It can be intimidating packing your emergency wedding day kit, especially because it's an EMERGENCY kit. So whatever is inside of it is meant to be there when things don't go as planned. How are you supposed to know what's going to go as planned, and what's not? You could scour YouTube or Pinterest for hours. Or, you can read the lists I've created for you below:


  • MARRIAGE LICENSE - No one wants to be the one to rush back to the house to grab it, and the ceremony won't happen without it, so just remember to bring it. Tape it to the front door if you need to.
  • Chapstick
  • Bobby Pins
  • Safety Pins - I'm speaking from experience on this one. TRUST ME, and bring a few extras. Wardrobe malfunctions are never fun, but can be especially stressful on your wedding day.
  • Tissues
  • Stain Remover Stick
  • Pads & Tampons - Just in case... even if it's not time for Aunt Flow to pay you a visit, the stress from planning a wedding day could cause her to make an appearance and it's better to be prepared than not when you're wearing white
  • Breath Mints
  • Roller Perfume - I'm putting this one on here INSTEAD of deodorant. Wait, wait- just hear me out on this one. Definitely put deodorant on when you're getting ready in the morning. And if you're wanting some detail shots of your perfume with hubby's cologne, you'll still want to bring your regular perfume bottle too, but it doesn't have to take up so much space in whatever bag you're using. No one wants to be THAT person who whips out a stick of deodorant in front of everyone and their Mom. Plus, it lasts a lot longer and won't leave stains on your dress or ball up if your ceremony is during the summer months. Thanks, Arizona! Also, rollers are a lot smaller than a stick of deodorant, and will be much more discreet when your MOH or bridesmaid hands it off to you. You're welcome.
  • An Extra Pair of Contacts (if you wear them)
  • Eye Drops and/or Allergy Medication - Great for spring ceremonies, or any unexpected allergens that may be at your venue. For example, if you're getting married at a winery there is bound to be a vineyard nearby with things like dirt, pollen, bugs, etc.
  • Bug Wipes - Avoid bug sprays that will smell bad, and causes you to leave your guests to spray it on. Wipes are quick, easy, relatively discreet, and can be thrown away after you're done with them. They'll also take up less room than a regular aerosol can would.
  • Snacks that Don't Stain - Veggie Sticks are a great snack that tastes like potato chips, but don't leave a mess or stains! Make sure you also grab some small protein foods too!
  • Phone charger
  • Lipstick - Make sure it's the same shade that you have on so you can touch it up for photos if needed.
  • Compact mirror
  • Translucent Setting Powder - Perfect if you have oily skin, sweat easily, need to touch-up your makeup, or your ceremony is during the summer months. Again, thanks Arizona. If you don't want to worry about powder possibly making a mess, blotting paper works great too and will take up less space in your bag.
  • Band-aids
  • Pain killers
  • Hair Spray
  • Tweezers
  • Eyelash Glue - If your MUA is licensed and knows what they're doing, you should NOT need to reapply your lashes. BUT accidents happen, and it's better to be prepared.
  • Fan - Getting ready rooms can also get stuffy with people coming in and out. Avoid some sweat by having a small fan you can use. It also comes in handy when drying your setting spray.
  • Small scissors - great to have on-hand for strings or fringe on dresses, removing price tags, etc.
  • Water
  • Fabric Tape
  • Tooth Brush & Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Hair Ties
  • Tape
  • Zip Ties
  • Clear Elastics
  • Lotion
  • Clear Nail Polish - Great for nails AND stops runs in panty hose.
  • Extra Shoes - Flip flops or a comfortable pair of flats are best! When you're on the dance floor, or even the day after the ceremony it's good to have a backup pair of shoes that are comfortable and easy to slip on your tired feet.


  • Mouth Wash - You'll have mints anyways, and you won't have to find somewhere to spit out your mouthwash, or worse have to swallow it.
  • Colored Nail Polish - Everyone will have their nails done before the ceremony, don't risk spilling polish in your bag or worse...on your DRESS!! Plus, depending on your venue, some getting ready rooms are small. There will already be enough hair spray in the air, why add the smell of nail polish too? Plus, if you do chip your polish, there are easy ways to hide it in photos. If it happens to one of your bridesmaids no one will even notice since you won't see their hands in too many photos.
  • Extra Clothes - As tempting as it is to bring a bunch of clothes to change into, the reality is you only need one comfy outfit to get ready in, and then you'll be in your dress the rest of the day. So extra clothing will end up cluttering the getting ready room, and taking up space in your bag.
  • Power Tools - Unless your wedding decor is DIY, you can leave the drills, hammers, and any other tools at home. If something does come up where you need to fix something, the venue should have what you need.
  • Makeup Bag - Unless you're doing your own makeup, there's really no need to bring your entire makeup bag. Bring a few things in case you need a touch-up, but other than that leave it at home.