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 bridal emergency 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.
From waterproof mascara to talcum powder and tweezers, we’ve come up with a list of essentials (and non-essentials) to pop in your kit so that you’re ready for anything.
Things You Could Include in Your Kit:
- Face wipes
- Mini deodorant/perfume
- Hair Pins
- 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
- Hand warmers (if you’re marrying somewhere cold)
- False nail glue
- Small pair of scissors
- Spare tights
- Waterproof mascara
- Straws (to avoid smudging your lipstick)
- Oil blotting sheets
- Hand sanitizer/ hand wipes
- Indigestion tablets
- Sunblock (if you’re marrying somewhere hot and sunny)
Every bride is different, there is no ‘one size fits all’ bridal emergency kit that is right for everyone.
It’s worth speaking to friends and close family members who have recently 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.
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.
You don’t need to pack a whole handbags 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As well as gathering some expert opinions, we also asked you hitchers what your bridal emergency kit essentials are. Read on for more ideas…
Caroline Hendry, the Editor of hitched.co.uk says:
“I can be prone to headaches so a packet of paracetamol is an essential item in my bridal emergency kit. I also want to try and keep calm on the morning of the wedding and really enjoy the moment so I will pack some camomile tea.”
Jayne E, from our hitched forums, says:
“I didn’t worry about getting hot on my wedding day as it was freezing cold (we married in Lapland). However I did have a mirror compact, lipstick, hand warmers, a needle and thread plus safety pins in my kit. Luckily I wore some comfy snow boots so I didn’t need plasters for sore feet, but I'd recommend them depending on how painful your heels will be. Oh, and I also had false nail glue in case of any nail malfunctions.”
MissA can’t wait to be MrsT, from our hitched forums, says:
“I read about using talcum powder before you put your dress on to prevent it rubbing or getting too hot, so I might keep a small bottle handy. On my wedding day, my mum will have my Bach Rescue Remedy spray to hand in case of nerves - when I'm feeling shaky or stressed it always seems to help. Personally I also have to have a camera. I know I'll have a photographer and all the guests will have cameras but I really love taking pictures myself (even if they come out blurry!).”
Rachel David, Web Editor of You & Your Wedding says:
“My all-important emergency item is a pack of tissues - I know that this is a slightly obvious one but there is simply no excusing smudged mascara or a runny nose when you're going to be centre of attention. I’ll also be including a piece of chalk in case any stains emerge on my dress - apparently it works wonders! Hair pins, plasters, lip gloss, a mini deodorant and mints will be going in my emergency kit too. Remember that you could also fill the powder room at your venue with these items too - that way you don't have to carry anything and all your guests can freshen up too.”
Becky, from our hitched forums, says:
“In my opinion, the key things for a bridal emergency kit are: perfume, deodorant, make up wipes, cotton buds for touch ups, hair pins, a needle and thread that matches the colour of your bridal wear, plus safety pins as a last resort if you have any wardrobe malfunctions.”
laurafish, from our hitched forums, says:
“As someone with oily skin, oil blotting sheets are a must for my bridal emergency kit. They usually come in nice little packets that don't take up much room at all.”
o0o_Charlie_o0o, from our hitched forums, says:
“I will be taking a black bin bag with a hole cut in the bottom, so that I can put my feet through and pull it up when I need to go to the powder room. This will hold all my wedding dress in so I can go to the toilet without needing anyone to hold my dress for me!”
KJHC, from our hitched forums, says:
“My bridal emergency kit will have: plasters for blisters, a mini sewing kit and safety pins, a powder compact for shiny moments later in the day, lippie, a tooth pick for any bits in my teeth after the wedding breakfast, paracetamol, mini deodorant, make up wipes, talcum powder and finally blusher, in case my face needs livening up in the evening.”
Aimee Al-Dabagh, Senior Designer at hitched.co.uk says:
“My essentials are: lip gloss and lipstick – make sure it’s always topped up as the photographer is constantly in your face, powder to blot away any potential shine, tissues for the ceremony – I hid mine in the base of my bouquet so that I could carry them the whole time, plus some water - make sure a bridesmaid can be on hand to remind you to keep hydrated. I’d say snacks would be a good item to have – go for quick, high energy snacks and nothing too messy or smelly! I’d also include hair grips, hairspray, a compact mirror or powder compact, eye lash glue (if you’re wearing false lashes), perfume or deodorant, a nail file and mints as you’re always talking to people.
“A stain remover spray is a good idea for when someone spills red wine down your dress – it happened to me! I’d also recommend contact lens solution or eye drops in case of sore eyes, plasters for blisters on your feet, pain killers, allergy tablets… oh, and really comfy slippers for when you get back to your room with sore feet.”
Sam, from our hitched forums, says:
“Tissues, lipstick, safety pins, a small hair brush and paracetamol will all be going in my emergency kit. Plus gel pads for your feet or possibly even a pair of flat shoes for when the heels get too much.”
Bags for Your Emergency Kit
Your emergency wedding essentials need a fabulous bag and we reckon we’ve found the perfect ones. Not only are these cute canvas pouches from Not on the High Street fairly small and compact, their slogans will leave you feeling great and raring to go.
Image credit: Alphabet Bags at Not on the High Street
If you want your bridal emergency kit to match your bridal wear, then consider this luxury white cosmetics bag by F. Hammann. The soft touch leather material is so classy and the bag is nice and compact so that it can be kept discreet.
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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 style them up with this polka dot tissue holder from Not on the High Street. Brides planning a 50s vintage style wedding will love this.
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There’s nothing worse than putting up with dry, chapped lips, so make sure yours stay hydrated and soft with a good lip balm. After all, you need to be prepared for that all important first kiss as a married couple! This Prosecco and strawberry flavoured lip balm from Not on the High Street will keep your lips looking, and tasting, divine.
Image credit: Hearth & Heritage at Not on the High Street
Add a touch of personalised wedding glam to your emergency kit and choose a compact mirror with your name or initials on, like this black and gold pocket mirror from Not on the High Street.
Image credit: Alphabet Bags at Not on the High Street
Tick off your ‘something blue’ with this lovely vintage linen covered mirror compact from Not on the High Street. It would also serve as an everlasting memory of your wedding day.
Image credit: Snapdragon at Not on the High Street
Keep your hands nice and soft by popping a small tube of hand cream in your bridal emergency kit, ready for that beautiful wedding ring to go on your finger. We love this set from Orla Kiely which comes with a choice of scents – choose from floral geranium or zesty bergamot.
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If, like us, you’re obsessed with rose gold anything and have a rose gold engagement ring, then you need these tweezers from Not on the High Street in your emergency kit. These aren’t necessarily an essential but they may be handy for tweaking false eyelashes or for last minute eyebrow touch-ups.
Image credit: Lisa Angel Homeware and Gifts at Not on the High Street
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.