The day has finally come: YOUR WEDDING DAY! Whether you’re a laid-back bride who can go-with-the-flow when things don’t go as planned, or you’re on pins and needles listing EVERYTHING that could go wrong – we’ve compiled a Bride Hack list (doubling as a Bride Emergency Kit list) to keep in mind for those last-minute incidentals before and during your wedding. Bridesmaids, take note!
Designated Wedding ONLY Email
Because your regular email address is ALREADY hard enough to manage and sift through. Bridal party, guests, vendors, invoices and planners can all communicate wedding-related items in ONE place! Repeat after me: organization is KEY.
# the Back of Your RSVP Cards
Place a number on the back of each RSVP card that correlates with the numbered list of guests you’ve already made. That way, if you receive an RSVP card with no name, you still have an idea of who it is (and where they sit) based on your numbered guest list!
Have Your Undergarments Sewn into Your Dress
Looking fierce in a strapless or extra low back dress? Have a seamstress sew your undergarments into your gown for extra security and less fuss. Eliminate the chance for any wardrobe malfunctions and feel comfier.
Friday instead of Saturday
Saturday weddings are popular because almost everyone is guaranteed off work and have time to travel down the night before after they get out of the office. However, if you give guests enough notice, having your wedding on a Friday might slash the venue price tag dramatically – since it’s a little less popular than Saturday. #TGIF!
Credit Cards with Rewards
Now, we aren’t telling you to sign-up for the first credit card you see with air miles, BUT. Couples who can responsibly manage it should use credit cards with rewards systems to purchase some wedding-related items – build up enough points and you may have just paid for your honeymoon flight or hotel! Again, please do your research on what’s manageable for you, and use responsibly.
Personalized Name Stamp & Glue Stick
Let’s face it – you aren’t going to want to spend HOURS handwriting your signature/address repeatedly for thank you notes, or stuffing envelopes and sealing them with a lick (yuck!) – you aren’t hydrated enough for that. Instead, buy a personalized name/address stamp with you and your future spouse’s information (and a glue stick for envelopes) and BAM. You are an invitation-addressing-thank-you-note-writing machine!
Appoint a Go-To Person
This is at the top of the list for a reason – IT’S CRUCIAL. Appoint one (or two) go-to people. You know, the ones that handle the venue messing up your seating arrangement, the florist running late or straightening up unruly guests/party members. Now you can get through the day relatively stress-free and enjoy yourself without worrying about those pesky details.
Take a Moment
This isn’t necessary, but it is a good idea. Have a sweet, calm moment with your significant other by taking a leisurely stroll or having breakfast together the morning of. You can discuss your excitement and have a private moment before all eyes are on you and you’re running around like a crazy person.
Veil / Dress Weights
Mother-nature can be fickle. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, be sure to have magnetic veil and/or dress weights on-hand. You can avoid any embarrassing (accidental) peep shows while the wind whips your dress around, and prevent you from having to wrestle your veil into place. Bridesmaids can use these for their dresses, too!
Button Down Shirt
Wear a button down shirt while you’re getting dolled up to prevent stains on favorite clothing or those cute satin robes. This will also help with a smooth transition from hair and make-up into your dress, all without moving one perfect curl out of place.
That’s Going to Leave a Mark…NOT!
Goodness forbid you even get close to staining your dress or accessories, but if it happens, have emergency products on hand such as; table salt (soaks up stains!), baby wipes or dryer sheets (for those pesky deodorant marks) and the classic detergent pen. We’ve heard white wine helps dilute red wine stains…but we’ll just take their word for it.
Shoes, Shoes, Shoes
These are great for any setting, but especially for outdoor weddings bring along some heel protectors for your beautiful shoes! These will prevent you from sinking into any soft ground and wobbling down the aisle. Heel protectors will make everyone believe you float on heels like the graceful bride you are! When your dogs are barking, switch to the flats you so smartly packed to avoid making painful faces on the dance floor. BONUS: rub the bottom of your shoes with sandpaper to de-slick them – no almost doing the splits for you!
Last Minute Detailing
This. This is not just ONE item, but several. This “Emergency Bridal Kit” should be put together with your MOH and is intended for any, “OH NO!” moments directly related to the bride. Pack these items in a cute, roomy bag – you’ll thank yourself later.
- Duct tape for blotting dirt off gown during pictures
- Makeup touchup items (powder, lip gloss, mascara, etc.)
- A copy of your vows (just in case!)
- Hair spray / Dry shampoo
- Bobby pins / Safety pins
- Blotting papers
- Feminine products
- Needle and thread / Sewing kit
- Tylenol, Pepto, Imodium, etc. / Band-Aids
- Tissues (hide them in your bouquet for at-the-alter tears of joy)
- Mints / Mouthwash (some mouthwash can be used to dab on last-minute blemishes to calm them down, too.)
- Peppermint oil in capsule form for bloating/gas issues (good for plumping lips, also.)
- Cute picture of you and your significant other (you know, a cute reminder of the one you love as you get ready)