Today I’ll show you how to turn a beautiful vintage clutch into a miniature bridal emergency kit with all the little items your best friend might need on her big day.
One of the gifts I decided to give Katie for her wedding was a trip to MAC to pick out her perfect shade of lipstick. That got me to thinking that she would need something to keep it in so she could reapply throughout the day. I also knew that there were a number of other little items she might need.
Lots of companies make Bridal Emergency Kits but I’m all about DIY and I wanted her to be able to actually carry it with her. The pre-made bags are cute and all but not something you would actually take with you and be seen with while you’re wearing your wedding gown.
I ended up finding the perfect vintage clutch on Etsy. I’m going to shout out the seller here, Wee Lambie Vintage, because she was so lovely. Since this was a wedding gift and something my best friend was going to be using on her big day, I wanted to make extra sure everything was in tip-top condition and appropriate for what I intended it for. She responded back to my questions super quickly and in my opinion even under sold how wonderful the condition of this bag was. You would never know it was 40 years old! It was perfection.
See? This is an “emergency kit” any bride would be happy to wear with their wedding gown.
On the inside, I shoved all the items I thought she would need, leaving room for her lipstick and gloss.
Here are the major items I included. All of these could obviously be customized a bit depending on the bride, but I think this is a pretty good generic list.
- Oil Blotting Sheets
- Stain Remover Wipes – I prefer these to a pen because there is cloth to kind of soak up the stain, plus the packaging is flat which is important when space is at a premium.
- Q-tips – in case there are any eyeliner or mascara smudges to clean up.
- Band-aids – in case of blisters due to new wedding shoes. Moleskin would work here also, but I chose band-aids as they are compact and dual-use, just in case they were needed as an actual bandage.
- Bobby Pins – despite the 40 or so already in her hair from the salon, you will need extra by the end of the night.
- Tylenol – or any pain reliever of choice. Depending on your bride, you might also want allergy meds, Pepto-Bismol, Tums.
- Peppermints – not just for fresh breath; peppermints can help calm anxiety and soothe an upset stomach.
All my emergency kit items were purchased in the travel sections of Walgreens, CVS and Target – and a few from the Dollar Spot at Target.
These are some items that most likely won’t fit into your bride’s bag, but are a good thing to have around just in case. They can be left discreetly in the bathroom at the reception site so the bride knows where to find them if she needs them.
- Static Guard – plastic garment bags can create static on dresses, especially certain fabrics.
- Mini Hair Spray
- Mini deodorant – hopefully she remembered to put some on in the morning, but it’s a long stressful day – she might need a touch up.
And if all else fails to keep your bride calm and collected, there is always a bottle of tiny wine – with straw!