Your Bride Survival Kit: Everything You Need to Include

Keep yourself feeling and looking beautiful throughout your wedding day by preparing a bride survival kit to have with you

Bridal survival kit

To ensure that you stay looking flawless at your wedding – a day when all eyes will be on you – it’s a great idea to pack a bride survival kit just in case.


You don’t need to pack your entire cosmetics collection, but having a little bag of essentials on hand will allow you to keep looking and feeling your best right until the very last dance of the night.

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From waterproof mascara to talcum powder and tweezers, we’ve come up with a list of essentials (and non-essentials) to pop in your bride survival kit so that you’re ready for anything.

What to Include in a Bride Survival Kit:

  • Paracetamol
  • Tissues
  • Face wipes
  • Mints
  • Mini deodorant/perfume
  • Hair Pins
  • Plasters
  • Lip gloss/lipstick
  • Lip balm
  • Tea sachets
  • Extra earring backs
  • Nail file
  • Chalk/ talcum powder (in case of stains on your dress)
  • Cotton buds
  • Needle and thread
  • Safety Pins
  • Small hair brush
  • Tampons/ sanitary pads
  • Gel pads for feet
  • Spare pair of flat shoes (for sore feet in the evening)
  • Compact mirror
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers
  • Hand warmers (if you’re marrying somewhere cold)
  • False nail glue
  • Small pair of scissors
  • Spare tights
  • Concealer
  • Waterproof mascara
  • Straws (to avoid smudging your lipstick)
  • Oil blotting sheets
  • Hand sanitiser/ hand wipes
  • Indigestion tablets
  • Sunblock (if you’re marrying somewhere hot and sunny)

Bags for Your Bride Survival Kit

Your emergency wedding essentials need a fabulous bag and we reckon we’ve found the perfect ones – from clutch bags you can keep hold of during the day to wash bags you can keep in the bathroom.

Canvas Makeup Bag – Alphabet Bags

These cute canvas makeup bags from Alphabet Bags can be personalised and also have positive messages on them to give you that extra boost each time you go to freshen up.

Bride Bag – Katie Loxton

If you want your bride survival kit to match your bridalwear, then consider this luxury white clutch bag from Katie Loxton. The soft touch leather material is so elegant and the bag is nice and compact so that it can be kept discreet.

READ MORE: Beautiful Bridal Clutch Bags for Brides with Serious Style

Bride Emergency Kit – Moonwake Designs Co

Make it clear what your bag is for with this Bride Emergency Kit canvas pouch from Moonwake Designs Co, it would be perfect for storing all your essentials on the big day.

Wedding Date Makeup Bag – Rosie Willett Designs

We love that this personalised makeup bag from Rosie Willett Designs comes with your wedding date and your new married name on the front. It would be perfect for your special day and then you can use it for years to come as a reminder of your wedding.

Special Finishing Touches for Your Bride Survival Kit

A few special touches added to your bridal emergency kit will not only make you feel super prepared, it will also look great in your wedding pics.

READ MORE: 24 Wedding Photos You Need to Capture

Pocket Mirror – John Lewis

After spending hours getting ready, this pink pocket mirror from John Lewis is the perfect tongue in cheek way to show just how much effort you have made getting ready.

Happy Tears Handkerchief – The Hummingbird Card Company

It’s safe to say that tissues will be a wedding day essential for pretty much every bride. The whole day will be very emotional and the speeches are guaranteed to open the floodgates. However tissues aren’t the most glamorous thing to carry so swap for an elegant handkerchief like this one from The Hummingbird Card Company.

Lime, Basil and Mandarin Cologne – Jo Malone

Carry a miniature of your wedding perfume with you so you can have a quick spritz whenever you need. We love the fragrance of this classic Jo Malone spray.

READ MORE: Top Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Perfume

Mac Lipgloss – John Lewis

With so many pictures being taken all day long, a lipgloss top up will be essential. Choose a shade to match what your makeup artist plans to use on you – we love this one from Mac.

Rose Gold Mini Manicure Set – Ginger Rose

This cute mini mani kit from Ginger Rose covers all your essentials – scissors, nail file and tweezers. It will also look fab in your wedding photos!

8 Top Tips for Your Bride Survival Kit

  1. Every bride is different, there is no ‘one size fits all’ bridal emergency kit that is right for everyone.
  2. It’s worth speaking to friends and close family members who have recently got married so they can give you an idea of what you might need. They’ll probably tell you to include things that may have slipped your mind, like a bottle of water or a mini sewing kit just in case of dehydration or dress disasters.
  3. Check your kit the night before the wedding to make sure that you have everything you need, this will leave you feeling confident and ready for the big day ahead.
  4. You don’t need to pack a whole handbag’s worth of products as there’s no way you or anyone else will want to be lugging this around all day. It’s best to pick and choose your most needed products from the above list and pop them in an appropriate clutch bag.
  5. If you’re doing DIY wedding makeup and are using your own products, then this is super easy as you can just pop a few bits in your kit for top ups throughout the day. If a makeup artist is doing your face then ask them what products they recommend for emergency top ups on the day.
  6. Your bridal party can help you collect all of the products for your kit and you could even enlist a bridesmaid to carry your emergency kit for the day.
  7. Remember to opt for mini or travel sized products when you’re putting together your bridal kit so that you’re not weighed down with a heavy bag. These travel sized items are available from most supermarkets and are relatively cheap – good news seeing as you’ll have just spent loads on planning your wedding.
  8. Makeup and beauty essentials are good, but don’t forget other important items that you might need in your kit too. Indigestion tablets are a good idea for after the wedding breakfast and you may be grateful of some plasters if those beautiful wedding shoes start hurting your feet.

If you need some more bridal beauty inspiration, check out our guide to contouring and highlighting your wedding make-up to get A-list worthy cheekbones.