Yesterday we introduced Michelle from Maffick Events in this week’s Meet the Pros article. In it she opens up about overcoming worry and striving for perfection, and how she’s channeled that energy into creating memorable, meaningful days for her clients. One of the ways she does that is to make sure each bride is prepared for the unexpected on their wedding day! Below she provides a handy list of items to pack in your wedding day emergency kit.
Every bride needs an emergency kit for her wedding day. Whether it ends up being used for you or someone with you on your wedding day, I highly suggest assembling one and having a member of your wedding party be responsible for it. Make a list and get stocking! Here are some suggestions:
- A bottle of water
- A small snack that’s easy to travel with
- A cell phone and charger
- A printed list of contact information for all wedding party members and vendors
- A copy of your vows
- A copy of any readings and speeches to be given on your wedding day – if any are meant to be a surprise, have the speaker give you a copy in a sealed envelope.
- Any checks needed to pay vendors the day of
- Any essential medications that you take
- Aspirin or other pain reliever
- Over-the-counter antacids
- Travel-size umbrellas. Consider asking your bridal party to bring their own if there’s a chance of rain, and be sure to ask your photographer if they provide clear umbrellas on rainy days.
- Baby wipes – Grass stains on your dress from outdoor photo sessions? Hand your bridesmaids some baby wipes to (carefully) get them out.
- Baby powder – It can get really warm under a wedding dress. Apply baby powder to your skin before dressing to prevent chafing. You can also put a little powder on your dress after using the baby wipes to help mask a stain.
- Other stain remover wipes – not recommended for your wedding gown, but others in your party can benefit.
- A pair of flats – if you wear heels on your wedding day, you’ll be glad you have a pair of flats on hand by the end of the night. Caught in some rain or mud? That backup pair you packed will come in handy.
- A small sewing kit – safety pins, scissors, and needles and thread. Be sure to have thread in the same colors as your wedding dress, bridesmaids dresses, and the groom and groomsmen’s attire. Don’t forget flower girls, ring bearers, or other attendants too.
- Feminine hygiene products – because you just never know.
- Bobby pins
- Makeup for touch-ups
- Lip balm
- Breath mints
- Dental floss
- Hand lotion
- A small mirror
- Portable clothing steamer
- Perfume or oil fragrance – you might want a little freshening up by the evening (just use sparingly). Baby wipes can also come in handy for this.
- Sunscreen – recommended for outdoor weddings. Just beware, sunscreen on your face can impact the quality of photographs – discuss this with your photographer before the big day.
- Spare wedding rings – If you have a young ring bearer that might throw, lose, or swallow your rings, consider using inexpensive substitute rings for the ring bearer to carry down the aisle (think craft store or discount store). Give the real ones to whoever will hold them before you exchange vows. In all the hustle and bustle of the planning, prepping, primping, photographing, and getting to the ceremony on time, it’s easy to forget something crucial – like your wedding bands! I advise you to figure out a plan for this now, put it on your checklist, and make sure you remember to get those rings where they need to go by the beginning of your ceremony.
Do yourself a favor and get travel or miniature size versions of most of the things on your list. Of course, you will need something to hold all of your emergency kit items. Any kind of tote bag will work, but I prefer a plastic box with a lid that latches tightly.
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