Things You Need: Wedding Day Emergency Kit

You’ve been working at planning your perfect wedding day, but no matter how much you plan, there is always something that can go wrong.

We’re not trying to scare you, but we are trying to help you be prepared in the event that something happens from a bad hair day to a rip in your dress.

Tell your maid of honor that the wedding day emergency kit is going to rest in her capable hands and let her know what you need so she can get that ready for you. Of course, if you’d rather do it yourself, that’s okay, too.

Getting Your Wedding Day Emergency Kit Together

Hopefully, you won’t ever need it, but it’s better to have it in case you do. With that said, here’s a list of wedding day essentials that you need to have on hand.

mouth wash

Mouthwash – when you’re going to be busy all day, having good hygiene is important. Plus, everyone prefers a minty-fresh mouth when it comes to kissing your new spouse after saying “I do.”

Toothbrush

Toothbrush and toothpaste – you may accidentally get lipstick on your teeth. If that happens, having a toothbrush and toothpaste is perfect to get it off without causing a mess. Having them on hand also means you don’t need to skip eating for fear of food breath.

Floss

Floss – if you do eat and end up with something stuck between your teeth, there’s nothing like floss to get it out. Flossers are good, too, if you’d rather have those instead.

Hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer – because you’re going to be shaking hands and greeting people all day long. You have no way of knowing where their hands have been, so keep yours safe by having some sanitizer on-hand.

Tampons

Tampons – for you and your bridal party. The worst thing to happen to you or anyone in your bridal party would be to start your period and not be prepared on the day of your wedding. Have a few on hand and hopefully, no one will need them.

Breath mints

Breath mints – this one is easy. No one likes bad breath, and with mints, you can make sure that everyone says minty-fresh.

Lip balm

Lip balm – keep your lips feeling moist by regularly applying lip balm before reapplying lipstick. It will help your lips keep from flaking or drying throughout the day.

Makeup remover

Makeup remover – because sometimes, there’s an oops when applying makeup. Having makeup remover can guarantee that you’re going to keep your makeup where it’s supposed to be.

Cotton balls

Cotton balls and Q-Tips – these are just good to have because you never know when you might need them.

Lotion

Lotion – keep your skin supple with moisturizer. If you have a signature scent, then keep it on hand to refresh yourself before the ceremony.

Deodorant

Deodorant – this one is pretty obvious. With the stress and wedding day jitters, having deodorant on-hand is critical to make sure you don’t walk down the aisle with B.O.

Tweezers

Tweezers – having tweezers on hand is one of those things that often gets overlooked. You’ll be glad that you have them when you realize you have a stray hair on your eyebrow that you didn’t catch before.

Eye drops

Eye drops – if you’re prone to allergies or dry eyes, have some eye drops available. You certainly don’t want to be rubbing your eyes at the altar and risk messing up your makeup!

Oil absorbing

Oil absorbing blotting sheets – skin gets oily, especially when you have makeup on. Get some of these to have on hand so blot the oil from your face without having to worry about redoing your makeup and to keep your skin looking fresh.

Pain reliever

Pain reliever or aspirin – headaches happen. Keep a variety of ibuprofen or other pain reliever available because you and others in your wedding party will appreciate it.

Allergy medication

Allergy medication – critical if you have allergies. You don’t want to be a blushing bride with a runny nose and watery eyes because of the pollen that is floating around the air.

Antacid

Antacid – wedding jitters can sometimes cause stomach upset. Keep some antacid tabs on hand in case you or someone else has heartburn or other stomach issues that can easily be resolved.

Blister treatment

Blister treatment – moleskin or band-aids can take care of this issue. Brides often wear uncomfortable shoes for the sake of appearance, so be prepared to minimize the damage if that turns out to be the case for you.

First aid kit

First aid kit – having a basic first aid kit is a good idea. You’ll have band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and other essentials in case someone were to accidentally cut themselves.

Hairspray

Hairspray – hairspray serves double duty. Sure, it’s great to keep your hair looking fantastic, but it can also be used in a pinch to prevent runs from getting worse on your veil or other sheer fabrics.

Comb or brush

Comb or brush – having these available is essential to keep your hair camera-ready. The same goes for bobby pins, so have those in your emergency wedding kit, too.

Lipstick

Lipstick – keep your lipstick nearby because it will wear down over the day and you’ll need to reapply regularly.

Eyeliner

Eyeliner & Mascara – in case you accidentally smudge your makeup, having eyeliner and mascara on hand can fix your look in a snap.

Clear nail polish

Clear nail polish – touch up your nails to keep them from chipping during the day. If you’re wearing pantyhose, you can also apply some to keep them from tearing.

Scissors

Scissors and Tape – just because you’ll never know when you’re going to need scissors to cut a random tag or tape to reattach those ribbons to your bouquet.

Fashion tape

Fashion tape – this is the kind of tape that keeps your hems in place. It’s a good idea to have some in case any fabric needs to be adjusted at the last minute.

Mirror

Mirror – if you need to reapply any makeup, you’re going to want a mirror. Add a small hand or compact mirror to your wedding day emergency kit.

Nail clippers

Nail clippers – breaking a nail on your wedding day is the pits. Breaking it and not having nail clippers to cut it off safely is even worse.

Nail file

Nail file – to use after you have to clip off that pesky broken nail. Also, it’s a good idea to have one in case the side of your nail develops a snag throughout the day.

Lint roller

Lint roller – you want to keep yourself lint-free and looking your best.

Pens

Pens – because you never know when you’ll have to sign something or write on something on your wedding day.

Pantyhose

Pantyhose – if you’re planning on wearing some, have an extra pair or two in case the one you’re wearing rips beyond repair.

Water

Water – stay hydrated despite your busy day. Your body will appreciate it.

Granola bar

Granola bar or energy bar – as busy as life gets on your wedding day, don’t forget to eat. You would scare your significant other if you fainted at the alter.

Sewing kit

Sewing kit – this goes back to the hemming needs. Having a sewing kit can guarantee that you can hem fabric that is being unruly. It also means you can reattach a button that might fall off while you’re getting ready.

Bug spray

Bug spray – yes, bug spray. If you have an outdoor wedding, mosquitoes can be a genuine issue. To keep yourself mosquito-free, use the bug spray and keep them away.

Sunscreen

Sunscreen – this is another thing that is important if you have an outdoor wedding. Keep your skin safe from the sun and enjoy your day without worrying about sunburn.

Safety pins

Safety pins – these are almost as invaluable as Q-tips. Even if you don’t know what you’d use them for, add them to the kit.

Ballet flats

Ballet flats – these are perfect to change into for your reception, so you don’t kill your feet while you dance the night away. You may even choose to use these as your primary shoes.

White chalk

White chalk – chalk is an easy way to do a quick cover-up on spot stains. Add a couple of pieces to your kit.

Straws

Straws – in the interest of keeping your makeup looking your best, have straws available to drink from that way you don’t ruin your lipstick.

Hair ties

Hair ties – if you’ve got long hair, by the end of the night, you might want to be ready to put your hair up. Have a few hair ties just in case you want to put your hair into a quick ponytail. By the time it happens, you’ll be glad you had some in your kit.

Phone chargers

Phone chargers – have a few backup battery packs and phone chargers to keep your tech stuff charged. You don’t want to lose communication with anyone important, so adding these to your wedding day emergency kit is a great idea.

Extra underwear

Extra underwear – might sound funny, but seriously, you never know if you’ll need a pair. Better to have one or two extras than not have one and need it.

The Last Few Words

Some of these things might sound a bit odd, but on your wedding day, the last thing you want is to not be prepared. Ask people for their opinions because you might otherwise miss something.

Don’t be afraid to include a few other things that you may need. They might include an epi-pen or regular medications. If you’re not into lipstick but prefer lip gloss, then nix one and add the other.

Customize your wedding day emergency kit for you, and you’ll be prepared for any situation.

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