Five minutes until the ceremony, and we cannot get the tag off the dress, and not a single pair of scissors at hand! The bridesmaid helped the bride into her dress and because of the buttons, she broke a fingernail. And when tensions run high, just before the ceremony - having some Paracetamol handy can be a good thing. I have also witnessed a bride with hay fever and thankfully she had some antihistamine ready. These are just a few examples of what can happen and it's best to be prepared.
When you plan your wedding day, the last thing that is on your mind is to prepare a bridal emergency survival bag for your wedding day. But this is one instance where being prepared for some mild calamities is the best form of insurance. If you know you have a fix at hand, then any troublesome incident can easily be solved, and everything can get back to plan as if nothing had happened at all.
So what do you need in this magic bridal emergency survival bag? Apart from a good multi-compartment bag, the following are a recommended list of the items to ensure that your day runs smoothly and that you have a perfect wedding.
No matter how well put together a hairdo is, it might need fixing at some point later in the day. In-and-out of cars, photos, meet-and-greets, adjusting veils and headpieces will all take their toll – so be ready to have a quick fix when the need arises.
Like your hair, your make-up might suffer from the continual action, hugs and kisses, wind, rain and the general hustle and bustle of the day. So a small mirror is your best friend, and little touch-ups are easier to manage than a full redo.
I get goose bumps when I get a raggedy nail and it gets stuck on my clothing. A quick file and a dab of polish can save the day. Clear nail polish can be a quick fix for many things, from an emergency glue in jewellery repair, to dabbing it on tights tear to stop a ladder.
Your wedding day will be a busy day, lots of people to meet and greet and hug. So you may feel the need to freshen up regularly. Also, something most people won’t be brave enough to tell you, if you don’t keep yourself hydrated your perspiration and all other bodily fluids will become more concentrated and will smell more, so be forewarned.
Check your teeth for lip stick or stains before the ceremony. During the day, you may want to check after meals. You will be in a lot of photographs, and you don't want to be self-conscious about your teeth. Therefore, the following will ensure your teeth are pearly white and you have a fresh breath throughout the day:
The real toll of a wedding is on your feet, you will never be more glad of a seat. So make sure before your day shoes are worn-in, and even then be prepared for red skin and blisters, and if ever there is a day when your groom will break a shoelace it will be on the day.
A stitch in time will save the day. There is barely a wedding where an emergency bit of needle work doesn't need done, so having these bits and bobs at hand is handy, also if you have a lot of buttons or hook and eye fastenings in your outfit then a Crochet Hook can make light work of securing them.
Weddings are places where outfits can suffer, and will have to be put right or - if not - disguised. So, outside of stitch, glue and mend, be prepared to camouflage, hide and disguise.
Headaches and other body aches are not unknown as there is a lot of physical and mental stress that can creep up unawares, as can slips, trips and falls amongst the younger wedding guests. Insect bites are best avoided too. Also, in a room full of other peoples perfumes and sprays, eyes can dry out and become itchy.
You may not think on a day where you may have a wedding breakfast, buffet and multi-course dinner, that you may need a snack, but your day will burn off more calories than you can imagine. Make sure you have a decent breakfast, even if you don't feel too hungry in the morning. So have some snacks at hand, possibly best are breakfast type bars. You also need to keep an eye on how hydrated you are, so have water and or energy drinks at hand – but remember to use a straw where you can as it will remove less lipstick from your lips.
There are some key items that you really need to have that are not covered in the lists above, but can literally save the day by allowing you to get things back on track.
Now depending on the size of your bag there are a couple of other items than can be very useful, if not essential.