A Bride's Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Photo Credits Streuli Silvan
Photo Credits Streuli Silvan

Its Your Big Day! And Then...

something goes terribly wrong.

The petticoat of your dress rips and is dragging on the floor.

You cried during the ceremony and have mascara streaks under your eyes as you're whisked away for pictures.

While waiting to walk down the aisle the wind rips the veil off your head (yes, this happened to me.)

You need a Wedding Day Emergency Kit.

For your maid of honor to keep close in a purse and whip out a much needed kleenex or band-aid, here is a list of things to have on hand during your Big Day.

be ready for those tears!
be ready for those tears!

The Main Kit

Duct Tape - if its broken, duct tape can fix it. I've used it as a broken heel fixer, a blister cover and in one very desperate theatre production, as a makeshift bra.

Q-tips and cotton swabs - from mascara fixes to your eyeshadow getting creased after a few hours...these are a must.

Tissues - do I really need to explain this?

Travel size moisturizer/lotion - If your makeup is smeared, this plus a Q-tip or tissue is your saving grace! If you're getting married in a dry climate you don't want chapped hands holding your bouquet!

Travel sewing kit - Your hem rips, an appliqued flower on your dress is floppy, beads on your headpiece are falling off...you just need one of these.

Safety pins in various sizes - itty bitty gold ones to covertly hide a rip or big honkin' ones to hold up a petticoat. My husband ended up using one to keep his pants buttoned since the button fell off right before the ceremony!

Super Glue - High heel broke off? Super glue! Bridesmaid's necklace broke? Superglue! Crazy Aunt Bertha won't shut up about where she was seated? Super glue!

Baby Wipes - you'd be surprised how many uses there are for these. From sticky hands to smudged makeup to grass in your toes to a coffee spill on your dress...baby wipes are like magic.

Nail File - cause you really don't want a hangnail on your wedding day.

Nail Polish - in clear if you're wearing stockings/nylons, and one in your color. My manicure looked so bad we redid my nails twice on my wedding day. Your photographer's bound to take those pics of your hands (although mine, incidentally, didn't). On that note:

Nail Polish Remover - which can also remove the sticky from any tags on last minute purchases.

Bobby Pins - if your hair falls out. Or your veil flies away. Or your new husband picks a daisy for you and you want it in your hair.

Mirror - to admire yourself...duh.

Comb - Part 1 of the Deadly Duo of Hair Fixers

Travel size hairspray - Part 2 of the same Duo. Make sure its a good spray like Big Sexy hair or something equally fast drying and strong. This can also be used to get rid of static in a closer fitting dress.

Travel size Deodorant - so you don't stink the place up.

You gotta have bridesmaids to help you out!
You gotta have bridesmaids to help you out!

Blotting sheets - no oily foreheads, please. Zits are easier to photo shop than that.

Earring backs - in case yours decide to fall off

Tweezers - the stray eyebrow hair, a splinter from that adorable wood bridge, super gluing a bead back in place...

Eye drops - redness reducing ones at that.

Baby powder - helps absorb spills on a white dress, and can keep things from getting...sticky.

Lint Roller - let's say its spring, and your giant white fluffy dress brushes a horde of pollen-filled flowers...this can help.

Tampons/liners - juuust in case...

Band-aids in a few different sizes can solve anything from paper cuts to blisters to sagging thigh-high nylons.

Tums, Rolaids or other Acid relief - wedding jitters can cause upset tummies sometimes

Aleeve, Tylenol, or other painkiller - bring at least two different kinds.

Floss - those chocolate dipped strawberries may be good but the seeds stuck in your teeth are not.

A granola bar or some kind of snack pack...cause you probably won't get a chance to eat until 1 am...

And Last But Not Least...

A good attitude.

You are marrying the love of your life and if at the end of the day you're a wife, then the day was a success!

People have come from far and wide to show their love to you and your betrothed, so be a gracious, kind bride and whatever goes wrong that day (because something will), roll with it!

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MadelynFinley 6 years ago from United States

Great list! A sense of humor certainly helps. Remember while the wedding day is important, it is only one day. It is the marriage that matters most!


Christina Bird 6 years ago

I love it! I'm totally going to use this for all of my friends that get married from here on out. And maybe myself someday.


MomKat 6 years ago

Having worked in a Bridal Gown Salon I would also add a bottle of SHOUT as I have seen it remove red lipstick, pen marks, make-up and coffee stains.

I would buy a tube of GOOP ( Walmart/Target) as it will glue and hold ANYTHING ( broken shoe et)!

GREAT LIST!!!!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Great hub! A Super kit!From personal experience bring STATIC GUARD if you have a winter wedding!HA!


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Solorya 6 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Madelyn Finley - Agreed! So many people spend a lot more time on the wedding than the marriage!

CBird - thanks!

MomKat - Good adds!

bayoulady - good call on that too! I've used hairspray in a pinch, as well!


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rgarnett 6 years ago from KC, MO

I have a good friend getting married in about three weeks, I think I will forward this on to her. It looks like a great list!


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Solorya 6 years ago from Oklahoma Author

thanks! I wish I had had it on my wedding day!


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thedutchman 5 years ago

I hope I can use these points later than sooner. Haha. Nice hub!


Unise 4 years ago

You certainly need one of these. Check out I'm a mrs.com (imamrs.com) for that "other emergancy requirements" they sell packages for brides that has just married (or going to) in what's required to do a name change to over 300 companies. Telephone, fax, email addresses and froms included.


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

Ha, this was an excellent hub!

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