A Wedding Planner's Ten Favorite Emergency Kit Hacks
As was wedding planner, it is important to arrive on a wedding day with items that can be used to repair, restore, or resolve any problem that arises. I enter with a full suitcase full of objects, and most have obvious uses. This includes bandaids, safety pins, a sewing kit, a glue gun, and a steamer. But there are some emergency kit items that I bring that have uses that are NOT obvious, and these are my favorite hacks:
- Chalk. I have had a bride go for pictures before a wedding and ended up near a horse and another near a pigeon... and her dress had marks on it from the experience. Chalk doesn't clean it but disguises it. One bride fell as she got off a trolley, and chalk covered the damage there as well.
- Sand paper. I always ask the women for their shoes, because many have new ones and the soles may be slippery on a Church's marble floor. Sand paper just scuffs them enough so they won't slip.
- Crochet hook. When I am faced with a long row of tiny buttons on the back of a bride's gown, the crochet hook is my savior. The buttons are small, and it is hard to button them with the pressure of time.
- Ear plugs. For ME! Sometimes I have to be standing near the band for awhile, and it is NOT fun.
- A thong. Yes, bridesmaids have asked me on several occasions for a THONG!!There is a company that makes undies already in a small tin, and I bring this along just in case.
- Book light. At an outdoor wedding, when it starts to get dark, it is obviously hard to read. I have this as a backup for the officiant.
- Sweet n low. Think stain removal! Anything oily (think fish, salad dressing) benefits from a packet sprinkled on your clothes, rub in a bit, wait 30 seconds or so and brush it off. It make take two packets, but it works.
- The spongy covering from a hanger. Ever get deodorant on your clothes? Brushing with this takes it right off.
- Large removable hook. Often a hotel room doesn't have a place to hang a wedding gown near a window, which is where a photographer wants to take an iconic picture, so we can use this as a temporary measure that doesn't damage the walls.
- Instant Ice Pack Cold Compress. I give these to the bridal party on a hot day when they are going to be outside for a long time to take photos! A wet rag drips, and these don't... and they stay cold for awhile.
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