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Last month one of my very best friends got married in a breathtaking ceremony overlooking Newfound Lake in New Hampshire. We all packed up on Friday and headed up to a charming inn for the weekend. It was a fun weekend away and everything went off without a hitch.
However a lot of time and planning had gone into this perfect day. From the venue and flowers all the way down to what the bride kept in her purse, you could tell she worked on this perfect day for months.
As bridesmaids we were in charge of doing whatever the bride asked of us. If she needed to pee we held the dress, when she needed to chat till she could fall asleep we stayed up late doing puzzles. Whatever she needed was what we did because this is a girl who deserves the world, and her wonderful fiance was going to give her just that.
Speaking as a former bride, a maid of honer, and many times over bridesmaid, I can tell you there are some essentials that every bride should have close by on her wedding day. Whether a bridesmaid makes up a little bag for the bridal suite or the bride places a bag in the corner of a private restroom, having these things close by “just in case” can make a wedding day go smoothly if a mishap happens.
What to keep in a Bridal Survival Bag:
Mini Sewing Kit; Just in case a bustle wont stay put, a button pops, or a small tear happens. This could be a life saver on the brides big day!
Stain Remover Pen; If someone hugs the bride with dirty hands and gets a stain on her beautiful gown or she accidentally rubs against the pen someone was using to sign the guest book, a stain remover pen can fix this problem fast.
Deodorant; Hopefully the bride will be dancing the night away having a blast with her new hubby. This undoubtedly will cause some sweat, especially when your in a gown. Keep a mini stick of deodorant tucked away.
Band-aids; Everyone may have practiced walking in their shoes and breaking them in, but blisters can still happen. Keep some band-aids on hand so that the bridal party can quickly put them over any uncomfortable spots on their feet and head back out onto the dance floor.
Tissue; For makeup smudges, runny noses, or tears. Tissues are always a must.
Mini tooth brushes and travel flossers; The bride will be kissing her new hubby a lot, she will also be nervous, sweating, taking countless pictures, and trying to get some food and drink in while thanking everyone for coming. It will feel great to be able to freshen up her smile when she takes a bathroom break.
Travel Size Perfume; Her perfume will likely wear off through out the ceremony and reception. Pack a sample size for refreshers.
Double Sided Tape; We used this a lot during the wedding last month. We were able to tape our bra straps down so they couldn’t be seen, and when a hem came a little undone this saved the day.
Manicure Rescue Set; Pack away a nail file, lotion and coordinating nail polish in case a nail breaks. Everyone will be looking at the brides hands to see her new bling, so if her nail breaks or chips it’s likely she’ll want to fix it.
Comb and Mini Hair Spray; If a curl pops our or bangs are falling into the brides face while dancing, these will come in handy.
Powder Compact; The bride will likely have her makeup professionally done but 4 hours later after tearing up at the ceremony, smiling for photographers, hugging a hundred people, and dancing, she may need a touch up.
ChapStick Total Hydration; The bride will be kissing her hubby all night plus the stress of putting on a perfect event can dry out her lips. Keep this ChapStick with advanced nourishing formula with argan oil and avocado butter and rosehip oils, close by because it instantly smooths and moisturizes.
Advil Tablet Vial; The bride has to be on top of her game from start to finish on her big day. She has no time for a headache or aches and pains. Keep this tough long lasting pain reliever on hand and Use Advil tablets for headaches, minor arthritis and other joint pain, muscle aches and pains of the common cold.
Emergen-C Immune+ Chewables; Destination weddings are all the rage right now and it’s easy to start to feel under the weather when your traveling and stressed. So keeping these immune support chewables around to give you a boost is a great idea.
Weddings are a lot of work and everyone if busy running around, luckily everything you need to keep in your Bridal Survival Bag is available with one stop at Walmart.