This list covers just the emergency supplies that I thought would be helpful on your big day. Pack these up in a tote bag and keep it easily accessible in the bridal dressing room and during the dinner and/or reception, and hope you never need to use it - but if you do need to use it the Bride will be forever grateful.
1. Mini sewing kit with scissors, needles, thread, buttons, and safety pins: For those “make it work” moments.
2. Tweezers: From stray hairs to splinters, you never know when you’ll need these nimble helpers.
3. Baby powder: Hot summer days, crowded prep rooms, and nerves can all lead to sweat. A little moisture-absorbing baby powder will help the bride feel fresh as a daisy. It’s also great for keeping beaded bodices from scratching or chafing the bride’s underarms.
4. Extra undergarments: For when baby powder just doesn’t cut it.
5. Cotton tips & makeup remover: Eyeliner mistakes happen.
6. Blotting papers: For absorbing shine and oil, not your fancy makeup.
7. Tampons/panty liners: Even if you don’t need one, someone else will.
8. Nail polish (one clear top coat; one in the shade you’re wearing) and a nail file: Polish chips and stocking runs don’t stand a chance.
9. Tissues: For those happy tears (and any accidental eye pokes with mascara wands).
10. Mini first aid kit with Band-Aids, burn relief, liquid bandages, and antiseptic: Safety first!
11. Medicine (pain reliever, allergy medicine, antacid): Take precautions for the big three issues that can attack at any moment—especially under stress: headaches, allergies, and indigestion.
12. Sunscreen: Even if the wedding is indoors, if the wedding party will be outside for photos, make sure to have this on hand. (Depending on your climate, add bug spray for the same reason. Unscented for both!)
13. Towelettes: For freshening up on the go.
14. Deodorant: Chances are, someone probably forgot to use it this morning.
16. Museli bars or other easy-to-carry snacks: Nobody wants a hungry bride on their hands!
17. Straws: So the bride can stay hydrated without messing up her lipstick.
18. Super Glue: For fixing shoes, nails, jewelry, head pieces, and more.
19. Pen and paper: For last minute reminders, thank you notes, and secret messages between the bride and groom.
20. Breath mints: Hand her one right before she walks down the aisle, so the first kiss is minty fresh.
21. Stain remover pen: For spills and would-be stains on the dresses.
22. White chalk: If something gets on the wedding dress and it just won’t come out, you can usually mask the stain with chalk. No one will be any the wiser.
23. Lighter: For sealing the edge of frayed ribbons.
24. White duct tape: It’s true what they say—it can fix anything! Grab a roll of the white variety just in case that “thing” is worn by the bride. (Stick-on hemming tape is also a good nice-to-have.)
25. Lint roller: Especially helpful for the groom and groomsmen’s suits.
26. Cash: Just in case! Include some change in case the bride suddenly decides the only thing sheneeds is a soda from that machine down the hall.
27. Dental floss/toothpicks: Just in case those snacks in the bridal suite try to overstay their welcome.
28. Eye drops: Don’t let red eyes ruin your beauty prep! (Side note: if the bride wears contacts, make sure she brings an extra pair, contact solution, and a case.)
29. Extension cord and phone charger(s): The bride is stuck in the makeup chair, her phone’s about to die, but she needs to make a call..
30. Toothbrush and toothpaste: It’s not uncommon for a bride to be so excited when she wakes up that she forgets to brush her teeth.
31. Extra earring backs: You never know when those little guys will go missing.
32. Hair elastics and bobby pins: You can never have too many on hand. (Add hairspray and a comb/brush while you’re at it.)
Did we miss anything on your wedding day emergency list?
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