Wedding Day Emergency Kits – Our Tips, Suggestions & Checklist

Our two sensational ballrooms and gorgeous outdoor landscape continue to make ACE Conference Center a favorite Philadelphia venue for weddings.  In fact, we recently received a Bride’s Choice Award 2011 by WeddingWire - an achievement only 5% of wedding professionals across the nation can claim.  With years of wedding planning under our belts, we’ve learned how essential a soup-to-nuts Wedding Day Emergency Kit can be on the wedding day, if not, over the course of the wedding weekend.  Although there are emergency kits available on the market, we suggest you create your own Emergency Kit using a small rolling suitcase that can travel with you wherever you go.  Believe it or not, many of these items are true life-savers when you’re primping and prepping at your home-away-from-home on the most important day of your life. 

  • Wedding Day Contact List (including all of the bridal party, vendors & professionals)
  • Copy of Your Wedding Vows
  • Marriage License (and 2 photocopies once signed)
  • Extra copies of formal photo shot list, event timeline, seating assignments & announcements
  • Wedding Gift or Personally-written Notes for Each Other to Open on the Wedding Day
  • Thank You Notes (for parents, bridal party, vendors, professionals – all in sealed envelopes)
  • Water, Pretzels, Whole Fruit and Power Bars (or other favorite snacks)
  • Straws (doesn’t mess up your carefully applied lipstick OR spill on that lovely gown)
  • Sewing Kit with Thread, Thimble, Needles and Black, White & Clear Buttons
  • Hemming Tape (faster fixes on fallen or torn hemlines, great for those that don’t sew too)
  • Scissors (2 pairs because one usually walks away or gets left behind)
  • Fabric Glue, Krazy Glue & Lash Glue (you’d be surprised how useful Krazy Glue is, broken heels, etc)
  • Double-sided toupee tape or double-sided fashion tape (to keep your gown in place)
  • Stain Remover Packets or Stick Roller  (there’s even a Red Wine Stain Roller)
  • White Chalk (to cover dress stains quickly)
  • Lint Roller (for the gentlemen in the bridal party)
  • Baby Wipes (nothing shines up patent leather dress shoes faster, also good for makeup removal)
  • Safety Pins of all sizes & Diaper Pins (the latter are better to secure heavy satin bustles)
  • Comfortable Shoes (ballet slippers work beautifully but high heeled flip flops are always popular)
  • Static Cling Spray (Static Guard)
  • Nail Polish (clear for stockings runs and the color of whatever you’re wearing)
  • Manicure Kit (emory boards, clippers, fill, whatever you need for last minute emergencies)
  • Tiny Bottle of Windex (for swollen fingers, spray your finger, rings come right off)
  • Blotting Tissues and Dusting Powder for those shiny faces
  • Lipstick or Lip Gloss (for constant application all day)
  • Mints or Breath Spray
  • Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Dental Floss & Toothpicks
  • Clear Deodorant
  • Hair Spray (also stops stocking runs and ”fluff & freezes” veils off your face)
  • Bobby Pins and Clear Elastics (you’d be surprised how clear elastics can fix broken shoe straps)
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Extra pair of Contact Lenses, Contact Lens Solution and Dry/Red Eye Drops
  • Bandages and Blister Preventative Gels
  • Prescription Medications as well as Over-the-Counter for Headache, Stomach Relief and Allergies
  • Charged Cellphone (that can be given to a bridal party member to monitor)
  • Digital Camera with Memory Card and Battery Charger
  • Packed Suitcase for Wedding Night/Honeymoon

[Photos courtesy of Bella Pictures and Rebecca Barger]

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