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Ten Wedding Essentials Every Bride Needs With Her On The Big Day

  |  By Sophie Diego

A smile, a happy heart and your loved ones is the sentimental answer to what you should have with you on your wedding day. But in terms of items that every bride and groom should keep nearby on the day-of, there are quite a few on the list. From tissues to ballet flats, there are certain items that can save the day in a pinch—or at the very least, are handy to have in the event of an emergency and can help you go through any mishaps more comfortably.

During the planning process, it's easy to allow these necessities to go overlooked. So it's time to start thinking ahead—here are the essentials you should be packing in your bridal clutch the night before (or if you're really on top of it, days before!) your wedding


A second pair of shoes

If you are sporting six-inch stilettos at your wedding, consider bringing a flat pair of shoes or kitten heels to change into for the reception. Give your feet a break and allow yourself to freely move around and dance. Portraits on grass or sand will also make a second pair of shoes a lifesaver. Don't worry about sacrificing your look for function—there are so many beautiful options for sandals, flats, or super cute kicks.

Beautiful golden glitter high heel female shoes on glass shelf. Wedding accessories. Cinderella shoes. Selective focus. / Kyryl Gorlov


An emergency sewing kit

Ripped seam or loose beading on your wedding dress? Have no fear. Nowadays there are portable sewing kits that include a needle, a bobbin of matching thread, and a small pair of scissors for fashion emergencies. Most kits also include safety pins, which are perfect if you're pressed for time.

fashion wedding dress / suteishi


Gum or a pack of mints

Keep your breath minty fresh with a pack of mints or gum. You'll be thanking yourself later when you kiss your partner at the ceremony or when you greet your guests at the reception dinner.

A bride poses for a portrait in front of vintage floral pink wallpaper wearing a pair of white sunglasses that match her dress. She blows a large pink bubble with her bubble gum. / RyanJLane


Your phone and a portable charging bank

Even if you'll likely be posing for photos more than you'll be taking them, most people can't go without their phone for one day—and we can safely guess that this includes the bride and groom. You might also need your phone to keep in touch with vendors (if you haven't hired a wedding planner or day-of coordinator). Be extra prepared and pack along a portable charging bank as well.

Group photo of family and friends standing with the bride and groom / pixdeluxe


Makeup for touch-ups, makeup remover, and a mirror

Between tears of happiness or sweating under the sun, you'll want to touch up your makeup. Concealer, setting powder, and eyeliner for touchups is key, not to mention q-tips, tissues, and makeup remover for any smeared mascara lines, smudged eyeliner, or out-of-place eye shadow. Ensure your compact has a mirror so you can quickly touch up, no matter where you are.

Group of happy, beautiful and elegant bridesmaid women getting ready, applying makeup and dressing in the bathroom for a wedding. / Sean Anthony Eddy


Your wedding-day lip colour and facial mist

This is an absolute essential—you'll want your pout to be perfect for any photos. Ask your makeup artist to give you your lip colour to have on with you at all times. For a little refresh between kisses, bring a facial mist to ensure your skin stays hydrated.

Bride getting ready / FotografieLink


Tissues and handkerchiefs

No matter how many times you tell yourself you won't cry, it's inevitable that there will be a pair of watery eyes (yours, your groom's, or your bridesmaid's!). Pack some tissues or a handkerchief to dab your tears away and prevent your mascara from running.

A young adult bride wipes away a tear after seeing her lesbian partner for the first time on their wedding day. / Fly View Productions


A hair tie and bobby pins

To ensure your wedding-day hairstyle stays in place, bring a hair tie and some bobby pins. With all the moving around you'll be doing, hugs, and photos, you'll want your strands to stay secure.

Beautiful bride getting ready for the happiest day of her life / bfk92


A first-aid kit

For allergies, headaches, or upset stomachs, make sure you pack the right medications to help you bounce back quickly. Bandaids are also handy for any falls or scrapes, or unexpected paper cuts.

Woman in her bedroom getting ready for a party / janiecbros


Hand cream and hand sanitizer

Throughout your special day, you'll be carrying your bouquet and likely shaking more than a few hands. To ensure your pair stays clean and moisturized, pack a small bottle of hand cream and hand sanitizer—you don't want your hands to be dry for those ring photos!

Woman applying disinfection gel against covid-19 / StudioMikara
This article was originally published on Dec 05, 2019

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