10 MUST-HAVES IN YOUR BRIDAL SUITE
Ladies, getting ready on a wedding day is a busy time, but should be fun! I’ve compiled a list of a 10 must-haves in your bridal suite. You might not think to bring some of these items, so jot them down if they are helpful 🤍
You have enough to think of when it comes to getting yourself ready for the wedding ceremony and the reception. Please share this post with your besties so that you’re prepped for the big day, whether you’re a bridesmaid or the bride.
1.THE BRIDE’S DRESS
This might be self-explanatory, but it never hurts to list as a reminder! Most often, brides get dressed in their ‘bridal suite’ (i.e. hotel room or a home), so the dress will usually be there anyways. However, if the bride is getting dressed elsewhere, try to also have the dress in the bridal suite for photos of it before the bride slips into it. Often bridal suites will have much better lighting and backgrounds than say a church or similar venue. Sometimes you might not have much control over where the bride is getting dressed. But if you can, make sure to choose a spot with great natural/window light.
2. HANGER FOR THE BRIDE’S DRESS
Often times, the bridal shop sends the bride’s gorgeous dress on a lackluster, plastic hanger. Do yourself a favor and avoid the cringe of getting your photos back and noticing that hanger against a luxurious gown. Do the same for the bridesmaid dresses, if you’re going to have them photographed.
This includes invitation, rsvp card, envelope(s), details card, etc. Photographers usually love to photograph this with some of your other details like shoes or bouquet. It helps set the tone for and tell the story of your day! It’s likely you won’t keep the invitation suite for very long, after all paper isn’t forever. So it’s a wonderful idea to get a photograph of the invitation suite! You’ve spent time planning how it will all look, and it only takes a moment to pack an extra copy of this in your bridal bag.
4. ALL THE BRIDE’S ACCESSORIES
The bride will need her shoes, veil, earrings, necklace, garter, undergarments, clutch/purse, and literally everything she’s going to put on as she gets dressed. Photographers will sometimes use some of the accessories (especially shoes + jewellery) in photos. It’s important to have it all in the bridal suite – not only to dress the bride, but for photos.
5. PERFUME + MAKEUP
it's great to have items for the bridal party to touch up through the day & evening. Not only that some photographers like to use these items on photos of the wedding morning.
6. ALL OF THE WEDDING RINGS
the brides engagement ring & wedding band if this is what you would like to have in photographs. Don't forget to get one of the bridal party to hand this back to the best man of that is a pet of the wedding you are including.
7. THE BRIDE’S BOUQUET
At the very least, make sure the bride’s bouquet is present in the suite, if at all possible. Even better if the bridesmaids’ bouquets are present too. Not only does this give the bride a chance to inspect and appreciate it, but it allows photographers to get a photo of it, if time and space allow! Brides only gets to have the bouquet for one day, so she might as well enjoy it for as much of the day as possible!
8. DEVICE TO PLAY MUSIC
Don't Forget , it’s SO much more fun for the bride and bridesmaids to have some music to listen to while getting ready! It helps set the tone for the day, and really often helps the bride relax and eases the nerves.
9. WATER, FOOD + SNACKS
While the bride might be too nervous to eat much, it’s crucial to have plenty of water and snacks/food in the bridal suite. It’ll be a long day on your feet for the bride as well as all the bridesmaids, so don’t forget to plan accordingly and bring or order food. Keep hydrated! It’s tempting to have champagne only (trust me, there’s time for champagne, too), it’s really important to drink some water as well.
10. AN EMERGENCY KIT
Most wedding venues will carry one, but it’s never a bad idea to have one along with your bridesmaids at all times. Want to pack your own? Here are a few items commonly in an emergency kit:
Needle and thread;
fabric stain remover;
hair spray and dry shampoo
bobby pins and safety pins
Paracetemol and ibropurofen
Plasters, shoe inserts;
tampons and pads
sunscreen if it's a summer wedding or destination.
a umberella as the English weather is so unpredictable, possibly look into getting a pretty one incase it's used for photos
I hope this has helped some of you :)