From "I Do" to "Oh No!": Be Prepared for Anything With a Wedding Emergency Kit

May 23, 2022

So you're getting married. Congrats! It's a beautiful, unforgettable day. But as any seasoned wedding planner will tell you, it's also a day that comes with its fair share of emergencies. That's why it's always a good idea to come prepared with a wedding emergency kit. 

This post will tell you what sewing tools and accessories you must have on hand to create the perfect bridal emergency kit. Besides that, we'll also cover some of the wedding dress disasters and share our quick remedies with you so you can anticipate any dress-related accidents. Let's get started!

What Accidents Might Happen to Your Beautiful Dress?

Every bride's worst nightmare is something going wrong with her dress on the big day. Whether it's a ripped seam, a stain, or a lost button, many things can go wrong. We've come up with the most common wardrobe malfunctions that could happen to your wedding gown and quick, effective repairs for you to do.

Stitches Begin to Come Loose. 

Weddings are pretty expensive, so having some budget cuts here and there is pretty normal. If you have a completely simple white dress that you've got online or at a thrift store, that's perfectly fine. But after a few fittings, your gown might look messy with all the stitching coming loose on the hem. 

Fix: As long as you remove all the unnecessary threads your dress will look expensive. Snip the loose thread with some scissors. You can also do a quick blind hem or invisible stitch so the edges of your affordable dress look more polished. 

The Dress Rips. 

It happens to even the most careful of brides—you're enjoying your big day, everything is going perfectly, and then suddenly, your dress gets caught on something. Whether it's a protruding branch at your garden venue or simply because of your beautifully manicured long nails, a snagged wedding dress can be a real pain.

Fix: First, gently rub the snagged part back and forth to even out the threads. If the snag created a small hole, you could stitch it up to look like a tiny star, similar to how you’d darn a sock. If all else fails, you can always cover the snag with a pretty brooch or pin.

The Zipper Breaks. 

Your zipper can suddenly split from all of the dancing and moving around. It can happen even with a very expensive dress. But one thing to understand is that while the zipper of your dress looks broken, it may only be malfunctioning.

Fix: First, take a close look at the teeth on the zipper. Frequently, lint or fabric can get caught in the teeth, preventing the zipper from moving. If that's the case, use a small pair of tweezers or a needle to remove the offending material gently. If the zipper is truly broken, you can do a ladder stitch while you’re in the dress to keep it closed. 

The Strap Breaks.

When opting for a wedding dress with spaghetti straps, it's important to be mindful of the potential risks. Though they may look elegant, this dress can be quite difficult to wear. The risk of a wardrobe malfunction is always present as should the strap break, you'll be left scrambling to cover up.

Fix: If you're in a pinch, you can use a safety pin to fasten the strap to your dress. Or, for a more durable mend, take embroidery thread or a nylon thread and do a quick stitch to connect your broken strap to your dress, making sure that both straps end up the same length.

The Dress Doesn't Fit. 

The first time you wear your wedding dress, it’s absolutely breathtaking. It fits, and it looks gorgeous on you. But after a few months of hitting the gym and going on a diet, your wedding dress is too loose for you on your big day. This sounds like a major dress disaster, but it can be solved by a quick fix. 

Fix: To remedy this, turn the garment inside out and use safety pins to hold darts near seams and dress tape to keep the top of your dress from falling. 

What Should Be in Your Emergency Sewing Kit on Your Big Day?

A bridal emergency kit, especially a sewing kit, contains a lot of bits and pieces. But take deep breaths; we're here to help you anticipate every scenario and list the items you need for your "what-if" situations. 

Different Threads

Don't just bring any random color of thread. Brides need to match the thread they're bringing to the color of their wedding dress, their bridesmaid's dresses, or their groom's (and groomsmen's) suits. Plus, it's good to have different types of threads, asides from an all-purpose thread, for any stitches that need a stronger mend.

Assorted Needles

You can't sew anything without your needles, so don't just bring one. Instead, bring quality needs with different lengths, thicknesses, and eye sizes. It's pretty normal for needles to break, so it never hurts to have spares for your emergency stitching. 

A Pair of Scissors

You can cut the thread with your teeth, but we all know that's inconvenient and might even stain your wedding dress. Thus, having a sharp pair of stainless steel scissors can be handy to finish your stitching or even cut loose threads on your dress. 

Safety Pins 

Maybe your lace sleeves are too loose on your wrist. Don't worry. Safety pins can come to the rescue. These little pins are a lifesaver for anything that breaks or doesn't fit.

Extra Buttons, Beads, and Lace

If your husband-to-be loses a button on his pants or coat, it's not the end. Simply sew on a new button with the help of your needle and thread. Extra points if you bring the exact button that’s on his suit. 

Are you wearing a beaded gown? You should include a bead repair kit. Because let's face it, most beadwork is handsewn, and the beads can fall off. So if you find yourself in the middle of your wedding ceremony with a bare spot on your dress, don't panic. Just grab your wedding day emergency kit and get to work. 

Compact Case 

It's important to be prepared for any wedding day emergency with a compact case full of essentials like your threads and needles and even a handy seam ripper. Canvas organizers are perfect for keeping all your sewing tools and accessories in one place, ensuring you have everything you need to make last-minute repairs. Plus, they're small and light enough to carry with you on the big day.

When Should You Pack The Wedding Emergency Kit?

Having your wedding day survival kit ready when you start choosing a wedding theme is a little too early, but we recommend that you start going through your emergency kit sewing checklist weeks before your special day. 

Yes, weeks, and not days before. As the bride, you'll be stressed with all that you have to do in the days leading up to the wedding. Eliminate one of the stressors by packing your emergency sewing kit well in advance.

On the day of your wedding, don't stress about any accidents that may occur. Hand over the emergency kit to one of your bridesmaids or a trusted loved one, so you know that any mishaps can be taken care of before you get to hear about them.


A bride hugging a wedding dress with a bunch of other wedding dresses in the background

Planning your wedding isn't a piece of cake. First, it takes months to perfect your big day. Then, accidents may happen despite all the wedding planners and bridesmaids helping you out. So having your wedding sewing emergency kit on hand will keep at least some worries at bay. 
From fixing a zipper to mending snagged fabric, these tips will help you get through minor mishaps. Looking for more quick repairs and stitches? Don’t forget to check out our other articles here at Threadstop.

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