I would like to take a minute to reintroduce myself not as Heather Gilligan, but Heather Byrne. Yep, I’m a blushing newlywed. Most amazing day of my life, BUT my new last name is somewhat leaving me with an identity crisis!
I’ve decided to dedicate this blog post to pre-wedding organization because everyone will need it at least once or twice in their life – either as a Bride and/or a Bridesmaid. I learned first hand what exactly you MUST have in order to make it through the BIG day!
With twenty minutes till my dramatic entrance down the aisle, not one – BUT two – bridesmaids’ side zippers busted off the dresses. My mother-in-law and wedding planner literally had to sew both girls into their dresses within ten minutes! Talk about adding extra nerves and sweat to an already nerve-wrecking situation! Honestly, it would have been a complete nightmare if it weren’t for The Bridessentials Kit. It literally has anything and everything you could possibly need in a pinch – including a sewing kit and pink string!
Other than having an absolutely adorable clutch to hold your lip gloss, cell phone, and bobby pins – you will also need a second bigger bag to hold anything and everything you may need or use the day of. Because after all, your wedding planner was not hired to be your personal assistant. She will be a huge help throughout the day, but she is not paid to follow behind and pick up your belongings.
My Lo & Sons OMG bag (obviously) was filled with items including: the clothes I wore in the morning for hair and makeup, hairspray (you can never have enough), a brush, a comb, deodorant, perfume, white chalk (yes, I actually used this to get a spot off my dress), and a cell phone charger.
This may not seem as obvious, but will make a huge difference: make sure there is a basket of delicious snacks in the suite for the bride and groom the night of the wedding. Regardless if both have time to sit down and eat at the reception, they will most likely be starving by the time they make it to their hotel after.
I’ve put together a pile of NEAT’s favorite office snacks for inspiration!
When in doubt (or not in doubt), hire a wedding planner. Turns out, organization may run in the family. Molly’s mother is a wedding planner in the Chicagoland area – but will travel for those of you interested!
Best of luck to you, hopefully organized brides and bridesmaids! Don't trip 😉