Your wedding day is one of the happiest and most stressful of your life. A day full of excitement, emotion, activity, seriousness, fun and laughter. It’s also a day where any number of things might go wrong.
With that in mind, we always suggest brides make a survival kit to help them through any number of fashion failures, makeup disasters or female needs. You can either make it yourself or delegate one of your bridesmaids to make if for you. Whatever you do, make sure you have one on your wedding day!
Here’s how to create the ultimate bride survival kit.
Get a nice bag
Who needs an excuse to buy another bag right? This is a perfect excuse as you need it for your wedding. It will need to be large enough to fit everything in and stylish enough to not look out of place when one of your bridal party is carrying it around.
It won’t go up the aisle with you, but it will need to be nearby throughout your day.
You can either label it “Bride survival kit” or just let everyone know what it is and where it should be on the day. Find a bridesmaid you trust to manage your bag and then forget about it until you need it.
Collect the basics of the kit
What you put into your bride survival kit is entirely up to you and depends on what you’re likely to need on the day. We have a list of things we think every bride survival kit needs to include, so take or leave as many of these items as you see fit.
- Makeup kit
- Brush or comb
- Safety pins
- Spare tights or stockings
- Cotton wool
- Tampons or sanitary towels
- Breath mints or chewing gum
Those are the most popular elements of any bride’s needs during her wedding day. If you’re having an elaborate hairdo, then you’re going to need to keep it in check whatever the day and the weather throws at you. Tissues to keep your eyes dry or tidy up makeup, plasters just because and safety pins have a thousand uses!
You get the idea.
Within your bridal survival kit will be your makeup kit. This is obviously going to be personal preference and dependent on what you’re going to be wearing on the day.
If you’re going to be using a professional makeup artist then it’s worth asking them for spares of their products. If you’re doing it yourself, buy spares of everything.
The need to top up lippy, retrace mascara or generally tidy up means you could perhaps have two of everything in your makeup kit depending on how made up you’re likely to be.
It will be useful to consider waterproof mascara if you’re the emotional type as you will probably end up with a tear or three in your eye at some point during the day. It may also be worth investing in one of the newer anti-shine foundations now on the market to make sure you look your absolute best on the day and in your photographs too!
To complete your bride survival kit, it’s useful to include food of some kind and a small bottle of water( or prosecco!). Add a straw too just in case. Avoid coloured squash or fruit juice because any spillage could be disastrous!
A bite to eat during the day can help keep blood sugar at acceptable levels, provide essential energy and settle your stomach. Choose something like a breakfast bar or granola and make sure it’s something you have eaten before to avoid any negative reactions.
Also consider a mini sewing kit, mobile phone, (set on silent), stain remover and a mini hairspray.
When building your bride survival kit, consider everything you’re wearing, the hairstyle you’ll have and the makeup you’ll be wearing. Then consider everything that could go wrong and have something in your kit to deal with it.
Even if you never use it, knowing it’s there will help settle nerves and lower stress considerably. That alone makes it a worthwhile investment on your wedding day!
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