Bridal Must-Haves: Wedding Day Emergency Checklist

Even during the most well-planned weddings, brides should expect at least a few last-minute hiccups. Under the extraordinary pressure of the occasion, even small problems, like chipped nails and broken threads, can turn into full-blown disasters if solutions aren’t close at hand. To avoid unnecessary stress, follow our wedding-day survival-kit checklist to ensure your dream wedding goes off without a hitch. (Tip: We recommend keeping all these items in one place, like in a tote bag or repurposed makeup case, and entrusting you matron or maid of honor to stash your “just-in-case” items someplace where they can be accessed immediately if needed.)

Must-Have For Your Wardrobe

  • Chalk (to cover smears on your wedding dress)
  • Colored Nail Polish (in the same color as the one you’re wearing on the wedding day)
  • Clear Nail Polish (to fix stocking runs)
  • Corsage Pins
  • Extra Earring Back
  • Panty Hose
  • Hair Pins/Ponytail Holder (bring a variety for different hair colors)
  • Hem Tape
  • Safety Pins
  • Scissors
  • A Knife
  • Mini Sewing Kit
  • Scotch Tape
  • Shout Wipes and Pens
  • Static-Cling Spray
  • Fast-Drying Krazy Glue (to fix a broken heel or piece of jewelry)

Must-Haves For Your Body

  • Aspirin, Tylenol, and Midol
  • Mild Sedatives
  • Smelling Salts (in case someone faints)
  • Band-Aids
  • Floss/Toothpicks
  • Eye Drops
  • Baby Powder
  • Deodorant
  • Tissues (for tears and lipstick on teeth)
  • Straws (so bridal party can drink without messing up their makeup)
  • Tweezers
  • Q-Tips
  • Breath-Mints/Mouthwash
  • Small Mirror
  • Nail File/Nail Clippers
  • Perfume
  • Extra Makeup for Touch-ups
  • Tampons
  • Sunblock
  • High-Protein Granola Bars (better than ones with lots of sugar)
  • LOTS of water!

“Because You Just Never Know” Must-Haves

  • Cell Phone
  • Disposable Camera
  • ID/Driver’s License
  • Matches/Lighter
  • $20 in Cash
  • Duct Tape (it really is great for everything)
  • Fake Wedding Rings (in case the Best Man forgets!)


There are a million things that can happen during your wedding day. No matter how prepared you are, something is bound to go wrong or not as planned. You’re going to be so busy that your head will be spinning, so making sure you’ve created a wedding day emergency checklist will go a long way to keeping you prepared, and a little more sane. 

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