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Bride's Wedding Day Emergency List

Of course, you hope that nothing will go wrong on your big day — but better safe than sorry.

Below is a great DIY wedding day emergency list. And just like your big day, make this list your own. Pick out items you want, don't worry about the others.

Download forms for both the bride [WHN page link TK] and groom [WHN page link TK], fill them in and save to your desktop. (You'll need Acrobat Reader.)

In Your "Wedding Day To-Go Bag":

Hair, Makeup, Toiletries

  • Adhesive bandages
  • Antacid
  • Aspirin/ibuprofen
  • Bobby pins and hair elastics
  • Brush and comb
  • Contact lens solution/cases
  • Cotton balls/swabs
  • Dental floss (for all those photos!)
  • Deodorant
  • Emery board
  • Eye drops
  • Hair spray
  • Hairdryer/curling iron
  • Lotion
  • Makeup
  • Medications
  • Mirror (small and portable)
  • Moist towelettes
  • Mouthwash and/or mints
  • Nail polish (clear — for stocking runs)
  • Nail polish in the bride's shade (for touch-ups)
  • Perfume, travel size
  • Smelling salts
  • Tampons or pads
  • Tissues
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Wash cloth or hand towel

Clothing and Accessories

WHN Reader Tip: Tip from a Bride: Bring the Dress!
"
I was a bride who used your wedding day emergency kit list and followed it to the letter. I had brought everything on your list to the wedding, just in case of an emergency. I was so proud of my bridesmaids and myself for getting everything on the list packed in the car to go to the ceremony. The only thing we forgot, since it wasn't on the list, was the dress, veil, undergarments, and shoes!!! I would highly suggest putting these items on your list for other brides like myself who want to follow your list in case of an emergency too. By adding these items to your list, you could save the bridal party valuable time and automobile fuel. Also, you might want to add tux/formal wear, tie, and shoes to the groomsmen emergency list too." Jenn J. W., bride

  • "Throwaway" garter
  • Corsage pins
  • Extra earring backs
  • Extra pair of flat shoes
  • Extra panty hose
  • Handkerchief
  • Jewelry, watch
  • Wedding dress and related items (shoes, undergarments, etc.)

Miscellaneous

WHN Reader Tip: Tip from a Bride: Bring the License!
"
I forgot the wedding license. My brother and his wife missed half of my wedding going to get them for me." Carol H., a new (and legal) bride

  • Baby powder (useful for getting out last-minute spills on a white dress)
  • Cell phone (be sure to turn it off before the ceremony!)
  • Iron
  • Legal documents (think: wedding license!)
  • Lint brush
  • Sewing kit: Buttons, Hem tape, Needle, Safety pins, Small scissors, Straight pins, Thread that matches the wedding/bridal parties dresses.
  • Shoe polish that matches wedding party's shoes
  • Spot remover (test it out on an inconspicuous part of the dress before using!)
  • Static-cling spray
  • Straws (for drinking without messing up lipstick)
  • White chalk (to cover any stains on the dress)
  • Wrinkle out spray (test it out on an inconspicuous part of the dress before using!)

For Outdoor Events

  • Extra flowers (in case of sun wilting)
  • Insect repellent (be sure it has leaves no spots and has no smell or smells nice)
  • Sunglasses (pre- and post-ceremony)
  • Sunscreen
  • Umbrella

Just In Case

  • Cash ($20 – you never know what you'll need it for)
  • Disposable camera
  • Driver's license or photo I.D. card
  • Duct tape (good for any handy repairs)
  • Extra copies of directions to your reception
  • Important phone numbers:
    Family
    Wedding party
    Wedding vendors
    Taxi company
    Contact for venues
  • Notebook and pens
  • Portable flashlight
  • Roll of quarters (phones, parking meters, vending machines, etc.)
  • Snacks/bottled water (granola bars, dried fruit, etc.)

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