I've been a bridesmaid more times than I can count, and I always take my duty very seriously. Having been known as the flighty friend in my earlier years, once my girls started getting hitched, I vowed to be the responsible bridesmaid, ready for any unforeseen mishaps on the day of the "I Dos."
So I devised The Bridal Bag: my emergency kit of any- and everything a bride or bridesmaid could possibly need on the wedding day, all contained in a white, lace, drawstring bag. Safety pins, fabric tape, sewing kit? Check. Tissues, Q-tips, hairspray, breath mints? Check. Tylenol, Tums, tampons, Tide-to-Go stain remover. Check.
Basically, I thought about anything that one could possibly need on the day of a big event—the "Oh, I wish I had [blank]!" And I tried to preemptively fill in the blank. As one who does not usually plan ahead and just takes things as they come, I shocked my friends by being the well-prepared, responsible one.
Several online outlets sell wedding day emergency kits, but I'm a fan of making your own. In addition to the items mentioned above, here's a list of contents to get you started: brush/comb, bobby pins, tweezers, mini scissors, band-aids, Neosporin, bug spray, nail file, clear nail polish, nail polish remover, nail glue, deodorant, makeup blotting papers, mirror, face powder, saline solution, Visine, hand sanitizer, granola bars, small bottles of water.
Want to be the bridesmaid who saves the day? Devise your own "bridal bag," and let us know how it turns out.—Danine Alati