A wedding day survival kit is a must. While we hope you don’t have any emergencies on your day, it’s always better to have supplies on hand so you are prepared. Through all the weddings we’ve photographed in the past several years, it seemed like every wedding couple forgot at least a few of these items. Make sure to have those just-in-case items so your dream wedding goes off without a hitch.
The MOH should pack them in a tote bag and stash it in a safe but easy-to-access place during the wedding reception. If you’re not the DIY type, we’ve got one already made for you. here’s a list of essential (and some optional) items to pack:
1. Heel Stoppers: These are a must for walking in grass. We recommend having a set for every woman in your bridal party as well as yourself.
2. Mini sewing kit with scissors, needles, thread, buttons, and safety pins: For those “make it work” moments.
3. Breath mints: Get your mouth ready for that first kiss with mini mints.
4. Tweezers: From stray hairs to clumped lashes, you never know when these will come in handy.
5. Blotting papers: Keep shine away with oil-absorbing sheets.
6. Lipstick or gloss: Touch up your lip often with a mini tube in your shade of choice.
7. Baby powder: Hot summer days, crowded prep rooms, and nerves can all lead to sweat. A little moisture-absorbing baby powder will help the bride feel fresh as a daisy. It’s also great for keeping beaded bodices from scratching or chafing the bride’s underarms.
8. Extra undergarments: For when baby powder just doesn’t cut it. (See above.)
9. Tissues: For dabbing away happy tears (and keeping your eye makeup on point).
10. Hair spray: Splurge on a high-quality formula to make sure your ’do stays put.
11. Fragrance: Dab a scent on your pulse points to smell amazing all day.
12. Deodorant: Chances are, someone probably forgot to use it this morning.
13. Scissors: You will need these (probably more than once)!
14. White chalk: For covering up stains.
15. Straws: So the bride can stay hydrated without messing up her lipstick.
16. Tide to Go mini stain remover: Keep that dress white! Clean up any sudden spills…
17. Fashion tape: A quick fix for falling hemlines—and plunging necklines.
18. Emery board: For smoothing pesky edges.
19. Tampons/panty liners: Even if you don’t need one, someone else will.
20. Medicine (pain reliever, allergy medicine, antacid): Take precautions for the big three issues that can attack at any moment—especially under stress: headaches, allergies, and indigestion.
21. Mini first aid kit with Band-Aids, burn relief, liquid bandages, and antiseptic: Safety first!
22. Mouthwash, toothbrush and toothpaste: Because, oral hygiene. (Also, dental floss/toothpicks).
23. Granola bars or other easy-to-carry snacks: Nobody wants a hangry bride on their hands!
24. Lighter: For sealing the edge of frayed ribbons.
25. Krazy Glue: For nail fixes, shoe heels, decorations, even jewels.
26. Lint roller: Especially helpful for the groom and groomsmen’s suits.
27. Cash: Just in case! Include some change in case the bride suddenly decides the only thing she needs is a soda from that machine down the hall.
28. Sunblock (if you’ll be outdoors)
29. Eye drops: Don’t let red eyes ruin your beauty prep! (Side note: if the bride wears contacts, make sure she brings an extra pair, contact solution, and a case.)
30. Extension cord and phone charger(s): The bride is stuck in the makeup chair, her phone’s about to die, but she needs to call the caterer.
31. Lotion: For taming dry patches and flyaways.
32. Clear polish: Smooth out any unexpected chips for the perfect #ringselfie.
33. Extra earring backs: You never know when those little guys will go missing.
34. Hair elastics and bobby pins: You can never have too many on hand.
35. Cotton balls and Q-Tips: For removing makeup smudges.
So there you have it! The 35 things most wedding couples forget! Put together your wedding survival kit and have it ready to go about a week before your wedding day. If you don’t feel like like going shopping for everything on your list, you are in luck! We found a readymade survival kit that includes most of what we mentioned on Amazon.
We have 2 more quick tips for you. If you haven’t done so already, make sure you sign up for an Amazon Wedding Registry. This is an awesome way to add things you want or need from any store. It also gives you 10-20% off!
If you don’t have one already, you may want to get an Amazon Prime Account if you will be ordering lots of things for your wedding day. Returns are easy and most things have FREE 2-day shipping.
If this list was helpful, we’d love to hear from you! And if we missed anything, please let us know in the comments!