What will you need for your big day? Veteran wedding planner Vickie Good shares her top-10 list for the unsung hero of many a wedding day, the bridal emergency kit.
"I can't tell you how many buttons I've sewn on," says Good, making her first item the sewing kit, which at least needs to include safety and corsage pins, a needle with thread colors to match all outfits, and a small pair of scissors. "One time, the bride's dress ripped and they had to sew her into it with fishing line." Why, you ask? No sewing kit. The other essential items to keep in mind when preparing for the big day include, but are not limited to:
--Stain remover sticks and a cloth to get makeup off dresses and tuxes.
--Tissues for when things become too emotional -- nobody wants runny makeup and a mess on their best fabrics
--First-aid items including Band-Aids, smelling salts and a headache remedy of choice.
--Bottled water and a white soda that won't stain, especially if it's a hot day or in case the nerves hit and someone isn't feeling well. It would be wise to throw in a stick of deodorant here as well -- you never know.
--Small collection of snacks that don't stain or make a mess, such as soda crackers. "No one thanks they want to eat before the wedding, and they get hungry."
--For faces, hair and teeth -- makeup, hairspray, toothpaste/toothbrush, and mints. "No gum, absolutely no gum," says Good.
--Extra pantyhose and -- depending on the style of the dresses -- extra body tape to prevent wardrobe malfunctions from your worst nightmares.
-- Paperwork: an assignment list of people to gather up the flowers, rentals and decorations, etc.; a card with any original vows written on it; the order of the service and who's who; essential phone numbers. It's best to have all of this critical information on you in order to stay on top of things -- it's these little things that add up!
?--Last, but certainly not least, bring the wedding license with you on the wedding day. You would think that would be obvious, but you'd be surprised.
For other professionals' ideas, search "bride emergency kit" online, and you'll find such online vendors as With You in Mind, Darice, Pinch, Yacanna, Philosophy, C.R. Gibson, Solemates ("S.O.S. Wedding Rescue") and more. The Internet is full of wedding horror stories, and tips from brides, grooms and members of bridal parties -- along with a few good laughs -- so others can learn from their mistakes.
Of course, there are some things you just can't plan for. One time, Good recalls, a bridesmaid misjudged her foot size when she ordered her shoes, and couldn't keep her shoes on when it came time to dress for the wedding. They had to tie her shoes on with ribbon from the church's craft closet. And at more than one wedding, Good has wished for more long mirrors in dressing rooms, as well as a spare iron and steamer for pesky wrinkles. Bear these tips and tricks in mind when planning for the day of, and you'll be better prepared than many.