Wedding Planning Guide
your wedding emergency kit
Think wedding emergency kit as instant, mini-crisis wedding insurance—you don’t want to have to use it, but you’ll feel better knowing you have it. We’re sure your big day will go off without a hitch (except your own, of course), but in case of an unexpected blunder, pain, or spill, a survival bag for the bride, groom, and/or wedding party is a must for any matrimony.
We recommend building your own emergency wedding kit based on your own needs and accident prone-ness, storing them in a large, zipper pouch or tote bag, and put it out of sight but within easy reach. And leave this responsibility to a responsible party—a maid of honor, best man, or mom is always a safe bet. Here’s a comprehensive survival kit list of everything you should consider including in your own wedding survival kit.
(There are plenty of good options if you’re looking to simply buy an all-in-one wedding emergency kit, like this chic savior from BHLDN: the Bridetastic Emergency Kit.)
Photo: Yasu + Juno
Health & Wellness Essentials
When you’re feeling good, you’ll look even better. We recommend travel-size versions of the following survival items:
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss for that perfect smile.
- Tissue, for a makeup-friendly tear remover.
- Deodorant, because nerves often lead to sweat.
- Eye drops, so they can gaze into your beautiful eyes throughout the day.
- Painkillers, over-the-counter or otherwise (we’re not judging).
- Non-drowsy allergy meds, especially for outdoor weddings.
- Antacid medication, because nothing spoils a moment like a sour stomach.
- Q-tips, because always.
- Bandaids, because you never know.
- Tampons, because see above.
- Phone charger, because access to your mobile phone is basically a health issue now.
Because even though looking your best isn’t really the most important part of your wedding, it sure does feel like it is.
- Lip balm, gloss, and/or lipstick in your shade.
- Brush/comb, to keep that ‘do tidy.
- Hairspray, to keep that tidy ‘do in place all day (and night).
- Bobby pins, for when hairspray isn’t strong enough.
- Tweezers, for errant hairs.
- Fragrance, to keep you smelling irresistible.
- Clear and colored nail polish, to fix any hosiery runs or chips.
- Nail polish remover, for when your color goes places it shouldn’t.
- Nail clipper, file, and scissors, especially for those grooms/groomsmen who didn’t see a pro before the big day.
- Lint brush, again for the boys.
- Earring backs, so there’s no need to panic.
- Blotting papers, for removing soil and shine, not makeup.
You spent a lot of time planning and picking your wedding ensemble, and this survival stuff can save almost any garment gaffe.
- Sewing kit, so your tears don’t lead to tears.
- Double-stick tape, because it’s easier than sewing.
- Safety pins, it’s a classic for a reason.
- Superglue, for when all else fails.
- Stain remover pen, because between booze and food, spills can happen.
- Boutonnieres pins, because no one else will have these on hand.
Food & Beverage Essentials
You’ve probably heard it before, but forgetting to eat and hydrate can be a big mistake on your big day. So stave off starvation with a few snacking and drinking essentials…
- Water bottles, because it’s the most important.
- Snack bars, for when you’re hungry but don’t want to spoil your beautiful dinner.
- Candy, for when you just need a quick sugar fix.
- Energy drinks, for when candy won’t do the trick.
- Breath mints, so you’re ready for your big kiss.
- Protein snacks, because it’ll make the boys happy.
- Drink straws, so you don’t need to worry about messing up your lipstick.
- Gum, because it’s a triple threat: cleans your teeth, freshens your breath, and burns off nervous energy.
- Alcohol, because a minibar-sized spirit can go a long way.
If there’s still room in your tote, cover even more accident ground with these bonus necessities:
- Cash, because it can’t hurt.
- Lotion, for picture-perfect skin.
- Razor, to clean up any missed spots.
- Compact mirror, for those last-minute makeup checks.
- Fan, because when you’re cool, you’re calm (this is also one of the few times someone will actually offer to fan you).
- Eyelash glue, if you’re giving your lashes a little extra love.
- Face mist, to quickly revitalize and cool off your skin.
- Pen and paper, for last-minute notes, instructions, and thank yous.
- All things makeup backups, including eyeliner, mascara, and concealer.
- Comfy flats, because dancing is hard work on your feet.
- White chalk, because it can cover up wedding dress stains in a pinch.
- Sunscreen, for anyone who may have forgotten to apply.
- Spare underwear, because...don’t ask.