By the time your wedding day arrives you will, no doubt, be radiating the benefits of countless trusted beauty therapies and possibly a few questionable DIY techniques. To ensure you look your best on the day itself, however, you’ll need some backup assistance. Enter: emergency kits for weddings. Or as we like to call them, the best thing since those little discs you put on high heels to stop them sinking into the grass.
WeddingsOnline.ie talked to Irish wedding co-ordinators and asked them what they recommend every bride keeps close-at-hand when she marries. What follows is a compilation of their expert advice. Pick and choose the items you feel you’ll need to create your own emergency kits and, for safekeeping, give it to your mum, your chief bridesmaid or, some other trusted friend before you leave the house for the ceremony.
Smart emergency kits contain:
- Emery board
- Hair clips/pony tail band
- Hair spray
- Hand towelettes
- Mini sewing kit
- Safety pins of varying sizes
- Small folding scissors
- Talcum powder
- Face powder/Oil blotting paper
- Lip balm
- Personal medication
- Hand cream
- Breath mints
- Travel size toothbrush and paste
- Dental floss
- Tampons/sanitary towels
- Lint brush
Emergency Quick Fixes
And finally, here are a few items you probably would never think about carrying adding to emergency kits… but it’s a great idea to get them too. These are tools used by seasoned wedding professionals, those whose savvy know-how makes them the best in the industry. Take these with you and you’ll be able to relax in the confidence that all will be fine should an emergency arise.
White chalk – Smudges on your wedding dress can make you self-conscious, but white chalk can, literally, cover-up most problems. You can buy this essential at most fabric shops.
Eye drops – Bet you didn’t know that eye drops could be used not only to soothe sore red eyes but to cure spots too. According to the experts, a drop or two can help settle an unexpected eruption quickly. Another secret weapon is hydro-cortisone cream, which reduces swelling.
Clear nail polish – A little dab will do the trick when a ladder takes off in your tights or stockings. Let the varnish dry for a few minutes, though, before letting your dress touch the offending area.
Vaseline – This all around classic product is good when used as a hand cream, lip balm and gloss but it can also be put to use to tame fly-away hairs. However you use it, be sure to do so lightly as too much can be greasy.
Make-up scarf – When touching up make-up or changing into a going away outfit it’s important to protect your clothes. A store bought or homemade make-up scarf will help you look beautiful and keep mishaps at bay.
In need of good planning? WOL’s got your back with all the advice you could possibly need right here.
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Former editor, current contributor, (she just can't let go!) Karen enjoys writing fashion but is known to dabble in decor from time to time. Her favourite section on the site is the Real Wedding section, followed closely by the Health & Fitness forums.