What to pack in a wedding emergency kit

12 May 2017

If you want to avoid disaster on your big day, have a read of our list of the most important items to include in your wedding emergency kit

Your wedding day may be one of the most important days of your life, but it can also be one of the most stressful. From headaches to accidental red wine stains on your dress, it’s possible for anything and everything to go wrong on the day. Many brides nowadays opt for a bridal emergency kit, filled with all the tools you could possibly need to stamp out those unexpected fires. It’s possible to buy pre-packed kits, but making your own is also an option.

So what should you include in an emergency kit? We’ve compiled a list of the must-have items to save you from potential wedding disasters.


It’s going to be a long day, with an early start followed by a rush of adrenaline and lots of drinking. Nobody will be surprised if you end up with a headache after all of that excitement.

Breath mints

Because nobody wants to hug and celebrate with a smelly-breathed bride.

Make-up bag

If you’re doing your own make-up, make sure to include small bottles of your make-up in your emergency kit. If a make-up artist is doing it for you, ask them about the best products to buy if your face needs a touch-up. You should have a spare lipstick in there, as well as lip balm in case your lips get dry.


Your wedding day is going to be emotional, so pop a pack of tissues into your kit for those moments when it’s just too overwhelming.

Hair products

Hair spray is a great item to pack, just in case you get flyaway hairs or your ‘do starts to come undone. You could also include bobby pins and a small hairbrush, just in case.

Blotting papers

If you’re getting married on a warm day, it’s inevitable that you’ll end up a little bit sweaty or oily – especially as you’re the centre of attention. Blotting papers are perfect for stopping your make-up from smudging, and will get rid of shine.

Face mist

Use this in conjunction with blotting papers if you’re getting a bit warm on the day. Face mist will cool you down and refresh you, and most types of face mist will also set your make-up.

Needle and thread

Whether it’s for your dress, the groom’s suit, or some other kind of emergency, you should keep a needle and thread nearby in case of rips or other mishaps.


If you’re anything like the majority of brides, you’ll have chosen your signature scent long before your wedding day. Keep a small bottle of your perfume close at hand to ensure you smell perfect all day long.


It’s going to be a long day, and you’re probably going to perspire when all eyes are focussed on you. Keep some deodorant nearby so you can sneak off to the bathroom and freshen up when necessary.

Safety pins

Similar to a needle and thread, safety pins will be your best friend in case of outfit disasters.


Your shoes may look beautiful, but it doesn’t mean they’ll be the most comfortable shoes in the world. Bring along some plasters for when your feet end up with blisters, or spend a bit more and get some blister plasters to soothe and relieve the pain.

Sun cream

Nobody wants to end up beetroot-red on their wedding day, so make sure to pack a suitable sun cream in your emergency kit if you’re getting married in the summer.

Tampons/sanitary pads

Keep these in your emergency kit just in case Aunt Flo decides to visit you or one of your bridesmaids. This is a particularly important addition if you’re wearing a white or cream dress.

Indigestion tablets

If you’re especially susceptible to indigestion, make sure you have some tablets stowed away to tackle the problem should it arise. You don’t want to spend your wedding day feeling uncomfortable or bloated.

Spare pair of flat shoes

You want to join in the dancing, but you’ve been walking around all day in your stunning and expensive, yet uncomfortable, shoes. What do you do? Whip out your spare pair of flats, of course. Having a spare pair of shoes will also be useful if you’re planning on taking photographs on a difficult terrain such as sand or mud. Stay prepared for every scenario.

Stain remover

It sounds like a weird item to include, but you never know if you’re going to be in the firing line when the best man gets a bit rowdy with a full glass of red wine in his hand. Small stain remover pens are the best option.


Stick something sweet or energy-boosting in your bag for the long periods in between food. You don’t want to be passing out or getting dizzy.

Related content

supplier finder

Get a quote

Looking for that perfect local supplier?
Let us know what you need and we’ll start looking for you.

supplier finder

Find a supplier

Search over 200,000 Suppliers in the UK.



Everything for your wedding

In The Spotlight: The Woodyard at Worstead Estate, Norfolk

Nestled in 300 acres of private woodland is The Woodyard at Worstead Estate, a newly laun...

17 plus-size wedding guest outfits

Flatter your figure and accentuate your curves with these options in plus-size wedding gu...

Wedding Photo of the Week: Jess Soper Photography

Each week we’re inviting all wedding photographers to submit their images to be Bri...

Anna Georgina launches Wild-Spirit 2022 Bridal Collection

No fuss and no frills is the thinking behind the latest collection from Anna Georgina ...

A bold pink wedding shoot in Santorini

For a fairy tale wedding set-up on the island of Santorini, look no further than this rom...

Looking for that perfect local supplier?
Let us know what you need and we’ll start looking for you.

the wedding show