep track of what needs to be done a few months before the big day and stay focused all throughout the planning period.

 

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Choosing Music for Your Wedding

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There are two ways you can go for the music for your wedding.  You can either have live music, or you can have recorded music.  Traditionally live music has been the music of choice, but recorded music is becoming more popular.

Live music has often been preferred because it seems more traditional and romantic.  It may be seen as “cheap” to have recorded music at a wedding ceremony, and live music is often expected.

But sometimes the couple may not enjoy live music.  They may have very specific taste in music that would be better suited to recorded music.  In this case, the wedding will often hire a DJ to play instead of a live group.

If you’re going to hire live music, you should find an artist or group that can perform the kind of music the two of you both enjoy.  If you both hate classical music, don’t hire an orchestra!  It may seem like the “classy” thing to do, but the two of you should really enjoy the music at your wedding!  If you are both crazy for heavy metal music, go ahead and hire that wild thrash metal band!  It’s your wedding!  You can always have some recorded music thrown into the mix.

If you decide on recorded music, you can discuss the songs you want played with the DJ well before the wedding.  You might want to choose mostly romantic songs, or you might prefer having a few fun dance songs played to liven up the party.  Remember, it’s your wedding, so choose the music the two of you enjoy.  If you have to buck tradition, go ahead and do so!

I do recommend choosing at least one slow song for the first dance.  It’s traditional that the bride and groom share the first dance, and it may be videotaped for posterity.  You will probably want to give the guests that one dance to a slow, romantic song at the very least.  Then again, if you both hate mushy music with a passion, go for what you like!  It’s your wedding, after all!

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