A Bride’s Wedding Day Emergency List

by Susan Evans

Of course, nothing will go wrong on your big day – but better safe than sorry.

Below is a great DIY wedding day emergency list. And just like your big day, make this list your own – pick out items you want, don’t worry about the others.

Download our Wedding Day Emergency Kit-Bride checklist, fill it out, save to your desktop and give a copy to your maid of honor. And here’s a Wedding Day Emergency Kit-Groom checklist for the groom, too.

In Your Purse or Maid of Honor’s Purse

Keep essential items on hand in a bag or purse.

  1. Brush/comb
  2. Cell phone (be sure to turn it off before the ceremony!)
  3. Dental floss (for all those photos!)
  4. Emery board
  5. Extra pantyhose
  6. Hair spray
  7. Handkerchief
  8. Makeup
  9. Mints
  10. Mirror (small and portable)
  11. Perfume, travel size
  12. Legal documents needed

WHN Reader TIP – Bring the License! “I forgot the wedding license. My brother and his wife missed half of my wedding going to get them for me.” Carol H., a new (and legal) bride


WHN Reader TIP – Bring the Dress! “I was a bride who used your wedding day emergency kit list and followed it to the letter. I had brought everything on your list to the wedding, just in case of an emergency. I was so proud of my bridesmaids and myself for getting everything on the list packed in the car to go to the ceremony. The only thing we forgot, since it wasn’t on the list, was the dress, veil, undergarments, and shoes!!! I would highly suggest putting these items on your list for other brides like myself who want to follow your list in case of an emergency too. By adding these items to your list, you could save the bridal party valuable time and automobile fuel. Also, you might want to add tux/formal wear, tie, and shoes to the groomsmen emergency list too.” Jenn J. W., bride

  1. Baby powder (useful for getting out last-minute spills on a white dress)
  2. Bobby pins and hair elastics
  3. Brush and comb
  4. Clear nail polish (also helpful for stocking runs)
  5. Corsage pins
  6. Cotton balls/swabs
  8. Extra earring backs
  9. Extra pair of flat shoes
  10. Hairdryer
  11. Iron
  12. Lint brush
  13. Makeup
  14. Nail polish in the bride’s shade
  15. Undergarments
  16. Sewing kit:
    • Buttons
    • Hem tape
    • Needle
    • Safety pins
    • Small scissors
    • Straight pins
    • Thread that matches the wedding/bridal party’s dresses.
  17. Shoe polish that matches wedding parties shoes
  18. Shoes
  19. Spot remover (test it out on an inconspicuous part of the dress before using!)
  20. Static-cling spray
  21. Straws (for drinking without messing up lipstick)
  22. “Throwaway” garter
  23. White chalk (to cover any stains on the dress)
  24. Wrinkle out spray (test it out on an inconspicuous part of the dress before using!)
  25. Other:_____________________
  26. Other:_____________________
  27. Other:_____________________


  1. Antacid
  2. Aspirin/ibuprofen
  3. Band-aids (that best match your skin tone)
  4. Contact lens solution/cases
  5. Deodorant
  6. Dental floss
  7. Eye drops
  8. Insect repellent (for outdoor ceremonies or events – be sure it smells nice!)
  9. Lotion
  10. Medications
  11. Moist towelettes
  12. Mouthwash
  13. Smelling salts
  14. Sunscreen
  15. Tampons or pads
  16. Toothbrush and toothpaste
  17. Tissues
  18. Wash cloth or hand towel
  19. Other:_____________________
  20. Other:_____________________
  21. Other:_____________________


  1. Bug spray (be sure it has leaves no spots and has no smell or smells nice)
  2. Extra flowers (in case of sun wilting)
  3. Handkerchief for dabbing sweat
  4. Sunglasses (pre- and post-ceremony)

Just In Case

  1. Cash ($20 – you never know what you’ll need it for)
  2. Driver’s license or photo I.D. card
  3. Duct tape (good for any handy repairs)
  4. Extra copies of directions to your reception
  5. Important phone numbers:
    • Family
    • Wedding party
    • Wedding vendors
    • Taxi company
  6. Notebook and pens
  7. Portable flashlight
  8. Roll of quarters (phones, parking meters, vending machines, etc.)
  9. Snacks/bottled water (granola bars, dried fruit, etc.)
  10. Umbrella
  11. Watch
  12. Other:_____________________
  13. Other:_____________________
  14. Other:_____________________
  15. Other:_____________________

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