Wedding day emergency kit
One of the things a good wedding coordinator always has with them is their emergency kit. An emergency kit should contain anything and everything that you may need on your wedding day from a nail file to a hammer, from tissues to duct tape. It’s all those, just in case items that you hope you never need to use, and quite often I don’t need to break the kit out. I wasn’t a Scout but isn’t their motto, be prepared?!
I know that some brides choose not to have a wedding planner or on the day coordinator but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have a wedding day emergency kit. Every bridal consultation I do, rather than hand out business cards, I give her my emergency kit list.
What’s in a wedding day emergency kit?
The contents of the kit will depend on whom the kit is for. Bridesmaids kits may contain a nail file, plasters and a hangover cure whereas the groom may have mints, tissues and a little bottle of whiskey. The bride however, may want a little more. Each bride will want to tailor her kit as every bride is different and every wedding is different. It might be worth talking to other people you may know who have married recently and asking if there is anything they wish they had with them on their wedding day. Here is a list of a few staples because seriously, who doesn’t love a list?
- Tissues for make up mishaps and tears
- Nail polish for any chips and last minute touch ups
- Nail file for accidental breakages
- Nail glue for repairs
- Straws so your lipstick doesn’t come off when you’re drinking
- Tweezers because you never know. They can come in handy for a whole host of things
- Tailors chalk to cover over any marks she may get on her dress
- Dental floss and mints for that first kiss
- Hard sweets in case your mouth gets a little dry before walking down the aisle
- Cotton buds (or q tips for our American readers)
- Hair grips and hair spray
- A granola bar to keep you going and a bottle of water to keep hydrated
- Baby power for when the nerves make you sweat a little
- A mini sewing kit – just in case
- Tampons because you never know
- A mini first aid kit – plaster, aspirin etc.
- Blotting papers for before the photos
- Sun cream especially if you are getting married on a warm sunny day, yes even in the UK we can burn!
- Ear ring backs
- Baby wipes – they come in handy for a whole host of things!
- Crochet hook – if your dress has little tiny buttons, trust me, this helps
- Duct tape – there’s nothing you can’t fix with duct tape!
- One thing you hope you don’t need in your kit (but I have one in mine) is a ring. I’m sure the best man won’t forget…will he?
Wedding day emergency kit for the bathroom
It might be worth considering putting a wedding day emergency kit in the bathroom for your guests. A cute little basket with hair brushes, grips, perfume, things to touch up their make up. Guest appreciate the nice touches that make them feel looked after and taken care of.
Prepacked vs a put together kit
The average wedding takes around 300 hours of planning from start to finish and putting together a wedding day emergency kit is just one more worry for already busy brides. One more worry that she can probably do without. There are lots of prepacked kits available on line. The advantage of this is that you don’t need to run around thinking ‘what might I need’ and trying to find it. Trust me, blotting papers are not easy to find! The disadvantage with the put together kits is that you may end up with things you don’t need and without the things you do. Perhaps you could delegate the task to someone to put this together for you.
Rebecca Wilkie Weddings shop
With this in mind I have put together kits and opened my own Etsy UK shop selling kits that you can customise without having to run around looking for everything. I put together the kits based on my own extensive ‘what if kit’ as well as experience of things brides, grooms, bridesmaids, best men and guests have asked for.
Why not drop me a line and let me know what’s in your kit?