Bridal Emergency Kit Essentials for Your Wedding Day

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On your wedding day, there are so many things going on that there's bound to be some bumps and hiccups throughout the day. Things pop up and accidents happen, so it's best to be prepared for anything the day may throw at you. One way to get yourself ready for any potential mishap or snafu is to have a fully stocked bridal emergency kit.

You don't want to find yourself on the day of your wedding without one of these must-have essentials—so you should make sure you have a wedding survival kit at your venue where you're getting ready and also at your reception site. If you are hiring a wedding planner, there's a good chance that he or she already has his or her wedding day emergency kit at the ready, but in case you need to make one yourself, you can reference the list of items below to stock your kit. You'll want these oh-so-useful things in one easy-to-reach spot on the day of your wedding so you can grab them at a moment's notice.

Bridal Emergency Kit Essentials


You'll want to keep these items on hand to keep yourself feeling well:

  • Bottled water: To keep you hydrated
  • Antacid: In case of tummy troubles
  • Smelling salts: In case of fainting
  • Mints: To keep breath fresh
  • Healthy snacks: To settle a nervous tummy
  • Lavender oil: To relax


  • Mirror: To apply your makeup
  • Moist towelettes: For cleaning hands or makeup
  • Lip balm: To keep your lips moist
  • Lotion: For body and face
  • Makeup: You'll probably have this anyway
  • Nail polish: In the bride's shade in case of chips
  • Nail file: In case of snags
  • Clear nail polish: Helpful for stocking runs


  • List of vendors and phone numbers: To keep in touch
  • Cell phone chargers: To keep yourself fully charged
  • Band-aids: In case of scuffs or scrapes
  • Headache medicine: Two different kinds in case anyone is allergic
  • Antiperspirant/deodorant: To keep yourself feeling fresh
  • Tissues: For blotting lipstick and dabbing happy tears
  • Static-cling spray: To keep fabrics flowing freely
  • Hair ties: In case anyone needs one
  • Bobby pins: To secure your hairstyle
  • Brush and comb: To keep the hair in check
  • Hairspray: For finishing touches
  • Scissors: To remove tags
  • Sewing kit: In case of tears or rips
  • Safety pins: To secure any ripped garments

In Case of Emergency

  • Stain remover wipes or pens: In case of spills or splatters
  • Contact lens solution: In case of contact issues
  • Eye drops: Look for redness-reducing
  • Baby powder: Useful for getting out last-minute spills on a white dress
  • Earring backs: In case you lose one
  • Lint brush/roller: To remove lint from clothing
  • Extra stockings: In case of a run or rip in your stockings
  • Tampons and pads: In case of an unexpected visit from Aunt Flo

Nice to Haves

  • Iron: In case of wrinkles
  • Straws: For drinking without messing up lipstick
  • Handkerchiefs: For dabbing happy tears
  • Hairdryer: For styling hair
  • Curling iron: For styling hair
  • Straightener/Flatiron: For styling hair
  • Anti-bacterial hand gel: To keep hands clean

You can package all these items together in a bag or basket so they are easy to grab when you need something on the day of your wedding. You'll also want it to be as compact and organized as possible if you are having to take the kit from the ceremony site to the reception.