Updated: Jun 20
In the wedding industry, we've got a lot of tricks
up our sleeves. One of our most valuable
tools on wedding day is our wedding day emergency kit!
From little to big emergencies (think bride + red wine) we pride ourselves on being ultra-prepared and that means having all of the essential tools to make your big day a success...even if that means having a aresenal of supplies at the ready!
My wedding day emergency kit has certainly grown over the last 5 years and I have a few tips to pass along! My #1 must have: a fanny pack. Hands-free is key! On wedding days, I carry a fanny pack at all times with the essentials. I keep a tool box with all of my supplies, but I’ll stash the personal items I’m asked for most often in my fanny pack.
We also stash a few things in our supply closet. Particularly helpful when the forecast calls for rain — or surprises us entirely — simple matching umbrellas are a much better fit in case they wind up in wedding photos.
Today I’m sharing my top five wedding day must haves for your wedding day emergency kit:
1. SCISSORS Scissors sound like a no-brainer, but the key to these sewing scissors is their super fine tip. This pair is perfect for delicate situations and squeezing in to small spaces for all sorts of décor emergencies. Plus, they'll fit neat and tidy in your fanny pack. Beyond a small pair, we keep a regular pair of every day scissors, and I also recommend fabric scissors, for ribbon and other textiles.
2. Tide Pen
For every bridesmaid holding a glass of wine, another one is spilling on herself, another bridesmaid, or worst-case - the bride. Tide and Oxiclean are amazing at removing wine, blood, and grass stains almost instantly! 3. SPRAY DEODORANT We're ready to save the day when a bus filled with a nervous —or inebriated— wedding party is melting after their outdoor photo session. Spray deodorant is perfect for sharing! Watch how fast it gets passed around when everybody wants a refresh. Also helpful — but a little bit harder to find— deodorant wipes.
4. BANDAGES Inevitably, someone is going to get a blister, or some sort of boo boo and come calling for bandages. Get an assorted pack so you can handle issues big and small. 5. BABY WIPES If you're a mom, chances are you've already discovered that baby wipes are amazing for wiping a lot more than butts. Whether they're baby wipes, or basic Wet Wipes, these will come in handy for cleaning up smudges, messes, or sticky spots, again and again. I remember vividly a wedding day where the bride tried to touch up her bold red lipstick, leaving it smudged on her hands and she was worried about getting it on her gown. The wipes saved her from a meltdown...and an ugly stain!
If its the most important kiss of your life, don't you want to be minty fresh? I've always got mints on hand for just before the ceremony for both the bride and groom. Never gum! No one wants to be chewing gum as they walk down the aisle! ADDITIONAL ITEMS FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY EMERGENCY KIT:
Tape - Scotch tape, clear packing tape, duct tape, electrical tape, hem tape
Envelopes - for divvying out tips, last minute payments and so on
Granola bars - for me, when I forget to eat, or a light-headed bride in need of a sugar rush
White pipe cleaners - I use these once in a while for bustling a wedding gown, tying back drapery and who knows what else
Simple cake knife - in case the venue brings out something ugly, or a couple forgets an heirloom knife
Sewing kit - if I had a dollar for every time I had to stitch a gown or reattach a button in the middle of a wedding reception
Extension cords - never know when you might need to plug in or extend your reach
Phone chargers - for Apple and other brands
Tide Pen - for stains
Basic first aid kit
Bobby pins & hairspray
Nail file & clippers
Clamps - big and small