I took my years in the theatre, a stint in event-planning, and the combined ingenuity of Megan and (seemingly the entire) Offbeat Bride community on this post, and I compiled the Mother of All “Oh Shit!” Kits stock lists.
Here it is — all in one place, for your handily-wedding bliss — and I promise that they can all fit into a regulation medium-sized toolbox — I have done it with my own hands!
“Oh Shit!” kit #1: The ultimate wedding survival kit
- Vodka — a flask of it can calm some nerves, clear out poison ivy and jellyfish stings, help shine metal things, and help preserve your flowers. Marshmallow vodka = just as good, but you don’t have to make that face when you drink it.)
- Washcloth or rag
- Extra underwear
- Tampons and pantiliners — as another Tribesmaid said, stick it to an inner seam to catch sweat
- Condoms and lube
- Travel first aid kit
- Band aids
- Advil/ibuprofen — it’s an anti-inflammatory, so if someone twists an ankle it’ll do much more good than acetaminophen or ASA.
- Pepto bismol caplets
- Over-the-counter allergy medication (non-drowsy)
- A high-carb snack (like a granola bar)
- A high-protein snack — like a handful of nuts in a bag, or some jerky
- Mints (for sugar, and breath freshening)
- Bleach pen/stain remover
- Tiny tube of Superglue
- Clear extra-hold aerosol hairspray — horrible for the environment, really good for makeup and hair malfunctions, and for stopping runs in stockings
- Blotting papers
- Makeup removing pads
- A wee makeup touch-up kit with your wedding day make-up
- Compact mirror
- Glue and extras for false eyelashes (if you’re using them)
- Chapstick and/or lipgloss
- Safety pins (various sizes)
- A razor
- Nail clippers
- Fashion tape — a double-sided super-strong and sweat-proof tape originally intended to tape your dress to your breasts, but it’s really good for hemming, and garment repairs.
- Bobby pins
- Sewing kit — including a thimble and a pair of scissors
- If your dress has snaps, beads or hooks, bring extra.
- Travel Febreeze
- Lint roller (or packing tape)
- A lighter (this lighter case is also a bottle opener!)
- Heel protectors and moleskins
- Breath strips
- Dental floss
- A toothbrush — if you don’t use it to brush your teeth, you can buff your shoes
- Drinking straws — save yo’ lipstick
- Multitool with needle-nosed pliers — good for fixing jewelry, glasses, and stuff like that.
- Small notebook
- Phone charger(s)
- Flash drive
- List of all vendors and important people, with contact numbers and notes on when/why to contact them.
“Oh-Shit!” kit 2: Decormergency
Tips for both kits
- Assemble them a few days before the wedding, save your receipts and return whatever you don’t open if you won’t use it.
- List the contents of the kit clearly on the OUTSIDE of the container.
- Tell EVERYONE where it is, and make it visible enough for them to see it in an emergency.
- Bring it with you from where you’re getting ready! Don’t forget it — it’s no use to anyone if it’s not where the party is!
Okay guys, back me up: what’d I forget?