Bridesmaid emergency kit will keep the day running smoothly, so as a bridesmaid, you should grab a bag and fill it with all the essentials.
- Timeline: Maid of honor probably sent you the wedding timeline or itinerary. Print them, to know where to be (and also when to be there).
- Invitation: Keep the invitation handy, to know important details like the time of the wedding ceremony, reception and cocktail hour.
- Contact details: You should have the phone numbers of the other bridesmaids and the maid of honor, in case of a last-minute question or if you get lost.
- Charger: Bring a portable or a wall phone charger. You’ll have a long day ahead of you – it will be helpful to have your phone fully charged.
- Snacks: You will be running around, helping, getting your hair and make-up done, posing for pictures. Bring a bag of easy-to-eat and filling snacks.
- Water: Keep a water bottle close to you. Stay hydrated.
- Paper tissues: There will be a lot of crying and fixing make-up.
- Speech: If you have a speaking part during the ceremony, reception or at a rehearsal dinner, be sure to print several copies of your speech.
- Outfit: Have a semi-formal outfit ready for the rehearsal dinner. Also, don’t forget to bring your bridesmaid dress.
- Wedding shoes: If the bride told you to bring a pair of heels in a specific color, be sure to have them packed and ready to go.
- Dancing shoes: After standing up during the wedding ceremony, you will need shoes that will feel light on your feet.
- Clutch: Bring a clutch bag to hold your phone.
- Jewelry: Keep your earrings, necklace and bracelet in a small box or bag that you can store in a purse until it is time to get dressed.
- Underwear: Be sure you pack the right undergarments for the bridesmaid dress.
- Double-stick tape, safety pins, mini sewing kit: Have a roll of double-stick tape and a few safety pins, in case of a major wardrobe malfunction. Mini sewing kit will help with emergency alterations.
- Mini steamer, stain remover, lint roller: Wrinkles happen. Stains happen. Also, dog and cat hair.
- Change of clothes: Wear something a bit more comfortable for the after-party.
Hair and make-up
- Bridesmaid robe or a button-down shirt: Put on a bridesmaid robe or a button-down shirt before you do your hair and make-up. It will be easier to get changed.
- Make-up and hair styling tools: Bring along your beauty items and a curling iron – in case you want to touch up your make-up or hair later in the night.
- Hair ties and bobby pins: You’ll probably want to pull your hair back when you’re on a dance floor. Use bobby pins for loose strands of hair.
- Dry shampoo: Refresh the wedding ‘do for the next day brunch.
- Deodorant and perfume: As the day goes on, you will start to feel sweaty. Keep the deodorant stick/perfume close by.
- Make-up remover wipes and q-tips: Bring along cotton swaps, q-tips and make-up remover wipes – in case you need to touch up your make-up after the wedding ceremony.
- Nail file and clear nail polish: These items will help fix chipped nails. Nail polish will also be a quick fix for loose buttons and runs in stockings.
- Tweezers: Tweezers will help with errant hairs and also with last-minute alterations on clothing.
- Mints: Don’t forget to add mints to the bridesmaid emergency kit. Keep your breath fresh.
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