Planning

The Ultimate Wedding Day Survival Kit

Even when you have meticulously planned every aspect of your big day, it’s likely that something will go wrong. Rather than panic when you are supposed to be enjoying every minute of your wedding, it is better that you are prepared for these eventualities.

Help is at hand with the 16 items you need in your wedding day survival kit:

1. Mini Sewing Kit
From a button falling off, to a loose thread that needs trimming, it’s always handy to keep a mini sewing kit to hand for any last minute emergencies.

2. Nail File
Handy for any guest who’s had their nails done – a broken nail can be painful at worst, and annoying at best, especially if it keeps snagging on your outfit.

3. Makeup Top-Up
You might not need to carry a whole case worth of makeup with you, but the basics such as mascara, eyeliner, powder, eye shadow and lipstick should be to hand for any top-ups needed throughout the day.

4. Tampons
When nature calls, there’s no stopping her, and with many female guests at the wedding, they’re always handy to have!

5. Mini First Aid Kit
While you don’t expect any medical emergencies, it’s easy for guests (especially the young ones) to have a mishap or a grazed knee. Keeping some plasters to hand is a great idea, even for pesky heel blisters that might spring up unexpectedly.

6. Paracetamol and Antihistamines
A niggling headache is enough to ruin anyone’s day, and the last thing you want to deal with during a wedding celebration. If your wedding is being held during summer, or if part of the service or reception is outdoors, it’s also an idea to bring along some antihistamine (allergy tablets).

7. Hairpins and bobbles
Throughout the day, and the dancing in the evening, it’s likely that hairpins may be displaced, or as the evening wears on you may want to rearrange your up-do. Ensure a supply of quick and easy hair accessories are to-hand.

8. Clear Nail Polish
This can be used to fix chipped nails, rag nails, and to hold on buttons that are about to fall off, as well as stopping runs in ladders in their tracks. A great all-rounder.

9. Eye Drops
Wedding celebrations can go on for a long time, and your eyes may become dry and tired. Revitalising eye drops will be enough to give you a pick-me-up, and are especially important for contact lens wearers.

10. Baby Wipes
The one product that can be used for pretty much anything. It’s always a good idea to have some handy.

11. Safety Pins
Another item that can be used for all sorts – from missing buttons to broken zippers, and broken corsage pins, to pretty much anything in between.

12. Deodorant
You’ll be feeling all sorts of emotions on your big day, which means you are likely to sweat a little more than usual, never mind all of the dancing you’ll be doing in the evening. Keeping some deodorant and perfume handy is a great idea to feel fresher.

13. Pens
Whether you have a guest book, or some other way for guests to leave messages for the bride and groom, it’s always the case that when you go looking for a pen you can’t find one, so keep one close-by just in case.

14. Lighter
If you have candles at your venue, intend to light candles on your cake, or have sparklers for photos – at some point a lighter is likely to come in very handy.

Wedding Day Survival Kit

15. Tissues
For all those happy tears, and the inevitable poke in the eye with a mascara wand.

16. White chalk
If you accidentally get something on your wedding dress, and it won’t come out, you can usually mask the stain temporarily with some chalk. This is particularly important before the photos, because after that point you are unlikely to care.

By Rachel Doherty, Excalibur Press

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