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  • Christina Hubeli

10 Must-Have Items for Your Wedding Day Emergency Kit

what to pack in your wedding day emergency kit
Photo: Steve Koo Photography

On your wedding day, you want everything to go as smoothly as possible. But no matter how much planning and preventative actions we might take, little emergencies can still pop up! From headaches to ripped attire to chipped nail polish, anything can happen on your wedding day, and we want you to be prepared as much as possible.

Enter the wedding day emergency kit.

If you’ve hired a wedding planner or coordinator, they will likely bring an emergency kit with them that will cover all those potential mishaps for the day of (even ones you hadn’t thought of). If you’re not quite sure this is something your planner will be bringing, you can always confirm with them and see if there are any additional items you should pack.

It’s best to take your emergency kit with you throughout the day if you can. Have it with you while getting ready, taking photos, and of course take it along with you to your ceremony and reception.

This kit is full of items and tools that you may help out with issues that arise on day-of. While this list is by no means exhaustive, here are our top 10 must-have items for your wedding day emergency kit.

1. Sewing kit

Like all items in your emergency kit, you hopefully won’t have to actually use this one on wedding day. But rips and tears in your attire can happen, and a quick stitch can go a long way. Try to get a few different colors of thread to match your attire, your partner’s attire, and your wedding party’s attire so that your bases are covered.

2. Mini hair kit

If you’re hiring a professional wedding hair stylist, they know the tricks to getting your hair to stay put for hours of activity. But frizz and flyaways might pop up (especially if you’ll be putting in and taking out a veil throughout the day). Gather a mini hair kit with extra bobby pins and hairspray to tame any flyaways that might appear.

3. Extra makeup

Just like with your hair stylist, your makeup artist is going to create a look that’s meant to last you the whole day. It’s always safe to have extra mascara, concealer, and of course lipstick so you can do any touch-ups throughout the day. At your trial session, check with your artist on what brands and colors they’ll be using so that you can get a matching back-up set.

4. Band-Aids

From cuts and scrapes to blisters from shoes that aren’t broken in, Band-Aids will come in handy on your wedding day (especially if you have some younger, more rambunctious kids in your wedding). Toss an extra box in your kit to stay prepared, and you can even throw in some blister numbing or healing cream to ensure you last in your beautiful wedding day shoes.

5. Snacks and water

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! And EAT something on your wedding day. The last thing we want is for you to pass out mid-ceremony.

6. Stain stick remover

We stand by eating on your wedding day, but that doesn’t mean spills and stains can’t happen! Grab a stain stick remover or two for your kit so that small spills are not an issue.

7. Nail polish

If you’re getting your nails done for the wedding, grab an extra bottle of your polish color in case any knicks or scratches occur. Also throw in a bottle of clear nail polish to top off any touch-ups with. Bonus! If someone is wearing tights, clear nail polish will stop tears in their tracks.

8. Pain reliever

Whether you drank a little too much at the rehearsal dinner or just aren’t feeling your best, have a bottle of pain reliever on hand so that you can get back to enjoying your day.

9. Mints/mini toothbrush

Keep the smooches with your soon-to-be spouse fresh by popping a container of mints in your kit. Plus, you’ll be mingling with a lot of people throughout the day, so having these on-hand is the best way to avoid any stinky breath situations.

10. Steamer

To get out any last-minute wrinkles, stick to using a steamer rather than an iron. It’s easier, quicker, and safer for most fabrics and will come in handy for you and your wedding party. Some hotels have a steamer available at the front desk, so if you’re not looking to purchase one, you can always check with them first.

Bonus! Okay this one isn’t technically for emergencies, but it’s always a good idea to pack an extra invitation suite. Your photographer and/or videographer will use this to create beautiful detail shots! If you’re feeling extra creative, you can even help out with styling by providing personal items like a perfume or cologne bottle, ribbon that matches your color scheme, a family keepsake item, etc.

A wedding day emergency kit will help you tackle unwanted accidents with ease. Start shopping for your kit in the weeks before your wedding, and pack it up a week prior to the big day so that you don’t have to worry about last minute. It’s always best to be over-prepared, so best-case scenario, you don’t use any of these items! But it’s always helpful to have them on hand just in case.

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