I’ve created a list of items that should be in your wedding emergency kit!After several hundred weddings, I’ve started noticing that there are several items that are always asked for.
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Here’s what happens when couples find themselves without an wedding emergency kit:
- You’ll be sending someone out to Walgreens or CVS – whether it’s a bridal party member or a family member.
- Your wedding day may run late – depending on if they can find it or not on the first try, and how far away the drugstore is!
- Stress. Unnecessary and avoidable stress.
- You’ll wish you read and listened to everything I wrote below about the wedding emergency kit! 😉
“But Nicole, my venue coordinate will have it.”
Yes, they might. Unless someone from the wedding yesterday stole the pair of little tiny scissors by accident. It’s ideal to have your own little kit. It’ll be useful for future travel or if you’re part of a bridal party for a future wedding. You could always gift your kit to your friend with the Mary Poppins back. Everyone has that friend, and you know for a fact that the friend would love you forever!
The Must Haves of your wedding emergency kit
- Tiny scissors – Perfect for clipping price tags and the most irritating things in the world: clothing straps. When not being used for a wedding emergency kit, you can use them to trim mustaches, nose hair, beard hair, or eyebrows.
- Sewing kit with a thimble and thread – Get a thread color that’s close to your wedding dress and also a thread color that matches your bridesmaids dresses. If you don’t have to use this, then I’ll be extremely happy for you. However, if in the awful situation that a zipper doesn’t want to zip up, or if a zipper breaks, I can guarantee you that safety pins will likely not be strong enough. It also won’t look quite as nice either. I’ve sewn in many people’s zippers shut. My mother would be so proud of me.
- Safety pins– The kit above has a few safety pins already and even though it’s not ideal to use safety pins to fix broken zippers, they are useful for a plethora of other things! Be sure to have a few different sizes, which of course also have different strengths!
- Aspirin, ibuprofen, or Tylenol– Headaches comes in all different types and forms, often during when we want them the least. Weddings are sometimes stressful situations. Throw in a hangover from the night before, and a little bit of dehydration, and your headache can be debilitating. Tylenol may be important for women who are pregnant or might be pregnant.
- Nail clippers – A hangnail is the absolute worst
- Deodorant – If not for yourself, then maybe for someone else
- We don’t want any wardrobe malfunctions!
- Lint roller – Does anyone else have a dog or a cat that loves to shed all over your nice things? Use this one, and not the paper ones. Save the planet!
- Tissues – For the teary moments!
- TUMS – For the tummy aches
- Band aids – It’s funny how the post painful things are sometimes paper cuts
- Fabric Steamer – Get those wrinkles out! (Nicole’s pro tip: Steam can loosen up hair curls. Please steam before you get your hair done, or have someone else steam for you)
For your face, mouth, hair, and eyes
- Makeup wipes – This is useful in the case you get makeup or lipstick on your dress. It’s also ideal for the end of the night, when hopefully most of your face hasn’t’ melted off
- Face blotting sheets – Just in case you’re a little shiny
- Mints or gum – Dehydration is a major cause of bad breath. Be sure to keep your halitosis at bay since you’ll be hugging and kissing all of your relatives!
- Chapstick – Cracked lips are not sexy
- Lipstick or lip gloss – During your makeup trial, ask your makeup artist what color she will be using so that you can pick up the same lipstick for touchups. If you’re a little lazy like me, ask your artist to pick up an extra for you, and then pay him/her back for it
- Toothbrush and toothpaste – Almost all of my couples brush their teeth before they get dressed into the wedding clothes. It’s one of the most memorable kisses of your life. Gotta be fresh!
- Floss – Ever get a big bit stuck in your teeth? Not sexy.
- Mouthwash – Sometimes, you don’t have time to brush, but when you’re going to the bathroom, it’s nice to have a quick rinse
- Eyedrops – Just in case your eyes get dry or irritated
- Extra contacts and a case – Ever cry so much that one of them pop out? or rub your eyes and they roll to the back of your head? It’s awful. Bring an extra set, just in case.
- Glasses – Just in case your eyes get irritated, and you want a break from the your contacts
- Bobby pins – Just in case something comes loose. You can never have enough!
- Hair curling iron or Hair straightener – For touchups! I have this hair curling iron and love it
- Hair spray – Especially if your hair is like mine and doesn’t tend to hold a curl very well.
- Comb – For the little fly aways after you hairspray them down
For your nails
- Clear nail polish – Great for nails, but even better if you get a snag on a stocking
- Nude Nail polish – Neutrals are best, but have a bottle just in case someone forgot to do their nails! This is Essie’s topless
- Nail polish remover – A bridesmaid comes with lime green nail polish because she forgot? No worries
- Nail clippers and nail filer – I mentioned this above, but I wanted to mention it again. Hangnails suck.
For your feet
- Heel stopper – They only work half of the time, but I’ve seen them to be pretty useful. They’re great so that heels don’t dig into the grass for outdoor ceremonies, cocktail hours, or receptions.
- Gel blister cushions – Blisters are so absurdly painful. If your shoes aren’t broken in (both men and women’s shoes), you might need some blister cushions in case you develop them.
- Comfortable shoes for after the ceremony: Flip flops, wedged sneakers, or platform flipflops – No one can see your feet anyway. Be comfortable while you’re dancing! Wear wedges or platforms if you want to maintain the same height, but want to be a little more comfortable. Be careful to not trip on your dress if you’re not the same height!
Time of the month
In case there are bugs
- Insect repellant – This one is plant-based, and doesn’t use DEET
Your wedding emergency kit in case it gets cold
Products to remove stains off of wedding dresses
- Baby powder – For oil and grease stains, cover the stain with a thick layer of baby powder to absorb all of the oil first. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes and then brush it away. Use a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol afterwards, if necessary.
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