What to Include in a Wedding Day Emergency Kit?
Let’s be real, the last thing anybody wants is a disaster on their wedding day. No one can tell the future though, so the best thing to do, is to prepare for everything. The wedding dress doesn’t fit, nervous jitters, lipstick smudge, forgetting vows? No matter the situation, you will be the ultimate bridesmaid with the ultimate fix when you use the list below.
There are two versions to the wedding day emergency kit:
- The version you can have on hand at all times – It is small and compact
- The ultimate wedding day kit – May require a duffle bag and will stay in the bridal suite.
Both versions are essential to being prepared for everything that could go wrong, so let’s take a look at each one.
The On-Hand Emergency Kit:
- Mending sewing kit
- Toupee tape
- Safety pins
- Stain remover pen/wipe
- Earring backings
- Retractable lint roller
- Hair spray
- Blotting tissues
- Hair elastics
- Clear nail polish
- Bobby pins
- Facial/baby wipes
- Hand lotion
- Sanitizing wipes
- Lip balm/Chapstick
- Mini brush/comb
- Mini mirror
- Pain relief
- Deodorant wipe
- Antacid tablet
- Anti-blister balm
- Allergy medication (non-drowsy)
- Nail polish remover wipe
- Backup wedding ring bands
- Copy of the wedding vows (nerves can make anyone forgetful)
Sounds like quite a bit, right? But trust us, many of these items can be found in travel sizes, or as wipes, and will perfectly fit into a small pouch or clutch. These are all items that can be used literally in front of anybody for any quick fix emergencies, (or in the case of the tampons and pads, during a quick trip to the bathroom) so you don’t have to run back to the bridal suite for some privacy.
When it comes to the larger emergency wedding day kit, a duplicate of all of the above items can be added (even larger sizes), in addition to the following.
The Ultimate Wedding Emergency Kit:
- Portable steamer
- Heel protector (for outdoor weddings)
- Superglue (for anything that breaks, including broken heels)
- Dental Floss
- Emery board
- Favourite perfume
- Comfortable shoes/flats
- Portable charger
- Extension cord
- Bluetooth speaker
- Pen and paper
- Bug spray (for destination and outdoor weddings)
- Spare undergarments (anything is possible)
- Alcohol (in case you need to calm the nerves, a shot or two is allowed)
- Makeup (this is a backup, in case the makeup artist does not deliver – you should have the bride’s colors too!)
- Nail polish color that matches yours/the brides (for touch up purposes)
Any items on these lists can be exchanged between the two bags, depending on everyone’s needs and the wedding’s destination. Where many of these items may be obvious as to which problem it fixes, some actually hold secret purposes. Here are the ultimate items and how they will save your wedding day.
Toupee tape – It’s likely that none of your bridesmaids need toupee tape for their heads, but it’s been highly recommended for replacing double-sided tape to secure dresses. Toupee tape has a superior adhesive quality that stands the test of lasting the entire wedding from morning till night. The only warning, good luck taking the dress off at the end of the night.
Chapstick – Although it will come in great handy for any chapped lips, Chapstick also doubles as the perfect zipper de-sticker. This will allow anyone to slip right into their dress, worry-free, and get on with the more important parts of the day.
Hand lotion – Great for keeping your hands picture-perfect, and smooth for when the bride puts her wedding band on; but did you know hand lotion also works for your hair and your clothes? You can use a bit of hand lotion (rubbed in your hands really well) to add a little shine, or smooth away flyaway hairs so that your hair is always picture perfect. Also, no one really thinks about a wedding dress causing static, but if the bride has a veil it can happen quickly; a few wipes of rubbed in hand lotion to the interior of her dress or veil, and she will become static-free.
Clear nail polish – It’s not very likely that anyone will need a clear nail polish touch-up on the day of, however, this item helps to save the tears in pantyhose. As soon as anyone notices a tear in their pantyhose, apply a little bit of clear nail polish, and it will stop the tear in its tracks. Problem averted!
Every item on these lists allows the bride and groom to float through their wedding day worry-free knowing that everything is under control. From chargers, alcohol, mints, and steamers to the heavenly snacks, these lists have you, the couple, and the entire bridal party covered! For more coverage on everything bridesmaid, take a look at The Ultimate Guide for Choosing the Perfect Bridesmaid.
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