All you need is love and … a bag full of essentials.
So those of you who have met with me, in my capacity as a wedding celebrant, and have had me officiant your wedding day know that I lug around a huge black shoulder bag. It’s my bag of tricks. It has everything that I or possibly the bride or groom could need for the before and/or during the ceremony. This is a carefully curated list/bag of items that has been collected and added to over previous weddings.
Here’s a list of what’s hiding in the big black bag.
1 Rescue Remedy – If you haven’t heard/used this before, it’s awesome. It’s a homeopathic spray that you spray on your tongue to help calm you down. Works perfectly for anxious grooms.
2 Wipes – Perfect for hands and for men’s suit/shirt shoulders, which always get make-up on them from all the hugs and kisses they get before the ceremony starts. Helps smarten them up for photos.
3 Lipstick – For me not, the groom.
4 Water bottle – I get a dry mouth when I know I have to do a lot of speaking, so water is essential. Have also had nervous grooms take a swig as well. Side note: it is definitely water and not vodka in there. Yes, it is a sponge-bob square pants bottle!
5 Heart shaped rocks – For holding down the paperwork before and during the signing if there’s a breeze.
6 Vehicle Log Book – for recording the km’s for yucky tax.
7 Business cards – you never know when an opportunity exists.
8 Hand cream – dry hands make rings harder to slip on.
9 Tissues – I always have at least 2 tissues in my pockets, for either the bride or groom during the ceremony.
10 Compact mirror – to make sure I look presentable before everything kicks off.
11 Matches – just in case someone forgets the matches for lighting a candle of remembrance.
12 Spare battery – for the microphone.
13 Comb – kinda goes with the compact mirror and lipstick.
14 Microphone – so everyone can hear all the lovely words, the couple say to each other. I always have a spare in the car, just in case.
15 Pen – for signing the paperwork, in case the couple don’t have a special one they want to use.
16 Cellphone – the cellphone is loaded with the couple’s playlist for their ceremony, and is definitely switched onto meeting mode during the afternoon.
17 Red folder – the meeting folder, this contains the couples file, with all their contact details.
18 White folder – the folder I use during the ceremony. It holds the ceremony and the couples vows and any readings they are having.
19 Lollipop – used to give to flower girls and/or ring bearers when they have made their walk down the aisle and are about to take their seats.
There is a lot in there (believe me, I have to lug it around) but it is everything I could possibly need for a wedding ceremony, to make sure the groom looks and feels his absolute best (I spend more time hanging with the groom and his boys on the actual wedding day than the bride) and to make sure I perform the best ceremony I can.