No matter how much you prepare for your wedding, unexpected things could happen. And you, the blushing bride, and your trusty bridesmaid should be well-equipped for emergencies. From wardrobe malfunctions, make-up mishaps, and booking snafus, here are the things you should make sure to have in your wedding survival kit.
Who Should Carry the Kit?
Some brides like to carry a little purse with them as they walk down the aisle. This is usually in the form of a small pouch or a wristlet that can be fastened around the bride’s wrist and remain undetected under the bouquet. Given that it is small, it should contain a few of the items we will list below while the maid of honor carries a more sizeable kit which will hold more of the items.
Popped a button? A safety pin is your quick fix! A part of the dress came off? Get that lifesaver! Just make sure to carry them in all sizes, but try to bring more of the small ones which are generally easier to use and are more inconspicuous. Also, pick sturdy ones that don’t bend under the weight of heavier materials. Test each one ahead of time. You want pins that won’t yield against something a little tougher like, for example, a dress’s lining. Get stainless ones to avoid leaving behind dirty pinholes.
This is pretty self-explanatory, but don’t stop at just putting the pins in your kit. Learn how to use them for best results. The pins should hold up your hair without being in plain sight. Watch how hair stylists do it or you can learn on YouTube. Do you know that hairpins and bobby pins are different?
In the event that your updo doesn’t hold, and it is beyond salvage, you can rely on elastics (and bobby pins) to create that fabulous swept-up hairstyle you usually do yourself on fancy date nights.
Though not entirely necessary, it would be nice to have a small bottle of hairspray handy. Sweat and humidity can make certain hairstyles crumble, and the hairspray could put the tiny hairs the pins cannot catch in place.
Wipes are handy for just about any kind of mess. Smeared make-up, dust, spills, and yes, even underarm, ugh, you know.
Keep mid-festivity oiliness at bay with blotting paper and look shine-free in all your photos without ruining your make-up! Can’t find any blotting paper at the last minute? A clean makeup sponge will do.
Your Favorite Scent
The night can be long and tiring, and once you start feeling unfresh, you’ll be glad you stashed your favorite perfume in your survival kit. Transfer several spritzes of your perfume of choice into one of those (clean) sample-size bottles. And remember, your tired feet can also use a few quick dabs.
Lipstick and Other Makeup
And not just any lipstick. It should be the same shade your makeup artist used on you. You may not realize it, but a change in lipstick (though it might look good in person) could register very differently in photos. Having the same lipstick as your makeup artist’s for touch ups will keep your look consistent throughout the night. Same goes for eye shadow and blush.
Gum or Mints
No explanation needed for this one. You’ll just be glad you have breath mints after dinner. If someone else is carrying your kit for you and you have a bigger bag, you can also throw in a small bottle of mouthwash.
Are we joking? No, we’re not. Remember that your day will be long and you will need some energy boost between the photo shoot, the ceremony, and the reception. Alternatively, you can have a small bag of nuts. During warmer months, chocolate may not be a good choice. Make sure to test these edible pick-uppers ahead of time.
A List of Numbers
The last thing you need to make sure you have on your wedding day is a list of all of your vendors’ contact numbers. If you planned your wedding well, chances are you might not be needing them. However, it is comforting to have the list with you, knowing you can reach them if anything untoward arises. You can also add to the numbers of vendors or services you did not use but are within the immediate area for emergencies (hoping you will never need to call them).