While we hope you don’t have emergencies on the big day, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. We’ve come up with a list of all those just-in-case items that will ensure your dream wedding goes off without a hitch. No matter how much you plan and how detailed your day-of itinerary gets, wedding day hiccups are bound to happen. And that’s where this handy little kit comes in. The maid of honor should pack these emergency items in a tote bag and stash the bag in a safe but easy-to-access place during the wedding reception.
1. Mini sewing kit with scissors, needles, thread, buttons, and safety pins: For those “make it work” moments.
2. Tweezers: From stray hairs to splinters.
3. Baby powder: Hot summer days, crowded prep rooms, and nerves can all lead to sweat. A little moisture-absorbing baby powder will help the bride feel fresh.
4. Extra undergarments: For when baby powder just doesn’t cut it.
5. Q-tips & makeup remover: For eyeliner mistakes.
6. Blotting papers: For absorbing shine and oil on your face.
7. Tampons/panty liners: Even if you don’t need one, someone else will.
8. Doublestep Foot Treatment and Friction Stick: Prevent blisters so you all can dance the night away.
9. Nail polish and a nail file: Polish chips and stocking runs don’t stand a chance.
10. Tissues: For those happy tears.
11. Mini first aid kit with Band-Aids, burn relief, liquid bandages, and antiseptic: Safety first!
12. Medicine (pain reliever, allergy medicine, antacid): Take precautions for the big three issues that can attack at any moment—especially under stress: headaches, allergies, and indigestion.
13. Sunscreen: Even if the wedding is indoors, if the wedding party will be outside for photos, make sure to have this on hand. (Depending on your climate, add bug spray for the same reason. Unscented for both!)
14. Towelettes: For freshening up on the go.
15. Deodorant: Chances are, someone probably forgot to use it this morning.
16. Razor: Same reason as to why we bring deodorant.
17. Granola bars or other easy-to-carry snacks: Nobody wants a hungry bride on their hands!
18. Straws: So the bride can stay hydrated without messing up her lipstick.
19. Super Glue: For fixing shoes, nails, jewelry, head pieces, and more.
20. Pen and paper: For last minute reminders, thank you notes, and secret messages between the bride and groom.
21. Breath mints: Hand her one right before she walks down the aisle, so the first kiss is minty fresh.
22. Stain remover pen: For spills and would-be stains on the dresses.
23. White chalk: If something gets on the wedding dress and it just won’t come out, you can usually mask the stain with chalk.
24. Lighter: For sealing the edge of frayed ribbons.
25. White duct tape: It’s true what they say—it can fix anything!
26. Lint roller: Especially helpful for the groom and groomsmen’s suits.
27. Cash: Just in case!
28. Dental floss/toothpicks: Just in case those snacks in the bridal suite try to overstay their welcome.
29. Eye drops: Don’t let red eyes ruin your beauty prep!
30. Extension cord and phone charger(s): The bride is stuck in the makeup chair, her phone’s about to die, but she needs to call the caterer. Suddenly, you’re a lifesaver.
31. Lotion: For taming dry patches and flyaways.
32. Toothbrush and toothpaste: It’s not uncommon for a bride to be so excited when she wakes up that she forgets to brush her teeth.
33. Extra earring backs: You never know when those little guys will go missing.
34. Hair elastics and bobby pins: You can never have too many on hand.
35. Alcohol: When all else fails, a little liquid courage is the ultimate backup.
Did we miss anything on your must-have wedding day emergency list? Share your tips for getting hitched without a hitch with us.