33 Things NOT to Leave Out of Your Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Even if every minute of the wedding day is planned to a T, there are sure to be some hiccups along the way. But creating a wedding day emergency kit will allow the bridal party to handle the unexpected with ease.

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Typically, the maid of honor keeps the kit close at reach with emergency supplies that could come in handy throughout the day. So throw these thirty-three necessary but often forgotten items in a tote bag or tackle box and have them on hand all big day long:

Baby Powder: A hot day or a crowded room can lead to everyone being a little extra sweaty. Baby powder will absorb extra moisture. It can also be used to keep beaded bodices from chafing the bride’s chest and underarms.

Blotting Papers: These will help absorb shine and oil throughout the day.

Bobby Pins: You can never have too many! Once your hair stylist has left the building, you’ll be thankful to have these on hand. Hair ties, a brush or comb, and hairspray are also a good addition.

Breath Mints: Fight dry mouth or bad breath in a pinch!

Cash: This may not seem necessary, but when the bride needs a vending machine candy bar or you realize you forgot the DJ’s tip, cash will come in handy.

Chapstick: Lips can become dry throughout the day, which will cause lipstick to appear uneven. Chapstick will save the day!

Dental Floss: Having food stuck in your teeth can really ruin photos, so be sure to check your smile each time you eat.

Deodorant: Reapplication will probably be necessary (especially during a night of dancing).

Extra Earring Backs: It’s not uncommon for these to go missing, so stash a couple in your kit.

Eye Drops: A must-have if the wedding is outside, since pollen and budding flowers can irritate eyes and ruin makeup. If the bride or groom wears contacts, it is important to have an extra pair and solution on hand also.

Fabric Tape: If a hem starts to fall on a dress, fabric tape can keep it in place.

Snack Bars: Nobody wants a hangry bride! A quick and easy snack that will not easily spill or stain anyone’s dress is essential.

Lighter: If any fabric starts to fray, you can burn the end to stop it from unraveling. A lighter can also come in handy if any candles need to be relit.

Lotion: Lotion can hydrate dry patches of skin and tame flyaway hairs alike.

Medicine: Your pain reliever of choice is a must have. Additionally, medicines for indigestion, allergies, and headaches should be put into the kit. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

Mini First Aid Kit: Band-Aids, antiseptic, and burn cream – you know the drill.

Mini Sewing Kit: Scissors, needle and thread, extra buttons, and safety pins come in handy for all types of situations. Be sure to have thread in black, white, and whatever color matches the bridesmaid dresses.

Mirror: A small mirror can help you fix makeup or stray hairs when you can’t get to the bathroom to do so.

Nail Polish: Stocking the kit with whatever shades the bride and bridesmaids are wearing is great, but the most important one to have is the clear topcoat. A nail file is also important, just in case polish chips or a nail gets caught on something.

Perfume: Extra perfume will help bridesmaids and the bride freshen up throughout the day. To avoid carrying around five or more different full sized perfume bottles, get travel size spray containers to place perfume in beforehand.

Phone Chargers: Taking photos, posting on social media, and surfing the web while you get your hair and makeup done can drain your battery up faster than you’d expect. It is a terrible situation when you are leaving for the ceremony in 15 minutes and you realize your phone is at twenty percent.

Q-Tips and Makeup Remover: Use them to correct mistakes as well as clean up your face throughout the day.

Razor: It may seem ridiculous, but someone in the bridal party may have missed a spot while preparing for the big day.

Stain Remover Pen: Just in case something gets spilled on any important article of clothing- especially the bride’s dress.

Straws: Everyone needs to stay hydrated, and straws let everyone’s lipstick stay in tact.

Sunscreen: Even if the wedding is inside, the wedding party may be outside for photos. Depending on your climate, bug spray may also be necessary. Make sure both products are unscented.

Super Glue: This can fix shoes, jewelry, headpieces, and everything in between.

Tampons and Pads: Even if you don’t think you’ll need them, someone else might.

Tissues: For all the happy tears (or any accidental eye pokes with mascara or eyeliner).

Toothbrush and Toothpaste: After dinner you may want to freshen up (and a mint just won’t cut it).

Tweezers: You never know when you’ll need to get rid of a stray hair. Tweezers also fit into small places such as buttonholes if you need to fix one.

Water Bottles: There should be water available in the prep room and the reception. But if the bride needs a drink on the way to the ceremony or right before pictures, there may not be a bottle on hand other than in your kit.

White Chalk: If something does get on the wedding dress and it will not come out, you can usually cover the stain with chalk.

This list may make it seem like you’re packing everything but the kitchen sink, but when an emergency arises, you’ll be thankful you planned ahead!