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Bridal Checklist: What To Pack In Your Wedding Overnight Bag

Our super helpful checklist to help you stay stress-free in the lead up to your wedding.

Bridal Checklist: What To Pack In Your Wedding Overnight Bag

The last couple of days before your wedding can be some of the most hectic. You’re delivering things, collecting things, sipping champagne, and hopefully indulging in lots of beauty treatments.

But keeping your bridal checklist in your head can take up a lot of room, and often, little things get forgotten along the way. That’s why we’re sharing this handy checklist of what to pack in your wedding overnight bag.

You’d be surprised how many brides have a mad search for their wedding shoes when they’re about to leave for the church. Or the ones who forget to pack something to wear for the morning after their wedding. Wearing your wedding dress again might sound like fun, but you’ll probably want to put it aside after wearing it for 18 hours the day before!

Your personalised bridal checklist will vary depending on whether you’re getting ready at home and heading to your wedding straight from there, or if you’re prepping at the bridal suite and spending a few nights away from home. We’ve put together an overall guide to help you make it your own. Take what applies to you and ignore the rest when it comes to packing your own wedding overnight bag.

Bridal checklist: what to pack in your wedding overnight bag

  • Toothbrush
  • Hairbrush
  • Wedding night lingerie (now, you might not have the energy to put these on until your honeymoon, but it’s good to be prepared!)
  • Good make-up remover – oil based ones are great for lifting layers of makeup
  • Cotton wool
  • Deodorant
  • Day after the wedding outfit
  • Day after the wedding underwear, shoes, and accessories
  • Flat shoes
  • Comfy socks
  • PJs
  • Hair mask
  • Bubblebath
  • Moisturiser
  • Tampons
  • Nail file
  • Your makeup bag
  • Your perfume
  • A mini speaker
  • Painkillers
  • Medication and birth control
  • Phone charger (and phone!)
  • House keys
  • A bottle of fizz

Bridal checklist: what to pack if you’re getting ready at your venue

Add these to the above list if you’re getting ready at your venue on the morning of your wedding

  • Something to wear for hair and makeup – a robe or something that goes easily over your head is best.
  • Wedding day emergency kit, including safety pins, tissues, etc. Delegate this one to a bridesmaid!
  • Snacks for the wedding morning and bottled water
  • Your wedding dress, veil and a hanger
  • Lingerie
  • Shoes
  • Wedding day bag (if you’re having one)
  • Jewellery and accessories
  • Any sentimental items you want with you
  • Anything you’d like to have photographed (wedding stationery is a popular one)
  • Wedding lipstick
  • Sunglasses
  • Headphones (in case you need some chill time)
  • Any cash payments ready in envelopes for on-the-day suppliers
  • A list of suppliers, their contact details and a timeline for the day
  • Pen and notebook
  • Paperwork or ID for the legal ceremony (if required)
  • The rings!
  • Wedding party gifts

Bridal checklist packing tips

Some things are for both of you to remember

Now, obviously, this is a list for brides (grooms, we’ll do one for you soon!) But it’s important to know that items like the paperwork, wedding rings or supplier payments are for both of you to remember. The burden shouldn’t be on just one of you.

Have lots of room for what you need

You might only be going away for a couple of nights, but weddings come with lots of ‘stuff’ as standard. So don’t try and cram it all into one small weekend bag! Take a big suitcase and have plenty of room for everything you need.

Use packing pouches to keep things together

This is a pro-traveller tip. Using packing pouches means you’ll have all the elements of your different outfits organised together and you’ll be able to find things when you need them.

Get accessories to the bridal party in advance

Shawls for the bridesmaids, a basket for the flower girl – share out accessories or items for the wedding party in the days or weeks before the wedding. This way you can hand over the responsibility of looking after them.

Give your overnight bag to someone reliable

If you’re getting ready at home and heading straight to the ceremony, get someone reliable to bring your overnight bag to the accommodation ahead of time. Make sure it’s taken up to your room and any important items are hung up. Don’t bring it in the wedding car with you – you might forget it or even worse…it might go off with the driver!


Want someone to help with putting this bridal checklist into action? Discover how to bring your wedding dreams to life by booking an appointment to discuss your plans with a consultant at The Wedding Gallery today.

By Holly Sutton

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