Wedding Day Emergencies – Be Prepared

September 3rd, 2009

Sometimes things just happen, so you need to think ahead and be prepared.  You can start with a wedding day emergency kit.

There are many wedding emergency kits available on the market, which, while being very convenient, can cost as much as $165.00.  This is one area you don’t have to be creative, just practical.  I’m sure you have something you can use to contain all the supplies you should put together.  An overnight bag?  A very large purse?  A gift box?  How about one of those clear hanging shoe bags you can probably buy for a couple of dollars?   Use the individual pouches to organize your kit, and it can be hung on a door knob or over a door, so you, or anyone else in the room, can see what you need and it’s  easily accessible.

Here are some ideas of what you might need. Of course, this list is what I can think of off the top of my head. If you have more suggestions, I’d  be happy to share them.  In many cases, sample sizes are all you need.  Check out the travel section of your local drug store or WalMart.   Or, if you will be traveling before your wedding, often Hotels leave these in your room, set them aside for your kit.  Also you can purchase travel size items



Clear nail polish (for stocking runs)


Band aids

Safety Pins

Sewing Kit

Hand Lotion

Duct Tape



Earring Backs

Sanitary supplies

extra hair pins



Handkerchief or Tissues

Extra Shoe Laces

Corsage pins

Extra panty hose

Straws (so the bride can stay hydrated without messing up her lipstick)

White Out/White chalk – good for covering specks or smudges on your dress.

Krazy Glue (for nail fixes, shoe heels, decorations, even jewels)

The most common problem is with the wedding dress.  The hem starts to fall or the bustle doesn’t work like it should or comes down when dancing.  There are always wardrobe malfunctions, so having a sewing kit is a must!!

Strapless dresses are gorgeous, but all night long you find yourself constantly pulling up your dress (a moment you definitely don’t want captured on someone’s camera).  Find a high quality surgical grade tape and fold it so it’s double sided and stick inside the top of your dress and to you.  I’ve tried those little tapes that are supposed to hold your blouse closed between the buttons, etc…personally it hasn’t worked yet.  So make sure whatever you find, it will work.   Pure Style Girlfriends has products they claim work.  I’ve never tried them, but it’s a good resource if you want to check them out.

Did you know that if wine spills on your dress a good tip is to put a towel under the stain and spray it with an aerosol hairspray, blotting it until the stain comes out.  This helpful tip was by Brian Rafanelli (Rafanelli Events), when he actually had to do this for a bride while in her dress.

Don’t stress (easy for me to say), just try to anticipate what might happen and be prepared.