As planners, we always have an emergency kit on hand. We can’t tell you how many times our sewing kit, mouthwash and safety pins have come in handy. If you hire a planner or not, we highly recommend creating your own emergency kit. We come prepared with a supersized wedding emergency kit for all of our clients and have even handed out mini emergency kits (like the ones pictured above) at bridal shows in the past.
Below we have listed items we recommend and clever ways to use those items during a time of crisis. Most items can be purchased at a discount store, dollar section at a name brand store or you might even have most items in your bathroom cabinet!
- Mini sewing kit with scissors, needles, thread, buttons, and safety pins: When in the moment, you don’t need to be a master sewer, you just need a “make it work” solution.
- Tweezers: Handy for all needs from a stray hair to assist with pulling a stubborn button through the loop of your dress.
- Baby powder: Helps anyone feel fresh under the pressure of the big day.
- Q-tips & makeup remover
- Blotting papers: Wow a must have, especially if you are shooting photos prior to your ceremony.
- Tampons/panty liners
- Nail polish (one clear top coat; one in the shade you’re wearing) and a nail file: Polish chips and stocking runs don’t stand a chance.
- Mini first aid kit with Band-Aids, burn relief, liquid bandages, and antiseptic
- Medicine (pain reliever, allergy medicine, antacid)
- Deodorant: A must!
- Granola bars or other easy-to-carry snacks: Nobody likes to be hungry!
- Super Glue
- Breath mints
- Stain remover pen
- Double sided fashion tape: You never know when you need a quick fix.
- White chalk or Whiteout: If something gets on the wedding dress and it just won’t come out, you can usually mask the stain with chalk or whiteout.
- Lighter: We can’t tell you how many times this is needed!
- White duct tape: Let’s face it duct tape fixes anything!
- Lint roller
- Cash: We always request $100 in cash from our brides, you never know when you will need extra or ice or even a toss garter!
- Dental floss/toothpicks
- Eye drops: no one wants red eyes on a wedding day
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Hair elastics and bobby pins
- Makeup for touch-ups throughout the event: if you have your makeup professionally done, the makeup artist will typically provide you with some of these items but if not, make sure you include some of the necessities.
Brides have become more clever than ever when asking their closest girlfriends to be a part of their special day. Something unique that we have seen our brides do is to create individual emergency kits for each of their bridesmaids. You can even customize it for each person and include it as part of their gift.
We also came across this example below which is a cute way to include an emergency kit as a part of asking each person to be a part of the special day.
No matter how prepared or how organized you are, we recommend always having extra items on hand. Believe us, these items can help keep you and your bridal party a bit calmer before walking down the aisle.