The Essential Wedding Day Emergency Kit: A Photographer’s Guide
As a wedding photographer who has captured countless special moments across the UK, I’ve learned the importance of being prepared for the unexpected. Your wedding day is a beautiful symphony of moments, and while major elements are often meticulously planned, it’s the smaller details that can make a big difference. That’s why I recommend creating a wedding day emergency kit. It’s a simple yet effective way to address those minor, unforeseen incidents that might arise.
Delegate the task
Your bridal party, especially your mum or maid of honour, can be great allies in assembling this kit. Ensure that everyone in the bridal party knows about the kit, so they’re ready to spring into action if needed.
Include items like painkillers, plasters, antihistamines, sunscreen, hand sanitiser, and insect repellent. Don’t forget about dental hygiene essentials and products for unexpected allergies or eye irritation.
Hair, Nails, and Makeup
Organise your kit into subsections for quick access. For hair emergencies, pack hairspray, hairbrush, hair pins, and portable styling tools. In the makeup section, include lipstick, lip balm, eyeliner, eyelash glue, and cotton buds. A small mirror and makeup remover are also essential. For nails, an emery board, nail polish, and hand cream will cover most needs.
Food and Drink
Wedding preparations can extend over meal times. Include a snack, like a cereal bar, and a bottle of water to stay hydrated and energised. Breath mints and chewing gum are also useful.
Clothing and Accessories
This is where a sewing kit, safety pins, scissors, fashion tape, stain remover wipes, and white chalk come in handy. A lint roller, clear nail varnish for stocking runs, extra earring backs, and insoles for your shoes can be lifesavers. Consider packing a spare pair of comfortable shoes too.
Items like deodorant, wet wipes, perfume, tissues, and a phone charger fall into this category. Also, keep a copy of your wedding itinerary, supplier contact details, and a small amount of cash on hand.
While this list may seem extensive, remember that not all items will be relevant to your needs. Select what resonates with you and rest assured that these items can be tucked away in your bridal suite, only to be used if necessary. The aim of this emergency kit is to provide peace of mind, so you can focus on enjoying every moment of your wedding day, while I capture the beautiful memories. Remember, it’s often these small preparations that ensure your day runs as smoothly as the stunning images we’ll create together.
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