Wait! I need a purse? Some brides might find themselves asking or not even thinking about. So I’ve taken some time and asked a couple of modern brides ( this generation) and a few more seasoned brides ( now wives), What are some must haves to have handy in your clutch or small hand bag on the day of your wedding. My responses were pretty basic however some enlightening all different none the less. Being a coordinator and an all-around foresight thinker… I always believe a bride/ guest of honor (whatever the occasion) should use a purse (style appropriate of course) fully equipped for all your necessary last minute touch ups and surprises. I also strongly suggest every great planner having her day of carrying case fully stocked and loaded to be the rescue of any of these last minute touch ups and surprises, but that is a completely separate blog all in itself.
Let us take a look and explore some opinions of real brides now, former and future.
Wait…. I need a purse? So many other things to remember and now I need to pack a purse?
Yes, or a really great maid of honor and wedding coordinator should have your back on this one. The decision to carry a purse on your wedding day really depends on where your venue is. If you’re ceremony is located within the same hotel in which you are staying and you simply have to travel down an elevator to get to your aisle then no since in having a bag or if the wedding is at your own home. Essentially if you have to leave the comfort of having your own stuff you should definitely plan on taking a trip to your favorite boutique and get yourself a cute little hand bag for your special day. My former bride of 2015 I. Thorlin expected a wild night in the glitzy town of Las Vegas as she and her grooms theme was nothing less than unconventional. One key thing this bride made sure to carry was minty gum and her I phone to be sure to catch every moment of her very special night.
I myself on my wedding day ( as my venue was my home church and I arrived dressed, made up and ready) made sure to have my bejeweled wedding green handbag ready with a few essentials I knew would come in handy for my day full of festivities. My handbag was adorn with: spare earrings, lipstick, and my phone, small hankerchief and a keepsake from my late father. My little bag sure came in handy after collecting a great deal from our money dance. Glad I am I had my small purse as the night went on I found myself refreshing lipstick, snapping selfies and collecting small gifts all fitting perfectly in a purse that matched my wedding invitations. Leaving my reception and heading to our hotel suite gift bottles of champagne and sparkling wine in hand…. I also had room to fit a tiny gift corkscrew!
Conversing with other brides I asked what are you going to put in your wedding day hand bags? I received some very great feedback! I was happy to find out a lot of brides past, present and future were ready! Together we came up with a top 10 list of wedding purse must packs:
Hand Sanitizer- For the germ cautious bride you are going to be shaking quite a bit of hands that day.
Cell Phone- almost every bride including myself opts to stay connected and have a quick camera on the day of her wedding…..psst doubles as a mirror.
Vows- Yes it made the list at top 3 of my bride’s choice… No certainly not to carry with you down the aisle but to have to reference to quickly prior to the ceremony isn’t a bad idea.
Gum or Mints- Yes this item needs no definition.
Bleach Pin- Because you never know. Bleach pins should actually be on hand from your wedding planner along with many other last minute items.
Deodorant- I don’t know how big your hand bag is but this item definitely made the list
Chap Stick/ Lipstick- You will be featured in a ton of pictures.
Bobby Pins or hair tie- A day/ night filled with dancing and movement … unless your do is stationary somehow you should have hair back up.
Tylenol- or Advil in case of headache.
10. Something borrowed- Whatever your something borrowed maybe my brides find it makes the special day handbag list
Other items that were mentioned and did not make the official list were: body spray, morning after pill or birth control (I found that tasteless), sedative, tissues, a mirror, lighter and even a passport was mentioned however odd. Every handbag whether packed for your ceremony, reception or just to leave in the limo should be given some fore sight thought and tailored to each individual brides personal need. Don’t worry if you don’t want to have the weight of a purse on your shoulders you really should not have to. I’ve heard that some bouquets are incredibly heavy…. (Not that your purse should be carried down your aisle as well) Make sure you and your maid of honor are on the same page as far as what you may need for your special day. Your wedding coordinator especially should have a sack full of goodies to save any situation, however it is your day. Make it Personal!