When planning for your special day, you want everything to go as smoothly as possible. In order to avoid any wedding day mishaps, make sure you put together a handy dandy emergency kit. You never know when a simple, everyday item will come to the rescue and save the day!
Most brides or wedding planners fill emergency kits up with the necessities; sewing kit, Band-Aids, breath mints, you name it. On the 6 Chicks wedding blog, the ladies of Table 6 Productions give their insight on what they use the most in their emergency kits. After reading their valuable advice, check out this Style Me Pretty article which includes a free downloadable checklist of items to add to your kit. And last, but not least, if you aren’t the DIY type, or don’t have time to make your own emergency kit, you will probably be a fan of the “Minimergency Kit” which packs 21 essential items into a 3.5” handheld adorable little pouch.
We have come up with a few items that we believe are must-haves in your kit. These items will save you when you’re having any kind of linen dilemmas, and have probably already made their way in your kit for a different reason. Our list includes: bobby pins, pony tail holders, hand towelettes, chalk, double sided tape, safety pins, and spot remover.
Safety pins – You can use safety pins for a number of reasons at a wedding. When dealing with linens, the most common use we see is to “swag,” or drape, a tablecloth over a table. This technique can be used on any size table with any size tablecloth, but is commonly used for cake tables or sweetheart tables. Add a flower or a decorative trinket, and you can make even your standard tablecloths look oh so elegant!
Here is an example of how to drape your tablecloth by using just a few safety pins.
Double sided tape – This item comes in handy especially when using sashes to tie bows around chairs. You can stick one side of the tape to the chair and the other side to the sash. This way you know the chair sash will stay in place after the guests are in and out of their seats. Another reason you might find yourself reaching for the double sided tape is when you’re at an outdoor venue and dealing with windy, tempermental weather. The tape can help your sashes and linens not blow away.
Chalk – This item has made its way on almost every emergency kit list we’ve seen so far. It is great for touching up small imperfections or stains on the bride’s gown or the groom’s shirt. We think it could also be used on linens as well. If something happens to spill on your perfect white or ivory linens during set up, simply cover it up with chalk, and voila, it’s gone!
Pony tail holders or rubber bands – One trend we have been noticing that is similar to the “swag” look uses a rubber band or pony tail holder. It’s when you take the corners of your table cloth and twirl them to look like a rose or flower. You twist them in a rose pattern and tie it off with a pony tail holder or a rubber band. We had fun practicing this technique in our very own show room.
Hand towelettes and spot remover – If your linens aren’t white or ivory, the chalk trick may not work out for you. Instead, use a hand sanitizing wipe and/or spot remover to remove any unexpected spill that you want to disappear. At Linens by the Sea, we wash all of our linens in house and can remove almost any stain that you might not be able to on your own.
Some wedding and event planners like to make sure they have a steamer available before the event starts. Mostly so the bride’s gown and groom’s suit or tux is wrinkle free. You may notice some creases in your linens from being folded and stored in our warehouse, but a steamer can get these creases out in a jiffy. If the folded lines bother you, definitely pack a steamer and some wrinkle release spray in your emergency kit.
Aside from these everyday items that we have talked about today, always make sure you have ordered the correct amount of linens for your big day so you don’t end up in a pinch. Even if you think you have ordered correctly, it doesn’t hurt to order a couple extra. We have noticed that most clever planners always order extra napkins, usually for bread baskets or any last minute guests that happen to show up.
We hope this list has been helpful, and you have learned something from it. If you know of any useful tricks about linens, we would love to hear about them!