Mishaps big and small can happen on your wedding day. Get ahead of the game with a well-stocked wedding day emergency kit. From headaches to stains to quick hair fixes, you’ll have all the tools you need to handle these situations and more. Pack everything in a pretty bag, and ask your maid of honor or a trusted friend to make sure the bag is handy every step of your day.
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Double-sided tape: Prevent wardrobe malfunctions! Double-sided tape comes in handy when you need to make a quick hem fix or secure clothing in place. Toupee or wig tape, hem tape, or fashion tape will also do the trick.
Chalk or baby powder: Don’t fret over stains on a white dress. Keep white chalk or baby powder handy to help mask stains. Baking soda can also work. Blot or pat the stain – don’t rub! – to remove as much as possible. Cover what’s left with the white chalk or baby powder. Use powder to absorb oily stains, followed by a Q-Tip dipped in rubbing alcohol. Find some helpful wedding day stain removal tips here: http://laundry.about.com/od/laundrybasics/a/weddingdressstains.htm.
Packing Tape and duct tape: Your fiancÚ can probably tell you the myriad uses for duct tape – it fixes anything! Keep a roll of the gray stuff handy on your wedding day because you never know. Clear packing tape can be used to remove lint from clothing or to make last-minute repairs to things like decorations and hair pieces.
Tools: You don’t need to stock up on hammers, nails and screwdrivers, but a few small tools can help save the day. Stash a flashlight and a utility knife (like a Leatherman or a Swiss Army Knife) in your bag, just in case.
Snacks and drinks: Even if you ate before you started to dress for your wedding, the jitters can make your stomach upset. Keep snacks like crackers or granola bars in your kit to calm your tummy and give you a little energy boost. You’ll also appreciate having water nearby. Use a straw to protect your lipstick.
More items for your kit
You’re not finished yet! Here is a list of common items that brides throw into their wedding day emergency kits. Tailor the list to suit your situation.
Brush and comb
Eye drops (look for the kind that reduces redness)
Nail polish in your color
Extra earring backs
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Pads and tampons
Safety pins and straight pins
Clear nail polish for stocking runs
Cell phone (make sure it’s charged!)
ID and required legal docs
Camera (make sure it’s charged!)
List of vendor phone numbers
Pen and paper
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