A wedding emergency is what everyone prays will not happen during their wedding day. More often than not, it is the little accidents that become a big emergency and could have been prevented with a few quick tips. I always say, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
As simple as this may sound, unless I suggest it, everyone forgets it. Water bottles. Yes, water. It is a very stressful day for both the bride and groom, along with everyone involved with getting ready. Staying hydrated is vital. Especially during those hot months. Some church’s do not have air conditioning, or may not have the temperature to a comfortable setting for the bride and groom, dressed in many layers.
A fan is a brides best friend. Girls, it gets hot under that dress, let me tell you. Bring a portable fan, and make yourself comfortable. This is a great photo opportunity as well, with your hair blowing around like Marilyn Monroe.
Every bride needs a pair of scissors in her emergency kit. Price tags are rarely removed. Little pieces of string seem to find their way onto bridesmaids dresses. If you need to sew something, your going to need scissors to cut the thread.
A small sewing kit with a variety of thread colors. Unfortunately, a brides dress will get stepped on sooner or later. I have seen the bustle become unsown from a mishap, resulting from stepping on the back of the dress as the bride was walking. Also, bridesmaids may need a last minute button sewn or repaired.
Designate someone to be in charge of your bustle. Make sure they know how to bustle your dress before your grand entrance into the hall. There are choices of color coding stitching, sequential snaps, and a great deal of other choices you may choose from. Believe me, it is impossible to complete this task yourself. Someone should be in charge of this and have practiced this prior to your big day.
Stock your limo with your favorite cocktails. Do not rely on what the limo company has to offer. Have one of the groomsman be in charge of this. If your planning on having romantic portraits done after your formal ceremony portraits, the ride in the limo is where you will unwind and have a cocktail or two. A few snacks to nibble on prior to the big dinner is also a great idea.
A package of baby wipes may seem funny to be required, but guests will be hugging and kissing the groom. Women wear makeup, and this tends to get onto the tux very easily. Locate your nearest Walmart and look in the travel section for a small package of baby wipes. They take out quick stains, and your photographer will love you for it too (less photoshop work).
As a photographer, I tend to keep a small lint roller in my camera gear. The groom and groomsmen will need to make last minute touches to their wardrobes. Dark tuxedo’s tend to show even the smallest bit of dust.
Nothing is worse then needing a simple band aid and not having one. Stop by the travel section at any store and put a few in your kit. Feet tend to get blisters from new shoes. Band aid’s work great for a quick fix.
Here are a few items you may wish to include as well. Deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair spray, make-up, hair pins, and Tylenol.
Lastly, the bride should plan on packing an alternate pair of shoes. Flip-flops work well, although some brides prefer to purchase a pair of flat shoes, or bring slippers.
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