Wedding Tips | A Wedding Coordinator Shares What's in Her Emergency Toolkit



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.


  • 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
  • Tissues


  • Lighter: This lets you the staff light candles if needed and relight as necessary.
  • Scissors
  • Cutting blade
  • Duct tape + Scotch tape
  • Crochet hook: Hands down, the easiest, quickest way to fasten satin buttons on the back of bridal gowns!
  • Screwdrivers
  • Clothespins
  • 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
  • Deodorant
  • Menstrual products
  • Emergency cash stash for tips, parking meters, and other needs


  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Sharpie markers
  • Calligraphy pen
  • Sticky notes
  • Snacks
  • 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
  • Hairbrush
  • Hairspray
  • 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

About the Author: Andi Compton is Spoken Bride's Business Director. She is the owner of Now That's a Party where she coordinates weddings, fundraising galas, and social events. Read more