The Must-Have Wedding Day Emergency Kit

One thing that shouldn’t be missing on the wedding day is an emergency kit stocked with tools to fix everything from a torn dress to a nuclear explosion—sometimes wedding disasters can feel like the latter. In any case, here’s a list of 11 essentials you shouldn’t be caught without on the big day.

1. Sewing Kit

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Your sewing kit could turn out to be your strongest ally in the fight against the elements on your wedding day. Make sure this includes sewing needles, safety pins, a small pair of scissors, hem tape, and thread in colors that match your wedding dress as well as the bridesmaid dresses and groom/groomsmen apparel.

The kit will come in handy if you come across snags and tears, or find any loose threads. Speaking from personal wedding day experience, safety pins come in handy for keeping everything is place as it should be—from ill-fitting dresses to undesirable undergarment appearances.

2. Clear Nail Polish/Super Glue

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An old trick for stopping runs in nylons and tights requires the use of clear nail polish. Try to get a quick coat on immediately after you find the tear—this will prevent the tights from running further.

The super glue might come in handy for fixing broken shoes, jewelry, or other miscellaneous defective accessories. A few words of caution: Don’t confuse the two! You won’t want super glue sticking to your stockings and skin.

3. Bottle of Water/Granola Bar/Other Snacks

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Sometimes with all of the wedding day excitement and jitters, brides have been known to forget about and/or skimp on meals before vow time. Although you probably don’t want to get too filled up on snacks before your ceremony and reception dinner, it’s a good idea to have water and some food item on hand so you don’t have to worry about fainting or feeling sick before and during the ceremony.

Hydration is always key, but a small snack—such as a granola or protein bar—will also help keep your blood sugar level and won’t have you feeling lightheaded or ill.

4. Bobby Pins/Hair Ties/Comb/Hairspray

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You know your girls have your back when they stop at nothing to make sure you have perfect wedding hair. With pre-ceremony rituals like photos (often outdoors), veils, headpieces, hugging friends and family, or hair getting stuck to the face via sweat or tears, you’re definitely going to want something to keep every hair flawlessly in place.

5. Lipstick/Other Makeup

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As those aforementioned unexpected wedding day twists begin to manifest, you’re going to be glad you have some makeup in your survival kit for touchups.

Lipstick, mascara, eyeliner, foundation: All of these have the ability to smudge or run, and you’ll want to be photo-ready when the opportunities arise—and you know they will. It’s also not a bad idea to have a drinking straw handy to avoid smudging or wearing off lipstick when you’re trying to hydrate.

6. Tissues

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In our everyday lives, we all know how helpful a travel pack of tissues can be. Make sure you stock up on your supply so it can be at your immediate disposal.

7. Ibuprofen/OTC Pain Medications/Band-Aids

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Headaches and other body pains sometimes strike when you least expect them to—and they won’t hold off just because it’s your wedding day.

It’s a good idea to carry around some pain relievers in case someone in the bridal party is feeling a little under the weather. Band-Aids are good to have, too, in case shoes are causing blisters or if someone encounters a small cut or scrape.

8. Body Spray/Perfume/Deodorant

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Assuming you want to smell as great as you look, throw some deodorant and your favorite perfume into your kit. Your groom will love to smell your signature scent on you all night—from your first kiss to your first dance and every first in between.

9. Floss/Mints

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Keep your pearly whites fresh with floss, and the rest of your mouth clean with mints. When you’re stuck in a bind and can’t brush your teeth, these two items will keep you picture-perfect and kissable throughout the day and night.

10. Cash/IDs/Cellphone

In today’s day and age, most of us won’t be caught dead without our cellphones—even at our weddings. Someone should have the bride’s phone charged and ready to pull out in case of emergencies or even just to snap a photo or two.

Although the wedding photographer should have the photo situation under control, it’s always fun to capture a few candids. Just in case, someone should also have some cash on them. What better place than your emergency kit?

11. Tampons

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Because you’re a woman—and because you just never know—having female sanitary supplies can mean life or death. (OK, maybe that’s extreme, but you get it!) You just might be the most popular female at the party if you’ve got a good supply.

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