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Wedding day emergency kit

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Laura Noethiger

Foolproof your big day . . . take some time to gather the items in your emergency kit to ensure your special day is remebered for the right reasons.

Foolproof your big day . . . take some time to gather the items in your emergency kit to ensure your special day is remebered for the right reasons.

By now, you've probably heard of every disaster that has ever occurred at a wedding.

Inclement weather, wardrobe malfunctions, messes involving the chocolate fountain and the "Boot Scootin' Boogie".

People share amusing and outrageous anecdotes, but no one wants to be the bride who forgets to wear waterproof mascara on the most emotional day of her life, especially at an outdoor wedding in the middle of a cyclone.

Stories of wedding disasters are terrifying for those who are still in the middle of planning.

Here's how to put those worries aside: make a kit with things you need, just in case something goes wrong.

First, find a hard plastic makeup carrying case.

If you're into extremes, you can upgrade to a fisherman's tackle box.

You can fill it with the following:

1. Stain-removing aids. Tide wipes, bleach pen and/or club soda.

2. Bobby pins in black, medium brown and light brown, and hair clips.

3. Assorted safety pins and straight pins, for corsages and dress emergencies.

4. A button-down shirt/smock. You will need to change after you get your hair and makeup done, and it is far less challenging than pulling a shirt over your head without messing up your hair or smearing your makeup. The smock will come in handy if you need to do any heavy touch-ups while you are wearing your dress, especially if you like loose powder or mineral makeup.

5. Clear nail polish, good for both stocking runs and split nails.

6. Super glue, in case a shoe heel breaks or centrepiece breaks.

7. Bottled water and your favourite light snacks, such as walnuts mixed with dried fruit.

8. Colourful umbrellas. They can turn a rainy tragedy into a beautiful photo opportunity.

9. Sewing kit with clear thread, white thread, black thread and thread to match the maids' outfits. Also include hooks, buttons and scissors. You never know when a seam or clasp will break.

10. Spare makeup. Especially powder, eye makeup (waterproof) and lip gloss. If you're crying, sweating, kissing and eating, these will all rub off.

11. Wrinkle release and static cling spray. Always test on a small part of fabric before you spray the whole thing.

12. List of vendors, bridal party members and their phone numbers. Don't rely solely on your mobile phone directory because your phone can die.

13. Spare phone charger. Don't forget your phone.

14. White or silver ballet flats. Your heels might hurt by the end of the night and you'll want to keep dancing.

15. Your wedding day timeline.

16. Cash, for anything that comes up and a roll of coins for parking metres or vending machines.

17. A few spare pairs of men's black socks. Men sometimes forget these things.

18. Makeup sponges. Many makeup issues can be fixed simply by blending. Blending can make the difference between a natural and artificial look. Blending sponges are also good for getting rid of deodorant marks.

19. Tissues and handkerchiefs. It's a wedding. Trust me.

20. Lint roller.

21. Clear earring backs.

22. Medicines: include pain reliever/migraine medicine, antacids, allergy medications and any prescriptions you need to take.

23. Hand sanitiser. You'll be shaking a lot of hands.

24. Mints and gum.

25. Makeup remover and nail polish remover.

26. Tools like tweezers, cotton swabs, combs and brushes.

27. Products like hairspray, lotion, and on-the-spot zit treatment.

28. Gel inserts in case heels make your feet hurt.

29. Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash and floss.

30. Manicure kit.

31. Soothing music.

32. Redness-reducing eye drops.

33. Double-sided fashion tape.

34. First aid kit.

Before you go out and buy everything on the list, search your home for items. You'd be surprised what you have already. You can also ask family members and bridal party members if they can donate or lend any items.

Emergencies happen, and you can rest easy knowing you have things under control.

After your wedding, you can pass your emergency kit to someone else getting married. It just might save their wedding.

MCT

22 comments so far

  • Hand sanitiser? Really?

    Commenter
    Claire
    Date and time
    January 24, 2011, 4:02PM
    • Excuse me Fairfax, did any one of your boffins read this AMERICAN article before you decided to publish it?

      Apart from recommending a bride lugs around a suitcase of items down the aisle, the article mentions several items that are not available in this county (anyone else heard of Tide wipes?)

      Girls, don't worry about a thing, just bring yourself, whatever will be will be. All this article does is add to the anxiety of the wedding day.

      Commenter
      Kristy
      Location
      Northbridge
      Date and time
      January 24, 2011, 4:53PM
      • @Claire - Have you ever shaken hands with someone with *really* sweaty hands? That's a world of ew... especially if there's more than one, which on a warm day at a wedding is quite likely. I expect they mean something like wet ones or some other similar product.

        Commenter
        Kit
        Date and time
        January 24, 2011, 4:57PM
        • How ridiculous! This is an emergency kit? Soothing music? If you're going to get that stressed perhaps a wedding is not for you. I'm packing less than this to have a baby! Anything going wrong on your wedding day can usually be laughed off and often makes things even more memorable (as a bridesmaid at my sister's wedding my bouquet didn't arrive - my brother-in-law to be made a posy and it was lovely).

          Just make sure you have some perspective and your sense of humour and enjoy!

          Commenter
          anne
          Location
          preston
          Date and time
          January 24, 2011, 6:29PM
          • I can highly recommend a can or two of Red Bull. First time I ever had it was from the maitre d' at our reception when I was about to pass out from heat exhaustion [35 degrees at 5.30 pm and sweat rolled down me in waves- Melbourne January wedding!!]. Didn't know what it was as it came in a glass.. got mum to check it first & she described it as a little like Berocca... took me almost 30 mins to drink it cos I was so dehydrated.. and had a second one and that kept me going all night! I still get nostalgic on the rare occassions when I smell it..

            Commenter
            wendy68
            Location
            Melbourne
            Date and time
            January 24, 2011, 6:56PM
            • Wow what a list, but so unnecessary,
              Get your mum or a bridesmaid to carry a travel sewing kit, a bottle of water, some paracetamol, a stain removal product (baby wipes would probably fix most things quickly) some lollies for a sugar fix and your makeup for touchups. Anything else you need send someone to buy it.

              Commenter
              Katie
              Date and time
              January 24, 2011, 7:14PM
              • When I was getting married in 2009 I thought I would do this - I didn't - and I didn't need a thing!! If it puts your mind at ease then put a few things together but honestly your chances of needing it are slim to none - and chances are another lady will have what you're looking for anyway. And seriously it would take more than a stocking run or makeup smudge to ruin the day - it's not about being bridal magazine perfect it's about committing your life to the person you love.

                Commenter
                Mez
                Location
                Sydney
                Date and time
                January 24, 2011, 7:31PM
                • ...and don't forget the semi-trailer to lug it all around in!

                  Commenter
                  Robyn
                  Location
                  Melbourne
                  Date and time
                  January 24, 2011, 8:00PM
                  • Kristy,

                    I agree, sometimes it seems we go to excess in preparations, but from experience I'd say it's much better to feel prepared than have a disaster and feel something might be amiss. Not everyone has the ability to 'hang loose' on their wedding day, come what may...

                    I think a lot of these ideas could be a great thing for the head bridesmaid to conjure up & have in the car 'just in case' - not necessarily something extra for the bride to think about!

                    For the record, Tide stain remover wipes are available in Melbourne, at Costco. They are great, I always used to buy them in the US.

                    Commenter
                    decodoll
                    Location
                    Melbourne
                    Date and time
                    January 24, 2011, 8:51PM
                    • Well spotted, Kristy of Northbridge. This article seems to have originated from The Charlotte Observer, a North Carolina newspaper. There must be a lot of neurotic brides over there!

                      Commenter
                      AK
                      Location
                      Sydney
                      Date and time
                      January 24, 2011, 10:35PM

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