Thursday, April 19, 2012

Perfect Maid of Honor Emergency Kit

Heads up this does weigh about 50 pounds. Kidding. Almost.

Last summer not only did my best friend in the entire world Jillian (celebrating 10 years this fall! Yes we're celebrating a decade of friendship with a girls trip...we rock) get married but so did my dear friends Brandon and Courtney, Brandon just so happens to also be Michael's cousin. I was super honored to be not only Jillian's MOH but in Courtney's bridal party as well. I count myself as one lucky girl!

Oh, and not to mention their weddings were five days apart. 5, F-I-V-E, cinco. Crazyness. But it was one hell of a summer!

So wanting to be the best MOH (and bridesmaid) possible I scoured wedding websites and blogs to find and compile the perfect MOH Emergency Kit that has everything you'd need for any wedding related emergency. At both weddings I brought it early to the reception area and put it under the table at my seat. It wouldn't be a bad idea if you are walking around taking pictures to bring a mini version of the kit with you that has Band-Aids, water and snacks, safety pins, bobby pins and hair spray. You ladies need to be picture perfect!

Maid of Honor Emergency Kit
  1. Band-Aids (both regular and blister size)
  2. Gauze and tape 
  3. Neosporin/Anti-Bacterial cream
  4. Tums/Antacids 
  5. Baby powder
  6. Wet wipes
  7. Cough drops/throat lozenges (I love the Ricola Honey/Mint ones) 
  8. Pepto Bismol (actually works decently for a hang over from the rehearsal dinner the night before!)
  9. Ibproufin/Asprin (if you have different types of pain re-leavers on hand, bring all, some don't work for some people) 
  10. Eye drops 
  11. Gum/breath mints
  12. Nail polish remover
  13. Nail polish (various colors and clear top coat : clear coat also works for stopping a run in a nylon)
  14. Nail files
  15. Nail clippers
  16. Cotton balls/pads
  17. Q-Tips
  18. Bleach/Shout pen
  19. Clear packing tape (to get dirt off dresses, stick it on and it lifts right off versus rubbing it into the dress by trying to wipe it off)
  20. Lint remover/roller
  21. Scotch tape
  22. Tissues (bring some down the aisle with you, stick in your hand holding your bouquet)
  23. Lighter
  24. Pretty pen (for signing the marriage license!)
  25. Sharpie
  26. Lotion
  27. Sun screen
  28. Deodorant
  29. Perfume
  30. Extra toothbrush/toothpaste 
  31. Feminine products
  32. Hairbrush/comb 
  33. Hair spray
  34. Anti frizz/hair serum 
  35. Mouse
  36. Bobby Pins
  37. Hair ties 
  38. Flip flops (a few pairs: for yourself and the bride or bridesmaids that can't handle their heels anymore)
  39. Dress tape/double sided tape
  40. Mini sewing kit, including scissors, safety pins (MUST HAVE), regular pins (just in case a boutineer pin breaks) and the basic colors of string. 
  41. Playing cards (just in case there are ever any super dull moments in the waiting, or if kids are at the wedding and need something to do)
  42. Camera
  43. Bride's make up (if she won't have the chance to go back to her room etc for touch ups)
  44. Mirror 
  45. Tweezers
  46. Water and or alcohol :-) 
  47. Snack items 
  48. Straws (so you don't mess up lipstick!)
  49. Super glue
  50. Iron (if wedding isn't at a hotel location)
Now that's a lot of things, most lists only do about half of them. Other lists also say to bring cash and a list of the vendors with contact information, I can definitely see where these would come in handy but most brides are hyper organized on their big day and have everything together for that.

I literally walked through my house and grabbed anything I could think of that would be useful in an emergency situation. Of course I didn't end up using most of these things (thankfully!) but I just know that if I hadn't packed everything I would have needed something!

Anything you would add to this list? Any wedding disasters you've survived?