I feel as though wedding days can best be summarized by Murphy’s Law. Simply stated, anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. People always ask me if I’ve ever had a crazy wedding emergency and the truth is, I’ve never had a wedding without an emergency or two (it’s part of the fun, and why I love what I do). As a wedding planner, my job is to fix the little problems (hopefully before my clients even know they were there) and to come to the table with plausible solutions for the larger problems (again, hopefully leaving my clients in blissful ignorance).
A well stocked emergency kit has saved me both time and stress many times. Wedding days are typically moved along on a very tight schedule – getting ready, photographs, ceremony, more photos, and finally the reception (toasts, dances, etc). When something goes wrong (let’s say one of the groomsmen decides to eat a Big Mac after putting on his tux, and drips a wad of Special Sauce on his tie), the fix needs to be at my fingertips. Side note: I typically forbid the bridal party from ingesting anything but pretzels once they’re dressed in wedding day attire, for obvious reasons.
While you may have hired a wedding planner who will come ready with all the stain removal, wardrobe malfunctioning, and pharmaceutical related goodies, it’s best to also come prepared yourself. If you’re not hiring a wedding planner, a properly assembled wedding day survival kit is necessary for — well, your survival. Here are 10 great kits (five for the gals and five for the gents) with everything they might need. I’ve also included links to a few other items I think every bride and groom should have on hand on their wedding day, but that aren’t typically included in wedding day kits.
Wedding Day Emergency Kits for Her
Every bride and bridal party needs a wedding day emergency kit. A large survival kit is a great gift to give a bride and is a common bridal shower gift. A smaller kit is a great gift for a bride to hand out to her bridesmaids. While you can take the time assembling your own, there are so many great existing kits on the market, so you can start with one of these and then add on as you see fit.
Some items that are not in the below kits, but that are highly recommended, are as follows:
– a steamer
– white chalk (if you’re not sure how the fabric of your wedding dress will react to a stain remover, this is a great trick to cover up spots)
– Colgate Wisps (you can’t have grimey feeling teeth before the most important kiss of your life)
– a crochet needle (for those tricky dress buttons that even the tiniest fingers can’t manage)
– Solemate high heel protectors (great for an outdoor wedding on uneven ground or grass)
Also, don’t forget to purchase whatever nail polish color you’re wearing for wedding day chips and remember to stock up on any specific medicine you might need. Lastly, but most importantly, snacks. I cannot tell you how many brides and bridesmaids forget to eat (or hydrate) and it does not end well. Bland, colorless snacks like granola bars, pretzels, and nuts are all great options. Also H2O – you can order it now and thank me later.
1. In the Bag – Wedding Day Emergency Kit
This is an all around great emergency kit to have by your side on your wedding day. It comes in various sizes, so while this one is for five to nine women, there’s an option for one to four women for smaller bridal parties, a single mini emergency kit, or even an extra large kit for bridal parties of 10 or more. The contents include: baby powder, bobby pins in various colors, three combs, a compact mirror, hairspray, clear lip gloss, nail files, clear nail polish, oil-absorbing blotting papers, cotton swabs, hair brush, dental floss, deodorant, hand lotion, maxi pads, mini pads, tampons, pre-pasted toothbrushes, Advil, Tylenol, Imodium, band-aids, antacids, hem tape, a lint roller, safety pins, a sewing kit, Shout stain remover pads, static guard, super glue, drinking straws, earring backs, Kleenex packs, and peppermints.
2. Yacanna Wedding Day Bridal Survival Kit
The pretty packaging on this wedding day emergency kit makes it a great option for gift giving. The necessities for the day come in a gorgeous “something blue” bag with a designer tag that reads “Bridal Emergency Kit”. This kit is a little on the smaller side, but still includes many of the essentials: sanitizing wipes, band-aids, a full travel mending kit, a compact mirror, floss, stain remover, makeup remover wipes, pain relievers, antacid, breath mints, tissues, a nail file, and bobby pins.
3. Hollywood Fashion Secrets Emergency Kit
This kit is very fashion focused, but something all brides should have on their wedding day. I recommend purchasing this kit in addition to one of the other kits on this list. This emergency kit includes six strips of fashion tape, one deodorant removing sponge, one sewing kit, 30 lint removing sheets, instant adhesive buttons, stain wipes, one earring back, one hair band, one nail file, one blister pad, one shoe shine sponge, and one static guard. If you have a larger bridal party, stock up on some extra fashion tape as it always comes in handy. Hollywood Fashion Secrets also carries a great product called Haute Heels, which I recommend for every bride. You can browse some of their other genius products here.
4. Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit
This is the miniest wedding survival kit on the market and a great gift for any bride or bridesmaid. This tiny bag measures 3×2 inches and packs a punch. It includes one of each of the following items: band-aid, safety pin, earring back, deodorant towelette, nail polish remover pad, pain reliever, double sided tape, stain remover, breath freshener, clear elastic, mending kit, lip balm, dental floss, clear nail polish, nail file, tampon, and hair spray – which is seriously impressive. If you want to keep the mini theme going, I once again stress the importance of snacks. Grab some mini Larabars, and mini Pellegrino bottles for a mid morning snack emergency.
Price: $24.20 – $38.45 depending on selection
5. Safety Girl 21 Piece Original Safety Girl Kit
There are quite a few wedding day necessities in this adorable Safety Girl lunch box. It includes: adhesive bandages, bottled water, deodorant, a peanut butter energy bar, an emergency blanket, gum, hand wipes, ibuprofen, a lens cloth, a light stick, lip balm, a milk chocolate bar, a nail file, a pencil, a sewing kit, stain remover wipes, and a hair brush. This kit has a few items that the other bridal kits are missing like a writing utensil and something to eat/drink. The supplies are only enough for one gal, so if you’re planning on sharing with your bridal party, you might want to purchase a few.
Price: $24.95 (15 percent off MSRP)
Wedding Day Emergency Kits for Him
While the ladies are traditionally more likely to think ahead about the emergencies that may ensue, every groom needs a good emergency kit too. In addition to the items included in the below kits, we recommend that every guy pack an extra white dress shirt, an extra tie or bowtie, and an extra pair of black dress socks.
1. Groom Wedding Day Emergency Kit
The sleek style of this bag makes it one of my favorite wedding emergency kits for grooms. The leather messenger bag can undoubtedly be used after the wedding day. One of the most comprehensive survival kits, this one includes: file folders, one black barrel pen, one 3×6 inch Bic notepad (for some last minute vow writing), one tin of candy, one deck of playing cards, a lint roller, a shoehorn, a disposable camera, one pack of tissues, a sewing kit, two clear buttons, one black button, safety pins, a mini nail file, a bandage, breath spray, anti-bacterial wipes, shoe shine wipes, Shout wipes, a shave kit, a dental kit, deodorant, Advil, Pepcid, band-aids, lip moisturizer, and eye drops. Many of the items on this list are brand name, which makes this an even greater value.
2. Men’s Wedding Day Emergency Kit
With You in Mind has an equally great emergency kit for men, as it does for women. This kit has some of the more male focused emergency solutions included, such as cufflinks, shoehorns, shoelaces, disposable shoe shine cloths, and trouser socks, along with the other standard wedding day items. If you’re traveling for the wedding, I also recommend prepping for your shower and shave needs as hotels typically don’t offer the best options. I love this travel toiletry kit for men.
3. Wedding Day Survival Tin Kit for Groomsmen
A great gift for your groomsmen, this pocket sized tin survival kit is filled with emergency essentials for your big day. Each tin comes filled with the following items: one package of Emergen-C, one package of Tylenol, one mini container of Tic-Tacs, one band-aid, one package of Pepto-Bismol, one pair of foam earplugs, one floss pick, one condom, and one dental brush. The small tin can be kept in your groomsmen’s suit pockets for easy access throughout the wedding day. You can shop the bridesmaids equivalent version here.
4. Men’s Premium 16 Piece Necessities Kit
Another great option for destination weddings or any situation where you won’t be getting ready at home, this travel sized bag has many wedding day necessities all in TSA compliant sizes. It includes a razor, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, lip balm, a comb, toothpaste, a toothbrush, mouthwash, dental floss, Advil, band-aids, a nail clipper with a file, baby powder, cotton swabs, and cotton balls. There’s also a women’s bag available if you’d like to get a matching one for your bride.
5. Men’s Restroom Amenity Basket
Even if you don’t need a wedding day emergency kit, your guests might, which is why a restroom basket is essential. If you’ve hired a wedding planner, this is something they might help you assemble or provide, but if not, this is a great pre-assembled option. If anything pops up during your wedding, your guests will feel well taken care of and can continue to enjoy the festivities without worry. This bathroom basket includes: 10 combs, hairspray, 10 nail files, Q-tips, 15 dental floss, deodorant, hand lotion, 10 pre-pasted toothbrushes, 15 Advil packets, 15 bandages, 10 Imodium packets, 20 antacid chewables, 15 Tylenol packets, a lint roller, shoehorns, shoe shine cloths, stain remover pads, static guard, super glue, tissues, and mints. You can also purchase the women’s version here.
If none of these kits are quite right, you can browse some additional options here.