There is plenty of information available about what to pack for your wedding day ‘emergency kit’, and I intend to add my own tips to that glut of advice. Just last weekend I saw how such a kit would have come in handy, but alas, neither the bride nor any of her bridesmaids or family members had one. Fortunately the wedding coordinator at the venue did, and eventually the torn seam was repaired just in the nick of time!
Besides your basic personal care items such as hair care, deodorant and tooth brush and tooth paste – here’s all you really need to bring with you to your wedding venue.
- A small sewing kit, consisting of a needle and some black and white thread, scissors, and safety pins.
- A lint roller and some stain remover.
- The pain reliever of your preference and antacid.
- First aid such as band-aids and something for foot blisters for those who don’t take my advice about breaking in their shoes.
That’s it! These are the essentials and this is really about all that is needed. But let me put some new ideas into the mix. What about a stress emergency kit?
Bring something to play music, such as an iPod dock, and choose some especially relaxing tunes, to set the right mood while you’re getting dressed. Imagine being in the bridal suite or wherever are you are getting ready, and now imagine it with the right music. Better, isn’t it? Have one of your bridesmaids arrive prepared with a playlist filled with your favorite songs to listen to throughout the morning. Music has a way of keeping you calm, occupied, and positive.
If you’re going to have plenty of time to get ready, plan some fun with your bridesmaids or groomsmen. Prepare some questions for them, or ask them for their best advice. Have a favorite book, poem or other reading with you and ask someone to read it out loud to put everyone in the right frame of mind.
Don’t forget to stay hydrated and don’t forget to eat something. Be sure to have some healthy snacks available. I discourage alcohol before the ceremony. I’m not prudish, but remember, it’s a long, long day ahead, plus you want to be perfectly clear for the biggest commitment of your life. (Do you know it is actually illegal in PA to marry people who are inebriated?)
And finally, be the bride you want to be (and the same goes for the groom). Act the role and you will be that person. Be as gracious as possible, even though you are nervous, and you’ll be so happy you were!
Thank you Lisa Rhinehart / Rhinehart Photography for the beautiful photos!