June 21, 2019

Baton Rouge Wedding Photographer | What to Pack in Your Emergency Kit

What should you pack in your wedding day emergency kit? There are a million lists out there, but what do you really need?

Having photographed many weddings in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, I’ve seen a lot of scrambling when unexpected emergencies come up. It’s hard to anticipate everything that may come your way on your wedding day, so I’ve compiled a {trumpet noise} handy list!

And, bonus: There’s a FREE downloadable PDF below for you, so you can always have this list handy. You’re welcome.

I’ve included my favorite life-saving items below, for both brides and grooms. So, read on!

Bride being dressed by mother

Wedding Emergency Kit For The Bride

The Essentials:
  • VOWS, if you’re writing them (maybe two copies, to be safe)
  • Deodorant
  • Blotting sheets – the oil-control struggle is real.
  • Hairspray – Can you even have enough on your wedding day?
  • Crochet hook – If you have buttons on your dress, this makes things much easier!
  • Tissues (‘cuz tears, and a lot of other reasons)
  • Bobby pins – I have owned a million bobby pins in my life, and can only currently locate about ten. Trust me, you need more.
  • Travel sewing kit – everything you need to save the day when something rips or pops off. Ask me how many garters I’ve sewn back together in a pinch! This kit comes with safety pins and spare buttons, which you totally need.
  • Granola bars and water (with a straw!) – stay energized and hydrated.
  • Nail polish and lipstick in the colors you’ll be wearing! For emergency touch-ups
  • Phone charger – So you’re all juiced up for the ‘gram
Stuff you didn’t think you’d need, but could save your life:
  • Heel Stoppers – If you’re going to be on grass at all on your wedding day, these are essential for keeping you from sinking. And even if you’re not going to be on grass, these provide a little extra extra balance. For when the booze starts flowing, you know.
  • Tide stick – Stain remover on the go,’cuz stains happen.
  • Bug spray – We live in Louisiana. If you’re having a sunset ceremony and you will be outdoors at any point, go with me on this one.
  • Chapstick- Nerves = dry lips
  • Lint roller
  • Clear nail polish – Stop a chip from getting worse
  • Clear umbrella – Rain happens, even on the best-planned of days
  • Baby powder – absorb oil, control sweat, and just say no to chafing
  • First aid kit – your wedding party may need it, even if you don’t!
  • Super glue – If a heel breaks, no worries!
  • White chalk – Handy tip alert! If you can’t get a stain out of your dress, chalk it. You’re welcome.
  • Tylenol – YOU KNOW
  • Button-down shirt – The LAST thing you want to do is mess up that hair and makeup getting your shirt off to don your dress!
  • Blister Blocker – So good, this stuff!
  • Mints
  • Double-stick tape / body glue – to keep those garters up and those necklines laying flat!
  • Travel steamer
  • Manicure kit
  • Perfume

Groom getting dressed

For The Groom

  • Breath mints / mouth wash – Even when there’s not a little pre-wedding drinking going on, you’ll want fresh breath for that first kiss!
  • Cologne
  • Travel steamer
  • Deodorant
  • Extra tie
  • Extra buttons
  • Vows, if you’re writing them (and an extra copy entrusted to someone else just in case!)
  • Extra cufflinks
  • Extra socks
  • Handkerchief or pocket square
  • Floss
  • Hair products and tools
  • Lint brush
  • Tylenol – a little preventative measures never hurt anyone.
  • Razor
  • Shoe polish kit
  • Small sewing kit
  • Tide stick
  • Snacks and water
  • Safety pins – Guys need these too! Many a cummerbund has gone awry on one of my wedding days!
  • First aid kit
  • THE RINGS!

CLICK HERE to download a copy of this list! What to pack in your wedding emergency kit graphic

Spoiler alert: Some items linked may be Amazon affiliate links. Not ‘cuz they’re paying me – but because I have personal experience with these items, and love them! And also, ‘cuz I’m kind of addicted to Amazon anyway. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this wedding day emergency kit list! I’d love to rock your wedding day with you – if you’d like to check availability for your date, CLICK HERE!

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  1. Tiffany

    June 21st, 2019 at 9:09 am

    So many great ideas here! The tide stick is such a good idea.

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