Tips Tuesday: Bridal Recovery Kits aka Emergency Kits (With free Checklist download!)


Tips Tuesday: Bridal Recovery Kits aka Emergency Kits (With free Checklist download!)

Sorry this is a bit late, but it took a little more prep then usual because i decided to add in an actual checklist you can use to make sure you take everything you need.

Now, I know that a wedding day should run perfectly but its always best to “be prepared”, and one essentially part of making sure the day runs as smoothly as possible is the Bridal Recovery Kit/ Emergency Kit. Usually every bride usually has some form of Recovery Kit, it can range from just a lippy, tissue and perfume to a container filled with bandaids, party feet, water and much more (i have seen dedicated maids of honour with backpacks ready for any and all circumstances). Here is rundown of what I would recommend putting in one of these kits, I carry around a little kit it of my own (as a wedding photographer I believe in being really prepared) as well just in case but its a parred down version. In an ideal world my bride’s kit would have the following:

  • bobby pins (because hair is prone to doing its own thing)
  • hairspray
  • hair brush, comb and perhaps even a straightener/curling iron depending on your hair type
  • tissues (obviously)
  • safety pins ( these are probably one of the most useful elements, it seems dress are destined to misbehave on the day!)
  • basic sewing kit (its nice to be able to fix a button on a boys shirt, jacket etc)
  • hand sanitizer
  • baby wipes (also do very well in getting rid of mild stains, better than just water)
  • really awesome bandaids, my favorite are actually these big ones that are skin colored and padded, here is a link. Great if your shoes have decide to launch and unprovoked attack on your poor feet, they stay forever in place unlike normal bandaids!
  • party feet (and related products to alleviate foot ills)
  • clear nail polish (for runs in stockings)
  • superglue (always handy if a shoe breaks! pluss many other uses)
  • feminine hygiene products (God forbid, but if you have watched 16 candles -it happens!)
  • makeup essentials
  • nail file
  • biotene mouth gum or spray (really good if your mouth drys out before speeches etc, you can get it at any chemist)
  • cash (for parking)
  • pain killers
  • indegestion pills
  • allergy meds

and, actually, much more! (the sky’s the limit really). Water is essential for instance, and make sure someone in the party has access to a mobile, just in case. You can really make a kit as big or small as you feel comfortable with. Having a kit can just keep everyone smiling that little bit longer (which is a good thing in my book).

While i was researching this post I actually found it pretty hard to find a ready made checklist, so I decided to help budding brides out and created my own.  I have created a word document and pdf checklist. just click the links below (you can add new items to the Word doc easily, just copy and past a previous item including the check box and then change it accordingly).


Till next time!


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