The essential wedding accessories checklist

Organising your wedding is a complex business with countless items you need to purchase and prepare. Wedding accessories are essential, but can often be overlooked during the planning process. In order to ensure you take care of the smallest details it is a good idea to follow this checklist. This wedding accessories checklist will help you keep track of your wedding accessories and add those special and unique details to your big day.

Wedding Accessories

The groom’s wedding accessories

The wedding is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the groom to really get dressed up and look his best, and the groom’s accessories are there to aid him personalise his outfit.

  • A pocket handkerchief to wipe away the tears of joy
  • Cufflinks to provide a special touch to his outfit
  • A watch to ensure he gets to the ceremony on time
  • A buttonhole to match the bride’s bouquet
  • A waistcoat or girdle if necessary
  • A tie, cravat, or bow tie determined by the time of day
  • A hat and gloves for a very formal wedding

The bride’s wedding accessories

The essential item on any bride’s wedding list is her wedding gown, but what else will she need to finalise her bridal look?

  • Wedding shoes that are comfortable enough to dance all night
  • A veil, headpiece, or hair accessories that work with the dress
  • A handbag for those wedding essentials
  • Bridal jewellery for adding that extra sparkle
  • A shrug, jacket, or cardigan to cover the shoulders in case it gets colder
  • Wedding lingerie to provide support and make the bride feel sexy on her big day
  • A traditional bridal garter for a nod to tradition

Accessories for the wedding party

The bride and groom aren’t the only people that will require wedding accessories. Parents, bridesmaids, and ushers should all have some little extras to make it clear that they are part of the bridal party.

  • Bridesmaids’ shoes to provide the finishing touch for their dresses
  • Bridesmaids’ jewellery as a thank you from the bride
  • Bridesmaids’ hair accessories to complement their look
  • Ties, waistcoats, and top hats for the ushers and dads
  • Buttonholes for the men and wrist corsages for the mums
  • A basket for your flower girl to hold when walking down the aisle
  • A ring cushion or box for the page boy or best man

Wedding Accessories for the Groom

The accessories at the wedding reception

The meal is the generally the place for reception accessories, and your tables will be spread with little extras to make them unique and personal.

  • A seating plan, escort cards, and place names to assist your guests to their seats
  • A wedding cake knife and server, topper, and stand, together with cake boxes
  • Wedding favours as a thank you to your guests
  • Dazzling glassware and perhaps wine glass gems
  • Napkins with rings, table jewels, table runners, and candles
  • Disposable cameras for those essential wedding memories
  • A wishing well for voucher or monetary gifts

The accessories at the ceremony

The wedding ceremony can often be neglected when it comes to accessories and decorations, but a little thought and a few carefully considered accessories can make your ceremony unique and special.

  • Program leaflets so that guests can follow your ceremony
  • Rose petals, bubbles, paper confetti, or rice for guests to throw
  • Scented candles to add atmosphere to the ceremony
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