48 Items To Have In Your Wedding Day Survival Kit

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Stay ahead of any wedding day mishaps by putting together an emergency kit that you can keep close at hand throughout your ceremony and reception. All that’s to it is knowing what to put it in to handle any accidents or oversight’s that pop up on the big day. Then find some sort of handy tote to stash somewhere out of the way but where you can always get to it.

These 48 items will help the bride get through any emergency she might face on her special day…..because a prepared bride is a happy bride! :-)


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  • Q-Tips
  • First Aid Kit
  • Mints
  • Benadryl – Especially if you are having an outdoor wedding. You just never know when allergies will strike.
  • Bobby Pins – I would bring black and brown so you have some to fit a variety of hair colors.
  • Granola Bars – Get a high quality one with lots of protein rather than lots of added sugar. That way it will serve as an energy boost for tired and stressed out brides.

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And for those of you more inclined to use a list that is printed out…here is a FREE PRINTABLE for your convenience.


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To wrap up WEDDING WEEK…we are giving away the entire contents of this Wedding Day Survival Kit that we put together to one lucky OGT reader! (Not ALL items in the photographs are included.)


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Leave a comment below sharing with us your favorite wedding memory (whether it’s yours or someone else!)



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Winner will be announced on Wednesday, August 21st!


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Thanks to Joelle Duff from A Charming OccasionThe Knot and my assistant Kaitlyn for help compiling this list.


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  1. RuthWW says

    As the bride was putting on her dress on her wedding day, she put her arms into the sleeves and one sleeve lining twisted around her arm like a Chinese finger puzzle. I designed and made this dress for my soon-to-be DIL. She and my son were away at school and I had sent a muslin dress to her for fitting. She thought she wanted short sleeves……for her December wedding. In case, she wanted long sleeves, I made a set of sleeves to replace the short ones. Three days before the wedding she decided on the long sleeves. In my haste to change out the sleeves, I had inadvertently twisted the lining. So……just before she was to wear the dress, I took a pair of scissors and cut the lining inside below the elbow, let the lining twist around, and whip-stitched the lining back together. Wa…la! No one would see the inside of the sleeve! So scissors, needle and thread are a must in essentials on the wedding day.

    • marysue says

      This is SUCH a great list and can’t wait to gather and purchase these items for my son’s bride to be for their upcoming 2014 wedding, thank you!!! So many fav memories of my own as well as others weddings :))) MOST fav and priceless is anytime we have family together, especially when lives become more busy each day. xoxoxoxox

    • Marie says

      Well needless to say there are a lot of memories connected to weddings I could talk about and not all good. The last wedding was at my home for my oldest son. Everyone was here (about 50 guests). My son had forgotten to pick up the best man’s tux. The wedding was delayed over an hour because of this. One of the bridesmaid broke the zipper on her dress before the wedding as well. There is more…but I won’t continue! The couples marriage lasted about 3 months!!

  2. Marsha says

    We were having a very small wedding, on a Tue night but everyone who mattered was there. My mother handled all the details and we just showed up. I just remember it was beautiful and got to marry the man of my dreams

  3. Tiffany Farish says

    My fave wedding memory was seeing my hubby at the reveal. He looked so good and I was so happy to see him and to know that I was about to marry my bff. I was was speechless and had tears in my eyes that i couldn’t even call his name to have him turn around to see me.

  4. Marty says

    I don’t know if I can even narrow it down to one specific memory, but I loved everything about my very best friend’s wedding. I literally cried on the dance floor as it was all ending (I’m so embarrassed about this now!!). My little sister just go engaged last month, and I would love to win this for her. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Mary says

    Absolute essentials. Feminine products and a hair dryer. My sister had an accident at my reception and we rinsed her bridesmaid dress out in bathroom and used hair dryer. No one knew!

  6. Dorothy Stewart says

    When my best friend got married, I cried through the whole ceremony! I knew she was moving away after the wedding and although I was happy for her, I was also grieving the loss of a good friend. This was many years ago before the internet and e-mail or cell phones! I would love to win this nice giveaway for my granddaughter who is getting married soon.

  7. Jill says

    My favorite memory is when we eloped and went to Maui. We were married with our own personal vows on the beech. It was not a stressful day because it was “Our Day”……no distractions….just the two of us.

  8. Cathy says

    On my best friend’s wedding day 20 years ago, I gave her a “brain implant” so she would always be able to answer the question “Honey, have you seen my ______?” I used the motherboard from a small calculator, along with an “appointment card” for the device to be surgically implanted into her brain. To this day we still laugh about it and wish it was real!!

  9. Vicky Hobson says

    My lovely neice is getting married in a few weeks and I had started collecting some of these things for emergencies but boy I missed quite a few! I would love to win this to ensure that she’s prepared for anything.

  10. Johnna says

    One of my favorite memories of my wedding was seeing all the people who had come to our wedding that love us. My daughter is getting married next summer, I have really enjoyed this week’s post and I would love to win the survival kit for her!

  11. Jennifer says

    I am definitely making one for my future daughter-in-law for her bridal shower! Our son will be getting Aug 8, 2014 and I have already got her shower planned with her maid of honor.

  12. Lysie says

    My wedding was a dream. Just beautiful, I remember it fondly because we had so much fun. When we hot to the hotel later my husband said ” that was grat let’s do it every year.” Now my dear friend is getting married and I would love to win the kit for her. That way her wedding can be stress free and all fun too. Thanks for this article. It’s full of great practical info.

  13. Debra says

    My favorite wedding memory is my husband of 30 years shaking tremendously during our wedding. We were married in a judge’s chamber after only knowing each other for 6 months. He knew how scary I was then too. LOL I hope I win this because our little girl is getting married in a few weeks.

  14. says

    I did!

    My favorite memory? Impossible, since I marry so many fabulous couples every year, but right on top of the list is working with Colin Cowie’s amazing team to marry Steph and Lela at the top of the Empire State Building on Valentines Day several years ago. A lovely couple (and their first trip to NYC from Alaska), gorgeous details (no big shock when Cowie is involved) and a happy, happy celebration.

    I often tell my couples that some of the best memories are those that result from the “unexpected” happenings at a wedding. No wedding is “perfect” and that’s good!!!

    • Katie says

      I know I would have the chalk there in case someone gets something oily on their clothes, the chalk can help absorb it.

      My favorite wedding memory was the embrace between my husband and I after the ceremony was over. So tender!

  15. Julie Schlemmer says

    We had all of our reception food prepared by family members . It was quite a spread compared to what you get now. That was a showing of love for us as we started out our lives.

  16. Ellece Schmitz says

    My most favorite memory from any wedding is watching the bride and groom the moment they see one another, and feeling that sweet love-filled connection right along with them! Then their reactions cause your own feelings; you may cry if they cry, laugh if they laugh, and feel each other’s awe of their big, special day. :)

  17. Kwilkins says

    I never would have thought to put fake rings in the emergency kit but it is a brilliant idea! I forgot the ring for my sister’s wedding…at the last minute we were taking my fathers ring off his finger to use during the ceremony;). My daughter is getting married next year and my sister was telling her what I had done last week. It was a good laugh 28 years latter!

  18. Kelly Blankenship says

    My son is getting married in January. I know most people will be entering for themselves or their daughters, but I figured why not for my son and daughter to be. A great memory from my wedding (over 24 years ago and still smiling) was how happy my only sister was to finally have a brother. At times I wondered if she was the most excited person there. She went through the receiving line 3 or 4 times to welcome him into the family. Heck, she even tried to sneek into the car when we left the church. Now I know you probably have a young girl pictured in your head by this time, however she is my older sister.


  19. Gail says

    Great list! My sons flower girl barfed halfway down the isle, leaving a mess for the bride, the bridesmaids,etc. oh, and she took out a couple of guests as well, who were sitting on the end of the isles.

  20. says

    Instead of a favorite wedding memory, I’m sharing a favorite memory from a wedding. THE most beautiful wedding I ever attended was held in a breathtaking chapel at a private Catholic school which had stunning stained glass windows. The bride was a sort of “granola girl” and wore a very simple, understated cotton wedding dress by Laura Ashley. No lace, beads, or frill at all! Her music was all played by a harpist. Her flowers were a gorgeous mix of spring bulb flowers. But what always makes me smile is the memory of the smell. All of the corsages and boutonnieres as well as sprinkled in her bouquet, were Gardenias. The smell of Gardenias as the wedding party passed by going down the aisle, was simply heavenly.

    I am now getting remarried in 7 weeks and am in the throws of planning a wedding that is completely unique and has the signature of my fiance’ and I, all over it right down to the handmade wedding invitations, my handmade mixed media bouquet, etc..!!!!

  21. says

    What a great giveaway!! I would love to win such a cool contest. My sister is getting married in a month and a half and this would be perfect!! My favorite wedding memory was the relaxing morning photo session that we had with our wedding party at the park where we were having our reception. It was a beautiful day and just a lot of fun. I didn’t want to be nervous on the way up the aisle. I wanted to hang out with my husband all day on the happiest day of our lives! ~ Jamie

  22. Kathy C says

    My husband and I got married by a pastor at the courthouse, and during the vows his cell phone rang. It went something like this “for better, for worse” (ring, ring) “excuse me one minute” and he took the call!!! It took us by surprise, but then we thought it was funny. Something to remember for sure.

  23. Teresa T. says

    My favorite memory is of my husband singing to me. He had also pre-recorded the the song just in case the emotio s of the day got to him. It was beautiful as we looki g at each other and then we heard through speakers, “Let’s do this again.” The music director had done several takes and forgot to erase or cue up the correct version. After everyone had a good laugh, my red-faced husband finished the song (withou music), which sounded even better. Yes, 17 years later, we will hear from someone who attended that it was still one of their best wedding moments. I think it represents our marriage that the sharing and laughter has made it memorable.

  24. Tersa says

    At my friends wedding the ring fell off the pillow and rolled down the isle, No one saw this happen, but the father of the bride saw it and picked it up with out anyone noticing this happening.

  25. laura m says

    My favorite memory from our wedding was seeing my now husband for the first time walking down the isle – and our whole wedding was more then i ever expected it to be, it was amazing from start to finish i loved it all!


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