You've spent the last year (or maybe two years - thanks, COVID) planning for the perfect wedding. You've hired a planner, you've hand-selected your vendors, your dress fits, you've got everything planned, organized, and you are ready for your best day ever. Even though you are optimistic that nothing will go wrong, it's crucial to have a wedding day emergency kit to survive those unexpected hiccups. We highly recommend building your own wedding day survival kit specific to your own needs. Maybe you are prone to spilling and need to keep an extra supply of clean-up supplies or perhaps you've gone the DIY route with your wedding and need to keep a glue gun handy. Make sure to keep the survival kit in a safe place or with an attentive member of your bridal party so you'll know exactly where it's at if and when you need it. We've compiled a list of wedding day survival must-haves, plus other items you may find helpful to pack in your custom emergency kit.
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It's always better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your wedding day, so here are some other items you could consider adding to your wedding day survival kit.
Health & Wellness: We recommend hitting up that travel size section at Target!
Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash
Tissue and makeup remover wipes
Deodorant and perfume
Non-drowsy allergy medication
Tums or antacid medication
Q-tips & cotton balls
Band-aids - in a few sizes
Tampons and pads
Bobby pins, hair ties, hair spray
Fashion & Beauty: You’re like really pretty!
Lipstick, lip balm, lipgloss, chapstick
Fragrance or body spray
Backup makeup including eyeliner, mascara, concealer, eyelash glue
Nail Items - clear nail polish, nail polish remover, nail clippers & nail file
Brush and comb
Extra earring backs
Shoe gel inserts
Food & Beverage: You’re not you when you’re hungry!
Snacks and protein bars
Candy and hard candies
Energy drinks, soda, iced tea, or coffee
Gum and mints
Technology: Stay charged and be in charge!
Phone charger and wall adaptor
Extension cord and surge protector
Mini Bluetooth speaker for getting ready with
Bonus Items: Go the extra mile!
Comfy flats, comfy tennis shoes, or flip flops
Razor & shaving cream
Zip ties & duck tape
Tools - screwdriver, hammer, etc.
Pen and paper
Antibacterial hand wipes or hand sanitizer
Sunscreen & bug spray
Glue gun and white chalk
BATHROOM EMERGENCY KITS
Take it one step further and consider adding a basket to the bathrooms at your reception - you never know when your guests will need some emergency items!
Tide pen & lint roller
Bobby pins & hair ties
Mouth wash, mints, gum, & floss-picks
Hand sanitizer & lotion
Deodorant & body spray
Double Stick Fashion Tape Heaven forbid there's a wardrobe malfunction on your wedding day. But if there is, fear not! This fashion tape is used on the red carpet, at fashion shows, and will be a must-have in your kit. You can use it on your wedding dress, a bridesmaid zipper, a groomsmen button, or your mother-in-law's necklace.
Sewing Kit These kits might be mini, but they are mighty. They contain needles, scissors, buttons, and threads - you never know when you'll need it, but it's lifesaving when you do.
Safety Pins Safety pins are like wedding day duct tape. They are so versatile and, honestly, can fix almost anything. When purchasing them for your wedding day kit, make sure you get an assortment of sizes. They can fix anything from a tear in a dress to a broken bra strap. They can fasten boutonnieres, help with bustling the dress, secure decor to linens, and much more!
Clothing Steamer Skip the iron and ironing board and head straight for the clothing steamer. A handheld portable steamer is perfect for creases and wrinkles. They heat up quickly and are easy to use on linens, dresses, skirts, dress shirts, and suit jackets. Opt to purchase a few of them so each side of the wedding party has a dedicated steamer and maybe an extra one for the ceremony and reception decor.
Tide Pen Let's face it, a spill or smudge is almost a guarantee, so be prepared and buy that 3-pack of tide pens or any stain remover pens. They work magic on most stains. Just make sure you read the directions carefully; you don't want to end up with a bigger mess than the one you had when you started.
Lint Roller We all love our furry friends, and even if they are a part of our wedding day, they don't need to be a part of our outfits. Lint rollers are excellent for clingy fur, fabric fuzzies, and hair. It's a quick and easy solution to looking sharp.
Hairspray Perfect for finishing and securing a hairstyle, hairspray also comes in handy for any unwanted static. Just spray a little on your hands and gently rub on your dress or body. Make sure you don't overdo it - you will likely be near candles and possibly sparklers!
Facial Blotting Papers You can hire the best makeup artist around, but between stress and the Texas heat, you're going to need facial blotting papers to help reduce that shine. Opt to use a piece of blotting paper vs. a tissue, as tissues may remove or mess up your makeup. Keep blotting papers nearby so you can maintain that picture-perfect look throughout the event.
Anti-Blister Balm One of the final touches to your wedding outfit is the shoes, and because most brides and bridesmaids probably haven't broken their wedding shoes in, make sure you pack up some anti-blister balm. Swipe this anti-chafing balm onto your heels and toes, so you can comfortably dance the night away.
Pain Reliever Always a must-have, whether someone develops a headache from stress or needs to fix a hangover, pain relievers are life savers when it comes to reducing those pesky aches and pains.