DIY bridal emergency kit
Updated: Jan 7
There’s a few extra things you need to pack to have on stand by for your wedding day. You've probably already thought of a few things that "you must not forget", but it might be a good idea to run your eyes over this article in case there are a few other things to pack in the emergency kit.
You might like to make it the bridesmaids' role to make sure all these things are packeting dead ready at hand at the right moment.
Regardless of having a wedding planner or a hosting a completely DIY wedding, it’s a reassuring idea to have this on hand to know what’s going down throughout the day. Even if it’s just a case of chucking it into the notes of your phone, or your bridesmaid’s.
Bobby pins, hair ties and hair spray
After spending so much time in hair and makeup, there’s no doubt you want to look shit-hot on your wedding day. Your H&MUA made you look absolutely incredible, but 10+ hours of your wedding day (especially if you’re in a breezy open space like a winery) can cause your hair to slip. Be prepared with these three essentials.
Makeup for touch-ups
If your makeup artist is onsite, you might be lucky enough to receive a few touch-ups after the ceremony. Otherwise, ask the makeup artist to advise you on what products she’ll be using for your wedding day (a good time to do so is after your trial), and get your hands on your own products for touch-ups.
Alternatively, some makeup artists are happy to stay around for a per-hour fee, which might be handy for a pre-reception touch-up. Some basics to have on hand include a compact mirror, cotton tips, lip gloss, concealer, bronzer, and light powder.
Goes without saying, but please, stay hydrated before the wedding as well as after! Have bottles of water to drink on the way to the ceremony in the car. You will probably be anxious and nervous leading up to the ceremony, so a bottle of water in the hour leading up to will ensure that your mouth doesn't go dry at the all important moment of saying your vows. And continue after the ceremony as well in between all of those champagnes. It’ll help you avoid a nasty hangover in the morning, or any dizzy spells if you haven’t drunk water all day. The days goes by, you’re in hot demand and it’s easy to forget to drink water, so you could even ask a bridesmaid to remind you regularly throughout the day.
Deodorant and perfume
Getting married in the peak of summer or a bit of a nervy perspirer? Hello, sweat city. Have deodorant and perfume on hand to ensure you’re smelling fresh as a daisy at all times.
Small sewing kit
Sometimes you need to make some last-minute alterations on your wedding dress. A small sewing kit including scissors, a needle and thread, and safety pins should do the trick for any last-minute blunders.
Stress can cause a seriously annoying headache, and it will drive you bananas if you’re not feeling 100% on your wedding day. Have a few of these on hand just in case.
New shoes? Blisters tend to come with. If you haven’t already worn in your shoes, I suggest doing so around the house in advance of the big day. Keep a handful of bandaids within arms reach in case you have any of these suckers turn up unexpectedly.
These are essential to wipe off Aunty Jean's (and everyone else's) makeup from the groom's collar or your dress when they're congratulating you both after the ceremony.
Booby tape (or double-sided tape) is essential for securing necklines, mending hems, holding bra straps in place and fixing any wardrobe malfunction. It also prevents nip slips so you can move around all night without a worry.
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Tissues or hanky
Again, goes without saying, but there are plenty of seriously tearful and beautiful moments during your wedding, where you’ll be thankful to dab away any tears with a tissue from your emergency bridal kit.
You know that feeling when you get something stuck in your teeth and you spend an hour at dinner mindlessly tonguing it to try and dislodge it? Let’s avoid that, shall we? Not to mention, you don’t want any bits of green salad stuck in between those pearlers for photos.
A compact mirror
Helpful for the previous point, it’s also a handy thing to have to check on any makeup smudges or for lippy reapplication.
This one is for younger brides. Last but not least, if you have an early wedding curfew or are simply kicking on after the celebrations have come to an end, then don’t forget to take your ID with you, just in case you’re asked.
Steve Mummery is a celebrant based in Perth. You can find him online at smcelebrant.com.au or facebook at smcelebrant, Instagram @smcelebrant or you can find lots of wedding inspiration on his Pinterest page @smcelebrant including wedding & engagement rings, dresses, shoes, groom's attire, flowers, arbours, the lot.
Call Steve to chat about your wedding ceremony today on 0418 897 215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org