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53 items for your wedding day survival kit

If you don’t have a wedding day emergency kit, someone in your wedding party is sure to need something that you will wish you had brought. To avoid that sinking feeling, plan ahead and bring items that you anticipate someone will need.

Wedding coordinators and most venue managers and caterers have bridal emergency kits on hand; however, they may not include thread in your bridesmaids’ dress colors. When you pack specific personal items that you might need, you can prevent or solve potential problems, and knowing that you have these backup items will be of comfort to you.

If the bride and groom are too busy to put together an emergency kit, they can ask a family member or bridal party member. When the items are presented in an attractive and useful container, such a kit makes a thoughtful wedding shower gift.

To keep cool on your wedding day

  • Clip-on battery-operated fans
  • Large fans
  • Hand fans

To refresh you

  • A straw to take a sip of water without ruining your picture-perfect lipstick
  • Water bottles, especially for summer weddings, so you won’t get dehydrated and faint at the altar
  • Breath mints
  • Finger foods: carrot sticks, celery, apples, bananas, small sandwiches (but without drippy condiments)
  • Large bibs or napkins to cover wedding attire while eating. Better yet, before photos are taken, eat before you get dressed into your wedding attire.

To repair and adjust wedding clothing

  • Pearl corsage pins
  • White satin covered buttons
  • White shirt buttons
  • Safety pins
  • Sewing kit with scissors and thread to match wedding day apparel
  • Body tape strips (from bridal apparel stores)
  • Shoelaces
  • Moleskin for better shoe fit
  • Lint brush
  • Stain remover pen
  • Double sided tape
  • Clear and colored nail polish
  • Static guard
  • Strong, quick-drying glue

To soothe

  • Pain reliever
  • Antacid
  • Bandages
  • Rubbing alcohol

To keep you looking your best

  • Hair spray
  • Hairbrush with mirror
  • Make-up remover wipes
  • Oil blotting tissues
  • Nail file
  • Clear elastic hair bands
  • Earring backs
  • Bobby pins and hairpins
  • Tweezers

To keep you feeling fresh

  • Baby powder
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Tissue pack
  • Tampons
  • Cotton swabs

To rescue the reception

  • Matches or lighter
  • Extra candles
  • Green flower tape
  • Camera battery
  • Memory card for camera or video camera

To cover all your bases

  • Note pad, pencil or pen
  • Duct tape
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Wedding license
  • Comfortable shoes

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Published on April 28, 2016.

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