If you have ever been in a wedding party on Long Island, you are probably familiar with the idea of a wedding day emergency kit. Even if every minute of the wedding day is planned, there are sure to be minor hiccups that were not scheduled. Creating an emergency kit will allow the bridal party to handle the unexpected with ease.
The following list contains some of the most necessary but forgotten items that brides and bridesmaids may need throughout the day.
Pack up all your items in a tote bag or tackle box so it can easily be carried from the ceremony to pictures and then onto the reception. It should be someone’s designated job- typically the maid of honor, to have the kit at close reach. This list just covers the emergency supplies, since we hope you would not forget your makeup, phone, ring and dress! Also, you know yourself best. If there is something you think might come in handy specifically for you, add it to your kit!
Emergency Wedding Kit Essentials
Baby Powder: Hot days and crowded rooms can lead to everyone being a little extra sweaty. Baby powder will absorb extra moisture. It can also be used to keep beaded bodices from chafing the bride’s chest and underarms.
Blotting Papers: These will help absorb shine and oil throughout the day.
Bobby Pins: You can never have too many. This is especially helpful towards the end of the night when your hair stylist has left the building and you need your hair to stay in place for a little longer! Hair ties, a brush/comb and hairspray cannot hurt to have on hand too.
Breath Mints: The bride should have one right before she walks down the aisle so the first kiss will be perfectly fresh.
Cash: This may not seem necessary but when the bride absolutely needs a candy bar or soda from a vending machine in the lobby that only takes dollar bills, cash will come in handy.
Chapstick: Lips can become dry throughout the day, which will cause lipstick to appear uneven. Chapstick will save the day!
Dental Floss: Food particles stuck in teeth will ruin your wedding photos so be sure to check your smiles each time after you eat.
Deodorant: There may be times when reapplication is necessary (especially for an entire night of dancing).
Extra Earring Backs: It is not uncommon for these to go missing, be sure to bring various sizes if everyone is not wearing the same earrings.
Eye Drops: This is especially needed if the wedding will be outside. Pollen and budding flowers can irritate eyes and ruin makeup simultaneously. If the bride wears contacts, it is important to have an extra pair and solution on hand also.
Fabric Tape: If a hem starts to fall on a dress, fabric tape can keep it in place.
Granola Bars: Nobody wants a hangry bride! This is a quick and easy snack. You can include other snacks if you prefer but make sure your choices will not easily spill or stain anyone’s dress.
Lighter: If a hem or fabric starts to fray, you can burn the end to stop it from unraveling. This can also come in handy if any candles need to be relit.
Lotion: Lotion can hydrate dry patches of skin and tame flyaway hairs alike.
Medicine: Your pain reliever of choice is a must have. Additionally, other medicines for indigestion, allergies and headaches should be put into the kit. It is better to be safe than sorry!
Mini First Aid Kit: This kit within the larger kit should include Band-Aids, antiseptic and burn cream.
Mini Sewing Kit: Scissors, needle and thread, extra buttons and safety pins come in handy for all types of situations. Be sure to have thread in black, white and whatever color matches the bridesmaid dresses.
Mirror: A small mirror will come in handy if you need to fix makeup or stray hairs but cannot get to the bathroom to do so.
Nail Polish: Stocking the kit with colors the bride and bridesmaids are wearing is great. But the most important one to have is the clear topcoat. A nail file is also important, just in case polish chips or a nail gets caught on something.
Perfume: Extra perfume will help bridesmaids and the bride freshen up throughout the day. To avoid carrying around five or more different full sized perfume bottles, get travel size spray containers to place perfume in beforehand.
Phone Chargers: Taking photos, posting on social media and surfing the web while you get your hair and makeup done can use your battery up faster than you expect. It is a terrible situation when you are leaving for the ceremony in 15 minutes and you realize your phone is at twenty percent.
Q-tips & Makeup Remover: These can correct mistakes as well as clean up your face throughout the day.
Razor: It may seem ridiculous. But someone in the bridal party may have missed a spot while preparing for the big day.
Stain Remover Pen: Just in case something gets spilled on any important article of clothing- especially the bride’s dress.
Straws: Everyone needs to stay hydrated. Straws allow this, while keeping everyone’s lipstick in tact.
Sunscreen: Even if the wedding is inside, the wedding party may be outside for photos. Depending on your climate, bug spray may also be necessary. Make sure both products are unscented.
Super Glue: This can fix shoes, jewelry, headpieces and everything in between.
Tampons/Pads: Even if you do not think you need this, someone else might.
Tissues: For all the happy tears (or any accidental eye pokes with mascara or eyeliner).
Toothbrush and Toothpaste: After dinner you may want to freshen your mouth up beyond just a mint.
Tweezers: You never know when you will need to get rid of a stray hair. Tweezers also fit into small places such as buttonholes if you need to fix one.
Water Bottles: There should be water available in the prep room and the reception. But if the bride needs a drink on the way to the ceremony or right before pictures, there may not be a bottle on hand other than in your kit.
White Chalk: If something does get on the wedding dress and it will not come out, you can usually cover the stain with chalk.
We have been in the wedding industry for over 20 years, and although this list may seem like you are packing everything except the kitchen sink, but when an emergency arises, you will be thankful you planned ahead. Most of these items are ones that everyone owns so creating this kit should not require a lot of money to be spent. However, if this list seems too overwhelming and you would prefer to buy a premade kit, you can. Bridetastic offers a kit with 101 must have items, including most of those listed above.