Wedding Day Emergency Kit: Your List of Must-Haves

When planning for your wedding day, it’s easy to overlook a number of small details that can make a big difference. We always hope everything will go perfectly as planned, but the reality is that we should also prepare for the unexpected. Better to be safe than sorry, right? To help, we’ve put together a list of small, must-have items to include in your wedding day emergency kit to help minimize the risks of beauty blunders and other mishaps. This list of items may not typically register on the wedding preparation radar, but you’ll be glad to have these items if you need them.

A Mini Sewing Kit

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Your wedding gown is no doubt a fine work of art. In the hustle and bustle of the day, however, anything can happen – fingers crossed, it won’t! Having a mini sewing kit in tow will save you from minor rips and snags that can otherwise ruin your perfect dress. These kits typically include a variety of threads, a thimble, measuring tape, scissors, and needles. Just in case, we recommend adding a thread that matches your dress’s color to hide any imperfections.

Reliable Body Tapes

Whether you’re sporting a halter gown, a sweetheart neckline, or the classic tube top, having these tiny yet mighty tapes will give you added assurance that you won’t suffer any nip slips, frequent neckline wiggles, or other wardrobe malfunctions!

Portable Flats

Don’t forget to take along a pair of comfortable (ideally foldable) flats. No matter how glorious your heels may appear, you’re probably not going to want to wear them any longer than necessary (for ceremony, portraits, and during any traditional reception activities), especially when it’s time to get your groove on out on the dance floor. There are a lot of foldable flats online that you can purchase and put on your wedding day emergency kit.

Breath Mints

Trust us when we say you don’t want to be the bride who has bad breath while she greets her guests. Pop in a hit of minty goodness and feel fresh in no time. Your guests will appreciate the effort!

Safety Pins and Bobby Pins

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These two items, as common as they are, can really come in handy. From locking your breathtaking hairdo in place to keeping a snag on a dress invisible, these tiny must-haves will help make sure you’re good to go. As a rule, keep at least 10 safety pins and 10 bobby pins in your wedding day emergency kit.

Lip Balm

Lip balms are like miracle workers. Whether it’s sensitive skin, chapped lips, and even chapped skin, lip balm soothes it like nobody’s business. Pro tip? Whenever you purchase your go-to lip balm, buy another one for your emergency kit. You’ll need it.

Tampons or Pads

Despite your best planning efforts, menstrual periods can come at inopportune times. In case your wedding day falls on or near the start of your period, you might as well prepare for the worst. Keep at least a comfortable number of pads or tampons within reach. You can also add in some pantyliners as an extra safety measure.

Makeup Remover Wipes

We recommend choosing wipes that are individually packaged so it is portable and lightweight. These makeup remover wipes are perfect for touch-up sessions or for erasing make-up smudges after a vidaai or while listening to your maid of honor’s speech.


Another must-have for your wedding day emergency kit are tissues. You can wipe off stains, take care of sweaty armpits, or use it as a handkerchief (if you misplaced one during the ceremony).


Last but not least, consider taking along some medicine. The last thing you need to worry about on your wedding day is a headache, indigestion, migraine, or heartburn. Instead, play it safe and keep a go-to medicine within reach to keep you from feeling sick on your wedding day.

Buy a Kit or DIY?

Because brides all over the world run across a plethora of unexpected incidents during their wedding day, the perfect wedding day emergency kit will probably not look exactly the same for any two brides. Pre-made kits that can be bought online often contain fillers, or items you don’t need. Instead, we recommend that you craft your emergency kit with the must-haves listed above, as well as any other items we may have missed that you think you might need.

Perfect Time to Create a Wedding Day Emergency Kit

If possible, try to finalize and purchase the items you need for your wedding day emergency kit at least one month in advance of the wedding date. This will help you minimize your wedding day to-do list and allow you to think more clearly. With ample time, you can determine what items you may add or take out from the kit.

Now that we’ve narrowed down must-haves for your wedding day emergency kit, it’s time to get packing. We hope that you’ll enjoy your wedding day and married life thereafter. At least now, if a situation does arise, you’ll be ready!

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