What to Pack: A Groom’s Emergency Kit for the Wedding Day

Despite popular belief, there is actually a lot that the groom and groomsmen have to do on the wedding day. Your regular duties are compounded by fact that you will be faced with the daunting task of knowing how to properly dress in your formal attire: from making sure you all have bouttonniere pins, to knowing the different between a Half Windsor, and Grantchester Knot and which one you’re supposed to wear (for help with tie knots, check our basic tutorial here, and this extensive resource here)! With so much on your mind, and too little time to spare, be sure that you come prepared to the wedding day- you need a groom’s emergency kit to help put out the million little fires that arise.

By preparing a groom’s emergency kit, you have a safety net that will put your mind at ease and remove potential stressors. Be sure delegate it to the most reliable of your groomsmen- your mom has enough on her plate (this simple, thoughtful gesture of letting your mother enjoy herself is one of many ways to honor your family on your wedding day. Click here for more ideas about that). Similar to a bride’s emergency kit, here is a list of no-fail items that never cease to be in demand on a wedding day.

Groom’s Emergency Kit List:

Water bottles

Granola/ Protein Bars (like Cliff or Kind bars)

Nuts (unsalted to prevent puffy faces in portraits- and swollen hands that might make your new ring uncomfortable)

Jerky/ meat sticks

High energy fruit such as apples, oranges, or dried apricots

Tylenol/ Advil

Non-drowsy allergy meds

Tissues (for all those happy tears- or more realistically, for sweat and allergies)

Blister Band- aids

White chalk (It covers a multitude of sins on white fabric)

Stain wipe/ pen

Sewing kit (Even if you don’t know how to sew, someone’s relative or date will be able to help)

Superglue (From abrasions to broken shoe soles, this has you covered)

Safety Pins

Duct tape (In a pinch, it’s great for hemming pants)

Mounting hook (in case you run out of places to hang clothing/ bags)

Blotting tissues (a necessity for sweltering summer days in a three piece suit!)

Deoderant

Colgate Whisps and floss

Boutonniere pins… because no one can ever find them!

Two extra pairs of black dress socks- someone always forgets.

At least 6 lint rollers (if someone is still in need, the duct tape mentioned above is also a great substitute)

No less than three copies of the timeline with detailed instructions of exactly where to meet and what to wear!

*Bonus tip: While it’s tempting to fill your kit with fun treats like cigars and mini bottles of liquor- don’t! Designate a special time to enjoy these indulgences with your best friends- preferably at a bachelor party, or during your reception. So many avoidable problems arise when alcohol, and jovial spirits come in contact with a  group of men who may or may not be bored and/ or nervous.

You can easily assemble your groom’s emergency kit in an old tool box, a tackle box, or even a backpack. We hope this proves to be a valuable resource that will help you fully enjoy your wedding day!

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