You’ve been dreaming of your perfect wedding day forever

You’ve been dreaming of your perfect wedding day forever, but let’s face it – something’s bound to go wrong.  And when it does, you want to be prepared.  A wedding survival kit can help you conquer all those little emergencies that can crop up and threaten to ruin your day – from a stain on your gown to a late vendor to an untimely migraine!  Stash everything in a cute little bag that your Maid of Honor can have on hand all day.  Here’s my checklist of the most important things every bride should have in her wedding day survival kit.

The Essentials

  • A cell phone programmed with all the important phone numbers (including your wedding planner, vendors, and bridal party) in case anyone is late or missing, or you need someone to run a last minute errand.
  • A copy of your wedding vows and readings – when you’re standing at the altar on one of the most important days of your life, you definitely don’t want to forget your lines!
  • Burn backup CDs of all your wedding music.  That way, in the unlikely event of a music malfunction, you’ll still be able to dance to your song, do the Chicken Dance, and Party like it’s 1999.

Quick Fixes for Wardrobe Malfunctions

  • Miniature sewing kit with needle, thread, and scissors – you never know when someone might lose a button or rip a seam.
  • Shout wipes – spills happen, and when they do, these can be a lifesaver!
  • A clever wedding day essential – white chalk.  If all else fails, you can use this to camouflage any stains or marks on your dress until you are able to have it professionally cleaned.  It won’t damage the fabric, and your dress will look flawless in photos!

Personal Hygiene Basics

  • Throw some gum or Altoids in the bag to make sure you are minty fresh before the big kiss and before greeting your guests.
  • Definitely pack dental floss, a toothbrush, and toothpaste.  Brush and floss after dinner – there’s nothing like a piece of spinach between your front teeth to ruin a wedding photo!
  • Tissues are a necessity, especially if you are likely to get emotional during the ceremony!
  • Mini deodorant – you’re going to be doing a lot of standing, walking, and – inevitably – sweating.  Don’t forget to pack a travel sized deodorant stick to reapply throughout the day.

Health and Comfort Necessities

  • Pack travel size packets of over-the-counter meds for common conditions that might pop up during your wedding – like headaches, allergies, or stomach trouble.
  • Don’t forget to keep any necessary prescriptions close at hand.
  • Band-Aids are always good to have – especially useful for blistered feet.
  • Flip flops or slippers – just in case the Band-Aids don’t do the trick!

Beauty Must-Haves

  • Don’t forget the hair essentials – bobby pins to secure pieces of hair that come loose from your ‘do, and hairspray to keep everything in place.
  • Lip gloss – there is going to be a lot of kissing going on, so you will definitely want to reapply!


  • Clear nail polish can obviously be used to touch up your manicure, but it also works in a pinch to mend a run in your hosiery or stop fabric or ribbon from fraying.
  • Super glue can fix almost anything, from broken heels and jewelry to damaged wedding toppers or centerpieces.
  • Double-sided tape comes in handy for fashioning temporary hems, keeping a plunging neckline family-friendly, or even repairing a floral arrangement.