OH SHIT KIT: The wedding day items that could save your ass

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“Oh shit!” kit bags from Etsy seller becollective.

Shooting weddings has taught me a lot about common mishaps and mistakes that are prevalent and almost communal in the fact that they've happened in almost EVERY SINGLE WEDDING. One of the last weddings I shot, the bride had craftily brought her own “Oh Shit” Kit. That's when the proverbial lightbulb went *ding* in my head, and I thought — like every Californian needs an Earthquake Preparedness Kit, every bride should have an “Oh Shit” Kit.

Here are the things to include in your bridal “Oh Shit” Kit:


Needle and thread: In fact, pack an entire mini sewing kit with scissors, needle, threads, extra buttons, safety pins, etc.

Scissors: There's always something that needs cutting, whether it be a loose thread or the price tag left on a dress or tie.

Super glue, or any other kind of adhesive: I once saw a bridesmaid break her heel right before the ceremony — super glue came in reeeeeally handy.

Sunscreen: VERY necessary if you're having an outdoor wedding, not only for the bride but for the whole bridal party. Even if you're not having an outdoor wedding, consider bringing some sunscreen if you plan on doing portrait sessions outdoors.

Bobby pins and hair stuff: Bring extra bobby pins, hair ties, and a brush or comb.

First aid kit: I love these Johnson & Johnson mini first aid kits so much that I supplied them in my welcome bags for all my out of town wedding guests. They came in really handy in a lot of unfortunate occasions — like when I got stung by a bee at the rehearsal dinner!

Stain remover: A Tide To Go pen or Shout Wipes have saved many a near wedding outfit stain disaster at one too many weddings, let me tell ya. Whether it's a stains on your white dress from sitting on something funky, or an unbalanced bridesmaid with a glass of red wine, these babies come in SUPER handy.

Something for headaches: Advil, Aspirin, Tylenol — whatever works for you when that stress headache rears its ugly head. Also great for near the end of the evening when your feet are KILLING you from your fancy new wedding shoes.

Lighters: Trust me, even if you're not a smoker, bring a lighter. There's always a candle that goes out or even a bon fire pit at the venue that may be calling your name.

Something naughty: Speaking of lighters… sometimes an emergency stash of your guilty pleasure can be the ONLY thing that will bring you back from the brink of wedding day insanity. Keep a secret cigarette stash for a quiet moment to yourself. I've seen bridesmaids do a pre-wedding nip on a flask to calm nerves. (The one pictured above has room for both!) Hell, what about a Vicodin or a mini vibrator? Whatever calms ya down and makes ya' happy in an emergency ‘sitch.

Bin bags: Useful for trash, for tossing gum into, for tossing soiled items, or, if nothing needs tossing, it never hurts to have an extra bag around. Just toss a few plastic bags into your tote and thank me later.

Extra undergarments: If you're wearing 'em, pack an extra pair of underwear and nylons. I love Hanky Panky undies because, not only are they comfortable (I wore them on my wedding day) but they come wrapped up tight in these little bundles, perfect to stick in your “Oh shit” kit.

Flash drive: A flash drive with files of all your important documents — speeches, vows, schedules, etc. (Also, how much do you love that I found you a Transformers flash drive? You're welcome.)

Snacks: Bring an apple, a bag of trail mix, or an energy bar in case you don't have time to eat. It'll calm your stomach and any residual crankiness. Also a bottle of water can be a life saver.

[related-post align=”right”]Tote bag: The great thing is that all these items are small, so you don't need to bring a very large bag with you. A tote that's the size of a lunch bag will do just fine. So find something fun and funky that will stand out and be easy to find like this child's lunch bag.

Okay… I know I'm missing something here, right? What else did you forget, or remembered to bring that absolutely saved your “oh shit!” wedding moment?

Comments on OH SHIT KIT: The wedding day items that could save your ass

  1. Soooo many good ideas in here! I’m actually going to add a few of them to the post right now. Good thinkin’ guys!

    • Megan – where did you find the teal “oh shit” bag? I’m DYING to get it for my friend for her wedding this fall.

      • I found the personalized lunch box on PersonalizationMall.com and just took a screen shot using their Preview Feature. I will warn you though, someone tried to have a different company make one of these “Oh Shit!” bags and the company wouldn’t do it for ’em. But give it a try and let us know if Personalization Mall will rock it!

    • 100% on insect repellent. I’ve made a little chest of drawers for the bathroom before (out of a set I already had) with emergency items in it for the guests to use. People love it. I painted the drawer fronts with blackboard paint and wrote what each drawer had it it on the drawer front. I also put a jar of mints on top with a bottle of perfume for a freshening up spray. People love that sort to thing it feels like a bit of extra luxury and guests feel thought of…. and it doesn’t cost that much to put together.

  2. Altoids – or your favorite brand of breath mints. Definitely mints over gum. The last thing you want to see and/or hear is someone in the wedding party chomping away on gum while you’re saying your vows! I had all of these items in my basket as a church wedding planner. Love this post – so hilarious, and helpful! 🙂

  3. Deodorant.

    Binder clips (yes, office supply binder clips). I’ve used them for holding back curtains, keeping table cloths in place and emergency clothing “alterations.”

    Insect repellent wipes (for particularly nature-ey outdoor events).

    But the top three items consistently requested from my kit are scissors (carry more than one pair – they go missing), safety pins (Every. Single. Wedding.) and tape (double stick is great, but duct is awesomely versatile).

  4. I made something like this up as a gift for my friend for her wedding. Another thing I included in there was a pair of fuzzy white plush slippers, in case the dress shoes got to be too uncomfy. She loved them so much that she ditched the heels and wore slippers down the aisle!

    • My sister did this too! She didn’t even buy wedding shoes, just a thin, comfy pair of satin slippers.

  5. A drinking straw (or a couple) for when the makeup is all applied but you need one last drink of water (or something stronger…) before heading down the aisle!

  6. I am LOVING this post!! And although I don’t have anything to add, I have started my list & have a great idea for the bag itself 😀

  7. I would love to add fashion tape (i’m sure someone’s mentioned it already, but JUST IN CASE), bobby pins, and chapstick. lipstick can be so drying!! and all that smooching you gotta do (friends, family, partner….) I also totally second pepto bismol, mints, and deodorant (i am always forgetting deodorant when i’m stressed…irony.)

    Also, a note: I am super pro sun safety, but everyone should know: SPF reflects light, and will make you look PALE PALE PALE. so don’t be surprised if that happens. to avoid looking greasy, that dry touch sunscreen is great, but even better are powder sunscreens – keep the sweat back, too (and are also compact and adorable!)

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