55 Things to Put in Your Wedding Day Emergency Kit
In a perfect world there would be no emergencies and certainly no need for a wedding day emergency kit. The reality, however, is that sometimes dresses tear, tuxes get stained, and if you’re to believe Alanis Morissette, you should even be prepared for rain on your wedding day. The trick to making it through the unknown when it comes to your special day is to be prepared, and there is no better way to hedge against accidents than having a fully stocked wedding day emergency kit.
What Is a Wedding Day Emergency Kit?
Contrary to the name, a well thought out emergency kit should be used throughout your wedding day, not just when emergencies strike. It’s filled with basic necessities and unique tools meant to solve the common issues a bridal party might face on the wedding day. From water to wet wipes, your kit is there to support the entire wedding party through hunger, sickness, clothing malfunctions, and even anxiety. Think of it like a Swiss Army Knife of wedding day preparation – designed and tested by countless wedding parties before you to be both practical and comprehensive.
Why Do You Need One?
Weddings are exciting and unpredictable events – sometimes nerves get the best of a person, someone almost always drinks too much, and occasionally there’s a fight or argument. And with dresses being literally being ripped off of brides and stories being told about wine spilling on dresses, it’s best to be prepared, right? An wedding survival kit helps mitigate the risk of all of those, and while it’s impossible to account for every scenario, we feel like the following 55 items come pretty close.
How to Build and Manage Your Own
There is no wrong way to build your kit and you are always better off having something rather than nothing. However, the more prepared you are easier the day will go – having stocked the kit with wedding necessities like makeup remover, shoe polish, and fashion tape will save you trips to the hotel, or worse, the store.
Plan your kit well in advance of the wedding, you can evan make a game of it during the bachelorette party. Once it’s stocked, treat it like the nuclear football and give total responsibility to a bridesmaid (preferably not the Maid of Honor, she likely has enough on her plate). After that it’s just a waiting game – stay disciplined and resist the urge to use any of the items before the wedding!
When the big day comes put your kit out where it can be seen and utilized – the idea is to make your approach proactive instead of reactive when it comes to wedding support. Let people know where they can find refreshments, makeup, and whatever else you stocked – be a beacon of preparedness on a notoriously hectic day and help make the wedding awesome!
Ready to build your own wedding day emergency kit? Here’s where to start:
If you’re not looking and smelling good on the day of a wedding then what are you doing? ideally, nobody in your party will forget deodorant or perfume, but if they do – this section has them covered!
- Disposable toothbrush and toothpaste
- Baby powder
- Eye drops
The key here is to be preventative – nobody enjoys getting sick or sunburned and it’s much easier to reduce your risk of feeling ill than it is to undo the effects. As my mom always said – you’ll never know when you’re going to need ____!
- Ace Bandage
- First aid kit
- Lip Balm
- Bug Spray
- Allergy Medications
- Anti-diarrhoea pills
Whether it’s to fix a makeup mistake or just freshen up, the beauty part of your wedding survival kit is pretty much non-negotiable. While it’s likely most participants will come prepared, you likely already have most of the items anyway so why not toss em in?
- Nail polish
- Emery board
- Hair ties and bobby pins
- Wet wipes
- Nail clippers
Dress and tuxedo emergencies top everything else on this list and have been the catalysts for last-minute dashes to the store on countless wedding days. Take the risk out of the equation by coming prepared – just a few items can help you navigate most incidents like a pro.
- Needle and thread
- Fashion tape
- Lint roller
- Tide Pen
- Safety pins
- White chalk
- Anti-wrinkle spray
Food & Drink
People gotta eat, right? The issue, however, is not usually hunger – it’s the availability of food and drink. Do your stomachs a favor and stock a few basic necessities, including some booze for those hard-to-calm nerves.
- Bottled water
- Protein Bars
- Pour-over or instant coffee
Think you have it all covered? Think again – here are the last few items to round out your wedding day emergency kit. Don’t worry if you don’t have them all, ask around and pool your resources, it’s usually not worth buying what someone in the wedding party already owns!
- Pen and paper
- Phone chargers
- Swiss Army Knife
- Hand sanitizer
- Small towel