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!)
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