Things to Put in Your Bridal Survival Kit

wedding day sparklersWhen you’re making wedding preparations, don’t neglect a crucial part of your planning: the Bridal Survival Kit. Odds are you’re about to spend the entire day away from your home and any nearby drugstores, and it’s a day full of stress that demands you look your best the entire time. Make sure you have all the accoutrements you need to make it through the day. Here are a few items that belong in any Bridal Survival Kit:

Water Bottle

Forgo the plastic bottles of water and equip yourself with a refillable aluminum or polycarbonate bottle. Assign a bridesmaid to make sure the bottle’s always full of cold, filtered water and ice, and to make sure that you’re properly hydrating. If you start to feel dizzy and weak-kneed on your wedding day, it should be because you’re overcome with emotion, not dehydrated.


You may need a few snacks to get you from the initial hair-and-makeup to that reception dinner. A protein bar or two will keep you going without the sugar crash you’d get from candy. Fresh fruit is another good option, but avoid anything that can stain the dress. Consider apples and pears instead of strawberries and blueberries.

Mini Toothbrush/Floss

Once you’ve snacked, make sure you’re ready for that all-important kiss with a mini toothbrush and floss. Consider grabbing a pack of disposable single-use toothbrushes; they come with the toothpaste built in and are designed to let you clean your teeth without having a sink to spit in.

Talcum Powder

How can we put this delicately? Most wedding dresses are floor-length, satin affairs, and you’re going to get toasty under the hot lights during the ceremony, to say nothing of the reception. A few puffs of talcum powder under your skirt will keep things dry and comfortable throughout the day.

Detergent Pen

No matter how hard you try, you may end up with a smear of lipstick, or peanut butter, or red wine on that wedding dress. Make sure to have a detergent pen handy and a responsible bridesmaid to keep checking you for places to use it.

Clear Nail Polish

This isn’t for your fingernails; odds are you and your bridesmaids will be wearing tights or hose under those dresses. If one of you gets a snag, put a dab of clear nail polish on it before it turns into a run. It’s one of those little things that can be often overlooked, but you don’t want to need it and not have it.

Pain Reliever

Let’s face it; there are a lot of things that could cause pain at your wedding. Whether you get a headache from the loud music, you have a small burn from the particles of some sparklers, or your feet are just sore from dancing in high heels, there is simply no substitute for your favorite pain reliever. Just be careful if you are drinking at your wedding because many pain relievers don’t react well when there’s alcohol in your system.

Wet Wipes

Great for clammy fingers, accidental spills, and makeup smudges. Also good for cleaning the chocolate off of your hands after you have that granola bar for a snack.

Safety Pins

Your wedding dress may be the most expensive part of your wedding, but even after multiple fittings you may need some adjustments on the day. A couple of safety pins can help make sure you don’t have a too-long strap or a missing button lead to an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction.

Once you put together your Bridal Survival Kit, hand it off to your maid of honor or a trusted bridesmaid so they can take care of you before the ceremony. You’ll be less stressed if you know all those little eventualities are taken care of.