by Shelby Ferguson
I’ve been in the wedding industry for nearly 10 years now. And I’ve seen a lot of things happen on a wedding day – both good and bad. In all your planning and preparations, one thing that you will not regret is packing yourself (and your groom) a wedding day emergency kit.
The big question is, what sort of “emergencies” should you plan for? What should be in said emergency kit?
First off, let’s chat about the obvious things. There are your basic toiletry items, things that you should have on hand as you and your girls are getting ready. Think deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste, bobby pins, safety pins, nail polish, nail polish remover, dental floss, mouthwash, tampons, hairspray, and lotion.
Some of these items also have a surprising dual purpose. Hairspray and nail polish can stop a snag in your nylons. Hairspray is also handy in case the insides of your shoes are slippery, just spray a touch on the bottom of your bare feet and your shoes will no longer slide off. Floss can double as string if needed. And back to hairspray, it helps with static electricity in your clothing, just spritz a touch between the layers of your dress. So don’t forget your hairspray!
Some other basic items I recommend are a sewing kit (including thread, scissors, a thimble, and double sided tape), static guard, breath mints, crazy glue, Band-Aids, aspirin, glue dots, and stain remover.
I personally carry around a huge “Mary Poppins bag” on wedding days. This bag is full of some not so standard but pretty useful items and I’m sharing the inside scoop. Depending upon whether you’re a diy gal or if you’ve hired lots of help, you may or may not need a few of these items that I typically keep on hand.
1. Chalk – You never know when you may need to make a last minute sign, do a little sidewalk art or mask a stain on your white wedding dress.
2. Printed Out Contact Info for ALL of your vendors – If something should happen to go array on your wedding day, as the bride or groom, you do not want to be dealing with it. Hand a printed out pieces of paper to mom or the maid of honor and let them handle it for you. You will be glad you don’t have to spend 20 minutes digging back through your inbox, time that is much better spent drinking champagne.
3. Zip Ties – I use them everywhere. From securing bouquets when the tape has failed to do its job, to gathering linens around the pole of a cocktail table on a windy day, to constructing floral arbors, I could not survive a wedding without these handy little guys.
4. Snacks – You may forget to eat on the wedding day. Pack a snack, some almonds, a granola bar, whatever your pleasure may be. All of the sudden it may be 4:00 pm and you realized you haven’t eaten due to nerves, scheduling, or whatever the reason may be and you cannot faint as you walk down that aisle.
5. Straws – Perfect for sipping mimosas without ruining your lipstick or securing flower stems into your wedding cake.
6. Ribbon in your wedding colors – It’s possible that you might need to rope off an area of the ceremony/reception unexpectedly. You could have an extremely windy day and need to attach your place cards to the menus or silverware and you might as well make that look cute. The streaming tails on your bouquets could get wet. Or you may need a little something extra to braid into your flower girl’s hair.
7. A Small Hand towel – Very much related to the fact that your ribbons might get damp, the stems of your bouquet will be wet when your remove them from your vases. Have a small towel nearby to dry off the ends of the stems before distributing them to your maids or walking down the aisle. Keeping the flowers in water as much as possible during the wedding day is the key to floral longevity but that doesn’t mean you want them dripping during your bridal portraits.
8. A Groomsman Emergency Kit – The two of you probably won’t be getting ready near each other and there’s a chance that the men could have a few crises of their own. In addition to standard male toiletries, include things like a bottle opener, extra boutonnière pins, and a set of faux wedding rings because you never know how responsible your best man really is.
Shelby is lead wedding planner, artistic director and floral heart behind The Day's Design. She delights in celebrating romantic, natural and fancy free occasions throughout Northern & West Michigan. When she's away from her design work, you'll find her at home with her hubby and two beautiful baby girls, daydreaming along the shores of Lake Michigan, strolling through local antique stores, picking wildflowers or blogging more about wedding and life adventures at The Day's Dream blog.