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.

Beauty Essentials

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.

Fashion Essentials

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.

Bonus Essentials

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.
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