What to Pack in Your Wedding Day Emergency Kit

What to Pack in Your Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Nobody wants an emergency – big or small – on their wedding day. But hems rip, nails break, blisters and spillages happen. The important thing is to be prepared for anything so that you can sail through any little mishaps and focus on the good stuff! The best way to do this is with a wedding day emergency kit.

Packing a wedding day emergency kit is one of those simple tasks that are easy to overlook but that can play a major role in holding everything together, so forgetting it is a regret you don’t want to have. As the saying goes, hope for the best but plan for the worse! Plus, this is a task you can check off the wedding day emergency kit ahead of time, or even designate to a bridesmaid or maid of honor. (Of course, if you’re working with an experienced planner, they will likely carry all the essentials, but be sure to ask and if not, come prepared.)

So what exactly IS a wedding day emergency kit? It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like – a collection of essentials (mostly toiletries and household goods) that can work independently or combine to fix any problem that comes up on the day of your wedding. A good kit will cover the couple as well as the wedding party, and may even come in handy for a guest or two as well. Creating it is as easy as knowing what sort of mini disasters tend to crop up and stocking up on items that will fix or cover up those issues. Most importantly, a wedding day emergency kit will give you peace of mind, knowing you’ve got it covered!

Another thing you might be wondering is who carries the wedding day emergency kit? A bride or groom has enough to focus on. This is definitely a job you can ask someone close to you to perform. Usually, that would be someone in your wedding party or even your mom, but it could also be another friend or family member who wants to help. Ensure that the person you ask is responsible, dependable, and cool-headed.

So now that we’ve established what makes a wedding day emergency kit so important, what do you put in it? Here is a list of essentials to get you started.

Hair & Makeup

  • Q-tips
  • Nail file
  • Chapstick
  • Travel deodorant
  • Hand lotion
  • Baby wipes
  • Bobby pins and hair ties
  • Tweezers
  • Lipstick in your chosen color
  • Nail polish in your chosen color
  • Clear nail polish
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Compact mirror
  • Small brush or comb
  • Tampons
  • Band-Aids
  • Hairspray
  • Makeup remover
  • Sunscreen
  • Oil blotting sheets
  • Pain reliever meds
  • Mints or a small bottle of mouthwash
  • Eye drops
  • Dry shampoo
  • Insect repellent

Clothing & Accessories

  • Basic sewing kit
  • Safety pins
  • Scissors
  • Fashion tape
  • Extra earring backs
  • Tide To Go pen
  • Lint roller


  • Phone charger
  • Super glue
  • Cable ties
  • Water
  • A healthy snack
  • A copy of the wedding-day itinerary
  • Contact details for suppliers
  • Cash
  • Lighter
  • Straws (to keep lipstick intact)

Of course, you can customize your wedding day emergency kit with additional items you know you or your spouse-to-be might need. This list is simply a great place to start!