This is What You Should Pack in Your Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Wedding days are hectic. Period. Spending tons of time planning, scheduling, crafting, and DIY-ing all comes to a head on the big day, and often times, it still feels like nothing is in order no matter how much you do. I don't know about you, but the last thing I want to worry about on my wedding day is making sure all the little details are in place. In this case, it's helpful to have a backup plan (as well as an awesome bridal party), because not everything will go as planned. You don't need to worry about all that stuff, so putting together an "emergency" kit is one of the best ways to prepare for the unexpected, and you'll really be glad you did. Here's a list of items you'll want to pack in your emergency kit!

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An extra pair of shoes/flats

This should be a no-brainer, ladies. Heels = painful. If you already bought cute shoes for the wedding, wear them, but also plan ahead. Your feet will hurt toward the end of the night, whether from your shoes or simply because you've been standing for 8+ hours straight. Save yourself the headache and blisters and bring your favorite pair or flats to wear during the reception. My flats-of-choice are Tieks.

Compact mirror

For the times when you'll want to check your makeup in the rest room away from all your family and friends. The makeup artist you hired will leave when he/she has finished the job, so make sure that you or one of your girls has packed a mirror. It will be a long day and you want to look your best!

Moleskin bandages

This goes hand-in-hand with the comfortable flats thing. If you haven't broken in your new heels well, you'll want to put a couple moleskin bandages on the back of your foot (Achille's tendon, to be exact). I do this often when I know I'll get blisters breaking in a new pair of heels. These bandages are only a few dollars, so add them into your kit. I like to use Dr. Scholl's.

Tide Pen

You need this for real emergencies if something spills on your beautiful wedding gown. Seriously, don't skip this one. Purchase at any local drugstore near you for about $7.00.


This is one of those absolute essentials. Keep it in a small clutch and give to your maid-of-honor during the reception. Have someone keep an eye on the bag so you can have a good time and dance!

Bobby pins

Hair mishaps happen. If your hairdresser didn't stick around with you long enough to take care of any loose strands, it's up to you to do the fixing. Bobby pins are a lifesaver when you need them. Keep a handful of them in your clutch.

Lash glue

Same rules apply as with the bobby pins. If you opted for false lashes from your makeup artist, don't forget to bring extra lash glue. Sometimes false lashes will curl up on the edges of your eyelid which can be uncomfortable. With your glue on hand, create a small glob on the end of the lashes and pop them back in on your eye. Done! The lash glue I use and love is by Duo.

Double-sided tape

These are handy when your dress just doesn't want to cooperate. If there's a strap that won't stay down or a gap that needs closing up, these strips are perfect for that! 

Pain Reliever

You never hope that you never end up with the world's worst headache on your wedding day, but things happen. Mine come when I least expect them, usually during something important. If ibuprofen works better for you, pack that instead, but only one type of medication. You don't want to be double-dosing!

Breath strips

This is one I thought would be very obvious, but it's also so easy to forget! You'll be seeing literally everyone you've ever met and know on your wedding day (and probably getting in really close to hug all of them), so you gotta make sure that breath is fresh, girl. Don't forget to pack it all in your clutch!

Hopefully you'll be prepared for all the unexpected on your wedding day. Do you have any unique items you're packing in your emergency kit? Tell me in the comments below!

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Michelle Abernathy

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