No bride (or groom!) wants to deal with anything unexpected on their big day, especially any type of emergency situation. Enter the Wedding Day Emergency Kit. Think of this DIY kit as your “instant mini-crisis wedding insurance”. You don’t want to have to use it, but you certainly won’t want to be caught without it! The contents of your emergency kit will be highly personal, but we have put together a few ideas of what you could include in one.
Sewing Kit with Coordinating Thread
Stitch minor rips or snags with a small sewing kit. You don’t need to be an experienced seamstress to make simple fixes and you’ll be thankful to have a needle and thread on hand if a seam tears or someone’s hem comes undone.
Fashion Tape is also helpful to include, this can help with hems, or with strapless dresses that feel too big. Including an Embroidery Hook will make dress buttons and making a bustle much easier. And you’ll want to make sure your kit includes a mini set of scissors for cutting off tags and plenty of safety pins.
Products for Touch Ups
Setting spray is key for maintaining your professional makeup, but you’ll want to have some products with you for last minute touch ups. Keep your lipstick that the makeup artist uses along with concealer, mascara, blotting papers and a makeup sponge for last minute fixes. Having a compact mirror is essential as well. You may also want a bottle of nail polish that matches your mani/pedi in case they chip. A pack of tissues and some baby wipes are good ideas for small touch ups on your face. A small comb or brush and a light hairspray will help tame any stray flyways. Also, if you are rocking false eyelashes, pack some extra glue in case they come loose!
Have with you all your vendor contacts and times they should be arriving. Include your must have photo lists and any important documents you need for the big day. Having everything on your phone is great but giving a printed copy to someone in your wedding party takes the stress off you.
Treat your Feet
No matter how beautiful your wedding day shoes are, you’ll want to have a backup pair or something to change into at the reception. Keep in mind the heel height when you are planning your back up. If you go from 4” heels to flip flops, your dress is going to be dragging on the ground. Include Solemates (plastic heel covers) if you will be standing on grass for the ceremony or photos, as well as blister pads or moleskin and cushion pads for any sore spots on your feet.
Stains on your Wedding Day can cause panic. Load your kit up with stain busters like Tide To Go Pens, Shout Wipes and alcohol free baby wipes. These should do a number on most stains. In a pinch, white chalk or baby powder can work great for covering up stubborn stains on your dress.
Having back up jewelry, especially earring backs is a good plan. Make sure to have some for both for yourself and for the wedding party.
This is where you make the kit your own, you can never be too prepared, here is where you’ll include a variety of items to handle, whatever may arise. The bag for this kit does not need to be fancy, even a large Ziplock bag would work, but you can also go all out and make a super-fancy Wedding Day Emergency Kit bag, how you store the items is entirely up to you. Here is a quick list of those random extras you may not think of, including what you think you will need for your day.
- Breath mints, or get some of those Colgate Wisps, ( they’re mini-on-the-go toothbrushes – no water needed!)
- Advil/Tylenol or any other necessary meds.
- Band-Aids-variety of sizes
- Clear nail polish
- Nail file
- Travel deodorant
- Static Guard
- Travel size Lint Roller to take care of any stray fuzz
- If you wear contacts, pack an extra pair just in case, with solution
- Have eye drops to take the red out
- A healthy snack in case you get a hangry pre-ceremony.
- Extra cash
- Portable power bank cell phone charger (and make sure your cellphone is fully charged that day!)
- Don’t forget a small kit for the Groom and the Groomsmen too. This can be as simple as breath mints, hair gel, deodorant, safety pins, some Band-Aids, shoe polish and extra pairs of sunglasses (if it is a daytime ceremony – no one likes to be squinting while waiting around to take photos). Include what you think will be necessary, they’ll appreciate the insurance of a smooth day too.
Of course, your big day is going to go off without a hitch, but just in case of the unexpected spill, split, blunder, or pain – having a Wedding Day Emergency Kit could be a lifesaver. And finally, task your Maid of Honor or another Bridesmaid to be responsible for the whereabouts and managing the contents of the Emergency Kit on your wedding day. It’s your day, the only thing you need to be worried about that day is you.
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