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10 must-haves for a bride on her big day, according to a wedding planner

You won't want to be without these on the big day.

setting spray and a rescue kit Credit: Sephora / The Rescue Kit Company

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With more and more people becoming vaccinated across the country, larger-sized weddings with fewer restrictions are on the horizon. Although weddings will continue to look different compared to pre-pandemic, you’ll still want to prepare for the common issues that can arise on any wedding day. Think about it: your dress can snag, makeup can move, and blisters can emerge on the soles of your feet. It can put a damper on the happiest day of your life.

To learn how to avoid these problems, we spoke to Thomas Waters, a wedding planner at The Rennaissance in Richmond, Virginia, about what items you need in case of any emergency situations on your wedding day. Here are 10 essential items he recommends a bride having close by on her wedding day.

1. An all-in-one wedding kit

rescue kit
Credit: The Rescue Kit Company

If you buy one thing from this list, this is it.

If you decide to buy one emergency item for your wedding day, let it be this all-in-one kit. Arriving in a small, lightweight cotton bag, this kit has literally everything you need in case a problem arises, including a sewing kit, lint roller, stain-removing wipes, a makeup face shield, and more. Basically, it has a solution for practically anything that could put a hamper on your day, which is why Waters recommends this one specifically.

Get the Wedding Party Micro Kit from The Rescue Kit Company for $55

2. A roll of fashion tape

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Keep that dress in place.

While one may think that double-sided tape is the way to go, Waters recommends using fashion tape because double-sided tape doesn’t adhere to skin as well. Fashion tape ensures your dress won’t slip or move an inch, and is safer on your skin and more comfortable compared to tape. Plus, this one is approved by more than 2,000 Amazon reviewers.

Get the Hollywood Fashion Secrets Fashion Tape at Amazon for $12.09

3. A pack of stain remover wipes

tide stain remover
Credit: Tide

Get every stain out with these.

Let's be real: No matter how careful you are, spills and stains on your wedding day are inevitable. The best way to prevent a drop of wine from permanently ruining your dress before you hit the aisle? Having stain remover wipes nearby ready for use. According to Waters. these Tide ones are easy to use, come in individually wrapped packets, and work on the majority of fabrics (although, you should double-check if they'll work on the fabric of your dress before you go at the stain).

Get the Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover Wipe from Amazon for $11.31

4. A portable battery pack

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Credit: Reviewed / Richard Baguley

A battery pack is always a good idea.

Between checking on last-minute details and ensuring everyone is on time for the ceremony, your phone's battery is bound to take a hit. To avoid having a dead battery before the reception, Waters recommends having a fully charged portable battery pack on hand. The best portable battery pack we’ve ever tested is the Mophie Powerstation PD. It not only charges quickly, but it also fits compactly into small spaces.

Get the Mophie Powerstation PD from Amazon for $43.20

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5. A sewing kit

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A sewing kit is always necessary.

According to Waters, a sewing kit will come in handy for loose buttons, small tears, or tying something back into your bouquet on your wedding day. According to more than 9,000 Amazon reviewers, this mini one is great for fixing practically anything because of its wide range of thread colors and variety of tools. Plus, its compact size will easily fit in your clutch.

Get the Embroidex Sewing Kit from Amazon for $5.99

6. A good-quality makeup setting spray

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Credit: Sephora

It shouldn't move an inch.

There's bound to be a lot of happy tears on your wedding day, so you need a great setting spray (and waterproof mascara) to hold everything in place and prevent those dreaded mascara streaks. Dubbed by more than 600 Sephora reviewers as the best setting spray on the market, this one from Charlotte Tilbury promises to hold everything in place for up to sixteen hours while keeping your makeup looking flawless.

Get the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray from Sephora for $35

7. A portable first aid kit

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Credit: First Aid Only

For emergencies only!

Although you don't want to have any reason to use it, having a first-aid kit on your wedding day should be a top priority. It has all the tools you need to deal with a variety of potential medical situations—like accidental falls down the aisle or on the dance floor, which Waters has seen his fair share of. Hopefully, you won't end up needing it, but even if you do, it'll come in handy for cuts and scrapes after the wedding, too.

Get the First Aid Only 299 Pieces All-Purpose First Aid Emergency Kit from Amazon for $19.50

8. A pair of nonstick shoe pads

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Credit: Target

Don't slip on the dance floor.

Chances are you'll be breaking in a relatively new pair of shoes on your wedding day, which is why Waters recommends all brides grab some inexpensive shoe pads. Aside from preventing you from slipping down the aisle (or worse, during your entrance!), these non-skid pads stick to the soles of your shoes to keep your feet planted firmly on the slippery dance floor. Trust us, these will avoid a potential major embarrassment.

Get the Kiwi Sure Step Non-Skid Pads from Walmart for $2.98

9. A portable steamer

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Steam away any wrinkles.

Wrinkles on your wedding gown need to be avoided at all costs. While your dress should be professionally steamed prior to the wedding, consider having a portable steamer handy for day-of fixes. Sunbeam makes our favorite portable clothing steamer, which heats up quickly and comes with a relatively inexpensive price tag. Just make sure to double-check that this steamer is safe to use with your gown with your dress shop beforehand.

Get the Sunbeam SB51R Handheld Compact Garment Steamer from Amazon for $39.99

10. Makeup remover

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Keep away those mascara streaks and smudges.

Makeup is never perfect—you know, a little bit of mascara here, some smudges eyeliner there, etc.—which is why you need makeup remover wipes at the ready. With so many different makeup removers on the market, you need to find the best one for your needs first. For weddings, makeup remover wipes would work best since they're easy to use on the go, but if you have sensitive skin, opt for micellar water with a cotton pad.

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