It’s the time of year when plenty of birds are chirping in harmony, and in this case, lovebirds chanting their “I do’s”. Wedding season is in full bloom and during this time of year, you’ll find the beautiful nuptials and celebrations taking flight in the picturesque outdoors.
This takes me back to a family members wedding a few years ago that took place next to a gorgeous lakeside outdoors. The weather was perfect, the bride looked amazing, the backdrop was more than mesmeric — it was the perfect day for a wedding. I couldn’t forget that wedding in particular because the bride and groom were not the only ones in the limelight…
I, too, became a wedding day main attraction when I not only got a horrible allergic reaction to a mosquito bite but also couldn’t stop my incessant sneezing. *face palms x100*
As sweet and captivating as these events are, the not-so-lovely perils that tend to occur during summer weddings can put a huge toll on the most gracious wedding guest. Mosquitoes, allergies, migraines, sore and tired feet — nobody wants to go through any of these while trying to take part in the very special moments of a cherished loved one.
As the summer wedding invites start to rush in from your oh-so-in-love friends, sibling, cousins and college acquaintances, the first thing that typically comes to mind is “what am I going to wear?” but there’s more to being a wedding guest than choosing the right look. Don’t rely on the happy couple to supply everything you need to enjoy the day – come prepared!
Avoid dreaded summer wedding mishaps by preparing a Wedding Season Emergency Kit including the following items:
All that dancing coupled with the summer heat can work up a sweat. Don’t get caught unprepared!
Deodorant wipes are a convenient and portable option that fit in any clutch, purse or pocket.
2. Makeup touchup kit
If you took the time to apply makeup for the wedding, you’ll want it to last throughout the entire event. At the very least, you’ll need a lip product to reapply after dinner and blotting tissues to cut down on shine. And perhaps a good eye-liner if you’re a cryer (like me). Just don’t forget to wear waterproof mascara (unless the raccoon look appeals to you).
3. Breath mints
You never know if onions and garlic will be on the menu. Stay fresh with a small tin of strong mints.
4. Bug repellant
Bugs are notorious summer wedding crashers. For serious protection from uninvited guests of the insect variety, choose a bug repellant with DEET like Muskol. Muskol will last you up to eight hours, so you’re covered even if that outdoor ceremony goes into overtime.
5. Mini first-aid kit
Weddings can be long affairs and a sudden headache or an annoying cough can ruin your day. I recommend bringing along a few bandages, cough lozenges, an antacid for stomach discomfort, allergy meds like Claritin® Allergy + Sinus Extra Strength 24 hours and your go-to headache and pain medication. Mine is Aspirin Extra Strength because it works fast!
I also throw in a few safety pins (just in case of any wardrobe malfunctions).
This one is a no-brainer. Sniffling and sneezing on your plus one is a major wedding faux-pas. Also, if you know you’re a crier, these are a must.
Many brides these days will put out dancing flats for guests when their toes get tired, but don’t rely on it! I know wearing “sensible shoes” isn’t always an option, so pick-up an insole that can cushion the strain of standing and dancing without tripping up your style. Dr. Scholl’s has brand new ultrasoft leather insoles that add comfort when walking and dancing in heels. As a bonus, they also help to keep feet fresh and dry!
Do you have any must-have summer wedding guest emergency kit items you’d include? I’d love to hear them!