What Should Be In A Wedding Emergency Kit?

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    There are so many moving parts on a wedding day that glitches are to be expected. It's best to be ready for anything the day may bring, as unexpected events and mishaps are inevitable. Having a well-stocked bridal emergency pack is one way to be prepared for any unexpected difficulties that may arise.

    If you want to avoid forgetting anything crucial on your wedding day, it's a good idea to stock a "wedding survival kit" with vital items both at the location where you'll be getting ready and the location where the reception will be held. While it's likely that your wedding planner will already have an emergency kit prepared in the event of unforeseen circumstances on the big day, in case you find yourself in need of one, you can use the following suggestions as a starting point. Put all of these incredibly important items in one convenient location on your wedding day.

    A wedding emergency pack is like having fast, mini-crisis insurance for your big day. Although you hope you never need it, having it around will make you feel more secure. Even though we have no doubt that your wedding day will go off without a hitch, it is still a good idea to have a survival kit on hand for the bride, groom, and bridal party in case of any mishaps.

    We advise putting together a wedding emergency kit tailored to your specific requirements and disaster propensities, keeping it in a large, zippered pouch or tote bag, and keeping it somewhere out of sight yet convenient. Give your maid of honour, best man, or a close family this task to ensure everything goes smoothly on your wedding day (read more about the additional maid of honour responsibilities). This article serves as a complete checklist for everything you might need in your own wedding emergency pack.

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    Sewing Kit

    On your wedding day, your trusty sewing kit may prove to be your most effective weapon in the battle against the elements. Be sure to pack hem tape, sewing needles, safety pins, a tiny set of scissors, and thread in colours that coordinate with your bridal ensemble. In the event that you get snags or tears, or if you discover any loose threads, the kit will come in handy. From personal experience, I can say that safety pins are essential on the big day to prevent anything from flopping around, from ill-fitting dresses to unsightly undergarments.

    Super Glue/Clear Nail Polish

    The use of transparent nail paint is a tried and true method for preventing runs in nylons and tights. Putting on a coat as soon as you discover the tear can stop the problem from spreading. The superglue might be used to repair damaged footwear, jewellery, or other small items. Some advice: don't mix them together. Never get super glue on your skin or stockings; it will be a pain to remove.

    Water Bottle/Granola Bar/Other Snacks

    There have been cases of brides forgetting or rushing through their meals in the hours leading up to the ceremony. You shouldn't go crazy on the snacks before the ceremony and reception supper, but it's still a good idea to have some food and water on hand in case you grow nervous or feel queasy. The most important thing is to drink enough water, but eating a little snack like a granola or protein bar before you start exercising will also help maintain your blood sugar without making you feel woozy or queasy.

    Beauty, Makeup, And Hair

    On your wedding day, you want to feel and look fantastic. While you may look like a princess after having your hair and makeup done, a long day of wedding festivities can wear down even the best of hair and cosmetics. You should have these things on hand to retouch anything that needs touching up and to secure anything that needs pinning.

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    Other Makeup/Lipstick

    You'll be relieved to have cosmetics in your emergency kit if and when any of the aforementioned unforeseen wedding day twists materialise. Make sure your lipstick, mascara, eyeliner, and foundation are completely dry before taking any photos, because you never know when the perfect photo opportunity will present itself. Lipstick can easily be smudged or worn off when drinking, therefore it's helpful to have a drinking straw on hand.

    Hair Ties/Combs/Hairspray/Bobby Pins

    When your best friends will do whatever to ensure that your wedding hair looks amazing, you know they have your back. You'll want something to keep your hair perfectly in place before the ceremony begins, when you'll be taking pictures (typically outside), wearing a veil or headpiece, hugging loved ones, and possibly sweating or crying.

    Toiletries And Hygiene

    To prevent embarrassing situations on your wedding day, it's important to pack a variety of personal hygiene tools, from mouthwash to makeup remover. Get ready for every eventuality by making sure you've thought of everything.


    Everyday life has taught us all the value of a small box of tissues to keep in a purse or bag. Make sure you have a good quantity on hand at all times by stocking up.

    Deodorant/Perfume/Body Spray

    Pack your favourite perfume and deodorant in case you care about how you smell as much as how you look. From the first kiss to the first dance and every first in between, your groom will enjoy smelling your signature aroma on you.


    To maintain a healthy mouth and bright smile, use floss and mints. These two products will keep you looking fresh and smelling nice throughout the day and night, even if you don't have time to clean your teeth.


    Having access to female sanitary products is crucial because, well, you're a woman and you never know. (Okay, so that's a bit dramatic, but you get the point.) If you bring enough, you may become the party's most sought-after lady.

    Medical Mini-Emergencies

    Having the spotlight on you should only have a positive effect on your day because you deserve it. There is no way of knowing when a headache or other small medical emergency, such as a blister or a cut, will strike, so it's best to be ready with something to alleviate the pain quickly.

    Otc Pain Medications, Ibuprofen, And Band-Aids

    You can't count on your body to refrain from giving you a headache or any other ailment on your wedding day if it's due. If anyone in the bridal party is feeling under the weather, it's smart to have some pain killers on hand. Band-Aids might be useful in case someone gets a blister from their shoes or a minor cut or scratch occurs.


    Most people today wouldn't dream of being without their cell phones, not even during their own weddings. In case of an emergency or even if she just wants to take a few pictures, the bride's phone should be fully charged and ready to be taken out at any time. Wedding photographers usually have things under control, but it's still great to get a few unposed shots. Someone should also carry cash in case of emergency. Where else would you look than in your go bag?

    Miscellaneous Extras

    There are some ancillary items, beyond the basics, that you'll be glad you packed in your wedding day emergency kit. If your maid of honour or bridesmaid happens to open your emergency kit, they might give you a funny look at first. You should always be ready for the unexpected, but especially on your wedding day.

    Fashion Tape With Two Sticks

    If you're getting married, the last thing you need is a wardrobe malfunction. If double-sided fashion tape is a must-have for any fashion stylist, then it should certainly be on hand for the bride to use on her wedding day. However, the super-sticky tape can be used for more than just holding your wedding dress or bra straps in place; it can also be used to temporarily repair a broken necklace (just wrap a small piece of fashion tape around the clasp to secure it!) and to fix a bridesmaid's fallen dress hemline or a gap between the buttons on a groomsman's shirt.

    Safety Pins

    Safety pins are another item that should be included in a bridal emergency kit. In order to save money, our expert advice is to purchase a bundle that includes a variety of sizes. Repair a small rip or hole in a bridesmaid's dress by pinning it on the back using a set of miniature pins. You may easily fix a broken bra or dress strap with a pin of this size. Even if the wedding florist neglected to provide boutonniere pins, you may still keep the groom's flower in place with a huge safety pin. Another critical application for safety pins is arranging the bride's bustle. After the ceremony, you'll want to bustle your wedding dress train so you can move freely while dancing. Tell your maid of honour (or anyone is assisting you in attaching the bustle) that safety pins will do the trick if all else fails.

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    Balm Anti-Blister

    Many of the women in your bridal party will be wearing brand-new shoes that they haven't had time to break in properly for your special day. Treat their feet right with this balm to prevent blisters and calluses. To prevent blisters from forming while dancing the night away, simply swipe it on your feet before the ceremony.

    Clothing Steamer For Portability

    Avoid the hassle of using an iron and ironing board by steaming out creases quickly and easily with this portable steamer. If you'd like, you may pick up an extra steam iron and offer it to the males so they can smooth out their dress shirts, slacks, and coats before the big event. (Men should also peruse our Groom's Guide to Wedding Suit Styles for further information on what to wear on the big day.)

    Removable Stain Pen

    Having this handy stain-erasing pen on hand is a relief in the event that something unexpected spills on your wedding dress. Initially, use a clean towel to gently wipe the stain. The fabric of the dress is quite fragile, so please handle it with care. When the area is dry enough to touch, use the stain removal pen to treat the stain directly. Dabbing baking soda, baby powder, or white chalk onto the fabric may help conceal the stain. Leave a handful of these pens in the restrooms at the reception site in case any guests need to quickly remove a stain. Make sure that visitors have access to a stain stick, bobby pins, pain medicine packets, mints, and tissues by putting together a small bathroom amenity box.

    The day of the wedding, you can keep everything you'll need in one convenient place by placing it all in a bag or basket. If you have to transport the equipment from the ceremony location to the reception, you'll want to make sure it's as compact and well-organised as possible.

    The wedding day itself can be stressful enough without adding to the anxiety caused by the months of preparation that came before. In the event of an emergency, bridesmaids and personal attendants can come to the rescue by just having a few items on hand.

    It's also important to remember that today is your lucky day. Don't get too worked up over little setbacks. You shouldn't waste today worrying about things you can't change, but it's also wise to be ready for anything.

    Prepare for the worst by packing an emergency bag with all the essentials, such as an epi-pen and any other drugs you take regularly. All of the contents of your wedding day survival pack can be tailored to meet your specific requirements. For those who prefer lip gloss to lipstick on their wedding day, a spare tube of their go-to lip gloss is an essential. Or, if you're not planning on wearing heels, you may leave the stiletto heel guards and the quick-drying flats at home. To ensure you have everything you need in the event of an emergency on your wedding day, it's a good idea to get input from the people closest to you. It's safe to say that you're now ready for everything life throws at you.


    Prepare for the worst by keeping a "wedding survival kit" on hand. Having a wedding emergency kit on hand is like having a small form of disaster insurance. It's flexible enough to meet your needs and adapt to the frequency with which you experience various disasters. Your beloved sewing kit could be your best defence against the weather on your wedding day. Pack a small set of scissors, some thread in colours that complement your bridal attire, hem tape, and safety pins.

    Before snapping shots, make sure your makeup (lipstick, mascara, eyeliner, and foundation) is totally dry. If you wear lipstick and don't want it smudged or rubbed off, a drinking straw is a must-have. Use floss and mints to keep your mouth healthy and your smile bright. Prepare for the unexpected, especially on your wedding day, is some advice all brides should take to heart. Band-Aids could come in handy in case of small injuries, such as shoe blisters or cuts and scratches.

    Any respectable hairstylist would be completely lost without double-sided style glue. The emergency bridal kit should also have safety pins. It is customary to bustle the bride's train immediately following the ceremony to facilitate easy movement during the reception's dancing. Removal of wrinkles from clothing with minimal effort using a handheld steamer. If something were to accidentally spill on your wedding dress, having a stain-erasing pen on hand would be a huge relief. Put together a little bathroom amenity box stocked with bobby pins, mints, stain stick, Kleenex, and pain medicine packets to ensure your guests have everything they need throughout their stay.

    Content Summary

    1. Unexpected events and mistakes are a part of everyday life, therefore it's best to be prepared for them.
    2. One method to deal with any problems that may arise is to have a well-stocked bridal emergency kit.
    3. It's a good idea to have a "wedding survival kit" with necessary materials at both the place where you'll be getting ready and the place where the reception will be held.
    4. Even though it's probable that your wedding planner has already assembled an emergency bag in case of last-minute problems on the big day, here are some ideas to keep in mind just in case.
    5. On your wedding day, it is imperative that you have all of these essentials in one place.
    6. Having a wedding emergency kit on hand is like having instantaneous, low-limit, mini-crisis insurance.
    7. We are confident that your wedding day will go off without a hitch, but just in case, the bride, husband, and bridal party should be prepared with a survival pack.
    8. Entrust this responsibility to your best man, maid of honour, or another trusted family member on your wedding day (read more about the additional maid of honour responsibilities).
    9. Equipment for Stitching
    10. Your beloved sewing kit could be your best defence against the weather on your wedding day.
    11. Pack a small set of scissors, some thread in colours that complement your bridal attire, hem tape, and safety pins.
    12. Food and water should be on hand in case you are uncomfortable or queasy before the ceremony and reception dinner, but you shouldn't gorge yourself.
    13. Cosmetology, Hair, and Cosmetics
    14. The bride and groom should look and feel their best on the wedding day.
    15. Your hair and makeup artist can make you look like a princess, but a day full of wedding celebrations can take its toll on even the most carefully applied products.
    16. If any of these contingencies occur on your wedding day, you will be relieved to have cosmetics in your emergency bag.
    17. Items for Personal Hygiene
    18. Bring items like mouthwash and makeup remover to the wedding to avoid any unseemly moments.
    19. Minor medical crises
    20. Because of how deserving you are, being the centre of attention should only improve your day.
    21. A headache or other illness that has been building up inside of you can finally manifest on your wedding day.
    22. It's prudent to stock up on pain relievers in case any members of the bridal party fall ill.
    23. The bride should always have a fully charged phone on her person, in case of an emergency or if she simply wants to snap a few photos.
    24. Beyond the essentials, there are several supplementary items that you should consider including in your wedding day emergency kit.
    25. On your wedding day, more than any other day, you need to be prepared for the unexpected.
    26. The emergency bridal kit should also have safety pins.
    27. Pin a patch over the hole or rip at the back of the bridesmaid's dress using the micro pins provided.
    28. If the florist responsible for the bride's flowers forgets to give you any pins for the groom's boutonniere, a hefty safety pin should do the trick.
    29. As an additional important use, safety pins are essential for pinning the bride's bustle in place.
    30. If something were to accidentally spill on your wedding dress, you would be relieved to have this stain-erasing pen on hand.
    31. The first step is to use a clean towel to dab at the stain lightly.
    32. Use the stain remover pen on the stain itself once the affected area is dry enough to touch.
    33. You can store everything you'll need for the wedding day together in a bag or basket.
    34. Pack an emergency bag with your daily medications and an epi-pen in case of an allergic reaction.
    35. Everything in your wedding day survival kit can be personalised to fit your needs.
    36. It's a good idea to consult your closest loved ones in order to make sure you have everything you need in the event of an emergency on your wedding day.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    The maid of honour, along with the rest of the bridal party, is expected to cover all wedding attire costs. This includes the dress (plus any necessary alterations), shoes, and any jewellery you'll be wearing the day of. Occasionally, the bride will gift her bridesmaids with whatever accessories she wants them to wear.

    A desk drawer, or storage locker located near your office or work area is a good place to keep it. Keep a three day supply of food and water in your kit and at a minimum include these items: flashlight, dust mask, emergency blanket, basic first aid kit.

    The maid of honour is responsible for putting together a wedding day emergency kit that contains a variety of supplies that could be useful, including bandages, pain medications, safety pins, and fashion tape.

    Most brides fund bridesmaid hair and makeup for their crew. So another idea is to pay for both beauty treatments and make that their bridesmaid gift—a generous offer they'll appreciate (perhaps even more than a personalised pocket journal or piece of jewellery).

    It doesn't matter if the maid of honour's dress suddenly doesn't fit right or the bride's big up-do is unravelling quickly; every wedding requires an emergency pack to make it easier for the bridal party to deal with the unexpected.

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