Two weeks ago I mentioned I was in a wedding. Ya, I was a bridesmaid. Well, I’m married, so really a brides-matron. Wow, does that sound old! Anyway, as a bridesmaid you have a responsibility on the day-of. You must make the bride as happy as possible, make her beautiful as possible, and of course be prepared as much as possible.
After my own wedding, I realized how important a survival kit is to the bride. So, since my wedding 5 years ago, I give the gift of a Wedding Survival Kit. The point of this kit is to supplement the actual wedding day bag that the bride might pack for the day-of. I like to include things she might forget on the day-of. You too can create this kit!
Just print out the Bridal Survival Kit label provided below on paper/card stock, cut it out, and glue it to the front of a gift bag. I like using a gift bag with a wedding theme to give it that little extra touch.
For the tag, cut it out, write your bride’s name on it. Use a hole punch to punch a hole in the top and attach it to one of the gift bag handles with your favorite ribbon. I like to use the same ribbon color that the bride is using in her wedding!
Now, its time to fill it up! I like to go through the travel section of a grocery store to find the necessities. Here are some ideas for things to include in the kit:
1) Deodorant. It doesn’t have to be the same brand as the bride uses because if she forgets, I doubt she will care (unless she’s sensitive). Who would want to smell on their wedding day anyway?
2) Emergency first-aid kit. Includes antiseptic wipes, butterfly closures, gauze pads, and adhesive bandages. Because you never know when a blister might ruin those cute shoes!
3) Hairspray. A last minute hair-spray touch up is essential right before she walks down the aisle!
4) Snacks. Health and not so healthy snacks to keep the energy up. All the brides I have accompanied never eat before they walk down the aisle, but believe me, her guests didn’t come to see a passed out bride. So I like to include granola bars and Hershey’s chocolate kisses.
5) Lifesaver mints. These are my favorite but any will do. I like these because they’re white – just perfect in case of any accidents, contain enough sugar but wont cause a sugar high. I don’t like to use gum just because you have to remind her to ditch it right before she has her debut!
6) Bobby pins and clips. This is one of my favorite things to give away because I usually use an old pill bottle case to carry the bobby pins and clips. The pill bottle case I’m showing is the 1-Clic vial from Rexam and is an Arthritis Foundation’s Ease-of-Use Commendation product!* I love this bottle (and keep all of mine!) because the closure can be used in a child-resistant or non-child-resistant position! Next time you order medication, ask your pharmacist to fill your next prescription in a 1-Clic vial from Rexam.
7) Personal care items. This would include chap stick & lip gloss (umm, “you may kiss the bride”), shout wipes (incase of spills), a mini sewing kit (it’s actually come in handy for groomsmen!), baby wipes and/or Purell, and a lint roller.
Click HERE to download and print the labels to make your own Wedding Survival Kit. The large label is approximately 7”x7.767” and the tag labels are approximately 2”x2.19”
If you decide to make this gift, please send me pictures! I’d love to see what you’ve done with it! What would you add to your Wedding Survival Kit if you made one?
*I’ve talked about it before, but in case you don’t remember, it’s a program which recognizes products proven to make life easier for people who have arthritis and other physical limitations. These products are independently tested by experts and evaluated by people with arthritis. I have been asked to review a number of Ease-of-Use products.