Wedding Essentials


I have been combing wedding websites, search engines and even blogs for a list of wedding and reception items that people need in case I forgot anything. So, I’ve decided to write my own. Here is a list to use as a guide for your pre-wedding shopping list.


  • Marriage license
  • Officiant
  • Two witnesses
  • Place to get married

Those are the MUSTS for a legal ceremony. For those looking for a courthouse wedding, this is what you need, everything else is extra!

Here is a list of items used in a traditional wedding:

  • Bride’s wedding ring
  • Groom’s wedding ring
  • Hair and makeup
  • Wedding dress and shoes
  • Wedding veil
  • Bridal jewelry
  • Garter
  • Groom’s suit and shoes
  • Bouquets
  • Boutonnieres
  • Groomsmen’s suits and shoes
  • Bridesmaids’ dresses and shoes
  • Flower girl dress and accessories
  • Ring bearer’s suit and accessories
  • Ring pillow
  • Wedding arch
  • Aisle runners
  • Seating for the guests
  • Unity Candles
  • Table for the unity candles
  • Music

Here is a list of things that the average wedding reception has:

  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Tablecloths
  • Centerpieces
  • Chair covers
  • Silverware
  • Wedding cake
  • Cake topper
  • Cake cutting knife set
  • Buffet table or Catering
  • Ceiling hanging decorations
  • Wall decorations
  • Table number cards
  • Table placement and name cards
  • Gift and cards table
  • Cake table
  • Wedding favors
  • Dance floor
  • Music (iPod, Band, DJ, etc.)
  • Speakers
  • Games
  • Champagne flutes
  • Alcohol
  • Appetizers
  • Hors D’Oeuvres
  • Main course
  • Lights

Honeymoon and wedding night items:

  • “Just Married” banner for getaway vehicle
  • White lingerieĀ 
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Bikini
  • “Bride” items
  • “Groom” items

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