During most the weddings that I have officiated, there has always been something that didn’t go quite according to plan. Mostly they aren’t big things…just minor issues, but many of those minor issues could have been headed off with if a small “Wedding Emergency Kit” was packed.
Anyone can put this kit together, but with all the pressure that the bride is already going through in planning her special day, I would suggest it be someone else with a little more time on their hands. This could be the responsibility of the of the Bride’s mother, one of the bride’s maids, little sister…anyone who can be trusted to get it all together.
Once the “Wedding Emergency Kit” is assembled, then make sure that whoever is responsible for the kit not only brings it to the ceremony, but also to the reception. It may be necessary for pictures after the ceremony and during the reception.
Here is a list of items you might want to consider putting into your “Wedding Emergency Kit”:
- Mini sewing kit
- Tooth Brush and toothpaste
- Aspirin (any other legally prescribed medication)
- Bottle of water (for washing down that aspirin)
- Straws (to hydrate without smudging lipstick)
- Band-Aids and/or Styptic Pencil (blood on a white wedding dress – not good)
- Tissues (someone is going to start crying)
- Matching make-up (for touch ups)
- Spot Remover (“Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover” works GREAT!)
- Floss (don’t want to “Photoshop” the debris out from between your teeth!)
- Hair spray
- Clear nail polish (to keep stockings from running – hair spray works, too)
- Hairpins, elastic and safety pins
- Black book of phone numbers (to contact a supplier or an usher at the last moment.)
- Hem tape (in case no one knows how to sew)
- Breathe mints (“You may now kiss your smelly-breathed Bride!”)
- Superglue (for a quick fix! Note: WD-40, duct tape and bailing wire are optional)
- Food (keep your energy up!)
- Extra cash (you might want a burger or a Starbucks)
Of course, you can add or delete any of these suggested items, but I promise you, you won’t regret having this “Wedding Emergency Kit”. More than likely, you will need something in it!