What to Pack for the Big Day

By: Jessica Bishop
| Published:
March 1, 2023

On your big day, it’s important to have a few things on hand in case of an “emergency.” We thought it might be helpful to share a list of must-haves for what the experts have coined as a wedding day survival kit!

A Wedding Day Survival Kit is a collection of helpful items to have within reach on your wedding day. It includes all the little odds and ends you may need on your big day to make sure things run smoothly. A typical wedding survival kit would have things like snacks, drinks, sewing supplies, makeup, first aid supplies, and more. These things will come in handy if something unexpected happens on your special day.

We suggest putting together a wedding emergency kit so you are sure to have these essential items nearby in case of any hiccups or issues. More than likely, you’ll end up reaching for something on this list on the big day!

Must-haves for your Wedding Day Survival Kit:

For Hunger Emergencies: Snacks & Beverages

Bottled Water

You’ll want to stay hydrated on the wedding day, not only for longevity but also for your skin to look its best. So make sure to keep some Bottled Water on hand.

Healthy Snacks

Go for something with protein to keep your blood sugar even. Quest Bars, Nuts, or other protein-packed snacks are great to keep on hand if you get the munchies but don’t want to feel bloated in your dress!

Drinking Straws

To avoid spills when drinking and wiping off your lipstick, having drinking straws on hand is key. Plus, aren’t they cute?

For (Minor) Health Fixes: Medicines & Pain Relievers

Breath Mints

You’ll want your breath to be fresh for the first kiss, so don’t forget to keep some breath mints on hand. Your future spouse will thank you!

Vitamin C Packets

You’re about to rub elbows, hug, and shake hands with a large number of people. Stay healthy and avoid sickness by getting your defenses up with some Vitamin C packs.

Antacid Tablets

In the case of a nervous tummy, having some antacids such as TUMS on hand is never a bad idea.

Pain Reliever

High-pressure events can cause headaches. Even if it’s not for you, having a pain reliever on hand could save a bridesmaid or a family member from suffering through the big day in pain.

Antibacterial Gel

Keep your hands germ-free during all the hand-shaking with antibacterial hand sanitizer. Bonus points if your wedding dress has pockets and you can carry this with you all night!


In case of accidents or to protect your heels from blisters, having band-aids at the ready is always a good idea.

For Fashion Fixes: Wardrobe Helpers

Static Guard

Tame those layers of tulle, or help out your bridesmaids in satin dresses by having some static guard on hand.

Mini Sewing Kit

In case of tears or loose buttons, a mini sewing kit is absolutely essential on the wedding day.

Safety Pins

You never know what you’ll need safety pins for, but they always come in handy.

Stain Remover Wipes

In case of spills, having some Shout Wipes or a Tide-to-Go Pen is key! Keep the wine far away from the dress, ladies!

Lint Roller

Keep everyone lint-free with a lint roller. From the bridesmaid dresses to the groomsmen’s suits, you never know whose dog hair you’ll have to remove from their outfits.

Fashion Tape

Having double-sided tape for hems or dress strap adjustments could be a complete lifesaver.

For Beauty Emergencies: Finishing Touches


Tame the flyaways in your bridal hairstyle with your favorite hairspray. We’re loving this touchable option from Amika.

Body lotion

Have some body lotion on hand to keep your elbows and other exposed parts from looking ashy. This Cerave option is great for your face, too!


Keep yourself smelling fresh. You’d be surprised just how much you’ll sweat with pre-wedding adrenaline. We love this plastic-free packaging for the aluminum-free Native brand deodorant.

Bobby Pins

You can never have too many bobby pins when multiple women with updos are attending a wedding! Grab ones in your hair color for a mess-free look.

Clear Nail Polish

Cure any mani mishaps with clear nail polish. It’s great for fixing snags in fabric or pantyhose, too!

Lip Balm

On the big day, you’ll want to keep your lips soft and kissable for the first kiss moment as spouses for life, so keep some lip balm in your emergency kit!

For Emotional Fixes: Keep Calm & Happy

Phone charger

Keep your phones charged with a portable charger. You’ll want to make sure you’re able to get all those behind-the-scenes photos of you and your besties getting ready!

Lavender Essential Oil

Keep yourself calm and destress with a relaxing scent like lavender. Use this lavender essential oil in a diffuser, or dab a bit on your wrists to keep you feeling zen.


Having facial tissues on hand is key to blotting your makeup or drying those happy tears!

Shop the Wedding Day Survival Kit:

Check out the image below — if you hover over the collage you can click on each item to purchase. Easy peasy!! You know we got your back.

So there you have it! What do you think? Anything we missed?

What are you putting in your wedding day emergency kit? Join us in the community to talk about preparation before the big day!


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