Weddings are typically planned down to the smallest detail, but with so many moving parts (and people!), it's smart to expect a hitch or two. To be the ultimate maid of honor (and a lifesaver!), DIY an emergency kit with the checklist below to be prepared for wedding mishaps both major and minor.
Credit: Bryan Gardner

1. Everyone's waiting to catch their first glimpse of the bride … and her dress! Avoid gown glitches and bridesmaid dress drama by stocking up on seamstress musts.

  • Mini sewing kit with safety pins
  • Thread the color of the bride's and bridesmaids' dresses
  • A pair of scissors
  • The spare back buttons you requested at the bride's last fitting
  • A crochet hook for speedy buttoning
  • Chalk to take care of last-minute smudges or stains
  • Stain-removing towelette or pen
  • Fabric tape
  • Lint roller

2. Hair, makeup, and accessories need to stay fresh and in place from formal pics all the way through the party. These essentials will keep everyone looking fab long after the stylists and makeup artists have left the building.

  • Travel brush and comb
  • Hair spray
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair ties
  • Button-down shirt for the bride to wear during makeup
  • Cotton swabs
  • Makeup remover
  • Makeup (including bride's lip color) for touch ups
  • Lip balm
  • Straws to keep hydrated without reapplying
  • Blotting paper
  • Tweezers
  • Tissues
  • Corsage pins
  • Earring backs
  • Nude stockings

3. A bride's sparkling ring brings her hands (and nails) into focus. Help keep her manicure camera-ready … and perfect for holding her new husband's hand.

  • Nail file
  • Clear nail varnish
  • Nail polish the color of the bride's mani pedi
  • Nail polish remover
  • Hand lotion

4. It's going to be a long day! Keep aches, pains, hunger pangs, and other nuisances at bay.

  • Ibuprofen
  • Antacids
  • Eye drops
  • Band-Aids, plus a few of the special ones for blisters
  • Tampons, pads
  • Benadryl, bug spray, and sunscreen for outdoor weddings
  • Granola bars, nuts, chocolate M&Ms, a bottle of water

5. It's easy to forget basics like brushing your teeth and putting on deodorant when you're so excited you can hardly sleep. Even if the bride's not the forgetful type, she'll still appreciate a mint before her first kiss as a Mrs.

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Breath mints
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Fragrance

6. Of course, there's way more to a wedding than what everyone looks-and smells-like! Bring an extra copy of your toast, and a copy of everyone else's if you can. Promise you won't peek, and get your hands on the wedding vows as well. Bring a little "something blue"-a piece of ribbon or a corsage pin-for the bride to borrow, as well as fake wedding bands … just in case!

7. Don't leave home without these little extras: You'll find a fast fix for broken heels, falling table skirts, extinguished candles, dying phones, and a host of other potential problems.

  • Super glue
  • White duct tape
  • Matches
  • Pens and paper
  • Phone charger and extension cord

8. As always, make sure to have some cash on you.

9. While you can't "pack" your humor and empathy, come prepared with them! It's possible you'll encounter a setback that's not easily solvable, in which case your emotional support and ability to put things in perspective will be indispensable.


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