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Every wedding day throws up a few surprises. From spills and stains to snowstorms, we’ve seen it all. Of course, the best way to prevent any major disasters is to work with wedding suppliers you can trust, like a professional hair and makeup artist or an experienced wedding planner. But even if you have your bases covered, there are always a few little mishaps along the way. That’s where your wedding day emergency kit comes in. Think of it as a kind of insurance policy, covering everything from wardrobe malfunctions to minor first aid. That way a headache or a broken zip won’t throw everything into disarray. But what should you put in your wedding day emergency kit? Read on to find out!

First things first. You’ll need something to keep your emergency kit in, so that you don’t have to go scrabbling around in case of a minimergency. A tote bag always works well, as does a roomy cosmetics bag or even a tackle box. You can keep hold of it yourself or delegate it to your bridesmaids or maid of honour. Just as long as it’s easy to access both before the ceremony and at the reception.

A good wedding day emergency kit should cover wardrobe, hair and makeup (hello touchups!), and general items. These are the three main areas where problems can arise. And, while you can tailor your kit to your circumstances, these are the 60 items that most wedding day emergency kits should contain.


  • Basic sewing kit (needles, thread in black, white, and bridesmaid dress colour, buttons, safety pins)
  • Crochet hook (for tiny wedding dress buttons)
  • Fashion tape
  • Instant hemming tape
  • Lint roller
  • Nail polish (clear, to stop runs in tights)
  • Scissors
  • Shoe polish
  • Spare earring backs
  • Stain remover
  • Travel iron or steamer
  • White chalk (for masking stains on the wedding dress)

Hair and Makeup

  • Baby wipes
  • Blotting papers
  • Bobby pins
  • Cotton buds
  • Deodorant
  • Dry shampoo
  • Emery boards
  • Eyelash glue
  • Fixing spray
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Hair ties
  • Hair spray
  • Hand lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Makeup backups (eyeliner, concealer, lip pencil, and lipstick in your chosen colour)
  • Makeup remover
  • Nail polish (in your chosen colour) & remover
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Pocket mirror
  • Sunscreen
  • Tweezers


  • Antacids
  • Antihistamine tablets
  • Bottled water
  • Breath mints
  • Cable ties
  • Cash
  • Dental floss
  • Energy bars
  • Eye drops / contact lens solution
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Insect repellent (for outdoor weddings)
  • Insoles
  • Immodium
  • Lighter
  • Painkillers
  • Phone charger
  • Pins for boutonnieres
  • Plasters (blister and general)
  • Printed copy of the wedding day timeline
  • Printed list of wedding suppliers’ contact details
  • Razor
  • Rescue Remedy
  • Sanitary products
  • Straws (to keep lipstick intact)
  • Super Glue
  • Tissues
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush

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