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Your big day is finally here. After months of careful planning everything should run like clockwork; the flowers match the bridesmaids, the cake matches the napkins, the pageboy has his orders and your dad’s dance moves have been honed to perfection.

But with so much at stake on your big day, the last thing you want is to get stressed out by something little. Things like a ripped hemline, a broken nail or a blister aren’t the end of the world, but on a day when emotions are high it’s a good idea to channel your inner Girl Guide and be prepared.

This is where a wedding day emergency kit comes in; a collection of essential items that will solve the little problems quickly, leaving you free to enjoy your day.
So, what do you need in yours? Take a look at our checklist.


  • Phone charger
  • Eye drops
  • Plasters
  • Painkillers
  • Antihistamines
  • Tissues
  • Sanitary products
  • A snack
  • Water
  • Rescue remedy
  • Indigestion tablets
  • Insect repellant
  • The wedding day itinerary
  • Contact details of suppliers/photographer etc.


  • Cotton buds
  • Nail file
  • Lip balm
  • Hand lotion
  • Hair grips
  • Tweezers
  • Brush/comb
  • Straighteners/Curlers
  • Make up (including waterproof mascara)
  • Small mirror
  • Eyelash glue
  • Hairspray
  • Dry shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Baby wipes
  • Small perfume
  • Sunblock
  • Anti-chafing stick


  • Sewing kit
  • Fashion tape
  • Small scissors
  • Clear nail varnish (stops ladders spreading further in tights)
  • White chalk (for stains)
  • Crochet hook (for those tiny buttons)
  • Spare flat shoes/flip flops
  • Spare earrings/earring backs
  • Insoles/gel pads


  • Straws (for drinking pre-ceremony fizz without smudging your lipstick)
  • Small amount of cash
  • Dental floss
  • Superglue (this can be used to fix shoes/handbags/jewellery/head pieces etc.)


  • Shoe polish
  • Spare shoelaces
  • Lint roller
  • Hair gel
  • Comb
  • Spare cufflinks

Why not download our handy printable checklist so you can refer to it later?

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Nobody wants to think of anything going wrong on their wedding day, and with the average cost of a wedding in the UK being around £20,000, it’s easy to see why insurance might end up quite far down the list of priorities. But there are plenty of reasons to choose wedding insurance; it gives you peace of mind if the unforeseen happens, whether that’s an unexpected cancellation, an injury or supplier issues. The Insurance Emporium has seven policy types to choose from, so whether you’re having a small, intimate wedding, or a three-day extravaganza, there’ll be a policy for you that you can tweak with some optional benefits. Why not have a look and consider getting a quote for wedding insurance?


  • Don’t wait until the night before your wedding to put this together, try and do it as early as possible. The week before your wedding will be a whirlwind so it’s best to do it while you’re feeling relatively calm.
  • Ask a friend, or one of your bridesmaids, to put this together and be in charge of it on the day.
  • Try asking friends and relatives who are married what they think you might need.
  • Buy travel-sized products, most supermarkets have them.

Chances are your special day will run perfectly, but being prepared means that nobody has to go off to find a needle and thread, or some painkillers when they could be doing the macarena. Read our blog to get some more wedding advice; from our unique wedding reception ideas to choosing a wedding photographer, we can even give you advice about which questions to ask your wedding venue.

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