Wedding Day Survival Kit | No matter how much you plan and how organized you feel, things can and do go awry on your wedding day. The good news is that you can be proactive by anticipating potential snags and taking steps to “Be Prepared” as the Boy Scouts say and create your own Wedding Day Survival Kit. By expecting the unexpected and having the right tools on hand, you can up the odds that you get to actually enjoy your wedding day, instead of running around dealing with last-minute “uh-ohs.”
As a wedding photographer in Hawaii, I’ve seen all sorts of issues arise, and even had a little taste of disaster when I ripped my (not-so-cheap) Christian Dior pantyhose on my sister’s wedding day. I’ve been asked for everything from toothpaste to bobby pins, and seen how even the smallest mishap can cause a boatload of stress. Assembling Emergency Tool Kit is a great idea for any type of wedding, but is especially useful for destination weddings held in hotel facilities, vacation rentals, or on the beach. Even for the not-so-DYI-er this is a breeze to put together. Trust me, you don’t want to be the one who’s sweaty and self-conscious about underarm odor because you forgot to bring deodorant reinforcement.
Entrust the creation of your comprehensive Wedding Day Survival Kit to one of your attendants so it’s ready to go from the time you arrive in your prep area or hotel room. For the assembly of your Survival Kit, I recommend using a nice fabric covered box or accessory bag. Also, your attendant should start gathering the items about two months before the date to ensure everyone in your wedding party is looking, feeling, and smelling their very best from the time you walk down the aisle to the end of the night.
To help you have peace of mind and protect you against uncertain forces, I’ve put together the following list of handy items that could mean the world in a pinch.
*Bonus Tip* You can then use these items in the restroom at your reception for your guests!
Items to Include in Your Hawaii Wedding Day Survival Kit
- Facial cleansing cloths/make-up remover
- Body lotion
- Your favorite pain killer
- Antacid tablets
- Firm hair spray
- Panty Liner/Tampons
- Dental floss
- Mints – for that first kiss!
- Toothbrush/Toothpaste (I love this travel Combo, even has it’s own carrying case!)
- Clear lip-gloss or lip balm
- Bobby pins
- Safety pins
- Sewing kit (be sure to have thread that matches your attendants!)
- Band-aids – blisters happen!
- Paper Straws (so all the beautiful girls won’t ruin their dresses or makeup while drinking)
- Wrinkle removing spray – Your bridesmaids iron their dresses then boom, they’re wrinkled…again
- Nail file
- Cotton balls
- Nail polish, in your choice of color (to touch-up chipped nail polish)
- Clear top coat (great for fixing/stopping snags)
- Disposable razors
- Clear deodorant
- Super glue (just in case a heel or nail breaks)
- Stain erasers (Shout or Tide) – keep you dress white!
- Snacks (I like almonds or cashews, something with protein and long-lasting energy)
- Small scissors (great for cutting tags)
- Hand sanitizer
- Bottled water (stay hydrated!)
- Blotter papers (oil absorbing)
- Pens – for writing thank you notes and sign your marriage license
- Nail Polish Remover
- Contact Lens Solution
- Dress tape (to keep “the girls” inside the dress…Target or Bridal Boutique)
- Extra earring backs
- Crochet Needle – If your dress has buttons this will make putting it on way faster
- Heel Stoppers – grass can tend to be sot and these will proctor your shoes
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Jeannemarie is a wedding photographer based on the islands on Oahu and Maui. She is available to photograph your wedding or event on any of our beautiful Hawaiian islands or where ever your wedding event takes you. Contact her today about your destination wedding.