Every bride should have a wedding day emergency kit. Whether your coordinator has you covered or you bring your own! Here’s why you should have one and what should be inside of it!

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Day Of Wedding Emergency Kit

Be prepared! The scouts have it right – always be prepared. And no truer words have ever been spoken than when it comes to the planning of your wedding day.  

Regardless of the season, size, or location of your nuptials, mishaps can happen when you least expect it, unfortunately. In the blink of an eye, chocolate could settle on your gown, or an eyelash could travel south down your cheek (eek)!

To help you prevent wedding day blunders, we’ve compiled a wedding day survival kit including all the top items you could potentially need to prevent mishaps and everything to remedy if a trip, split, or spill happens.  

Why You Need a Wedding Day Survival Kit

If you are already working with a wedding planner or a day-of coordinator, you are in great hands! Coordinators shine at managing all aspects of planning and preparation and will arrive armed and ready with an arsenal of “just in case” supplies.  

Brides who choose to not hire a professional planner can still be equally prepared. Countless hours go into the preparation of your wedding – from venue selection and gown style to what song you’ll have as your first dance. And because every detail matters, we want your wedding to go off without a hitch!  

That’s why we’re sharing our DIY ‘shemergency’ kit, a bridal bag crafted for your wedding day – complete with must-have essentials, the cutest bags for your stash, and a printable checklist so that no essential gets left behind.  

How to Make It


#1 Find a Cute Bag, Tote, or Basket

Get yourself a bag. Or two…or three. Adorable and fun bags and pouches are never in short supply. Here are a few of our faves in different styles and sizes with options that hale from our favorite state!  

My Heart is in Montana Canvas Tote by Noteworthy Paper Press of Missoula 

Mountains Are Home Tote by Sparrow Design Studio of Bozeman

How perfect are these bags customizable in the bride’s new name!?! Bonus points for the bridesmaids who craft this for their bride-to-be. What useful and thoughtful gifts these make!

#2 Fill With Wedding Day Essentials

These small but mighty items will keep you and your crew up and running from the first photo all the way through the last dance. Here are our absolute must-haves. And of course, you can tailor them to what’s best for you.  

Bridal Emergency Kit Necessities

Health & Wellness

  • Mini bottled waters – stay hydrated!
  • On-the-go snacks – before the hanger sets in. Think easy with nuts, fruit, and granola bars.
  • Gum/mints
  • Ibuprofen/Tylenol
  • Tums/Pepto
  • Tampons
  • Deodorant (clear!)
  • Hand sanitizer/wipes
  • Spare contacts + solution
  • Eye drops
  • Band-aids
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/mouth wash
  • Floss


  • Hair spray
  • Brush/comb
  • Hair ties
  • Chapstick
  • Eyelash glue
  • Baby wipes
  • Blotting paper
  • Q tips
  • Tissues
  • Bobby pins
  • Tweezers
  • Nail file
  • Lotion

Huckleberry Lip Balm by Winddrift Hill of Conrad, Montana


  • Safety pins & straight pins (hello boutonnières)!!
  • Double-sided tape
  • Comfy shoes/flip flops
  • Moleskin
  • Tide pen/shout wipes
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Mini glue
  • Clear nail polish
  • Earring backs
  • Lint roller

For the Great Outdoors

  • Heel pads
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Umbrella
  • Allergy medicine


  • Phone charger
  • Portable phone charger, if you’ll be off-grid

Wedding Survival Kit Checklist

Yes, please! Download our free printable Emergency Wedding Day Checklist here to ensure you have all the essentials!

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Groom Survival Kits

Let’s hear it for the grooms! After all, it’s the groom’s big day too. The boys are not immune to bloopers of their own. Read on to see the top items your partner needs for his very own ‘groomergency’ kit!

  • Deodorant
  • Cuff links/spare buttons
  • Mints/gum
  • Sunscreen
  • Shout wipes/tide pen
  • Safety pins/straight pins
  • Tissues
  • Chapstick
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Mini water bottles

Huckleberry Lip Balm by Winddrift Hill of Conrad, Montana

The Perfect Gift

Bridesmaids, moms, friends of the bride – this is the perfect bridal shower gift! 

Follow the steps above to create a beautiful gift bag or basket with emergency items. Add a few of the bride’s favorite things to personalize it just for her.   

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, your big day goes off without a hitch and truly is the wedding of your dreams! Cheers to being prepared with these tried and true wedding day essentials.

We’d love to know what essentials you’ll be packing in your wedding day emergency kit! What must-haves did we leave out? Drop us a line below and share.

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