Weddings are a time of insurmountable pressure and an absurd focus on perfection. That is why (even long before I became a planner myself) I always tell newly engaged couples one thing. HIRE. A. PLANNER. My husband and I hired a day-of coordinator because I did not want to feel like a producer at my own wedding. In the end we agreed it was the best money we spent.
Of course, whether you hire a planner or not, things inevitably go wrong. My bustle broke a whopping 5 times between the cocktail hour and the last dance. Thank goodness my planner had the mecca of safety pins.
So when I received an invitation to my cousin’s bridal shower I knew immediately what I wanted to give her.
The all-in-one, no problem too big or too small,
knock the socks off any wedding problem kit!
From a chipped nail to blisters in your dancin’ shoes this DIY Bridal Emergency Kit will have you covered. Similar kits are sold for as much as $100 without nearly as many supplies! I managed to snag the brand new Vera Bradley bag at an estate sale for only $20. Then stuffed it full of everything a bride could need on her big day. (Forgive me for the blurry contents list pictured below. The good news is you can view it as a PDF and print your own here.)
Keep in mind, you don’t have to go out and buy everything on the list. A lot of the items (q-tips, band aids, etc.) most of us already have at home. Tie a ribbon around it or stick a sticker on them and you’re ready to go. I also saved some money by purchasing travel bottles at the dollar store and filling them with some of the liquid items (mouthwash, nail polish remover, etc.).
And a quick note if you’re planning on making stickers… Look closely at the options at your local office store. I realized I could get way more sticker paper for the money by purchasing the small, individual label size over whole sheets of sticker paper. Plus, it actually worked out better for me since I was cutting out different shapes anyway.
I think it’s a pretty complete kit and the bride-to-be loved it. Let me know by commenting below if you think I’ve forgotten something!