It doesn’t matter how well prepared you are for your wedding day, you can’t always predict if something will go wrong on the day. With a little extra planning and thought, you can be prepared with a wedding emergency kit.
Making your own wedding day emergency kit is not hard as hard as you think. You may already have most of the items listed below at home, all you need to do is collect them and place them in a bag or box ready for your wedding day.
Make it easy on yourself and put your emergency kit together about a week or at least a few days before – if you are using any of the items listed below daily (such as makeup wipes) buy a new pack and put this in the bag, if you don’t you may end up forgetting to pack the item on the day.
Look you may not even need an emergency kit if your wedding is at home or just a few short hours but if it is a full day event and you will be out and about it might be a wise option – better to be prepared than have regrets later.
To get you started here is a list of items that you could consider when creating your own kit. Use them all or be selective and just pick the ones appropriate to you. For your convenience, we have created a printable checklist that you can download with all the items mentioned on this page – you can find this at the end of the article.
Eye Drops: You may have had a few late nights leading up to your wedding day so eye drops may help ease your tiered and sore eyes.
Sunglasses: Use your sunglasses if you are outdoors and know that the bright sunlight will cause you to squint and frown.
Bobby Pins: Sometimes these fall out without you knowing so if you have some spare you can easily replace them and keep your hairstyle looking good.
Brush or Comb: Just in case you need to fix any stray hairs during the day.
Hair Dryer: You may not need this for your hair but it is perfect for drying up any wet patches on your dress should any drink spills happen.
Makeup and Beauty
Emery Board and Clippers
Makeup for Touch Ups: As the day goes on your make up will look less than perfect due to unexpected crying, sweating and kisses on the cheek. Also, don’t forget to pack makeup wipes to remove smudged mascara and lipstick. You could also include cotton tips, cotton balls or swabs for touch ups and a mirror.
Nail Polish: Pack clear polish to help stop runs in your pantyhose and pack the nail polish color you are wearing on your day for quick fixes.
Perfume: Some perfumes don’t hold their fragrance for long so an extra application may be necessary to keep smelling sweet during the day.
Oral Hygiene Products
Breath Mints: You may not have the opportunity freshen your mouth with toothpaste and brush during the day so a quick fix would be to use breath mints.
Dental Picks: There’s nothing worse than having food stuck in your teeth – you know that little piece that just sits there and won’t come out no matter how much you try to lodge it out with your tongue.
Mouthwash, Toothpaste and Brush: Some brides forget to brush their teeth on the morning of their wedding day, if this happens to you, you will be prepared.
Famine Hygiene Products
Hand Sanitizer: There will be plenty of hand shaking and touching various objects when you are out and about taking photos so a hand sanitiser will come in handy.
Talcum Powder is great for absorbing not only sweat, you can also rub it to the inside of your upper arms to help ease any scratching you may get from the beading on your wedding dress bodice.
Underwear: you might be more comfortable in a fresh pair if the weather is very hot and causing you to sweat a lot.
Disposable Men’s Razors and Shaving Cream: Who knows one of the groomsmen may have forgotten to shave for the day.
Crochet Hook: This will come in handy if you have a dress with many small buttons, it will make doing them up so much easier.
Pantyhose: Bring an extra pair for just in case.
Sewing Repair Kit: Be prepared for any possible wardrobe malfunctions by making up your own sewing repair kit. This should include needle and thread (make sure that the thread color matches your dress, also consider including a thread color that matches the bridesmaid’s dresses and male attendants attire), safety pins, small scissors, buttons and double sided tapes.
Shoes (flat): Pack a spare pair of shoes for dancing or sore feet. If you are wearing heels more than likely your feet will start to hurt at some point in the day, if this happens slip into the comfortable pair of shoes you packed.
Spare Tie and Socks: Just in case one of the male attendants has forgotten to bring theirs along.
Lint Roller/Brush: This is a must if the male attendants are wearing any black or dark colored suits. Lint and fluff seem to be attracted to these colors and do standout, so a quick brush over with a lint roller will make them picture perfect.
Antihistamine: Pack your antihistamine If you suffer from allergies at that time of the year.
Band-Aids: If you haven’t worn your bridal shoes in you may end up with blisters or sore spots on your feet, use the band-aids to ease the pain.
Headache Tablets: Weddings can be hectic if you are not used to this pace so you could end up with a headache.
Prescription Medication: If you are required to take medication don’t let the excitement of the day make you forget to take it as the required times.
Sunscreen: Your wedding may be indoors, but you might be outdoors for the wedding photos and depending on the climate sunscreen maybe something you need to pack.
Cash: You may have forgotten something in your wedding emergency kit or have to buy something for the reception at the last minute, so if the need arises you will be prepared with some cash or a credit card to purchase the necessary items.
Cell Phone and Charger
Cups: For sharing the drinks around, make them disposable and bring plenty of them.
Blotting Paper: To take the shine of your face for the wedding photos.
Duct Tape: Handy for so many things.
Extra Copies of Directions to Reception: You never know a guest may have left their directions at home so rather than you explaining the directions just give them a printed copy.
Flashlight: Great for if you need to walk back to your car where lighting is poor
Healthy Snacks: Skipping breakfast or lunch is easy to do on your wedding day, so make sure that you are prepared by packing easy to eat snacks.
Insect Repellent: Pack insect repellent when you know that bugs will be at their prime. There is nothing worse than having video or photos of you brushing away the files and mosquitos.
Pen and Paper
Rubbish Bags: To dispose of the used paper cups and wrappings from the snacks and so on.
Small Blanket: If your wedding photographs require you to sit down on grass or areas that may dirty your dress you can cover it with the blanket your packed.
Small Hand Towel
Small Knife: For cutting up snacks.
Stain Remover: For quick action on stains that can ruin your dress.
Super Glue: Just in case something breaks at the reception such as a centerpiece.
Tissues: For unexpected crying and for the little attendants with runny noses.
Umbrellas: Not only are umbrellas great for keeping you dry in wet weather, they offer you some portable shade on hot sunny days when you are out and about taking your wedding photos.
Vendor Contact Information: You never know you may have to follow up on vendors who have not appeared on time.
Water: It’s important to keep hydrated, so pack plenty of water for yourself and the bridal party especially if the weather is hot.
Wedding Day Timeline Checklist
Wet Wipes: These are great to get marks off your dress.
White Chalk: You can use this to cover any marks on your white dress.
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