Everything You Need In Your Wedding Day Emergency Kit
As much as we all hope that our wedding day will be absolutely perfect, not everyone’s can be. If we consider it logically, a wedding is a day-long affair involving drinking, dancing, emotions running high, and outfits made of delicate materials. It’s almost inevitable that something will go wrong – whether it’s a chipped nail, a blister, a broken shoe strap, or a wine spill on your wedding dress.
That’s why we recommend that every bride packs a wedding day emergency kit, also called a bridal survival kit. This contains a number of essential items to help prevent wardrobe malfunctions, hair and makeup mishaps, or personal hygiene crises.
Give the kit to your maid of honour or other trusted adult, such as the mother of the bride, to keep safe on your big day. Hopefully, you won’t have to use most of it – but if you do, you’ll know it’s close at hand.
What Goes Into a Wedding Day Emergency Kit?
We’ve compiled the ultimate list of everything you could possibly need on your wedding day. Of course, you don’t need to include absolutely everything we mention here. Some of the items we’ve listed may be completely irrelevant to you (such as contact lenses, if you have 20/20 vision).
Simply take a look down the list and make a note of everything that you feel may be helpful to have with you on your big day. Then, you can create a customised wedding day emergency kit to perfectly suit your own needs.
Be sure to have it finished in plenty of time before the big day. You don’t want to be rushing around on the morning of the wedding trying to put it together.
Every wedding emergency kit should contain the necessary essentials for touching up your hair, makeup and nails during the course of the day. This may include any or all of the following:
● Nail file
● Nail clippers
● Nail varnish and quick-drying top coat
● Hair pins, clips and elastics
● Hair spray
● Travel hair straightener or curling wand
● Pocket mirror
● Makeup remover
● Cotton pads
● Cotton buds
● Makeup brushes and/or sponges
● Eyelash glue and spare false lashes
● Lipstick or lip gloss
● Makeup setting spray or finishing powder
● Blotting paper
Weddings are a day-long affair, and few hairstyles or makeup looks will last for 12 hours without needing a little maintenance. So be sure to pack everything you’ll need to keep yourself looking fresh.
Clothing and Accessory Must-Haves
Unfortunately, outfit disasters are quite common at weddings – it’s often inevitable when red wine, drunkenness and dancing are involved. And with wedding dress fabric being so delicate (and white), it’s better to be safe than sorry. Make sure you pack these essentials to combat stains, spills, tears and other accidents.
● Clear nail polish, for preventing ladders in tights
● Lighter, for fixing fraying fabric – burning the end will prevent it from unravelling further
● White chalk for hiding stains on white fabric
● Stain remover pen
● Fashion tape
● Lint roller or fabric brush
● Spare earring backs
● Safety pins
● Sewing kit containing needles, thread, spare buttons, hook and eye
● Super glue for quickly fixing accessories like shoes, bags and hairpieces
● Extra buttonhole pins
● Duct tape
It may also be a good idea to pack a spare pair of flat shoes for dancing, if you’re wearing heels for your ceremony.
Medical and First Aid Items
Although we all hope to get through our wedding day unscathed, it’s best to be prepared for potential medical incidents. From headaches, to blisters, to unexpected periods: keep the following supplies in your emergency kit just in case.
● Eye drops (especially if you’re wearing contact lenses)
● Sun cream and aftersun
● Insect repellant
● Tampons, sanitary towels or menstrual cup
● Plasters in a variety of sizes (or a roll of wound dressing and medical tape)
● Gel shoe cushions or insoles
● Blister plasters
● Burn gel
● Anti-chafing cream
● Headache balm
● Rescue remedy
● Itch relief cream
● Antiseptic spray or cream
● Diarrhoea remedy
● Antacids (for heartburn or indigestion)
● Dry skin ointment
● Ice pack (in case of a twisted ankle from dancing)
Don’t forget to bring prescription medication, if relevant (e.g. asthma inhaler, epipen, insulin).
Finally, here’s a list of all the miscellaneous items you might need that don’t quite fit into the above categories.
● Breath mints, chewing gum or breath freshener spray
● Snacks – pick things that are easy to eat on-the-go, such as a protein bar or banana
● Water bottle
● Perfume or body spray
● Lip balm
● Hand lotion
● Reusable drinking straw
● Wet wipes
● Baby powder – for absorbing extra moisture if you get a little sweaty
● Dental floss or toothpicks
● Spare contact lenses, case and solution (or spare pair of spectacles)
● Toothbrush and toothpaste
● Hand sanitiser
● Contraceptives (it is your wedding night, after all)
● Mobile phone
● Phone charger
● Portable power bank
● Cash and credit card/debit card
● Phone numbers for taxi companies
● Contact details for your wedding suppliers
● Copy of your wedding day itinerary
Feel free to add anything else that you feel might be useful. Don’t worry about seeming overprepared or paranoid. It’s much better to pack things that you don’t end up using, than not bring something and end up needing it.
What Kind of Bag Should I Use?
You have a few different choices when it comes to storing your emergency kit. For the easiest option, you can simply put everything into one big bag, such as this Keep It Together Tote Bag.
If you have lots of items, you may prefer to choose a larger bag with many separate compartments – such as a backpack or small suitcase – so that you know where everything is. It can be helpful to label the compartments with stickers or a washable marker, in case you forget what’s where.
Alternatively, you can separate your wedding emergency kit into several smaller bags – e.g. one for medication, one for fashion mishaps, and one for hair and makeup supplies.
Many brides find it useful to also carry a small clutch containing the bare essentials that you’re likely to need more regularly – such as lipstick, tissues, blotting paper and your mobile phone.
Who Carries the Emergency Kit?
If you’re the one getting married, you shouldn’t have to worry about keeping an eye on your emergency kit. You should entrust it to someone else to look after, so that you can focus on enjoying your big day.
Usually, the maid of honour is in charge of the bridal emergency kit. If the bag is large, she may not have it on her person at all times, but she’s in charge of fetching it if you need it. Most often, she’ll leave it in the car, the hotel room or bridal dressing suite. Ask the staff at your venue if you’re unsure of a good place to keep it – they may have a room you can use.
If you don’t have a maid of honour, you can always ask another adult to keep an eye on it – the mother of the bride, for example. Just make sure to choose someone responsible, and who isn’t prone to losing things!