Wedding Day Must Haves

Your wedding day will likely be one of the most memorable -- and busiest -- days of your life. Many brides and grooms value their wedding video and pictures simply because so much happens on the wedding day itself that details get lost in the shuffle. Of course, you want to be prepared for anything that may happen and preparing before your big day will help to ease your wedding day strain. We have compiled a list of wedding day must haves for your emergency kit and your ceremony needs so that you can plan ahead and be well prepared for a smooth wedding day.

Emergency Kit

  • Mending kit with coordinating threads and bobby pins-- Create your own mending kit that fits your dress and your bridesmaid dresses. Make sure you have thread that will disappear into the dress.
  • Fashion tape-- A lifesaver for bridesmaids and brides in strapless dresses. Sometimes you just need a little extra sticky to keep that dress where it belongs. Plus, these can "fix" hems in a hurry!
  • Shoe strips-- Stock up on these blister prevention strips, and your bridesmaids will love you even more than they already do!
  • Stain removing stick-- Of course, stains happen at the most inopportune times.
  • Ibuprofen-- Maybe your bridesmaids partied a little too hard last night, maybe your mom won't stop offering her "help" with your hair. Either way, stop that headache as quickly as possible.
  • Tampons-- Unexpected periods are the best aren't they? And the more women in your bridal party, the more you are running a statistical risk of a surprise "visitor."
  • Altoids-- I am in love with Altoids Smalls. They pack a minty punch and they are in a tiny little tin.
  • Dental floss-- Because your maid of honor wasn't thinking when she purchased lemon poppyseed muffins for the bridal party.
  • Clear Band-Aids-- Between razor mishaps and folding the last 20 cranes, situations that require a bandage abound.
  • Bobby pins-- "I brought too many bobby pins," said no bride ever.
  • Burn cream-- Flat irons + nerves = burns. My kitchen is always stocked with burn cream. It takes away the pain and a lot of the red in a relatively short amount of time.
  • Allergy meds-- Especially if your wedding is outside, bring along a bottle of antihistamine to give to sneezy bridesmaids.
  • Kleenex-- For those sneezy bridesmaids and sentimental relatives alike.
  • Liquid bronzer-- Oops, tan lines! What might not seem like such a dramatic line in a t-shirt, shows up way more in a strapless dress. Use a little liquid bronzer and blend. Just make sure to let it dry (and set it with a translucent powder) before you get dressed.
  • Eye makeup remover-- We've all taken a mascara wand to the eyeball. Instant mess. Be prepared.
  • Q-Tips-- They are just plain handy. From fixing manicures to blending eyeliner, they are the best.
  • Tweezers-- We've all seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding, yes?
  • Kind Bar-- As a bride, the chances you will be able to really eat any of your delicious food is pretty low. Stay upbeat and energized with a little hit of protein.
  • Nail file-- This is a no-brainer, but it seems like we are always without one.
  • Your stress reliever-- Everyone has their go-to stress reliever. For me, it's 80s easy listening and a coloring book (no judgement, this is a safe space!), for you it might be aromatherapy and a cup of tea. Whatever calms you, bring it.

Bridal Attire

  • Getting ready attire (shirt, blouse, robe, slippers, etc.)
  • Wedding dress! Be sure it is freshly steamed and packed up in the bag.
  • Undergarments
  • Veil (If you’re using one!)
  • Hair accessories; most brides will add a little glitz to their hair – be sure not to forget it!
  • Handbag/clutch
  • Engagement ring; you’re probably wearing it, but in case you had it cleaned and have it staying shiny in its box, be sure to pack it!
  • Wedding bands; double check you have both yours and your sweetheart’s.
  • Jewelry; this is everything from earrings, necklace, bracelet, rings, etc.
  • Garter
  • Shoes
  • Something old, new, borrowed and blue
  • Touch up make-up
  • Mini emergency kit (medicine, mini sewing kit, heel protectors, Tide To-Go, oil blotting cloths, deodorant, perfume, hairspray, hair ties, bobby pins, travel toothbrush and toothpaste, tampons, etc.)

Men’s Attire

  • Pants
  • Shirt
  • Vest
  • Bow tie or tie
  • Suspenders
  • Belt
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Tie clip (if applicable)
  • Cuff-links (if you have a specific pair that you love or have been gifted)
  • Accessories (handkerchief, watch, etc.)

Detail Shots

All the items from the Bridal Attire section, plus:

  • Fresh invitation suite
  • Fresh addressed (not mailed) invitation envelope with vintage stamps


  • Gifts for your future husband/wife; not all couples gift each other something on their wedding day, but if you decided to do it, don’t forget it!
  • Letters to your future spouse; whether you do gifts or not, we think this is something really sweet that will be so special for you to reread in the future.
  • Gifts for your parents
  • Gifts for your bridal party; don’t forget about your ushers, flower girls, or ring bearers, too!
  • Welcome bags! These are for out of town guests staying at the hotel.

Ceremony Details

  • Any DIY items (aisle markers, arch, alter arrangement, etc.)
  • Programs
  • Ceremony ritual accessories (unity candle, sand ceremony, wine box, love letter, ropes, etc.)
  • Copy of vows
  • Marriage license

Reception Details

  • Champagne flutes
  • Cake topper
  • Table numbers
  • Day-of stationery (escort cards/display, menu, signage, etc.)
  • Photos to be displayed
  • Guestbook (any accessories needed with it, like pens, markers, ink, baby wipes to clean fingers from ink, etc.)
  • Card box (always have a box or something that is easy to place the cards, but more difficult to get them back out.)
  • Signage (welcome sign, bar signs, quotes, gift table sign, guest book sign, etc.)
  • Any DIY items
  • Candles
  • Personalized items (cocktail napkins, straws, koozies, etc.)
  • Favors! Many couples are going away from favors but don’t forget to pack them if you have them!

Exit (Reception or Ceremony)

  • Any accessories needed (sparklers, balloons, bubbles, ribbon wands, etc.)

Tips courtesy of My Wedding.

  • Wedding Wire 2018 Brides Choice Award
  • Weddings Performed Reviews, Best Wedding Officiants in Houston - 2015 Couples' Choice Award Winner

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