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How to Make Your Own Bridal Emergency Kit

This guide for making your own bridal emergency kit will eliminate tons of wedding day stress.

By: Rachel Pomeroy, Editor, AllFreeDIYWeddings.com
How to Make Your Own Bridal Emergency Kit
How to Make Your Own Bridal Emergency Kit

Things always go wrong on wedding day. It’s like Murphy’s Law. If something can happen, it will happen. It’s not always a big disaster, like a stained or torn dress. Sometimes it’s as small as fixing a nail chip or taming flyaway hairs. But for a stressed out, unprepared bride or bridesmaid, these little hiccups can feel like catastrophes. So don’t be unprepared. This guide for How to Make Your Own Bridal Emergency Kit is here to help you put together your own DIY wedding day survival kit.

Being prepared with a bridesmaid survival kit will help lower everyone’s stress levels and make the big day run smoothly. With a wedding survival kit like this on hand, you’ll be prepared for every potential disaster, snafu, and hiccup. This is a comprehensive list, so you may not need everything on it. Pick and choose what’s appropriate for the big day. Or, put all of these items together, if you want to be an all star bridesmaid or ultra-prepared bride.
 

Estimated Cost$31+

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Wedding Day Survival Kit

Below is a comprehensive list of all the items the bride, maid of honor, or bridesmaid might need on wedding day. The essentials are broken down by category to make the list easier to browse. All you have to do is choose your essentials from each category and put together your bridal emergency kit. You'll be a rock star on wedding day. 

Beauty Emergencies

Here's a list of all of the items you might need to fix or prevent beauty-related snafus on the big day. Some of these are pretty essential, but choose the ones you or your bride will need the most. (Or, grab them all, if you want to be ultra-prepared.) 

  1. Bobby pins (in multiple colors to match different hair colors)

  2. Hair elastics

  3. Nail polish (colored, for touch ups, and clear, for fixing runs in stockings)

  4. Nail file & nail clippers

  5. Tweezers (for stray hairs or splinters)

  6. Deodorant

  7. Razors

  8. Blotting papers (no one likes a shiny nose)

  9. Touch up makeup (concealer, powder, mascara, and eyeliner in particular)

  10. Nail polish remover and swabs

  11. Makeup remover wipes, or Q tips and makeup remover solution

  12. Earring backs and spare earrings (those things are so easy to lose)

  13. Eye drops, and/or contact solution & an extra case, if anyone in the party wears contacts

  14. Dental floss/toothpicks

  15. Lotion (face & body)

  16. Hairspray

  17. Toothbrush & toothpaste (someone will need it)

  18. Comb/brush 

  19. Perfume

  20. Mirror (large, for makeup, and/or small, for on-the-go touch ups)

Wardrobe Malfunctions

Someone will get a run in their stocking, someone will lose a cufflink, or someone will have an unraveling hem. These items will have you prepped and ready for all potential wedding day wardrobe malfunctions. 

  1. Safety pins

  2. Stain remover

  3. White chalk (for covering any stains on the wedding dress or shirt collars that the stain remover couldn't handle)

  4. Extra undergarments (bras, panties, support pieces, stockings)

  5. Tape (hem tape, double stick tape, white duct tape)

  6. Lint roller

  7. Mini sewing kit with thread to match everyone’s clothes (have needles threaded and ready to go)

  8. Studs, cufflinks, and bowties/ties (in case the groomsmen are forgetful or lose something)

Body Care

No one should be uncomfortable on wedding day (at least, beyond what a strapless bra does to your ribs). Having these items stashed in your bridal survival kit will help keep everyone feeling fresh and ready for the big day. 

  1. Baby powder

  2. Pain relievers, antacids, allergy medicine

  3. Water

  4. Snacks (granola bars, nuts, or other snacks high in protein)

  5. Sunscreen and bug spray (depending on the season and if the wedding outdoors or you're doing any outdoor photos)

  6. Mini first aid kit with bandaids (multiple sizes), gauze, burn treatment (curling irons are hot!), and blister treatment

  7. Moist towelettes 

  8. Breath mints & mouthwash

  9. Tampons and panty liners

  10. Chapstick

  11. Hand sanitizer

  12. Caffeine and/or alcohol (Having coffee, soda, or some liquid courage standing by can help boost a sleepy bride or calm a jittery bride. You could even put together the DIY Party Favor Relief Kit pictured below for each bridesmaid, to help with nerves and keep everyone prepped.)

  13. Smelling salts (ideally, no one will be fainting, but…)

Miscellaneous Necessities

These items are for the unforseen emergencies that can pop up at any moment. Add these essentials to your DIY wedding day survival kit and you'll be ready for anything. 

  1. Cash and change (in case of last minute coffee or soda runs)

  2. Tissues

  3. Super glue (for fixing broken nails, wobbly heels, errant beading, etc.)

  4. Pen and paper

  5. Straws (no one likes smudgy lipstick)

  6. Lighter (for sealing the frayed ends of ribbons or lighting candles that have gone out)

  7. Phone chargers & extension cord 

  8. Corsage pins

  9. Small foldable scissors (for tags or loose threads that need to be clipped)

  10. Floral tape (for any bouquet or boutonniere mishaps)

  11. Extra copies of wedding day agenda and timeline

  12. Fake wedding/engagement ring (in case of a forgetful best man)

Final Tips

  1. Be sure to keep your emergency kit organized. Tackle boxes or craft box organizers with compartments are an excellent way to store all of your items and make them easy to find. Or, if you opt for a smaller kit, a mason jar can be a cool way to store your items, like in the Mason Jar Wedding Day Emergency Kit (pictured). Basically, no one wants to rummage through a big tote bag of miscellaneous items to find what they need.

  2. Always have your bridal emergency kit on hand and make sure the bridal party knows where it is. Your emergency kit is no help if the bridesmaids or bride can’t find it. Keep it with you in the bridal prep room, somewhere at the ceremony location, and at the reception in case of any emergency throughout the wedding day, not just during wedding prep. If you're super prepared, you could also put together bonus Bathroom Emergency Kits (pictured) for the wedding guests to use, because everyone should feel well taken care of on wedding day. 

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When it comes to your wedding day, it's definitely better to be over-prepared! Thanks for the great ideas!

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