So much planning goes into creating the perfect wedding day, but even the most organized wedding is still bound to have little bumps here and there. At the end of the day you’ll be happily married and headed off on your honeymoon. The best man’s missing button or the blister on your heal won’t matter at all, but in the moment, having an emergency kit can relieve a little stress and ease some physical discomfort.
As a photographer, I’ve been with many brides in those behind the scenes moments where misbehaving dresses act up and any number of other unexpected problems arise. There are a few particular items that, time after time, people are wishing they’d brought. I don’t want you to be one of those poor gals hunting for safety pins at the last minute, so grab a basket and fill it up with these things.
A Needle and Thread
Invariably a bridesmaid or groomsman will have a loose button or strap, and so many brides, for a multitude of reasons, have had their dresses sewn together before they walk down the aisle. Instead of hitting up every grandma in the audience, just tuck a needle and thread into your little kit.
Water (and a straw)
Hopefully someone thought to stock your “getting ready” room with drinks and snacks. Just in case this gets overlooked, throw in a bottle of water or two. On such a long, tiring day, staying hydrated will keep you looking and feeling refreshed. Tuck in a straw as well, if you are worried about smudging your lipstick.
A Granola bar
I speak from personal experience on this one! It’s so easy to get busy and forget to make time for breakfast. Standing through the ceremony in a heavy dress, on a hot day is not the easiest on an empty stomach. Then, it’s common to get caught up chatting with guests and not get much of your wedding meal either. Having a snack to grab during a free moment can make all the difference in the world.
One thing that I frequently see people hunting all over for is scissors. Whether it’s a last minute adjustment to a DIY decoration, or simply removing a tag, so many little issues can pop up that just require a little snipping.
Hair Spray / Bobby Pins
Chances are, while you’re out in the wind for photos, or climbing in and out of the car between venues, a few strands are going to come loose and need to be tucked back into place.
Stain Removal Pen (or chalk)
Of course the dress goes on last in hopes that no one’s morning coffee or makeup ends up on that beautiful white gown. It’s still best to be prepared though, especially if you have young children for flower girls or ring bearers. Children do have a knack for getting messy. If you don’t have a stain removal pen, or if you’re worried about discoloring the fabric, grab a piece of white chalk and just cover up any little smudges.
The items above are by no means an exhaustive list. Here are a few other great things to have on hand, just in case:
- Blotting cloths
- Hand sanitizer
- Lint roller
- Mints/mouth wash
- Double faced tape
- Pain killer/allergy meds
- Earring backs
Bridesmaid Note: Maybe you’re not the bride this time. Here’s your chance to be a super friend and save the day! Pack all these things into a cute little jar and give them to the bride at the rehearsal dinner as a little pre-wedding gift. She'll love the gesture, and if she uses any items (chances are she will), you'll be her hero!
If you have any other great ideas for things to include in an emergency kit, we'd love to hear from you. Comment below with your ideas!