Hope you’ve been enjoying the sunshine the past couple of days!
You may be wondering why on earth you will need an emergency wedding kit, but I urge you to stop and take a moment to read on (or at least bookmark for a later date!) and consider the potential consequences and added stress of NOT having one, especially if you are having a marquee wedding or your reception is being held at a dry-hire wedding venue.
WHAT IF those beautiful shoes you’ve bought especially for your big day are not as comfy as you thought?
WHAT IF the zip or buttons on your dress break?
WHAT IF your photographer splits their trousers? (yes, this really has happened!)
WHAT IF your hay fever kicks in unexpectedly?
WHAT IF you get a headache?
My emergency kit comes with me to every single wedding and you’d be surprised at the number of times it’s been put to good use! Of course, everyone hopes they won’t have any emergencies on their big day, but it is always better to be safe than sorry. Having your emergency kit to hand will make you feel so much more relaxed, and even if you just use one item from it you’ll be so glad that you put the effort in to sorting it out.
So, what items might you need?
Your personal emergency kit should contain everything that you need to make sure you look and feel your best all day long. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Comb / hair brush
Lipstick / lip gloss
Crochet hook (to do up those pesky buttons on your dress!)
Any medication that you need
Copy of your speech (if you’re making one)
For Your Guests
A kit for your wedding guests should include other practical items that everyone might need, which can then be left in the cloakrooms for guests to help themselves. This comes with the added bonus of you being able to use the items too, without having to carry everything around yourself.
Hairbrush, hair grips, hair spray, dry shampoo
A mini first aid kit - including blister plasters
Paracetamol, indigestion tablets, hay fever / allergy tablets, insect repellent
Mouthwash, mints, floss
Deodorant, body spray, face wipes, hand sanitiser
Hand cream, sun cream, lip balm
Tampons, sanitary towels
Mini sewing kit, hem tape, nude tights, scissors, safety pins, lint roller, stain remover wipes
Tissues, tweezers, cotton buds, nail scissors, nail file, clear nail polish
For Everything Else
As well as the personal items, your wedding day emergency kit should contain all the other useful items that your bridesmaids/groomsmen or coordinator might need to overcome any other issues on the day. Nobody knows your wedding plans as well as you do, so you should definitely tailor your kit to suit your day. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Sellotape, double-sided tape, blue tac, glue dots, super glue
String, fishing wire, florist tape
Extra tealights, candles, batteries
Spare stationery, favours, pens
Hammer, screwdriver, torch
Phone charger, extension lead
Copies of your wedding day schedule - including contact details for your wedding party and suppliers
So there you have some ideas of what to include in your wedding day emergency kit.
I have put together a handy pdf checklist for you to tick things off as you stash them away until your big day!
As always, let me know if you have any questions or if you are considering hiring a wedding planner and would like to know more about the wedding planning services I offer.