33 Wedding Essentials You Don’t Want to Forget

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33 Wedding Essentials You Don’t Want to Forget

Wedding are occasions filled with joy, love, and … well, chaos. Even if it's not your wedding, getting prepared for one can be a frazzling experience. From what to wear to what gift to take, you have a lot on your plate.

Don't worry; we have you covered with all the little things you'll need for the best possible wedding experience, from tissue and flossers to a phone charger! Whether you're going across town or across the world, here are the wedding essentials you don't want to be caught without. 

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Wedding emergency kit

Wedding emergency kit

These compact kits can easily fit in your purse or suit pocket and they're loaded with day-saving supplies. From deodorant to earring backs to a stain remover, there are 13 to 50 items in these kits. We recommend the Unisex Minimergency Kit for wedding guests, but you can upgrade as you see fit.

We also think the Shemergency Kit for Brides is great for Maids of Honor to have on hand. There are other baseline options specifically for women and men, and ladies can choose from a thinner kit or a deluxe kit.

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A nice money clip to hold your all your tip cash

A nice money clip to hold your all your tip cash

There's never a shortage of people to tip at a wedding. From your hotel staff to the bartenders to the valet, you need to carry tons of bills with you.

There are many money clips out there, but the Viper Titanium stands out with its strength. It can hold 60 folded bills and will retain its holding power when you're down to your final dollars. Plus, it's not magnetic, so it won't ruin your hotel room key!

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Something to protect your heels from outdoor weddings

Something to protect your heels from outdoor weddings

Outdoor weddings and receptions wreak havoc on heels, but you don't have to ruin your fancy (probably brand new) shoes.

STOPPERS are flexible, transparent heel protectors that fit on four common heel sizes. In addition to protecting heels from sinking into grass, we like that the flower petal base provides more stability and a bit of traction. 

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Stain remover pen

Stain remover pen

From wine to carbonara, there's no shortage of stain culprits at a wedding. Spot treat any spills with a Tide To Go pen and look picture perfect all day.

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A way to dry your tears

A way to dry your tears

Whether you're a crier or you have bad allergies (no matter where the wedding takes place, there will be flowers everywhere), portable tissues are a must-have. These little packs from Kleenex look refined and are ready to help you do the same.

If you're a traditionalist, you could alternatively get a pack of these soft handkerchiefs. Since the pack works out to $1 per handkerchief, you won't mind letting someone keep it if they do more than cry into it.

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Best Portable Charger for Most People

Best Portable Charger for Most People

If you need a little backup battery power, this little cylinder can charge your phone and then some. The Anker PowerCore will give most flagship phones at least one and up to two charges. It also packs enough of a punch to charge tablets on the go. We recommend this portable charger for its durability, compact size, and ability to charge and be charged quickly.

Pros

  • Fully charges phones up to two times
  • Small enough to fit into a pocket or purse
  • Durable

Cons

  • Thicker and heavier than other "lipstick" chargers
  • Doesn't support Quick Charge
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Best Portable Mirror Compact with LEDs
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The Hyper Pearl Compact Mirror is a must-have accessory for on-the-go makeup lovers. With a regular and 3X magnification mirror surrounded by LEDs, the Pearl can illuminate your face in any lighting conditions. If that wasn't enough, it also charges any USB device in about an hour. Most importantly, the Pearl Compact Mirror manages to be, well, compact.

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Best Short Charging Cables

Best Short Charging Cables

A portable charger can often only be as good as the cable you're using. We round the best, most durable short charging cables that wouldn't clutter your bag or pocket.

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Comfortable pointed flats

Comfortable pointed flats

Heels are great for making an entrance and snapping a few photos, but they come up short once you hit the dancefloor. We know you've also been burned by flats before, so we recommend investing in a pair of Rothy's.

With a nice selection of colors and styles, Rothy's are comfortable flats that are *drumroll* machine washable! Need to break them in? Toss them in the machine (cold water and air dry them). Have wide feet? Go up half a size. The price tag is worth the comfort.

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A sophisticated flask

A sophisticated flask

Open bars have become a casualty of skyrocketing wedding costs, but you can always bring the party with you in a classy flask. Style meets function in this matte black flask with elegant gold accents and a top that snaps onto the bottom. Cheers to never losing a flask cover again!

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A way to protect yourself from a hangover

A way to protect yourself from a hangover

Activated charcoal has become a detox darling with many applications, but we're particularly fond of its prowess as a hangover treatment. Some people take a couple of capsules before drinking, others take them before bed, and a dedicated few bookend their benders.

Please note that activated charcoal will limit the effectiveness of any medications you're taking, and these particular capsules are made from pork and beef gelatin. Don't fret; there are vegetarian- and vegan-friendly hangover treatments that are safe to use with medications (but you should still check for interactions).

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Cute costume jewelry you won’t mind losing

Cute costume jewelry you won’t mind losing

Though they now have a comprehensive makeup section, Miss A's rise to fame was largely due to their fast fashion jewelry. We like this budget-friendly bling because we don't sweat it when they turn or get lost.

Though some items definitely look cheap, many are on the same level as most Forever 21 or H&M jewelry pieces. In our experience, Miss A's jewelry has been true to the photographs, so just use your best judgement.

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On-the-go eyelash glue

On-the-go eyelash glue

Love your false eyelashes? Make sure they don't start getting a mind of their own with this eyelash glue. This tiny tube is perfect for your clutch and quick touch-ups.

If you have latex allergies, we also like this Cardani glue that comes with an applicator. Both of these sticky helpers dry pretty fast, so we recommend a 10 second wait. 

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Protection for the back of your heel

Protection for the back of your heel

Sometimes, even broken-in shoes attack your Achilles in brutal fashion. Protect the back of your heels with these cushy pads from Foot Petals, so you can walk, run, and dance to your heart's content!

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Affordable, foldable ballerina flats

Affordable, foldable ballerina flats

If you want to save some space (and money) with your backup flats, try out these wedding-friendly numbers from Talaria Flats. They fold up nicely, come with a carrying pouch, and are comfortable to wear. 

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A garment bag to protect your wedding clothes

A garment bag to protect your wedding clothes

Instead of just throwing your dress or suit into your luggage, invest in a garment bag to protect your fancy threads. WallyBags makes different sized garment bags for suits, dresses, and longer gowns. The suit and dress garment bags also have pockets for items like pantyhose or pocket squares, but the gown garment bag is pocketless. 

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Portable steamer for travel-induced wrinkles

Portable steamer for travel-induced wrinkles

If you don't think you will have access to an iron at your hotel or Airbnb, pack this fabric steamer from Conair. Just add water and get any travel wrinkles out of your fancy duds!

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Quiet snacks to tide you over

Quiet snacks to tide you over

Depending on religious and cultural traditions, wedding ceremonies can be drawn out affairs. We recommend bringing some quiet treats to keep you from getting hangry.

These dried mangoes from NatureBox are a healthy snack that won't make too much noise. For the carnivores out there, they also make beef and turkey jerky. The resealable bags will crinkle a bit, so you might want to pour your snacks into these quieter silicone bags.

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Portable ways to get food out of your teeth

Portable ways to get food out of your teeth

Don't get caught with a piece of spinach in your teeth! Keep your teeth clean without aggravating your gums with these GUM Soft Picks. These little guys are effective, comfortable, and come in a small carrying case.

If you can't break the habit of using toothpicks, spring for some fancy infused ones. From Bourbon to Cinna-Mint, we're sure you'll find a tasty way to make your teeth camera ready.

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Mints to keep the conversation going

Mints to keep the conversation going

Keep your breath fresh without dealing with wrapper waste or figuring out what to do with stale gum. Altoids are classic mints and the Smalls are perfectly pocket-sized to thwart any bad breath that comes your way.

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For people with sensitive stomachs

For people with sensitive stomachs

Chicken or fish or indigestion? Should something not agree with you during the reception, having a roll of Tums on-hand can help you enjoy the party.

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Oil blotting sheets

Oil blotting sheets

Even dry skin is no match for a summer wedding. Keep your face matte or at a reasonable level of dewiness with these Up&Up blotting papers. These powerful sheets are easy to grab and dab pre-photos. 

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A parasol to protect you from the sun

A parasol to protect you from the sun

While a parasol might be a bit obnoxious for an outdoor wedding ceremony, we definitely recommend one for outdoor receptions and other wedding weekend events.

These lightweight parasols from Luna Bazaar are a great way to protect yourself from the sun and avoid looking sweaty in photos. They come in dozens of colors, but we highly suggest getting one in Wedding White, so you don't clash with the decor.

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Best for Prescription Sunglasses and Kids Glasses

SmartBuyGlasses offers nearly 400 kids eyeglass frames made to fit everyone from fussy babies to even fussier teenagers. We love how many different, age-appropriate styles they offer because their competition doesn't offer as much variety.

If that weren't enough, their wide selection of trendy, prescription sunglasses with special tint options are always ready for your close-up. You can even add a mirror effect for a little extra flash.

Base Lens Coatings: anti-scratch, anti-reflective, and UV protection

Lens Add-ons: thinner lenses, Transitions, digital screen protection, multiple tint options, and mirror effect lenses

Returns and Warranties: returns and exchanges for glasses in "unused condition" within 100 days; two year limited warranty for manufacturer defects

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Showstopping folding fans

Showstopping folding fans
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Nothing provokes a chorus of "Yaas, queen" like opening a folding fan. These gorgeous fans from Wear It bring the drama (and optional bling) while keeping you cool. You can choose from one of their literally iconic designs or create a custom fan. 

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Special Sunscreen

Special Sunscreen

This isn't your standard sunscreen. Supergoop! has a cult following, and it's no wonder — this sunscreen features the safety of SPF 50, plus antioxidant-rich Cellular Response Technology. It's also oil-free, lightweight, and moisturizing. 

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Bobby pins because you never have enough

Bobby pins because you never have enough

The Essential Bobby Pin comes in three colors: blonde, black, and tortoise (for the brunettes and redheads in the middle). The 45 bobby pins in each pack are ready to fix updo mishaps in a heartbeat.

We also like this 12-pack from L. Erickson with shades in Black, Chocolate, Ivory, and Camel for the mama bears who don't mind "lending" a few to someone in need.

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Hair ties for the end of the night

Hair ties for the end of the night

When you're tired of whipping your hair back and forth (and you already took some fierce pictures) pull back your hair. Throw a few of these neutral hair ties from Goody in your bag and save a friend's night too!

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Best Small Wireless Speaker

Great things do come in tiny packages. The JBL Clip 2 weighs less than 7 ounces, so you’ll barely feel it clipped to your backpack or bag. It’s perfect for a day at the beach or pool—it’s IPX7 waterproof, and lasts for 8 hours on a charge. Most will use the Bluetooth 4.2 wireless feature, but we like that it has an integrated 3.5mm audio cable for connecting older tech, too. And yes, the sound is great too, especially for its $50 price.

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Serious blister defense to keep you dancing

Serious blister defense to keep you dancing

If your feet blister easily or if your taking some new shoes for a spin, you can and should take precautions. Body Glide is known for its line of friction-reducing balms and its Foot Glide does the family name proud by protecting feet from painful blisters.

Depending on how sweaty your feet get, you may need to reapply Foot Glide once or twice throughout the event, but your heels and toes will appreciate your due diligence. 

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Cushy insoles

Cushy insoles

There are plenty of insoles out there, but we love these breathable foam ones from Target. They can be cut to size (and they're cheap enough that you won't mind doing so) to fit a men's 12 or a women's size 6. Need a little more cushion? They make another version that is twice as thick.

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Our Top Instant Camera Pick

Our Top Instant Camera Pick

If you're looking for crisp and clear photos with a vintage look, the Instax Mini 90 is the way to go. It's on the pricier end of the instant camera spectrum, but its enhanced features definitely make it worth the extra dough. 

For simple picture taking, the Instax Mini 90 automatically detects brightness and adjusts the flash and shutter speed according to optimize photo quality. It also allows users to create double exposures and light trails, and even has a "Kids Mode" for snapping shots of kids, pets, or other fast-moving subjects!

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The Guide's Choice for the Best Travel Umbrella

The Blunt umbrella is a strong umbrella with no sharp points. It has a tight canopy, which creates a strong aerodynamic structure. It can handle very strong winds (tested to 55 mph,) yet is easy to open and close.  That distinctive sihouette will definitely get attention. At 14 inches long closed and .8 pounds and $60, it’s our choice for the best travel umbrella. 

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