I know it’s hard to believe, since it’s still pretty cold in many areas, but spring/summer bridal season is fast approaching. That means brides all over the country/world are stressing with last minute details. If you are a maid of honor or bridesmaid in a wedding this year, here is a great way to help keep the stress off of the bride and bridesmaids on the day of the wedding.
I had the honor of serving as matron of honor at my sister’s wedding last fall. I didn’t want her to have to have to worry about getting together all the little things she may need to make the day go off without a hitch. I certainly didn’t want to have her worry about anything on the big day. So, I put together a bridal stress relief kit for her with the help of the other bridesmaids.
I tried to think of everything. That’s why the kit ended up a little bigger than some of the others you may have seen. Some kits on Pinterest had a cute presentation with a few little do-dads. I preferred to sacrifice cuteness for a big, see-through cosmetic bag. The size didn’t make for a very discreet package, but it held everything she could possibly need. The see-through nature of the bag added to the stress relief theme. Who among us hasn’t almost lost their mind trying to find something in the bottom of our purse? See-through made it easier to locate whatever we needed in a pinch.
Contents of Bridal Stress Relief Kit
- breath strips or spray
- dental floss
- protein bars
- first aid kit
- lint roller
- eye drops
- saline solution
- hand lotion
- stain stick
- pill box with headache relief and ibuprofen
- manicure & sewing kit
- nail file for artificial nails
- safety pins
- hem tape
- bobby pins
- hair spray
- clear nail polish
Now do you see why we needed a big bag?
A few tips on why I chose certain items:
- Select mints with real peppermint oil. That way it helps with stomach upset from nerves in addition to breath issues. Artificial ingredients may not cut it for the stomach upset. I chose organic peppermints from Trader Joe’s.
- Breath strips and spray are great for last minute. The bride can’t really put a mint in her mouth right before she walks up the aisle. But she can pop in a strip or spray her mouth so she’s fresh for the big kiss!
- Protein bars are best over other sweet treats that would result in a sugar crash. Protein will sustain the bride through the ceremony and beyond. A chocolate bar or other non-protein snack bar could create a sugar spike and crash which could ultimately create additional stress and hunger instead of helping the situation.
Fortunately, we didn’t need many of the things in there (except for the tissues!). Hopefully, your bride won’t need it either. But, at least it’s there if you do. Plus, it makes a great travel bag for the honeymoon and beyond!
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