A Wedding Day Emergency Kit You’ll Actually Use

There are lots of lists of stuff you should pack for those wedding day emergencies. Fourth Estate Audio has its own Wedding Day Emergency Kit. But if you’re looking to pack light, and take only the things you’re most likely to use, here’s the short list.

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Antacid. Pepto-Bismol or a similar product will get you through those digestive crises that come from wolfing down a fast meal in the midst of a stressful day. 

Insect repellent. Any outdoor exposure, whether it’s your ceremony, cocktails or dancing, turns you and your guests into an irresistible feast for mosquitoes. Your guests may be able to withstand a few bites here and there. But a bunch of red spots tend to clash with an elegant white gown. So keep the bugs away with an effective repellent — preferably something with DEET.  

Lotion. Simple hand lotion can be used for a multitude of emergency needs. No more dry skin for those close-up ring pictures. No more static cling for your wedding fashions. No more sticky zippers. No more flyaway air. 

A portable clothing steamer. You’ll have to arrange for a friend to bring this to your ceremony and reception sites. Chances are, some of your fashions will get wrinkly, and they can’t be ironed without melting or being stained. A steamer will smooth out the wrinkles and ensure beautiful wedding photos. 

Wedding vows 2.0. If you plan to read your vows at the altar, it’s wise to have a backup copy, to replace the copy that somehow gets lost in the chaos. Tuck your extra copy away, where no one will think to look. Then, if you lose your original, you’re covered. 

Lip balm. Cracked lips look awful in wedding pictures. Even if you don’t need a Chapstick for yourself, it’s another great option for unsticking zippers. 

Double-stick tape. Keeps your dad’s toupee from blowing off in the wind. Also keeps your revealing gown from flinging wide open and exposing your cleavage and more to everyone you know. 

There are lots more wedding day savers, like safety pins, hygiene products and aspirin. But these seven always seem to rise to the top of every must-have list. Be prepared!

© Fourth Estate Audio, 2018 – Jay Congdon is president of Fourth Estate Audio, a professional Chicago DJ and  Chicago Wedding DJ company.

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