The Bridal Emergency Kit

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You’ve scoured everything from Etsy to your town’s haute boutiques for the perfect little clutch to complement your big-day attire. But now that you have this handy accessory, what exactly are you supposed to put in it? Practical contents might include your cell phone, ID, credit card, lipstick or gloss, breath mints, hand sanitizer, a couple cute Band-Aids, and tissues for mopping up tears before they ruin your make-up. But you should also consider slipping in these expert-tested safeguards.

Touch Up Concealer

“It’s an absolute essential in case of a sudden spot nightmare!” says Jemma Kidd, a makeup artist and creator of the Jemma Kidd Make Up School and JK Jemma Kidd line of products. For quick application, she advises using the pad of your finger to press concealer onto the skin with firm pats; then use a twisting motion to work it into the skin.

Blotting Tissues

The only shine you want during your wedding is your inner glow. Powder is great when you have enough time, says Kidd, but you don’t want to spend the entire day in the loo fixing your face. Simply press tissues to shiny areas and remove.


Available in black, clear, silver or gold, these nifty high-heel protectors keep you from sinking into the grass or getting stuck in cobblestones, says Brooke Sheldon, owner of Lilybrooke Events in Kennebunkport, Maine. “But I don’t think the bride should be carrying anything! Instead, she should give her necessities to a bridesmaid or friend, or have her clutch placed at her dinner seat for her.”

Double-sided Tape

From smoothing wrinkles and eliminating gaps to preventing a peek-a-boo bra, it can be used on everything, says Sarah Trotter, owner of Lasting Impressions Weddings and Event Coordination in Minnetonka, Minn. Look for fashion or apparel tape, or, in a pinch, even Scotch tape will do.

Safety Pins

Use them to repair a tear, fix a broken bustle, or pin up a dress that keeps falling, says Mary Alice Sublett, owner of Nashville event-planning firm A Delightful Day. She suggests carrying a small bag with many sizes.

Bobby Pins

The perfect solution for securing a veil, taming stray hairs pre-ceremony, or securing your locks after a whole lot of dancing, they may even come in useful for minor dress or undergarment fixes, says Sublett.

Tide to Go Pen

Kidd recommends this tiny orange tube ideal for vaporizing unexpected food and drink stains.


You’re only going to wear that amazing white dress once, so Sheldon recommends having a little bottle of this correction fluid on hand to cover up everything from grass stains to lipstick.

Make-up Sponge

Rub it briskly over unsightly deodorant smudges and watch them disappear, says Trotter. In a pinch, a clean white sock also works, Sublett says.


Nothing is more unattractive than a sunburned bride, so if your I do’s are outdoors, it’s critical to apply – and reapply – your SPF, says Kidd. Carry a small bottle of your favorite lotion/sunscreen combo.

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