Wedding Countdown: What To Do the Night Before Your Wedding

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The day before your wedding can be the most exciting yet nerve-wracking day of all. There is so much to have prepared on top of the sheer excitement and unavoidable nerves that coincide with getting married. You’ll want to bask in the pure joy of the statement, “I’m getting married tomorrow!” 

We want you to feel elated rather than stressed, too! To encourage you to enjoy the pre-wedding day, get your beauty sleep, and wake up feeling refreshed, we've put together the ultimate checklist of 13 things to do the day before your wedding day. 

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13 Things To Do the Night Before the Wedding

At Kennedy Blue, we want brides to enjoy each second of their wedding day. Consider the following 12 ideas for a more seamless wedding day that you can look back on with joy!

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1. Look Over Your Wedding Day Checklist

When planning your wedding, organization is key. Well before the wedding, you’ll want to make a day before the wedding checklist so that you can easily keep track of every item you need to bring to the venue and check off each item as you pack the car. To stay extra organized, check out this wedding checklist from Etsy! We encourage you to check the list twice, or have a second set of eyes to help. Here are a few things you’ll want to have pack and ready to go on the night before the wedding:

    • An Emergency Kit: Check out our Ultimate Wedding Emergency Kit to ensure you don’t forget anything!
    • Prepare final payments for vendors: Give the checks to someone to deliver to all your vendors. A family member or close friend is always a reliable choice.
    • Wedding Rings: Give the rings to your maid of honor or the best man. If you don't feel comfortable passing them off yet, pack them yourself in a safe and secure space.
    • Day-Of Itinerary: Make sure the wedding party and vendors have a copy as well. If you have a digital itinerary, consider printing it for ease.
    • Your Wedding Attire: Pack your dress, veil/headpiece, accessories, undergarments, shoes, a CHANGE of shoes, etc.

    2. Last Check In with Your Wedding Vendors

    Erase the worries of a no-show nightmare by calling or emailing your team the day before the wedding. Confirm arrival times and any other details. Have any last minute questions for vendors prepared. Here are a few questions you can ask or confirm:

      • What time is the photographer arriving to set up? Do they have the venue contact information in case of any questions regarding parking, entering the property, etc?
      • When do the bride and bridal party need to be ready for hair and makeup?
      • What time will the florist arrive with the florals?  

    After checking in with each vendor, prepare any final payments or tips. Whether you will deliver them via PayPal or a physical check, they should be pre-written and placed in labeled envelopes. Plan to deliver these ahead of time, as soon as they arrive on-site. You can also hand them off to someone you trust, such as your wedding planner or Maid of Honor. 

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    3. Spend Time with Family and Friends

    RELAX as much as possible the day before the wedding. After your rehearsal, one time-old night before the wedding tradition is to have a slumber party with your family members, your MOH, or your whole bridal crew. However, while you’re having fun, don’t forget to get some good quality shut-eye!

    What can you do the night before the wedding with your bridesmaids? It’s best to keep it low-key and have one or two gals spend the night with you instead of the whole wedding party. To set the scene for a cozy night before your wedding day, you can plan to match your bridesmaids in matching pajama sets! These also make very thoughtful night before wedding presents for your wedding party.

    4. Drink a Lot of Water

    Considering that our bodies are 70% water, this suggestion shouldn't come as a surprise. Drinking water can give you the following pre-wedding benefits: 

      • Lowering your anxiety levels
      • Increasing your energy
      • Relieving fatigue
      • Flushing out toxins
      • Improving skin complexion (your wedding makeup artist will be pleased)!
      • And the best of all: it puts you in a very good mood!

    Personalized Bride and Bridesmaid Water Tumblers

    So, even if you decide to pop open some champagne with the girls, drink as much water as possible the night before the wedding! Consider these personalized tumblers or water bottles for your bridesmaids - they would also make excellent night before wedding presents!

    5. Enjoy a Healthy Meal

    What makes a good night before wedding dinner? There’s no need to explain why the phrase “you are what you eat” is so common. The food you eat the evening before your wedding day can help relax you, energize you, and provide the essential vitamins and proteins you need. It might be easier to grab fast foods to avoid the hassle of cooking, but the benefits of having fresh vegetables and nutrient-dense foods will be worth it. Comfort foods or snacks are also a plus if you have any friendly go-to goodies that help ease your stress. You’ll just want to be careful not to eat any foods that will give you stomach discomfort - so avoid eating anything too rich or too greasy. You'll wake up feeling brand new on your wedding day!

    Bride and Bridesmaid Duffel BagsCute personalized duffel bags for you, your bridesmaids, and maid-of-honor! 

    6. Pack Your Personal Items (and Some Extras!)

    Outside of the general wedding items you’ll want to check off your list, you’ll also want to have some personal items on hand just in case. Packing too much is never a good thing, but you don't want to be unprepared come the big day. Here’s a list of essential things that brides will appreciate to having handy:

      • Extra undergarments
      • Breath mints
      • A button-down shirt (for makeup and hair)
      • Perfume and deodorant
      • Tape
      • Scissors
      • Extra buttons
      • Hair styling products and makeup
      • Extra faux eyelashes
      • Safety pins
      • Small sewing kit
      • Tissues
      • Toothbrush and toothpaste
      • Phone chargers 
      • Flip flops
      • Nail polish (in case you chip a nail!)

    An obvious place to put these personal items would be inside of a fun personalized duffel bag like the one we shared above! These personalized bags will have you and your bridal party arriving in style, and will also prevent anyone who’s decorating the wedding from grabbing a bag that isn’t filled with decor. If possible, send your bags to the hotel or put them in the car the night before the wedding. 

     7. Charge Your Tech

    One of the best things about technology is that it allows us to capture memories - but it also has an odd way of breaking down when we need it the most. Whether you plan on using a camera, your phone, or another electronic device, make sure that you fully charge it the day before the wedding and have plenty of memory space leftover. Pack extra chargers, USB cords, and memory cards to be safe. A hint from us: A stylish bride-themed purse is a great place to store your phone or cords the day of, and has an extra-special feel to it as well!

    Handbag for the Bride

    P.S. Giving your phone or personal camera to one of your 'maids is a good idea, since you'll be too busy throughout the day to take pics of your own!

    8. Practice Your Wedding Vows or Speech

    All eyes and ears will be on you and your partner as you say your “I dos.” If you’re uneasy about botching ultra-important words or phrases such as “to have and to hold,” be sure to practice!

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    If you and your closest gal pals decide to settle in for that low-key slumber party, this can be an excellent time to practice reciting your vows. They can give you some advice and ensure you feel comfortable beforehand. Their support, laughter, and encouragement will probably help you feel lighter about it as well! If you’re planning to give a short “thank you” speech at the reception, practice this as well. Giving your vows a few read-throughs the day before will help you stay present, instead of worrying about whether or not you’ll trip over your tongue.

    9. Get In the Right Headspace

    You’ll want to be present for your own wedding - not only physically, but also mentally. For the time being, let go of any other concern or commitments so that you can fully bask in the occasion. If you start worrying about non-wedding related tasks, ask those around you to gently remind you to leave those aside for the time being. This is how you will be able to look back and remember even the smallest details of your wedding day, from what the air smelled like, to how you felt. Many couples get so swept up in the stress of the day that they forget to be present and enjoy those special moments.

    On the night before your wedding, use the method you prefer to get in the right headspace - whether it be yoga, meditation, breathing, journaling, or a peaceful walk. Think about your relationship and all that this special day means to you.

    What to do the night before your wedding day

    10. Take Some Alone Time

    Take time to reminisce about your relationship by journaling, looking through old pictures, or reading through your love letters. Allow yourself to appreciate how amazing it feels to have found the love of your life. After you soak it all in, you might feel inspired to write something meaningful to gift him on the big day. A night before the wedding gift is also a special gesture.

    Day-of-the-Wedding Cards

    Consider writing him a heartfelt letter to open before he walks down the aisle - we recommend these charming day-of-the-wedding cards - unless you already have another special something prepared.

    11. Practice Self-Care

    On the night before your wedding day, treat yourself to a luxurious self-care session. Get a mani/pedi with your girls, hit the spa, or treat yourself to the works at home. We recommend this all-inclusive kit from Etsy - it’s got all the goods! Massage body oil onto your skin for a radiant glow, enjoy a refreshing eucalyptus-scented mist in your shower, and take a cat nap or do a deep breathing session while your clay mask sets.

    Self care idea: An all-inclusive bridal spa kit from Etsy

    Keep in mind that now is not the time to experiment with new beauty products - you don’t want to end up with irritated skin the day of your wedding. Our advice is to make sure you’ve tested these products on your skin at least a week before your event.

    12. Spend Quality Time with Your Partner

    While some people opt for a friends-and-family night before the wedding, others decide to spend it with their spouse-to-be. Sinking into one another and enjoying the calm before the storm can be a good idea - especially because the wedding day will likely be so packed.

    Consider these relaxing ideas for the night before the wedding:

      • Go for a walk outside together
      • Trade massages to help one another relax
      • Watch a heartfelt movie that is special to you both

    Another helpful suggestion is to set some reminders that you want to abide by on your special day. These pointers can be written out on a list and used to enjoy your wedding even more. You might try ideas such as:

      1. "We will remember to take deep breaths tomorrow and enjoy the special moments"
      2. "We will direct questions to our wedding coordinator rather than getting overwhelmed by them"
      3. "We will find at least 3 special moments to be alone together throughout the day"

      13. Relax and Rest Before the Big Day

      As we’ve mentioned, RELAX as much as possible the day and night before your wedding. You’ve been waiting your whole life for this day, so you can expect some butterflies the night before. To banish your worrisome “What if?” thoughts, trust in all the planning that you have done. Try to enjoy yourself and the moment! Watch an episode of your favorite show, do some yoga, read a book, or something else you enjoy to calm your mind. Just be sure to get plenty of beauty sleep!

      Things to Do the Night Before the Weddng
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      Have An Amazing Wedding Day!

      At Kennedy Blue, we hope that these tips will help you keep from feeling frazzled on the day before your wedding. Planning for a wedding is hard work, so plan ahead. You want your last day to consist of confirming, double-checking, and taking it easy. Not finalizing details! For a smooth, seamless wedding day, it’s important not to procrastinate. Plan ahead and rely on your checklist in your DIY Wedding Planning Binder!
      Do you have any special plans in store for the night before your wedding? Did you and your spouse surprise one another with day before your wedding day gifts? Let us know in the comments below!

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      Portia McGraw
      June 03, 2022 13:54

      Thank you for the help!

      June 05, 2019 14:58

      This so beautiful, actually am planning my wedding day in 4 months to come. But i have learnt more like practicing the speech and taking in alot of water.

      October 11, 2017 12:33

      Super cool ideas

      June 30, 2017 09:18

      These are some things I would definitely forget! Thanks for such an awesome, informative post.

      Kate Neujahr
      June 22, 2017 13:48

      I’m a lists kind of girl, love this!

      May 30, 2017 12:39

      This is such great advice- I didn’t take some things into consideration!
      Definitely saving this one! :)

      May 03, 2017 19:38

      Definitely going to make that emergency kit!

      Katie Amanda
      May 02, 2017 17:30

      I, as the bride, would probably be the one to forget the rings. That would figure!

      April 30, 2017 17:50

      Thhos os great!

      Lizzie Barra
      April 24, 2017 16:09

      I love this! Totally copying the link to remember these for my day.

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