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Bridal Emergency Kit: 10 Essentials & 10 Good-Haves

Richard III may or may not have said ‘my kingdom for a horse!’ in the middle of the Battle of Bosworth. We’ll never know. But we do know for sure that at least one real bride said ‘I’ll pay anyone €50 for a safety pin!’ because she was in real danger of losing her skirt. The need for a bridal emergency kit is real! Here are a few good bits of advice before you go shopping:

You don’t have to carry the bridal emergency kit all by yourself. Sure, there are 20 items on the list below. But before you say ‘I don’t want to be a bride with a backpack!’, simply think of a clever place to put the emergency kit. How about your getting-ready room at the venue? Or share the items among the bridesmaids? Or ask your mam to carry a few bits in her clutch or handbag. The point is, you don’t have to carry a burdensome box around with you.

Nothing ever goes to waste.  If you don’t use the bridal emergency kit at the wedding, it’ll be there next time you’re going somewhere (honeymoon?) Also, you are going to buy mostly travel-size things, so the spend will be small too.

It’s not a big deal until it is. You just don’t know what the nerves and emotions of the day will do to you. You may get a headache or an upset stomach. Or a blister. Your hair may fall down! Or actually nothing may happen, but you’ll still be glad you were prepared anyway.

So, without further ado, here are 10 essentials and 10 surprises you may just want to consider adding.

10 essentials in the bridal emergency kit

Headache pills
Stomach ache pills
Tissues
Plasters
Mints or chewing gum
Makeup for touch-ups (lipstick, mascara, powder)
Hair spray and grips
Deodorant
Safety pins
Mini sewing kit

10 surprising should-haves in the bridal emergency kit

Cereal bars or other small sweet snacks
Clear nail polish – for a run in tights
Tampons
Tweezers
Nail clippers
Bug spray, allergy pills, sunscreen
Phone charger
Eye drops or contact lens solution
Hand sanitiser or wet wipes
Stain removal pen or chalk (to cover any marks or stains)

Do you think there are other essentials to add? Let us know in the comments! Happy planning!

Photo via Oh Happy Day

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Rachel Green

Rachel Green

If you think the bride should always have the last word, then Rachel is on your side! A devoted fan of everything quirky, unusual, colourful or crafty, she loves scouting WOL's real weddings for unique and fun touches. When not gazing at pictures, she's dispensing no-nonsense advice on everything from reception entrance songs to bridesmaid problems.

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