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lockheartdiyer
« on: July 20, 2006 08:51:49 AM »

My sister's bridal shower is next weekend, so I was thinking I would make her a Day Of Survival Kit, which consists of a personalized totebag filled with things she might need on the day of. So far I have:

-tissues
-bobby pins
-safety pins
-slippers (in case she gets "cold feet")
-stress ball
-tylenol
-maalox

What did you brides find you needed the most on your day of? I would like some more stuff to stash in her tote. Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2006 10:40:14 AM »

extra nylons, yes i did rip my first pair practically in half
eyedrops
deordorant
q-tips/cotton balls
maybe a makeup bag
maybe a light robe/cover up--i was walking around in my bra, nylons and heels to go to the bathroom before i got dressed and was walking right by peoples' offices (i didn't really care at that point, though)
bottled water

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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2006 07:18:08 AM »

thanks! all of those are great ideas  Cheesy specially the nylons!
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2006 08:13:55 AM »

Breath mints
a coupon for bathroom help  ( if her dress is big she will need help!!)
some foot cream or power for that night ( i don;t tihnk i sat more than 10 minutes stright the whole day)
fancied up sneakers or flip flops to wear later in the evening when the heels come off
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2006 04:36:26 PM »

Concealer and a blemish stick can be mighty handy, and a little sewing kit, too (just in case).  Oh, and snacks.  I did not eat enough on my wedding day.  A packet of emergen-c and some Advil might be appreciated on the day after...
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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2006 09:57:53 PM »

OOO  OOO!  Pick me! Pick me!

I made a big survival kit for use by the entire wedding party in my best friend's wedding (I was a groomswoman   Grin )  I put everything except the water and snack food in a plastic shoebox and taped a list of the contents to the top so everyone could see if what they wanted was in there.  It was a hit!  I'll list the contents and some notes about them:

•   Oil blotting sheets (don't smudge makeup and take down the shininess right before photos)
•   Concealer (I even used it on one of the guys)
•   mirror
•   Eye drops (get redness reducing for when the crying starts, photos will look better)
•   Lip gloss
•   clear fingernail polish
•   white paint pen (quick fix for chipped french manicures, and scuffs on white shoes/handbags)
•   nail polish remover
•   q-tips/cotton balls
•   eye make-up remover (good for mascara smears)
•   lotion
•   breath mints (I bought 4 paks of the dissolving strips, kept 1 in my tux, incredibly handy)
•   floss
•   safety pins
•   needle and thread (both dark and light)
•   black socks and extra nylons (socks for the 1 guy who brings white or blue or brown)
•   bobby pins
•   hairspray
•   tail comb
•   Kleenex
•   scuff cover (for black shoes)
•   bandaids
•   shout wipes/ tide to go
•   nail file
•   lint roller (the groomsmen loved me for this)   
•   energy bars/snacks (I took energy bars, cheezits, fruit snacks)
•   water
•   drinking straws (saves the ladies' lipstick, less likely for spills)
•   tape (scotch & masking)
•   feminine stuff
•   Tylenol (useful for headaches, footaches, backaches, etc.)
•   Antacid/Pepto (I took pepto chewables and Rolaids chewables, the groom was happy)
•   Scissors   
•   White chalk (good for a quick fix for scuffs on white dresses or purses)
•   Super glue
•   Full flask
•   Wet wipes
•   Spray-on deodorant/body spray (spray on means no sharing stinkiness between people)
•   Static spray (panty hose are the devil)
•   Kids toys, games, crayons (for the flower girl/ring bearer b/c we did pictures beforehand)
•   Hand sanitizer
•   pen and notebook (vow revisions/anything the bride or groom doesn't want to forget, signs)

I also took a travel clothes steamer, which turned out very handy when one of the bridesmaid's dresses came out with a very wrinkled skirt.  I could also recommend a disposable camera in case you have a moment when the photographer isn't around. 

Any problem that came up through the course of the day (and night) we found a solution for right in the survival kit.  It was awesome.
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2006 11:40:55 PM »

BekMonkey, that's awesome. I'm definitely going to put together a box based on your list.
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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2006 05:07:33 AM »

Bek, great list! One thing I'm going to make sure to bring is a big golf umbrella, something that'g big enough to get most of my wedding dress under. I also bought an extra comb, in case the one on my veil snaps or any of the teeth break off. I figure I can reattach it with super glue in a pinch.

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« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2006 09:02:47 AM »

small roll of double stick tape (incase something is sliding around like lace on her dress or a bra strap... you never know.  can also use for minor mending of stuff.)

AMEN on breath mints or hard candy.  I was so sick of my cousin breathing on me by the time we got to the actual wedding part... geesh.  And nobody had the heart to tell her because she was in such a frenzy.  Undecided
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« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2006 10:58:46 AM »

My mom made me a tote bag out of the same fabric that the bride's maid dresses were made out of.  She made those too.  So whenever we needed something I just said "Where is the purple bag!?" and whammo my sister had it in a flash!

I also made wedding keds. I took regular Keds, died them in tea to match my dress, then used satin ribbon for the laces and glued pearls along the seams.  After a full on Catholic Ceremony and post ceremony pictures in three inch worn once shoes I was SO glad to have those keds!
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« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2006 12:18:09 PM »

JasperKat brough up an excellent point: the umbrella is a good idea too.  I had a golf one in my car just in case, but the rain was the day BEFORE the wedding.  It was a record-setting flood dubbed as the "Flood of 05" by the news.  Thankfully the day of it was a sunny, clear, warm October day.
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« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2006 05:40:57 PM »

I would also suggest getting some of those no-slip stickers that you put on the bottom of shoes. Its just one less thing for the bride to worry about if the floor is slippery!
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« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2006 05:58:43 PM »

Dont forget the cammera!
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« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2006 09:04:38 AM »

I can't believe no one mentioned Sh0ut Wipes!  They were a lifesaver when my red roses rubbed off against my white dress (yeah, I never knew they could do that either!) right before photos.

Also, I don't know if it was mentioned, but super-glue, eye drops, r0laids...
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« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2006 09:59:27 AM »

OK.  I've taken this idea and merged it with a toiletry kit to come up with a personalized, pocketed, folding toiletry kit that hangs from a hook or door handle and is made out of wedding dress silk.  Will try to post pics tonight, but is a great shower present for the bride that already has all she needs.  When the wedding is over, they have a cool toiletry bag for the honeymoon!

Thanks so much for this super-comprehensive list of items.  It was a lifesaver.
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« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2006 02:53:55 PM »

What did you brides find you needed the most on your day of? I would like some more stuff to stash in her tote. Thanks!

On the day of my aunt's wedding (I was a bridesmaid) she did her eyebrows last minute at the church.  Shocked Cheesy tweezers might be good to put in a kit!! we also ended up needing some double A's for one of the bridesmaid's camera.
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« Reply #16 on: September 01, 2006 08:45:01 AM »

This is a really great idea.  I was looking for a surprise to send one of my friends for her wedding day (since she's a registry peeker and already knows what I bought her) and I think I'm going to combine this idea with something else I've yet to come up with.  Thanks for the idea.  I really love the slippers for cold feet. Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2006 08:48:23 AM »

And incidentally, along with the cold feet/slippers idea... I think I'm going to get bunny slippers and some tulle and turn them into brides.  It's delightfully cheesy.
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« Reply #18 on: September 01, 2006 08:39:31 PM »

And incidentally, along with the cold feet/slippers idea... I think I'm going to get bunny slippers and some tulle and turn them into brides.  It's delightfully cheesy.

that's such a cute idea, i think i might have to steal it for my best friend!
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« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2007 03:33:00 PM »

l know this topic is super old but l finally finished my survival kit for my best friend in time for her shower this past weekend Smiley thanks for all the inspiration and tips! my box was a hit and now everyone at the party wants to make one for their next wedding!

onto the pics:  her wedding was supposed to be super pink but as time went on it became more champagne with hints of pink so to make up for it, the colors of her bridal shower were hot pink, black and white.

so l found the perfect hot pink box at target that had black inside, incidentally, it was the only one left and l haven't seen one since. l really lucked out! stickers also came from target, the middle piece is a shrinky dink that l decorated myself by tracing a logo from one of my shirts



inside:  l crammed it too well to take everything out to take a picture of everything, so you just get a top view Wink the hello kitty pouch is filled with feminine needs..



and a close up of the list:  unfortunately l used super glue instead of my favorite mod podge cause l thought it might be difficult to attatch the paper to the textured backing.. and it made the paper get all funky colored Sad




in case you can't read what's inside:
white chalk  sewing kit  safety pins  double sided tape  oil absorbing sheets  cheezits  hand sanitizer  baby power  first aid kit  blister patches  aspirin  tums  make up remover  deodorant  mouth wash  tissue  lip balm  pads/tampons  clear nail polish  crazy glue  lint remover  dental floss  manicure set  q tips  cotton rounds  shaving gel  razors  eye drops  gum  lotion  straws
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« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2007 04:42:45 PM »

"I also made wedding keds. I took regular Keds, died them in tea to match my dress, then used satin ribbon for the laces and glued pearls along the seams."

That is a really great idea. I think I might have to do that for my wedding.
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« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2007 03:28:49 AM »

Everybody's complaining about their feet, but am I the only person (besides *MAR*) who is wearing flats to their wedding? Geeze! I found a billion that would go great with my dress, the ones that would go perfectly for only £15, so I bought them now. I'd rather have flats than heels/Keds anyday! But that's just me... heehee.


I'm SOOOOOO bookmarking this topic. I'm going to need this BADLY. And what a greta use for my big hat box laying in the closet collecting dust.
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« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2007 07:07:30 AM »

HGFlower - that turned out great!  I know that everyone will surely appreciate it on the Big Day....you have that baby stocked for almost any possible "disaster" that could happen!  Plus, the box is super-cute, too! Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2007 05:57:49 PM »

thanks for the compliment Smiley l hope that l got most of our bases covered.
as for the shoes, my friend has to get flats cause her fiance is a bit on the short side (or she's on the tall side..) so she just bought some plain ballet flats that are going to be dyed to match her dress. plain and simple Smiley honestly l'd rather have the flats and be comfortable than super high heels. but! it's not my wedding Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: March 30, 2007 05:24:18 AM »

Yeah, I'm having a black satin sash around my dress, so I bought black satin ballet flats. Yes, part of it WAS because I'm 5'11" and he's 5'6", but other than that... COMFORT! haha
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« Reply #25 on: March 31, 2007 09:18:37 AM »

Hey all!

I'm DEFINITELY on the flats/keds/comfy shoes bandwagon too... no need for heels IMHO!

However, if you do get stuck wearing uncomfy blister inducing shoes, my friend works at a store that sells these little sticks that look like deodorant (but small) and they coat your feet where the shoes rub against them and prevent blisters! The stuff absorbs into your feet but leaves a protective/smooth moving layer so it doesnt rub.

Hope that helps someone out!
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« Reply #26 on: March 31, 2007 09:24:37 AM »

A friend made me a box like this for our wedding, it had all of the components mentioned plus some M & M's, a cold diet coke, aspirin, extra cufflinks( for the groomsmen) saftey pins and a tiny bottle of gin.  All very useful!

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« Reply #27 on: March 31, 2007 07:37:16 PM »

LOL tiny bottle of gin... l love holding those little bottles, makes me feel like a giant Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: April 01, 2007 11:19:57 AM »

However, if you do get stuck wearing uncomfy blister inducing shoes, my friend works at a store that sells these little sticks that look like deodorant (but small) and they coat your feet where the shoes rub against them and prevent blisters! The stuff absorbs into your feet but leaves a protective/smooth moving layer so it doesnt rub.

do you happen to know what this stuff's called?
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« Reply #29 on: April 01, 2007 12:18:59 PM »

I'm definitely going to have to add a couple of needles and some yarn - knitting calms me down!!
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However, if you do get stuck wearing uncomfy blister inducing shoes, my friend works at a store that sells these little sticks that look like deodorant (but small) and they coat your feet where the shoes rub against them and prevent blisters! The stuff absorbs into your feet but leaves a protective/smooth moving layer so it doesnt rub.

do you happen to know what this stuff's called?

I'm not sure if it is the same stuff, but Tippy Toes Lotion is great!
I get mine from Merz's Apothecary, you can buy it on line too.

http://www.smallflower.com/product/26358
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« Reply #31 on: April 30, 2007 01:07:08 PM »

Be sure if you include eye drops that either no one wears contacts, or that the eye drops are contact safe - if I use redness reducing drops with contacts my pupils dilate until there's no iris left.  I can't see, and I look like an alien.  Wink  (Although if you use the drops and wait a while before you put in your contacts then everything's a-ok.)
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