One of the biggest fears brides have is something going wrong at the wedding. They’ve been planning for a year, they’ve spent countless hours trying to make things perfect, they’ve spent thousands of dollars, and a ton of people will be there. The stakes are high, and something going wrong is really scary.
The good news is most of the issues that show up on a wedding day can be fixed relatively easily if you have the right supplies. For example, a stain on a dress might cause some gray hairs, but it’s not a big deal if you have a stain remover stick. That’s why I suggest every bride has a Wedding Emergency Kit?
What is a Wedding Emergency Kit?
A wedding day emergency kit is a collection of useful items that can cover must small wedding issues. It’s usually put together in a small bag, so it can easily be brought to the wedding and doesn’t take up a ton of space.
What are some common wedding day emergencies that a kit can help with?
An emergency kit can’t fix all problems. If the groom’s car breaks down, you’ll need something else, but there are several common problems that show up again and again.
I would say the most common is issues with makeup and hair. Wedding days are long and emotional. It’s very easy for makeup to get smeared or hair to fall down. The next most common is issues with outfits. Either things don’t fit right or they get messed up with stains or rips.
Why buy a Premade Wedding Day Emergency Kit vs. DIY?
Like almost everything in your wedding, there are options that cost money and options that are cheap or free. Yes, you can put together a DIY wedding day emergency kit, but is it really worth it? Most couples are already busy enough and stressed enough.
Buying a premade wedding day emergency kit isn’t a huge investment, but it will save you the time and effort of collecting all of these items, and they will be brand new vs. using some old ones you have around your house.
What should be included in a wedding day emergency kit?
Not all emergency kits are going to be exactly the same, but in general, there are several items that should be included in every single kit. Below are a list of items based on categories. You can always feel free to add other items if you know there are certain situations or things you will be dealing with.
Wedding Emergency Kit Items For Appearance
I think this is where most of the focus will be with wedding day emergency kits. Appearance is super important at weddings, and there are so many things that can happen when talking about that. Hair can go crazy, people sweat and mess up makeup, and guys will make messes on themselves or others.
- Hairpins and Hair Ties
- Hair Brush and Comb
- Pocket Mirror and Touch up Makeup
- Facial Blotting Paper
- Moist towelettes
- Stain Remover Stick or Wipes
- Bridal Handkerchief
- Extra Pantyhose
- Extra Earring Backs
- Nail Clippers, Nail File, and Nail Polish
- Lint Brush
Wedding Emergency Kit Items For Health Issues
Have you ever been doing something important and not felt good? It’s not much fun. It seems like when people get stressed they are more likely to get upset stomachs or headaches. These items will solve most health related issues and get everyone ready to have a good time for the entire wedding day.
- Medicines and Basic First Aid
- Eye-drops/ Contact Lens Solution
- Aspirin or Pain Relievers
- Pepto Bismol
- Cotton Balls or Swabs
Wedding Emergency Kit Items For Fixing Things
I’ve seen all types of things break on a wedding day. Bouquets will fall apart, things won’t stay standing, and guys will rip their pants. It’s nice to have a variety of items that can fix different materials and situations.
- Small Sewing Kit
- Krazy Glue
- Safety Pins
Wedding Emergency Kit Items For Food and Drink
It’s like the Snickers commercial shows us. When people are hungry or thirsty, they don’t act like their normal self. Wedding days can be long for the couple and the wedding party, sometimes 12 hours. If there isn’t food or drink available, it’s going to get rough.
Your wedding day emergency kit shouldn’t be packed with tons of food, but it should have something just in case you really need to eat.
- Bottle of Water
- Granola Bar
- Straws for Drinking
Wedding Emergency Kit Items For Other Situations
So far, the more common wedding issues have been covered. Still, there are other things that might come up. Several of these could fall into the appearance category, but they seem to be more about personal comfort than how someone looks.
- cell phone charger
- Hand Lotion
- Personal Hygiene Products
- Travel Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Breath Mints
What are the benefits of having a wedding day emergency kit?
A wedding day emergency is like buying insurance. You have it but you hope to never have to use it. When you have a kit, you’ll feel safer and more confident about your day. You’ll know that you can take care of most of the common issues that might come up.
The biggest benefit, of course, is solving a problem if something goes wrong. You don’t want something to happen and then have it plague you the rest of the day.
Are there any downsides to having a wedding day emergency kit?
Honestly, I can’t think of a ton of reasons not to have an emergency kit. I guess it does cost money, so if you are on a really tight wedding budget, it could put you over. It also is something else you’ll need to remember to bring, and it does take up some space, but those are both small issues compared to the value a an emergency kit brings.
What are the best ways to use a wedding day emergency kit?
Just because you have a wedding day emergency kit doesn’t mean that you have to use it. I’ve seen people get all excited because they have one, and the problem with that is everyone starts focusing on the negative. This might happen or that might happen. It’s like they are looking for reasons to use the emergency kit.
I believe the best way to use it is to bring it and put it out of sight and mind. If you end up needing it, boom, it’s there.
What are some common mistakes people make with their wedding day emergency kit?
It is hard to mess up a wedding day emergency kit, but it does happen. The most common mistake is not having what you really need in it. Sometimes people will go for extreme situations instead of putting things that can solve multiple problems. Don’t try to solve every a problem, but put things in there that are good for lots of things. The other issue is when people put too much stuff in the kit. Things will get smashed, tangled, or the bag will be way too big!
This is why I think a premade emergency kit is best. They are made by professionals that have knowledge of 100’s of weddings. They will put in there what’s necessary and keep out things that are unlikely to be needed.
What are the best premade wedding day emergency kits?
As I mentioned earlier, I really would suggest buying a premade wedding day emergency kit versus building your own. The money you save isn’t worth the time and energy put into it. Below are some of the best premade wedding day emergency kits I have found.
You’ll notice that many of them have similar items, but you might find one fits you better than the others.
The Pinch kit gives you several options for the colorful bag, and it is tiny. Looks like it would fit in the palm of your hand. There are 17 items included for $19.99.
This Kit has a nice floral theme to it, but it seems to be more for the minimalists. It’s smaller and only contains the basic items. $18.11
There’s nothing fancy looking about this kit like some of the others, but there is a lot included. I was impressed by the amount of different strings even though that might not be necessary. Make sure to check out the third image with a list of all that’s included for $36.95.
At $39.99, this was pretty up there compared to the other options. I did laugh at the bag, but not everyone finds cursing funny, so be careful with that. As far as the items, it did have some nice things like a granola bar, razor, and scissors.
One thing that really sticks out about this kit is that the bag is personalized. I know that really isn’t that important, but having the bride’s name on the bag makes it feel special. $15.30
Which Premade Wedding Day Emergency Kit should you buy?
It’s hard for me to say what you should do. For some, appearance of the kit is extremely important. For others, it might be cost. Then, other people only care about the contents. Being a guy, I would probably choose the Medium Bag because it had the most in it and was very simple looking.
Whatever you choose, I would suggest you get something. A wedding day emergency kit hopefully will just sit there, but it might also save your wedding day.