What Goes In the Wedding Day Survival Kit: Dress and Attire Repair and First Aid

Any time spent researching tips for the perfect wedding will have you stumbling upon the need for a survival kit for the wedding party for the day of the wedding.  Different brides and sources will advise different contents for this survival kit. Making a kit for the groom can also be a good idea. Some of these items can also be placed in bathroom toiletry baskets so all of your guests have access if the items are needed. The kit for the guys usually doesn’t need to be as extensive.  Over the next few days we will be discussing some of the best items to include and why you may need them on your wedding day.

Dress and Attire Repair and First Aid

It is best to keep anything that may stain the wedding gown or other wedding party attire out of the room during wedding prep.  Accidents sometimes happen no matter how much care is taken to prevent them.  Spills and tears can happen at the most inconvenient times so it is best to be prepared for them.

Chalk (or Baby Powder) – This is used to cover and hide stains on the wedding dress.  The chalk color should match the color of the wedding dress.  Using white chalk on an ivory dress may make matters worse, so be sure to purchase off white chalk if the dress is ivory or off white. Baby powder will also do the trick for white dresses.

Hair Spray – This may not seem to belong in this category but some brides swear by it for removing stains like ink. It is generally the alcohol content in the hair spray that helps remove the stain.  This works best on fabrics like polyester.

Shout Wipes/Tide Pen – This is used for small spot stains. Be sure to put some of these in a kit for the groom as well.

Small Basic Sewing Kit – Small tears and last minute emergency alterations will need a small sewing kit.  Include a few needles and different color threads.  Pre-threaded needles are great.

Bows and Embellishments – In a pinch, if there is a tear that can’t be fixed or a stain that just won’t be hidden, having small bows, flowers and other embellishments on hand can be very convenient.  A few stitches and the problem spot is hidden.

Double Sided Tape – Double sided tape is a quick way to deal with wardrobe malfunctions and small last minute alterations.  It is also a good way to secure parts of a dress to the skin or an undergarment to keep it from slipping and sliding into positions that aren’t so flattering. Put a roll in the kit for the groom as well for any last minute hem adjustments.

Clear or Nude Bra Straps – Most brides and bridesmaids wear strapless bras when wearing strapless dresses.  Sometimes these don’t feel totally secure to someone who is used to wearing a strapped bra.

Lint Roller – Use a mini lint roller to remove any last minute strings or hairs from attire before walking down the aisle.  These are great to place in an emergency kit for the groom.

Safety Pins – Safety pins are great for last minute repairs and alterations and fastening a stray flower or two that was pulled off the dress. They also come in handy if the brides bustle was done too loosely or became the victim of someone’s two left feet.

Flip Flops or Ballet Flats – For the bride and bridesmaids (and other guests) to use to dance when their heels start to hurt their feet. Many brides leave a basket of flip flops in a basket labeled “dancing shoes” in the reception hall.  Make sure there are a variety of sizes available.

Clear Nail Polish – This can be used as a quick fix to stop runs in hosiery from spreading

Extra Stockings – These are good to have on hand when a run is so bad that clear nail polish won’t do the trick.

For more wedding day emergency kit tips, read:

First Aid For the Wedding Party and Guests | Maintenance Aids and Toiletries

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