Even when you spend months planning every detail of your big day, you still can’t plan for the unexpected. I carry around my silver toolbox, filled with essentials that might be otherwise forgotten, to each wedding I coordinate. You can also use a clear plastic storage bin and designate a friend or family member to hold onto it throughout your wedding day. If you're working with a wedding coordinator, remember to ask if they have a similar emergency kit!
So here’s what I always take with me to weddings. We’ve created a handy printable for you to download below and use as you go about your planning.
MEDICINE + HYGIENE
- Advil or Tylenol: To tame headaches, fevers, or cramps.
- Imodium: Stress can sometimes wreak havoc on your stomach--be prepared!
- Tums or Pepto Bismol tabs: Ditto.
- Bandaids: Self-explanatory when it comes to heels.
- Cough drops
- Emercen-C or Airborne: In case you’re fighting a cold.
- Day Quil or Tylenol Cold
- Benadryl, in case of allergic reactions
- Gum or mints
- Floss and disposable toothbrushes
- Hand sanitizer
- Baby wipes: Handy for almost everything.
- Nail file
- Nail clippers
- Any daily medications you or your Groom need
- Lighter: This lets you the staff light candles if needed and relight as necessary.
- Cutting blade
- Duct tape + Scotch tape
- Crochet hook: Hands down, the easiest, quickest way to fasten satin buttons on the back of bridal gowns!
- Safety pins
- Corsage pins
- Rubber bands
- Sewing kit with thread to match your gown, as well as the tuxes, bridesmaid dresses, and mothers' gowns
- Hot glue gun and sticks
- Extra set of nylons
- Travel size perfume
- Menstrual products
- Emergency cash stash for tips, parking meters, and other needs
- Sharpie markers
- Calligraphy pen
- Sticky notes
- Water bottles
- Essential oils: I take lavender, lemon, and peppermint along wherever I go: a deep breath of lavender to calm nerves, and a quick sniff of peppermint or lemon to get everyone’s energy up.
- Backup rings: Thankfully I‘ve never had to use these, but I do have a set of plastic silver rings to use as a backup in case something happens to the rings before a ceremony.
- Bobby pins
- Hair ties
- Static Guard
- Shout Wipes or Tide to Go pen
- Clear nail polish
- Travel-size lint roller
Download our Wedding Toolkit printable here. And tell us: do any other inspired items come to mind? Anything you're sure you'll want by your side on your big day?
Event Planning & Wedding Day Survival Kit: Now That's a Party | Printable Design: Jiza Zito