10 Must-Haves for Your Bridal Overnight Bag
10 Nov 2015
Whether the night before the wedding is spent in a luxurious hotel, stately home or abroad, ensure you’re calm and collected with these essentials for your overnight bag
1. A robe
An elegant cover-up is a must for brides-to-be on the morning of the wedding. It’ll help to avoid any hair and make-up mishaps and those getting-ready shots will be much more appealing. Try up-and-coming British brand Violet and Wren for luxurious silk bridal robes, or for a quirky bridesmaid option, try a vintage inspired dotty number from Cyberjammies.
Eden Kimono in Magnolia Glow, or Lacquered Rose, Violet and Wren, £330
Freya Spot Print Robe, Cyberjammies, £30
2. Exquisite lingerie
Beautiful lingerie is a bridal essential, with the power of making you feel like a million dollars. Opt for a professional fitting and consider the style and cut of the wedding dress to avoid telltale underwear signs. Take a different underwear set for the wedding night if your daytime lingerie is more practical. If traditional blushing bride styling is your underwear of choice, go for a garter as an additional accessory.
3. Beauty products to help de-stress
The night before the wedding take some time to de-stress with a relaxing DIY treatment. Try adding some nourishing hair oil to the ends of your mane, or take a hot bath with aromatherapy oils to moisturise the skin and relax.
This trio of bath and shower oils from Aromatherapy Associates for £29 will add a touch of luxury to this special night and will help to de-stress and revive your spirits.
Freshen up on the day of the wedding with breath-freshening mints. Feeling camera-ready and confident is a huge part of feeling your best and if you’re beaming from ear to ear with those pearly whites on show, you’ll be the picture of beauty and exude confidence.
5. Shoe cushions
Being on your feet all day during the ceremony and the reception means they can become sore when wedding shoes begin to rub. Gel shoe cushions could be your saviour. Try Scholl Party Feet for pain-free dancing all night long.
6. Daytime make-up palette
Though a make-up artist might be drafted in for the actual wedding day, they’ll be long gone when the reception is in full swing. Create a capsule make-up kit for the bridal beauty experience, so it’s easy to maintain make-up yourself. It’ll also help post-wedding, to ensure you look just as great when making your exit with your new husband.
Charlotte Tilbury’s Film Star on the Go palettes offer a space-saving lip, eye and cheek multiple with anti-ageing Apricot Seed Oil.
Film Star on the Go palette in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charlotte Tilbury, £42
7. Hair grips
Grips can be your best friend when wispy, flyaway hairs begin ruining coiffed locks. Keep a few in your bridal kit bag for hair mishaps or downpours during the walk to the venue.
8. Compact mirror
Teary moments down the aisle are all part and parcel of the ceremony; however, they can spoil make-up during a romantic snapshot. Keep a small a compact mirror to hand, or ask a bridesmaid to save it to help with make-up touch ups.
This confetti-inspired version from Oliver Bonas is ideal for weddings and is a snip at just £6.
9. Nail kit
It would be typical for a pre-bridal manicure to become chipped on your way to the hotel, or to break a nail on the morning of the wedding. Prepare for all eventualities with a chip-resistant nail kit including a nude or pastel nail polish, emery boards and nail varnish remover pads.
Try a barely-there pink for a classic look such as Ballet Shoe by Accessorize, £5.
10. Signature fragrance
Every bride’s signature scent should play a main role in their wedding day, as perfume evokes emotion and will create a long-lasting memory. Apply to pulse points and choose a fragrance that will stay put throughout the day. Check our guide on how to choose the perfect wedding perfume, for more tips.
Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb, £70 (50ml) Very.