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:
  1. 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.  
  2. 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.  
  3. 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.
  4.  Ear plugs.  For ME!  Sometimes I have to be standing near the band for awhile, and it is NOT fun.
  5.  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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The spongy covering from a hanger.  Ever get deodorant on your clothes?  Brushing with this takes it right off.
  9.  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.
  10.  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.   
Lynda Barness
I DO Wedding Consulting
P.O. Box 22450
Philadelphia, PA 19110
(215) 262-8188 
Master Wedding Planner
Association of Bridal Consultants