On the morning of your wedding, the last thing you need to be doing is running around stores looking for sewing kits, superglue, or breath mints! Ideally, everything would be arranged so that the few days before your wedding are stress-free, but there's always bound to be a last-minute disaster. Some disasters are out of your control—the florist running late, for example—but others are easy to fix if you have the foresight to prepare.
About two weeks before the wedding, you can begin to gather a wedding emergency kit to help you deal with any last-minute catastrophes. While you can't cover every situation, even gathering some of these items will help you deal with the most common problems that crop up on the morning of the wedding. A list of the recommended items is included at the end of each section, for your convenience.
Your wedding emergency kit should cover clothing disasters, since ripped fabric, smudged dresses, and lost buttons are very common. Make sure you get some fabric chalk the same color as your wedding dress to cover up any smudges, smears, or spots that get onto your dress. Clear nail polish will help you fix threads that come out of place or stop runs in stockings before they become disastrous and tacky, but just in case, include a few extra pairs of pantyhose in appropriate sizes for the bride, mother of the bride, and bridesmaids. Corsage pins won't hurt to include, either, since they're easy to lose.
Most people already have a mini sewing kit (don't forget small scissors, if they aren't already included), and this is a must-have if someone in your wedding party knows how to quickly use it. Nothing is worse than sewing a button on sloppily, as this is much more noticeable than a missing button. Otherwise, safety pins and hem tape are acceptable substitutes. Superglue or Krazy Glue is also important, as you can glue on lost jewels, decorations, shoe heels, and so on.
Recommended Clothing Items
- Clear nail polish
- Corsage pins
- Fabric chalk
- Hem tape
- Safety pins
- Sewing kit
Major medical emergencies may call for an ambulance, but many minor medical disasters can be fixed easily if you're prepared ahead of time. Always include two different types of painkillers—since kids can't take aspirin, having ibuprofen around for them is important. Band-Aids will help protect small wounds, and Polysporin will disinfect them. Hand sanitizer is also important if you remove splinters (don't forget tweezers to do just that) or treat any wounds.
You'll also want a few just-in-case items that you likely won't need, namely allergy medications in case someone suddenly discovers an allergy to the bride's precious pup who is acting as the ringbearer or the type of grass at the outdoor reception, smelling salts in case anyone faints, and eye drops for those with contacts or dry eye problems.
Finally, if anyone in the wedding party suffers from serious conditions that require medication, consider keeping emergency medication for them at hand—for example, sedatives, anti-anxiety medication, an extra inhaler, or a sugary snack for a diabetic guest.
Recommended Medical Items
- Painkillers (aspirin and ibuprofen)
- Eye drops
- Allergy medications
- Hand sanitizer
- Smelling salts
- Emergency medication
If a beauty crisis occurs, it probably won't be the end of the world, since these types of problems are less noticeable than clothing malfunctions and not as dire as medical emergencies. Still, the bride probably wants the wedding day to go smoothly and everyone to look pretty in the photos of the big day! Keeping beauty essentials at hand is a must, and the maid of honor should be responsible for assembling and placing this kit nearby.
The beauty kit should have breath mints, spray-on deodorant, and perfume, as beauty isn't just visual. A comb and brush take care of last-minute hair touchups. A small can of hairspray can also fix hair, clothing, and makeup problems alike, and you can find travel sizes to help keep the kit small. Obviously, a mirror will help people perfect their look, and nail clippers and a file will help in case someone's nail breaks. Finally, menstrual products are a fantastic idea, because you never know when this kind of disaster will strike!
Makeup essentials to include in the bag should be based on the bride's makeup, though others can include their own items if they so desire. Foundation, concealer, blush, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, lip gloss, and any other makeup items should be included in the kit.
Recommended Beauty Items
- Breath mints
- Comb and brush
- Makeup (based on the bride's look)
- Menstrual products
- Nail clippers
- Nail file
- Spray-on deodorant
Some problems just don't fit into any category, and having a few all-purpose helpful items around will help you take care of them. For instance, small rolls of Scotch tape, electrical tape (the least painful tape to use if you need to conceal nipple outlines or tape a clothing item to the body as a last resort), and duct tape for heavy-duty fixes will all serve you well. Tissues are also an all-purpose item for makeup fixes, tears of joy or anticipation, or medical problems. Snacks such as granola bars and a package of straws so the bride can drink without smearing her lipstick are also must-haves in your kit.
For those holding an outdoor wedding, or even those who anticipate any time spent outside, include a small bottle or can of sunscreen. You never know when the smoke alarm will go off and you'll all have to stand outside in direct sunlight for an hour! If you're in a wooded area for a nature-themed wedding and it's the right season for insects, bug-repellent spray is also a great idea.
If you don't have a wedding emergency kit, any small disaster can mean sending a member of the wedding party running around town to find a solution at an inopportune moment. While you might not be able to prepare for every disaster, you can certainly head off many crises and make your wedding day far less stressful for everybody by keeping a well-stocked emergency kit at hand.
Recommended Miscellaneous Items
- Bug spray
- Granola bars
- Scotch, electrical, and duct tape