What Bridesmaids Should Pack With Them for the Wedding

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The wedding day is finally right around the corner and your Oscar-worthy role as a bridesmaid is about to come full circle. Time to get packing! Luckily, we drafted the ultimate bridesmaids packing list for you.

When you first said "I do" to being an attendant in your friend's wedding, you probably assumed that the whole adventure would go by slowly, but now the countdown in your calendar is officially winding down. You've spent months doing all the necessary bridesmaid tasks: Tailoring a bridesmaid dress to fit you perfectly, toasting the bride on her bachelorette party, and planning the bridal shower of her dreams. But prepare yourself, your duties as a bridesmaid are about to get a little more hectic.

There are a lot of last-minute tasks going on during any wedding weekend, so as a bridesmaid and one of the bride's go-to people, you'll want to grab a bag and fill it with all the essentials. This bridesmaid emergency kit will keep the day running smoothly, and save anyone from having to jump in a car for last-minute errands or knock on hotel room doors looking for a lint roller.

So before you make your debut as a bridesmaid, make sure you have all the essentials checked off our bridesmaids packing list. Go ahead and grab your bridesmaid dress and your heels, but don't forget to pack these other key items that will make sure you get through the entire day without a hitch—or a blister.

5 Things Bridesmaids Need for the Wedding
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The Necessities

A Solid Attitude

No matter what's going on, be sure to enter the wedding adventure with a positive, go-with-the-flow attitude. Be there to support the bride more than you ever have before.

A Timeline for the Weekend

Before the wedding adventure kicks off, be sure to print any itineraries or timelines that the bride or maid of honor may have sent over. That way, you'll know where to be and when to be there.

The Wedding Invitation

Keep this handy so you know important details like the time of the ceremony, cocktail hour, and the reception.

The Contact Details of the Bridal Party

Keep the phone numbers of the maid of honor and the other bridesmaids handy in case you get lost or have a last-minute question on the day of.

Your Cell Phone Charger

You have a long day ahead of you so it's always helpful if your phone is fully juiced. Bring along a wall phone charger or even a portable one that can bring your phone back to life when you're on the go.

A Bag of Snacks

You'll be running around the morning and afternoon of the wedding, getting glammed up and posing for pictures. Don't forget to please your stomach by bringing along a bag of filling and easy-to-eat snacks.

A Water Bottle

It's important to stay hydrated on the day of the wedding, so keep a water bottle close.

A Mini-Pack of Tissues

You can never have too many with you on the day of the wedding, whether it's to dry tears or fix your makeup.

A Copy of Your Speech

If you have a speaking part during the wedding weekend—whether at the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, or during reception—be sure to have a couple copies of your speech printed out.

Fashion Fundamentals

A Rehearsal Dinner Outfit

Don't forget about the night before. Have a semi-formal outfit ready to rock at the rehearsal dinner.

Your Bridesmaid Dress

You've spent so much time trying it on and getting it altered, that it might escape your mind to bring it on your way out.

Be sure to leave it hanging up by the front door, so it's the last thing you grab when you leave for the wedding.

The Wedding Shoes

If the bride had you pick out a specific pair of heels or told you to bring a pair in a certain color, make sure you have the right pair packed and ready to go.

Your Dancing Shoes

These are the shoes your feet will be craving after standing up during the ceremony—and the shoes that will feel light on your feet as you break out some of your finest dance moves once the reception starts.

Heel Protectors

Heels and outdoor ceremonies just don't mix. Keep yourself from sinking into the grass with a pair of clear heel protectors that snap right onto your shoes. Try this $10 set from Amazon.

A Clutch

Bring a clutch large enough to hold your phone and maybe the bride's, too—but small enough that it won't be a nuisance when you're carrying it around all day.


Keep the necklace, earrings, or bracelet you plan to accessorize your dress with in a small bag or box that you can store in your purse until it's time to get dressed.

The Right Bra

Whether you're going strapless or donning stick-on cups, make sure you pack the right undergarments for the dress.

Safety Pins

In case anyone's dress or bra suddenly breaks, have a couple of safety pins available to save the day.

Double Stick Tape

It's a good idea to have a roll of this with you in case of any major wardrobe malfunctions.

A Mini Steamer

Keep a mini steamer handy to smooth out any lingering wrinkles in your frock.

A Lint Roller

Cat hair on your black bridesmaid dress? Remove it in a snap.

Stain Remover

Stains happen when we least expect them to, so bring along a mini stain stick or stain remover wipes.

A Mini Sewing Kit

You can jump in and assist with any emergency alterations to the bride's wedding gown or the bridesmaid dresses.

A Change of Clothes

If you're heading to the after-party, bring along a different dress so you can unzip your bridesmaid frock and step into something a bit more comfortable.

A Spare Tote Bag

Bring along an extra bag in case the bride needs it to carry home any extra decorations or gifts at the end of the night.

Hair and Makeup Must-Haves

Inspiration Photos

If you're getting your hair and makeup done on the day of the wedding, try not to come empty handed. Bring along photos of looks you love or ideas you have.

A Button-Down Shirt or Bridesmaid Robe

Slip on a button-down shirt or bridesmaid robe before you do your hair and makeup, so that it's easy to get changed without messing up your fresh look.

Your Own Makeup

Even if you're getting your makeup done by a makeup artist, bring along your favorite beauty items in case you want to touch up your makeup later on in the night.

A Travel Mirror

Mirrors will be a hot commodity if the entire bridal party is getting ready in one room. Bring your own.

Hairstyling Tools

Although a professional will bring her own tools to style your tresses, pack a curling iron in case someone needs to borrow it or you want to touch up your 'do later in the night.

Extra Hair Ties

You'll want some of these handy for the end of the night when you're sweating it out on the dance floor and just want to pull your hair back.

Hairspray & Makeup Setting Spray

Keep your look on lock down with setting sprays for your hair and makeup.

Dry Shampoo

Are the newlyweds hosting a next day brunch? Refresh your wedding 'do with some dry shampoo.

Bobby Pins

Keep a handful of bobby pins close by in case any loose strands of hair begin to fall.


A rollerball perfume is a great travel-friendly option that'll have you smelling sweet as you walk down the aisle.


You'll start to feel sweaty as the day goes on, so keep your deodorant stick close by.

Oil Blotting Sheets

Use these as a quick, last-minute way to freshen up before walking down the aisle, without ruining your makeup.

Makeup Remover Wipes

In case the tears start spilling or your lipstick starts to feather, bring along makeup remover wipes to keep your face looking fresh.

Q-Tips or Cotton Swaps

If you need to touch-up your makeup after the ceremony, Q-tips come in handy—especially for around your eyes.

Clear Nail Polish

Not only is this a great go-to item to help fix chipped nails, but it can also be a quick fix for runs in stockings or buttons that are about to pop off.

Nail File

You'll come to the rescue when someone (inevitably) breaks a nail before walking down the aisle.


This is a great little tool to have by your side for any last-minute alterations on clothing or to address any errant hairs.


Keep your breath fresh without having to chomp down on gum while the couple exchanges their vows.

Emergency Supplies


Grab a handful and stick them in your evening bag. You'll need them, lots of them—it's just a matter of when.

A Small Umbrella

In case the weather takes a turn for the worst, come prepared with a mini umbrella.


Even if you're not supposed to get your period, you never know. It might make a surprise appearance.

Pain Reliever

Whether it's a headache or cramps, stock up on some Advil and Tylenol in case a pinch of pain is trying to crash the wedding.


You'll be running around all day long—give your immune system a boost.

Eye Drops

Whether it's a late night at the rehearsal dinner or tears at the ceremony, your eyes might be irritated by the time the reception rolls around. Have eye drops on hand to alleviate any redness.

An Extension Cord

Because there's never enough outlets for everyone or every curling iron, have one of these handy and you may win an award for bridesmaid of the year.

A Pair of Scissors

Chances are, someone will need 'em. Store a mini pair at the bottom of your purse.

Uber or the Number of a Taxi Service

Drinking at the reception? Don't wait for the end of the night to know how you're getting a lift home or back to the hotel. Have Uber—or the number to a local taxi service—stored on your phone.

Soirée Staples

A Bottle of Bubbly

Coordinate with the other bridesmaids and see who will be bringing the orange juice and who will be bringing the champagne so that morning mimosas can be made.

A Handful of Straws

That way, you and the rest of the bridal party can sip down some water or champagne—without smooching off your lipstick on a cup.

Mini Speakers

If you have a pair of mini speakers handy, bring them along and serve as the pop-up DJ while the bridal party is getting ready. Listen to our ultimate getting-ready playlist here.

Your Best Dance Moves

Now is the time to show them off and help the newly married couple celebrate.

The Sweet Surprises

A Hand-Written Note

Kick off the wedding weekend by writing the bride a hand-written note, filled with words of congratulations and well wishes for the future, and handing it to her when you hug her hello.

The Bride's Favorite Snack

Since her nervous jitters may make her feel like she can't eat a thing, it will be a nice surprise for her to have her favorite snack or candy nearby.

A Gift for the Newlyweds

Sorry. Traditionally, bridesmaids aren't exempt from wedding gifts. Try not to forget this, but if you do it's okay. You have up to a year to mail the couple a gift after their wedding day.

A Card or Gift from Your Plus-One

If you're bringing a guest with you, remind them to bring along a card and gift as a congratulations to the couple.

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