From wardrobe snafus to too many morning-of mimosas, there are a number of things that can throw you off your bridesmaid game the day of the wedding. In order to prevent any unexpected hiccups, make sure your bridesmaid survival kit is stocked with some essential problem-solvers.
The bride-to-be or maid of honor might consider tossing all these wonder-workers in a cute, custom makeup bag or pouch for a practical wedding day gift your girls will use long after the last dance. Jazz things up when you pair practical essentials with sweet extras like mini bottles of champagne and sweet snacks.
Look Your Best with Natural Beauty Products
- A Quality Makeup Remover — Before you sit down in the makeup chair, make sure that your skin is a blank canvas with a makeup remover that leaves it fresh, hydrated and ready for anything. We love Green Clean: a gentle nourishing and cleansing balm that does double-duty as a makeup remover and cleanser. You’ll also be glad you packed this when it’s time to remove all your wedding makeup post-facto.
- Sunscreen that Doubles as a Makeup Base — Especially ideal for summertime weddings and outdoor nuptials, a good sunscreen made with naturally derived ingredients will help protect your skin while you’re posing for photos, dancing and mingling. Choose one that dries quickly and works well as a base beneath your makeup.
- A Soothing Face Mask — Wedding day prep is kind of like a day at the spa with a lot more excitement. If you’ve got extra AM time before you get your makeup done, treat all the ladies to a soothing face mask — cucumber slices optional — that will help everyone relax and refocus before the craziness sets in. Choose a honey face mask to soothe, nourish and hydrate the skin naturally.
- Moisture–Blotting Wipes — Even if the newlyweds are tying the knot in the middle of winter, you’re going to face some sweat-inducing moments (like when the DJ plays your two favorite songs in a row). A good set of travel-friendly blotting papers will come in handy during mirror checks.
- Reliable, Fresh-Smelling Hairspray — Keep a travel-sized container of your favorite hairspray in your wedding day clutch alongside your blotting paper and some extra bobby pins to make sure your hair looks fab, even several dances in. Pick one that makes your hair smell fresh rather than chemical-laden, or make your own DIY hairspray with no chemicals.
The Extras that Will Help You Own the Aisle
- Travel-Sized Medicine — As unfortunate as it is, it’s inevitable: someone will have pre-wedding nerves and an upset stomach or a headache from too much merriment at the rehearsal dinner the night before. Complete your wedding day survival kit with purse-sized analgesics, tummy calmers and bandages just in case. To get the well-preparedness badge by the bridesmaids’ troupe, you might even consider packing some antacids and allergy medicine. You never know.
- Cushioned Insoles — Make your bridesmaid shoes extra-comfy with a pair of orthopedic insoles made specifically for heels. These pillowy, heavenly cushions will make rocking even the highest bridesmaid heels or wedges a delight. You’ll want to saunter rather than walk down the aisle when you pair them with some stick-on foot pads that add cushioned comfort in those blister-prone areas, like at the back of the heel.
- Dressy Sandals or Flats — Any experienced wedding guest knows that there comes a time in the night where it’s A-OK to kick off the heels. Make sure that you’re prepped and ready for that special moment when you pack yourself some comfy yet dressy flats or sandals. The bride-to-be can even spoil her bridesmaids with matching foldable flats that keep everyone looking unified late into the night.
- Energy-Packed Snacks — If you’re expected to arrive early in the morning for hair and makeup, the bride will likely supply breakfast or lunch. If you start to hear your stomach rumbling later in the day, though, you want to make sure you’re ready so that you don’t have to leave to fuel up. Pack your bridesmaid kit with fresh fruit, protein bars, crackers and some chocolate for good measure. Bottled water and soda are essential, too.
- Hangover Prevention — A good bridesmaid has fun, but knows her limits. Once the grandparents have gone home and the DJ starts to play top hits, you know you’re allowed to lighten up a bit. Ensure that you don’t spend the following day cooped up with a hangover by staying well hydrated throughout the reception and taking your vitamins before the fun begins.
- A Portable Steamer — You’ll be the MVP of the wedding day if you bring a portable steamer with you on the big day! These handy, handheld appliances gently steam delicate and wrinkle-prone garments, so they’re the obvious choice for both bridal and bridesmaids’ dresses. And, of course, you wouldn’t want to risk damaging your dress and accessories with a high-heat iron.
- A Champagne Toast — It’s your bestie’s big day, so things should feel celebratory. Surprise the rest of the bridal party with miniature champagne bottles — or, if you’re extra classy, Francis Ford Coppola’s to-die-for Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs, complete with a pink straw and can — for a memorable toast before you make your debut down the aisle. It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of the day, so this will help keep the environment relaxed.
Bridesmaid Kit Basics: Everything Needed for Unexpected Emergencies
- Extra bobby pins
- Fashion tape
- Safety pins
- A sewing kit
- Lip balm
- Lip gloss
- Nail clippers
- A nail file
- A stain-removal pen or wipes
- A tin of mints
- Wet wipes
- Body spray or perfume
- A lint roller
- A selfie stick
- Hand lotion
- Hand sanitizer
- Extra phone chargers
- Clear nail polish
- A compact mirror
- Travel-sized tissues
- Tampons and pads
- An umbrella
- A comfortable robe or lounge outfit
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