Monday, March 16, 2009

Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Posted by Kelly Simants

If you are planning an event of any kind (especially a wedding), then an "emergency kit" is a must-have! I have recently realized from talking with a few people that not everyone knows exactly what is in an emergency kit, or what it's used for.

The main reason to have an emergency kit - even though you've planned everything to a T and all of the details are completely in order, you just never know what hiccups you might experience the day-of. So why not come prepared?!

What the emergency kit is typically used for - with a wedding, a button may fall off of a tux and need to be sewn back on, your bridesmaid may have blisters and need some relief, or you might need some face blotters to help take the shine away! Each event or wedding I'm at, my emergency kit (pictured above) is used at least 10 times....not by just the bride and groom, but by their wedding party, family members, or even guests.

Here are the items I recommend including in an emergency kit - Through the years I have come to learn what items are most important to have, so I wanted to share a few tips in case you want to create your own emergency kit:

  • Small sewing kit - tip: include a few white/ivory/black/buttons
  • Crochet hook - tip: if you have alot of buttons on your gown, this is a lifesaver!
  • Aspirin/Tylenol
  • Antacid
  • Clear nail polish
  • White nail polish - tip: to touch up any chips on a French Mani/Pedi! Sephora has great mini sized bottles that are perfect for the emergency kit.
  • Safety pins - variety of sizes
  • Small scissors
  • Tissue
  • Stain remover - tip: I've found that the travel-sized Shout Wipes work best!
  • Hairspray
  • Face blotters
  • Deodorant - tip: can also be used for any chafing issues! :)
  • Deodorant remover - tip: try using "Gal Pals" to get those annoying deoderant marks off your dress!
  • Brown/black bobby pins
  • Nail file
  • Extra earring backs
  • Eyelash glue - tip: even if your faux lashes are glued securely earlier in the day, I've seen it time and time again where the lash starts slipping or falls off, for whatever reason. Great to have extra glue!
  • Breath mints
  • Band-aids
  • Dr. Scholls "cushiony foam" - to help prevent blisters, or provide relief from already formed blisters...this product is awesome! The dispensers cuts the foam to any size so you can customize it for your shoes.
  • Small sample size perfume
  • Tampons
  • Rubber bands
  • Extra ribbon - tip: if you rented your reception vases, but want to give flower arrangements to your guests, use some wide ribbon to tie the flowers together in bunches so your guests can easily transport the flowers home!
  • Straws - tip: when you're in the middle of photos and need a sip from a water bottle, stick a straw in it so that your perfect lips aren't ruined and photos can continue uninterrupted!
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers
  • Q-tips
  • Mini lint brush
  • Wet wipes
  • Static cling spray - Static Guard works great!
  • Bug spray (specifically for outdoor weddings) - tip: make sure it's a non-scented kind!
  • Travel sized steamer (of course won't fit in your "kit") - used to remove any last minute wrinkles. Be sure to check in advance whether the fabric of your gown or bridesmaids dresses can be steamed!
  • Last but not least...Hollywood Fashion Tape! I think I have used this tape for literally everything under the sun...it's awesome. The most frequent uses I've found are to keep hems from falling, straps from slipping, etc.

This is by no means an inclusive list of items that you might need the day-of, but just having these basics on hand could end up saving your day!

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