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Wedding checklist: What to pack for the actual day

Your wedding's approaching and it's time to get packing! Here's a list of of wedding essentials you'll possibly need to survive the big day.
 

With a million and one things to prep, there's nothing quite like lists (like this wedding planning checklist and this bridal beauty countdown) to get your wedding planning sorted. And you're now down to the last leg of your special occasion.

Especially if you're staying over at the hotel or venue, you'll be needing an arsenal of items to survive the big day. To help, we've come up with a list you could possibly find handy, but you may find that you might not need some/a lot of the below so modify it accordingly!

Tip: Get to packing a few days before the actual day, especially for stuff you won't be using on the day of, to cut down on the stress and minimise the possibility of leaving out something important. Make use of packing cubes so you'll know where to get everything in a flash, instead of frantically rummaging through your luggage.

 

 

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THE ESSENTIALS

Legal paperwork for your solemnisation: Marriage license, NRICs (or work permit if your spouse is a foreigner), certificates of marriage
Wedding bands and ring pillow
Red packets/ Cash payments in envelopes
Credit and/or bank cards
Your wedding vows and speech
A printed copy of the timeline (although many couples have it saved in their phone these days)
Gifts for your parents, wedding party, bride or groom

 

FOR THE BRIDE: WARDROBE

Wedding dresses
Wedding veil and accessories
Wedding lingerie
Wedding night lingerie (though after a long day, you might not actually use it till your honeymoon ... but just in case! And speaking of which, you might want to add birth control to the mix)
Flipflops, flats or sneakers
Jewellery
Change of comfortable clothes or pyjamas
Change of clothes for the next day
Bridal clutch or small handbag
Emergency kit: Sewing kit, fashion tape or double-sided tape, safety pins, stain remover/white chalk and a small pair of scissors.
This can also be delegated to a bridesmaid.
Heel protectors (if yours is an outdoor wedding)

 

 

FOR THE BRIDE: BRIDAL BEAUTY

Makeup to touch-up and for the day after
Compact mirror
Blotting paper or translucent powder
Makeup remover or wipes
Skincare and toiletries
Cotton wool and swabs
Bobby pins and hair ties
Sanitary napkins or tampons
Perfume
Anti-perspirant or deodorant
Hair styling products (brush, comb and curlers, if needed)

 

FOR THE GROOM

Suit(s)
Shirt(s)
Shoes and socks
Accessories: Tie or bow-tie, lapel pins, cuff links, belt, tie clips, watch, if needed
Underwear
Change of comfortable clothes and/or pyjamas
Change of clothes for the next day
Flipflops or sneakers
Hair styling products (wax or gel, hairspray, comb)
Cologne
Razor, shaving cream, aftershave
Skincare and toiletries

 

 

DECOR & MISCELLANEOUS

Any DIY decorations
Wedding photos for display
Guestbook and pens
Snacks and breath mints
Bottles of water (with a straw if the bride's worried about messing up the lipstick)
First-aid kit with pain relievers, band aids, ointments and allergy medication you'll need
Phone charger (and portable power banks if you have)
Portable steamer (if your venue doesn't have it)
Tissues and wet wipes
Eye drops
Contact lens cases and solutions

 

Also read: 13 QUIRKY WEDDING IDEAS AND STORIES FROM THESE SINGAPOREAN COUPLES

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