However calm your usual demeanour, you are likely to feel some wedding day jitters on the morning of your big day.  If you are well organised (and live by lists as I tend to), you can relieve some of the pressure by getting everything ready in advance and making a list of anything you think you will need.  If you pack in a hurry with lots of other things on your mind, you are likely to end up with a strange panic-pack array of things you don’t really need and not much that you really do need!


  • Probably the most obvious thing is the possibility of you, or another key person at your wedding, shedding a tear during either the ceremony or speeches (bring tissues!). Waterproof mascara is a must for even the most hardy of brides because your wedding is a very emotional moment in your life.  Pack a small bag of emergency make up for last minute touch-up’s before and after the ceremony, and for freshening up at other times of the day.  Lillibrooke has a beautiful Bride’s Room, especially for this purpose, so you can make sure you are picture perfect at any moment.
  • Your fabulous new shoes possibly won’t be quite as kind to your feet as you would like them to be, so blisters may be rife. Make sure you have enough plasters and heel protectors to cover your feet as required!
  • Now obviously females don’t sweat, we glow, but to be on the safe side, you could bring deodorant just in case… The last thing you want on your wedding day is for your guests to get a little whiff as they throw their arms around you in a congratulatory hug!  You could also bring perfume, just to be sure.
  • Make sure that your breath is minty fresh (particularly if you have onions or garlic on your menu), by bringing mints or even a toothbrush and paste for post-meal refreshing.
  • Hairspray, hairbrush and hair grips – ensure any stray strands can be tucked back into place throughout the day.
  • Mini sewing kit and safety pins – a seam could split, a hem could come down, someone could stand on your train or your veil could come a little unattached from your grip. Hopefully none of the above will occur, but better to be prepared!
  • Nail file and scissors – in these days of Shellac and gel, it is less likely that your nail varnish will chip or you will break a nail, but just in case…
  • Flip-flops or flats – one bride even changed into a pair of white wedding trainers after the ceremony a couple of weeks ago, ensuring that she was all set to enjoy her perfect day in comfort and able to dance the night away to her hearts content without worrying about sore feet!
  • Mini medical kit – paracetamol/ibuprofen, indigestion tablets, sting relief gel, Rescue Remedy, sun cream.

Other useful bits are a small bottle of water, white chalk to cover any marks on your dress, lip balm, hand cream, extra earring backs (we had a bridesmaid last summer who lost her earring back on the way to the ceremony and then couldn’t wear her bridesmaid-present earrings), straws (to drink through to avoid smudging lipstick), moisturising lotion (put onto your legs to stop static), baby powder (to put on your legs to stop rubbing), and superglue for any emergency repairs.

Is a nice touch to put a little basket of some of these useful things in the toilets for your guests too – plasters, deodorant, mints, sewing kit, tampons, hair brush and hairspray.  And you could get some cheap flip flops to put in a basket on the dancefloor to avoid guests dancing in bare feet.

Fingers crossed, everything will go exactly to plan on your wedding day, with no blisters, broken nails, split seams or headaches, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.  Follow these guidelines and hopefully you’ll have a survival kit to breezily deal with any issue that may arise on your big day!

Alys Hilbourne

Blogger & Events Manager

Having worked in London for most of her career, Alys discovered & fell in love with Lillibrooke Manor in 2012 and has never looked back, delivering hundreds of events and ensuring that each one is special and perfect in every way

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