What's in my Emergency Kit?
Updated: Mar 19
You've spent countless months carefully planning every detail of your perfect wedding day, and a wedding day emergency kit is a must-have. As much as you aren't planning on encountering any emergencies, unfortunately, accidents happen and someone is bound to get a stain on their dress or forget their deodorant. There are a ton of wedding day kits marketed to brides that contain the bare minimum- i.e: a few bobby pins, a bandaid, maybe a sewing kit, a nail file, and some breath spray. These things are great to have, sure. But does that really cover what could be considered an "emergency"?
Every good wedding coordinator has a fully stocked emergency kit on hand at all times that help to quickly address any problems that might pop up. These kits should carry literally everything you can think of that you might need on your big day. I myself have three different emergency kits that tag along with me to every wedding, whether you've hired me to plan the whole thing, or just for setup and teardown. If you are my client, you have access to this kit. First of all, I have my good ol' trusty fanny pack that I wear all day. This usually contains a pack of tissues, some granola bars (for myself, or the lightheaded bride who might need a sugar rush), a small pair of scissors, a lighter, some bandages, a pen, and some safety pins. Basically, the most frequently used essentials that I have quick access to whenever I may need them.
Next up is my "weekender bag" which usually stays tucked away under the vendor table, but again is never too far away in case of emergency. This baby is fully stocked with the following:
Comb & Brush
Clear nail polish
Nail polish remover
Oil blotting sheets
Tylenol, Advil, Antacid, Gravol, and allergy medicine
Phone charger cords
Double-sided foam tape
Basic first-aid kit
Bug bite cream
Batteries (AA & AAA)
Clear push pins
Then in my car, I leave some of the bulkier or less needed items such as extension cords, a cake-cutting set, clear umbrellas, floral tape, bigger zip ties, a small tool kit (hammer, pliers, screwdriver), clamps, my handheld steamer, and of course my step ladder. There's nothing worse than climbing on a folding chair to take down a floral arrangement from an arch after the ceremony!
You never know what kind of mishaps can pop up on a wedding day. As a wedding planner, your #1 goal is to make sure your client's day goes as smoothly as possible and having access to an array of items can seriously help. Be sure to check with your wedding planner or day of coordinator to see if they have a wedding day emergency kit to offer. It's always better to be overprepared than underprepared!