The Bridal Emergency Kit
Two pro wedding planners weigh in on the all the required essentials for your big day “emergency” bag.
1. Travel size makeup & mirror
Keep a tube of lipstick, concealer and a mirror for little touch ups to keep your makeup looking fresh from I Do’s to photos and beyond, says Wendi Hroncich, founder of Seattle-based Ethereal Events.
2. Breath mints
They’re ideal for right before you walk down the aisle. But if you want fresh breath that’s longer lasting, pack a travel-size bottle of mouth wash, notes Hroncich.
3. Dental floss/toothpicks
The last thing you want in your wedding portraits is a smile featuring leftovers from the appetizers.
4. Bobby pins
Get blonde-colored ones if you’re blonde, brown ones if you’re a brunette, and so on, says Brooke Sheldon, owner of Lilybrooke Events in Kennebunkport, Maine.
5. Stain remover
Hroncich loves Shout Wipes or the Tide to Go pen. “They both work great without leaving bleach marks or a circle on delicate fabrics.”
6. A Band-Aid or moleskin
These quick-fixes can save the day if your shoes are uncomfortable, or prevent questionable footwear from becoming uncomfortable in the first place, Sheldon says.
7. Medicine (pain reliever, antacid, allergy meds)
Be prepared for potential discomforts that can crop up at any time like headaches, allergies and indigestion.
If you’re not sporting an up-do, you want to pack something to keep fly-aways and knotting at bay.
Whether it’s nerves, stress or just from dancing sweat is bound to happen so be ready to reapply throughout the day.
10. Eye drops
These are great if you get a little red eyed from happy tears or if your allergies act up. Also, if you wear contacts, be sure to bring an extra pair and contact solution.
11. Safety pins
“They can be used for almost anything in a pinch,” says Hroncich. “Get a variety pack of sizes.”
Whether it’s taking the tag off a garter or snipping stray strings on clothing, Hroncich always finds that scissors come in handy.
13. Pocket tissues
Use them to blot everything from tears to makeup. Hroncich likes the wedding-themed variety.
14. Super glue
Perfect for fixing broken shoes, jewelry and everything in between.
15. A protein-packed energy bar
“Chocolate is notorious for getting on everything, so opt for a Yogurt Honey Peanut Balance Bar or Lemon CLIF Builder’s bar,” says Hroncich
Bonus: A helper
“Of course, every bride should have a wedding planner so they don’t have to carry a thing!” says Sheldon. Can’t afford one? Ask someone responsible (ideally not your mother or maid of honor) to ensure your essentials safely make it from ceremony to reception.