Wedding Day Survival Kit | 43 Must Have items to Bring with You on Your Wedding Day

June 28, 2015

Survival Wedding Day Kit Hawaii
Wedding Day Survival Kit | No matter how much you plan and how organized you feel, things can and do go awry on your wedding day. The good news is that you can be proactive by anticipating potential snags and taking steps to “Be Prepared” as the Boy Scouts say and create your own Wedding Day Survival Kit. By expecting the unexpected and having the right tools on hand, you can up the odds that you get to actually enjoy your wedding day, instead of running around dealing with last-minute “uh-ohs.”

As a wedding photographer in Hawaii, I’ve seen all sorts of issues arise, and even had a little taste of disaster when I ripped my (not-so-cheap) Christian Dior pantyhose on my sister’s wedding day. I’ve been asked for everything from toothpaste to bobby pins, and seen how even the smallest mishap can cause a boatload of stress. Assembling Emergency Tool Kit is a great idea for any type of wedding, but is especially useful for destination weddings held in hotel facilities, vacation rentals, or on the beach. Even for the not-so-DYI-er this is a breeze to put together. Trust me, you don’t want to be the one who’s sweaty and self-conscious about underarm odor because you forgot to bring deodorant reinforcement.

Entrust the creation of your comprehensive Wedding Day Survival Kit to one of your attendants so it’s ready to go from the time you arrive in your prep area or hotel room. For the assembly of your Survival Kit, I recommend using a nice fabric covered box or accessory bag. Also, your attendant should start gathering the items about two months before the date to ensure everyone in your wedding party is looking, feeling, and smelling their very best from the time you walk down the aisle to the end of the night.

To help you have peace of mind and protect you against uncertain forces, I’ve put together the following list of handy items that could mean the world in a pinch. 

*Bonus Tip* You can then use these items in the restroom at your reception for your guests!

Click here to download for a pdf version to take shopping with you!

Items to Include in Your Hawaii Wedding Day Survival Kit

  1. Facial cleansing cloths/make-up remover
  2. Mouthwash
  3. Sunscreen
  4. Body lotion
  5. Your favorite pain killer
  6. Antacid tablets
  7. Firm hair spray
  8. Panty Liner/Tampons
  9. Dental floss
  10. Mints – for that first kiss!
  11. Toothbrush/Toothpaste (I love this travel Combo, even has it’s own carrying case!)
  12. Clear lip-gloss or lip balm
  13. Tweezers
  14. Eyedrops
  15. Bobby pins
  16. Q-tips
  17. Safety pins 
  18. Sewing kit (be sure to have thread that matches your attendants!)
  19. Band-aids – blisters happen!
  20. Paper Straws (so all the beautiful girls won’t ruin their dresses or makeup while drinking) 
  21. Wrinkle removing spray – Your bridesmaids iron their dresses then boom, they’re wrinkled…again
  22. Nail file
  23. Cotton balls
  24. Nail polish, in your choice of color (to touch-up chipped nail polish)
  25. Clear top coat (great for fixing/stopping snags)
  26. Disposable razors
  27. Clear deodorant
  28. Tissues
  29. Super glue (just in case a heel or nail breaks)
  30. Stain erasers (Shout or Tide) – keep you dress white!
  31. Snacks (I like almonds or cashews, something with protein and long-lasting energy)
  32. Small scissors (great for cutting tags)
  33. Hand sanitizer
  34. Bottled water (stay hydrated!)
  35. Blotter papers (oil absorbing) 
  36. Pens – for writing thank you notes and sign your marriage license
  37. Nail Polish Remover 
  38. Contact Lens Solution
  39. Dress tape (to keep “the girls” inside the dress…Target or Bridal Boutique)
  40. Extra earring backs 
  41. Crochet Needle – If your dress has buttons this will make putting it on way faster
  42. Lighter
  43. Heel Stoppers – grass can tend to be sot and these will proctor your shoes

Wedding Day Survival Kit

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Jeannemarie is a wedding photographer based on the islands on Oahu and Maui. She is available to photograph your wedding or event on any of our beautiful Hawaiian islands or where ever your wedding event takes you. Contact her today about your destination wedding.


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