wedding coordination

a wedding day packing list

The things that go through your mind in those weeks leading up to your wedding date are endless! If you’re like me, you even experienced wedding related nightmares. Mine was that I went to put on my dress before walking down the aisle and I had somehow forgotten to get it altered. It was a sample dress and about 6 sizes too large when I bought it so it wouldn’t stay up on its own, was way too long and just not what I imagined my walk down the aisle would look like. Thankfully my dress was already in for alterations so I’m not sure why that particular dream ahem nightmare came to me but it did. I felt prepared yet they still came.

While I can’t help you remember ALL the details, unless of course you hire us for your Wedding Planning needs or take ALL the stress away, again unless you hire us for your wedding planning needs, what I can do is provide you with this helpful guide so you don’t forget anything on your wedding morning.


For Brides

  • Getting Ready Attire (pajamas, leggings, robe, slippers, blouse, etc.)

  • Wedding Dress (It’s best if this is freshly steamed and packed inside your garment bag to be hung)

  • Veil or headpiece if you’re wearing one

  • Jewelry (earrings, necklace, bracelet, rings, etc.

  • Wedding Bands (it’s best that one person have both rings the morning of the wedding for detail shots when the photographer arrives) Tip: have them cleaned before hand as well!

  • Engagement Ring

  • Undergarments

  • Perfume

  • Cosmetic Bag (deodorant, hair ties, bobby pins, toothbrush and toothpaste, touch up kit for makeup)

  • Purse/Clutch

  • Shoes

  • Garter

  • Mini Emergency Kit (tide to go, medicine, sewing kit, hairspray, safety pins, mints, etc.)

  • Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

For Grooms

  • Pants

  • Shirt

  • Vest

  • Jacket

  • Tie/Bowtie

  • Belt

  • Suspenders

  • Dress Socks

  • Shoes

  • Underwear

  • Tie Clip

  • Cuff Links

  • Accessories (watch, pocket square, etc.)

For Ceremony

  • Marriage License

  • Programs

  • Copy of Vows

  • Any Unity or Ritual Ceremony Items (wine box, unity candle, rope, sand ceremony, love notes, etc.)

  • Any DIY items

Detail Shots

these items are best to pack together and have nearby and ready for photographers arrival

  • Bridal Accessories & Attire

  • Invitation Suite

  • Freshly addressed envelope with stamps (not mailed)

  • All Rings

  • It’s great to ask your florist for extra blooms or greenery for styling these items as well

Reception Details

  • Cake Topper

  • Toasting Flutes

  • Escort Cards or Table Display

  • Table Numbers

  • Menu Cards

  • Guestbook (and any essentials for it, pens, markers, etc)

  • Card Box

  • Any Signage (welcome, gifts, cards, etc.)

  • Any Photos to be displayed

  • Memory Table details if applicable

  • Personalized Items (chair back signs, chooses, cocktail napkins, etc)

  • Any DIY Items

  • Favors


  • Future Wife/Husband Gift and/or Love Letter

  • Gifts for Bridal Party (don’t forget flower girls, ushers, ring bearer)

  • Gifts for Parents

Vendor Tips

  • There are many resources for tipping etiquette. We send all of our clients a tipping guideline the week of their wedding for ease.

  • These are best done in clearly marked, sealed envelopes

Wedding Exit Items

  • Any necessary items (sparklers, lighters, sand, bubbles, flower petals, etc.) and be sure to check with your venue for policies and specifics!

Overnight Bag

If you’re leaving for your honeymoon right away, you may need to think to pack in advance for an easy getaway (including travel documents, reservations, passport, etc.) but even still … here are a few items you may not want to forget the night of your wedding

  • Extra change of clothes for following morning (I ended up wearing my husbands shoes the next morning and had a girlfriend wear her husbands pants down to breakfast the morning after their wedding) This is so easy to forget but unless you want to put your wedding dress back on the next day for brunch, pack an extra change of clothes!

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash (basically your day to day toiletries bag)

  • Phone Charger

Lauren & Connor, Historic Rice Mill- Charleston, South Carolina

Lauren and Connor's wedding day was one filled with so much love and laughter. From the touching moments of their first look and tearful ceremony to the hilarious realization that Lauren's brother was accidentally wearing his fathers suit and Oh! if you could have only been there for the Best Man's speech as we all relived the moments of Lauren and Connor's first meeting, you'd certainly be in stitches like the rest of us! 

The details themselves were as sweet and special as the unspoken moments. Lauren's Grandmother made their cake (that she flew on an airplane and reassembled mind you) and Lauren carried a handkerchief that's been in the family for over a century! Every detail carefully thought out from the quintessential Charleston grass woven boutonnieres to the bridesmaids dresses designed by a local Charleston designer, coupled with the undeniable love and admiration that Lauren and Connor share made this a wedding for the books! All beautifully captured memories to last a lifetime by Laura Watson Photography. Keep scrolling for some of my favorites 

Wedding Planning & Coordination: Hannah of Like the Dazzling

Venue: Historic Rice Mill of Charleston

Floral Design: Creech’s Florist

Cake: Jacquelyn, Grandmother of the bride

Band: The Vistas 

Hair & Make Up: Pink Dot Beauty Bar

Bridal Gown: Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta

Bridesmaids Dresses: Lula Kate

Groomsmen: The Black Tux

Catering: Good Food Catering

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas


Lauren and Connor Wedding
Lauren and Connor Wedding
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Jennifer & David, Roswell River Landing

From my very first meeting with Jennifer and David, I knew they'd be a joy to work with. They both have such an easygoing, genuine way about them that really made it a pleasure getting to know them and helping to guide them through their wedding planning and design.  It's no surprise that they would also have incredible friends and family! 

One of my favorite parts of the wedding day was just before the ceremony when David and his groomsmen prayed together in a tight circle. Come to find out after scrolling through photos, Jennifer and her maids were praying together almost at the exact same time as the men! The love that these friends share for one another was so easy to see throughout the evening in their heartfelt speeches, loving embraces and endless smiles.

So many incredible people same together to ensure their day was just as they had dreamed of from Jennifer's father building their arbor they married under to numerous wedding guests insistent upon staying to help clean up at the end of the evening!

Photography: Katie Coon Photography

Venue: Roswell River Landing 

Florist: Candler Park Flowers 

Design & Decor: Like the Dazzling 

Coordination: Like the Dazzling, Hannah & Kimberly 

Catering: Sara Arias

DJ: SiFi Entertainment 

Bridal Gown: Sweet Elegance Bridal 

Hair and Makeup: Formal Faces 

Cake: Publix Bakery

Thank you Jennifer and David for letting Like the Dazzling be a part of your beautiful union!