It is that time of year again...the birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and spring/summer brides everywhere are putting their final touches on the big day - it is wedding season! As many of you prepare for your wedding day you fear there is something you will forget to bring. I thought I would make things a little easier for you by putting together a list of the items every bride should have in her "Wedding Day Emergency Kit". This list is a combination of what we offer in our kit as planners & coordinators at JW, as well as experience over the last 2 years. Note, if you are a maid of honor or bridesmaid this is a great gift to give her a few weeks before the wedding. She will be so grateful that it is one less thing she has to worry about!
1. General Items For The Wedding Party
- Mini First-Aid kit (can be found at the store near travel size items)
- Band Aids
- Mints or mouthwash
- Pain reliever of your choice
- Eye drops
- Dental floss
- Toothbrush & toothpaste (I am partial to the Colgate Wisps since no water is needed!)
- Baby wipes or hand towelettes
- Matches or lighter (great for frayed ribbons on bouquets or dresses, but keep the flame at a distance!)
- Mini sewing kit (includes: buttons, thread that matches bridesmaid dresses, bride's dress, and the gentlemen's tuxes/suits, needles, hem tape, and straight pins)
- Mini scissors
- Safety pins and extra straight pins (great for quick dress fixes, linens, pinning bunting on the head table, etc.)
- Tide To Go or stain remover pen
- Static Guard spray
- Tampons and sanitary pads
- Krazy Glue (fixes buttons falling off of a dress, shoes coming apart, broken jewelry, etc)
- Clear scotch tape
- Tissues....lots of tissues :)
- Lint roller
- Hand sanitizer
- Extra nylons
- Clear nail polish (fix buttons starting to fall off, nylon runs, chipped nails, etc)
- Wrinkle reducing spray for linens, dresses, etc
- Roll of quarters for parking meters (just in case)
- Contact solution (if you wear contacts)
- Plain white paper and permanent markers (last minute reserved signs, signs letting guests know to use a different door, those little signs you didn't think of for the venue, etc.)
2. Beauty Items
- Comb or brush
- Bobby pins and hair binders in various colors for wedding party and bride
- Manicure Kit (the basics: nail clippers, file, and scissors)
- Fashion tape (for backless or strapless dresses)
- Razors and shaving cream (just in case you missed a spot)
- Oil absorbing sheets
3. FOR THE BRIDE
- Chalk to cover up any smudges on your dress. Often times after outdoor photos the dress can get dirty on the bottom. Chalk is a great way to cover those up before you walk down the aisle.
- Bottled water
- Granola bars or easy to eat non messy snacks. Since the bride has so much going on she often forgets to eat other than lunch. Remember that after lunch you most likely are going going going from photos all the way through to dinner at your reception. Bring snacks to keep your blood sugar up. Even hide some snacks in the getaway car for you and your new spouse to munch on.
- Extra makeup for touch ups if needed
- Nail polish in the shade you are wearing. No one wants chipped nails in photos of their wedding bands.
- Extra earring backs
- Pens, envelopes, and your checkbook in case there are any last minute vendor payments or tips. You can hand these envelopes over to your wedding planner or coordinator to be sure your vendors are paid.
- Flat shoes! Be sure to bring a pair of flats with you for when those feet get tired. If you are already wearing flats for the ceremony it is good to bring a second pair just in case you need to switch them out because you stepped in mud or a puddle.
- Small pack of straws for hydrating without removing your lip color
- Any medications you need
- Specific undergarments for your dress (bra, slip, underwear, corset, etc).
4. For An Outdoor Wedding
- Bug spray
- Allergy medication (if this applies to you)
- Umbrella that will look alright in photos (clear, classic black, or matching your wedding colors)
- Second pair of shoes/rain boots that will hide under your dress just for walking muddy trails for photos
There are many ways to combine all of your items into a kit that works for you. Try a roll up bag for easily travel with several compartments. A tote bag with items in labeled Ziploc bags will keep things organized. A small clear container with dividers helps you easily see and locate most items. But my personal favorite has to be the Caboodle (where are my 90's girls at)! If you were wondering they do still sell them at your local store :)
There you have it! A list of the necessities and some optional items to make your day stress free! Be sure to add your own ideas to personalize it. If you think I missed anything I would love to hear about it, so I can better prepare my future brides. Until next time...
XOXO - Tamara