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Putting together a wedding day emergency kit

The Girl Scouts said it best: “Be Prepared.” A good bridesmaid or wedding planner readies herself for an upcoming wedding (and reception), by packing a wedding day emergency kit.

You can buy prepackaged wedding emergency kits or you can create your own. The purpose is to be ready for anything the bride or bridal party might need. You can go one step further and create baskets for the restrooms of the reception that include incidentals that party-goers might need.

In addition to a list of vendors and their contact information (you want to know who to call if there’s no cake!), here’s what to include in your bridal party emergency kit:

  • Band-Aids
  • Black socks (or whatever socks will match the groomsmen’s outfits, since no one wants to find out last minute that there’s one guy in the party with white socks!)
  • Clear Nail polish
  • Hairspray and extra bobby pins or hair elastics
  • Lint brush
  • Mints
  • Nail files (and nail polish in the appropriate shades, when possible)
  • Pain relievers (try to have a variety of options, so that people who can’t take one kind of pain reliever can have other choices)
  • Sewing kit (especially safety pins and scissors for any last-minute dress emergencies)
  • Stain remover (such as Shout Wipes or Tide to Go Sticks)
  • Static cling spray (or dryer sheets!)
  • Tampons or pads
  • Tissues

If you’re also going to stock the restrooms with baskets of essentials, you can include most of the things mentioned for the bridal party emergency kit. You may also want to add a spray-on deodorant, a few AA batteries (in case a guest’s camera dies), individually-wrapped toothpicks, and other odds and ends, depending on your guest list.

Danielle E. Brown is a Boston-based writer and event planner.

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