Some people might think an “emergency kit” is an unnecessary task or expense for a wedding. It is not. I can tell you from experience that many items were used, including some of the oddities that I had thrown in for fun. The best part about an emergency kit is that most of the items can be reused! The first wedding kit that I made was reused for my wedding. I plan to reuse a few of the contents for my sisters wedding this July as well.
My opinion is that as the Maid or Matron of Honor (MOH), you should be prepared for ANYTHING! Then when someone is looking for some floss, a safety pin, or a hot glue gun (yes, it was used), you will have it all! With the contents right in the emergency kit, any situation that comes up will be less stressful. There is nothing worse than having to make a bunch of phone calls to see who might have this or that, or who is available to go and get it.
I can’t say that everything in the kit was used, but it was a fun gift to give the bride the day before the wedding. Chances are it will at least give her a good laugh when you pull out random items that she’s never heard of.
Keep in mind that the emergency kit also helps out the rest of the wedding party and even guests! “Does anyone have any tums?” Why yes, yes I do!
It’s a fun gift and a necessity combined that will help make you the best MOH possible!
A picture of the Emergency Kit on the move 🙂
First things first, you need a tote. A big one. I like to get ones that are fun and cute because you will be carrying it around all day and it makes for a cute picture as well. Buy a LARGE tote, even if you think you won't need it. I had that sucker almost filled to the top and the bride wanted to throw in a few of her things too.
If you haven't learned this about me yet, I love to take that extra step to make something more fun and personal. So what is a wedding day emergency kit without a little personalization?
Here is the first bag I did with the freezer paper method. As you can see, the paint was bleeding through, but it still worked out!
That bag made it through two weddings. There is nothing wrong with it but I decided it was time for a fresh one without the paint bleeding. This time I used a vinyl decal.
I bought the Striped Tote Bag from Amazon.
They have multiple colors available: Navy, Pink, Purple, Red, Green, Black - and you if you have Amazon Prime - Free 2-Day Shipping!
Then I ironed on a decal that you can order from me, here.
If you want a personalized/custom decal, send me a message and we can get one made for you!
NOW FOR THE CONTENTS:
To come up with the contents of my emergency kit, I basically just sat down and thought of every day use items that could come in handy, then thought about those items that might be useful for various situations. I wrote it all down and then went through numerous lists that others had made and added items that I thought were fitting.
To purchase most of the items I just got on Amazon and clicked away and bought most of my stuff with free 2-day shipping 🙂 – I love Amazon, can you tell?
I did buy some items in stores as well that I knew would be cheaper. But Amazon was my one stop shop for most of the contents.
Before you look through the list, keep in mind WHO you are making this kit for. Try to personalize some of the items to them specifically. For example, we had snacks in our kit, but I chose healthy, organic snacks because I know that is what the bride prefers.
Any of the items I purchased from amazon are linked directly to the product. Again, you can likely find any of the items in your local stores as well!
- Nail Kit
- Static Spray Solution
- Cotton Balls
- Travel Q-Tips
- Make-up Remover
- Make-up Remover Pads
- Clear Nail Polish
- CND Solar Oil
- Mouth Wash
- Selfie Stick
- Oil Absorbing Wipes
- Brides Makeup
- Personalized Makeup Bag
- Hair Spray
- Hair Tie
- Bobby Pins
- Sewing Kit – Used at both weddings many times!
- Safety Pins (Extra Even if You Get a Sewing Kit)
- Band-aids OR First Aid Kit
- Contact Solution
- Extra Contacts (If the Bride Needs Them)
- Hot Glue Gun (And Sticks)
- Super Glue
- Lint Roller
- STRAWS! – Must Have
- Hand Sanitizer
- Allergy Meds
- Water Bottle
- Wet Wipes
- Tide To Go
- Flip Flops
- Compact Mirror
- Eyelash Glue
- Double Stick Fabric Tape – Hem Tape
- Anti Blister
- Boutonniere Pins
- Phone Charger
- Bug Spray
- Small Hand Towel
Naturally I bought most all of the hygiene items new, even the brush and comb. A lot of the items listed you can find in the “travel” area of stores like Target.
I didn’t include every item that is in the bag in the picture (clearly) because I thought it would look too busy, but you can see a few of the items pictured are the same things I added links to.
Comment and tell me what other items you used in your emergency kit!