DIY or Buy: Day-Of Emergency Kit

Whether you buy one or make your own, here's a list of essential wedding day items no bride should be without!
Bride's emergency kit for wedding day
Photo by Elena Sullivan

While we hope you don't have any emergencies on your day, it's always better to be safe than sorry. We've come up with a list of all those just-in-case items to make sure your dream wedding goes off without a hitch. The matron or maid of honor should pack them in a tote bag and stash it in a safe but easy-to-access place during the wedding reception. If you're not the DIY type, we've got one already made for you.


If you're planning on making your own emergency kit, here's a list of essential (and some optional) items to pack:

  • Aspirin (or pain reliever of choice)
  • Band-Aids
  • Bottle of water
  • Breath mints/spray
  • Cash (because you never know)
  • Chalk (to cover up any last-minute smudges or smears on your wedding dress)
  • Comb/brush
  • Corsage pins
  • Dental floss/toothpicks
  • Eyedrops
  • Extra earring backs
  • Hairpins/ponytail holder
  • Hair spray
  • Hand towelettes
  • Hem tape
  • Makeup (for touch-ups)
  • Matches
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Mirror
  • Nail file
  • Perfume
  • Safety pins
  • Scotch tape
  • Small folding scissors
  • Smelling salts (we don't expect anyone to faint, but it has been known to happen)
  • Sole Serum (a numbing cream that makes wearing heels easier)
  • Spot remover
  • Static-cling spray
  • Straws (so you can stay hydrated without messing up your lipstick)
  • Tampons/sanitary napkins
  • Tissues
  • Tweezers

Optional DIY Items

  • Granola bars or other easy-to-carry snacks
  • Krazy Glue (for nail fixes, shoe heels, decorations, even jewels)
  • Sunblock (if you'll be outdoors)

Pinch Provisions Shemergency Kit


If you're too busy to make your own emergency kit (and we don't blame you), consider buying a prepackaged one like the Shemergency Kit by Pinch Provisions. This handy pouch is a steal at $35 and contains 40 different products to keep you looking—and feeling—fresh on your wedding day. The best part? Everything is travel size, so you can also take it on your honeymoon. If you really love it, give it to your engaged friends as a fun and practical shower gift.

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