So - you know how everyone always says that “your wedding day will go so by quickly,” and “it’ll all pass in a blur?” Well, based on my own wedding, the proverbial “they” are 100% right. Don’t get me wrong - I have a ton of glowingly wonderful memories - they’re just all a little soft around the edges. ...To be fair, that’s at least partially because, though I never even got a chance to see my food, my fantastic day-of coordinator did a wonderful job of keeping me well hydrated with Vodka Red Bulls. (In related news, make sure you eat at your wedding reception!).
So, why exactly did I never actually get any of my (apparently delicious) food? You see, a wedding reception is basically just a glorious obstacle course of sweetness and love. As one half of the happy couple, you will not be able to go more than 2.5 steps in any direction without being hugged, kissed, and congratulated. It’s a seriously heartwarming experience, but it also makes it rather difficult to successfully make your way toward any specific goal. It’s safe to say that at some point during your reception, you are A) going to need something and B) not have whatever it is easily available to you. This is where a little advanced planning comes in VERY handy.
There are tons of lists out there explaining exactly what you should pack for your wedding day, and I’ll be throwing in my own two cents at the end of this post. However, here’s my most important piece of advice: even if you have a day-of coordinator whose sole job is to make sure you always have everything you need, pack a bag and figure out in advance where you’re going to stash it! At your wedding reception, it’s going to be hard enough just getting from point A to point B. Trying to track down a specific human being adds a whole new level of complication.
So, with no further ado:
What to Pack for your NOLA Wedding Day:
“Fashion Secrets Emergency Kit”
I was initially writing out every little thing that you need, but this cute little box fits most of my suggestions into one neat package.
Oil-blotting Sheets - even before you start dancing up a storm, it gets seriously hot and humid down here in New Orleans. These little miracles are wonderful for removing shine without hurting your makeup, and since they aren’t actually real cosmetics, you can often even get the guys to use them.
Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets - after you remove the oil from your face, you can add (coconut) oil to smooth down your hair.
Bobby Pins - if you don’t need them, someone else will. It’s a guarantee.
Mascara, Concealer, and Lipstick/Gloss (if applicable) - especially if you think you might cry, you may need to do a touchup at some point.
A Hankie or Tissues - see previous point regarding “especially if you’re a cryer.”
Breath Mints/Spray - NOLA food is spicy, garlicky, oniony, and delicious. This is wonderful while you’re eating, but the aftertaste isn’t necessarily pleasant.
Pain Reliever, Antacids, Anti-Diarrhetics, etc. - if your body starts to misbehave, you'll want to be able to nip that right in the bud.
A Snack - people will be offering to bring you food all day…except for the moment when you suddenly realize you’re ravenous. According to Murphy’s Law, that’s the only time that no one will be on standby.
Comfy Shoes - no matter how gorgeous your heels are, you don’t want to spend the night in pain. It’s not only an unfortunate memory - it takes you “out of the moment” while you’re otherwise enjoying your wedding, and that shows in the photos.
A Simple, Comfortable Dress (if applicable) - chances are, you won’t need to use this one. But it’s hard to know exactly how comfortable your wedding dress is going to be after a full day, and having the option to change if there’s beading rubbing you uncomfortably, or the dress keeps slipping down, or you’re uncomfortably hot, etc. can be very liberating.
I’ll add more if I think of anything. In the meantime, have a great day, and happy wedding planning! Oh, and remember - don’t be Willow. EAT ON YOUR WEDDING DAY!