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What to Pack in an Officiant’s Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Published Friday, Jul. 29th, 2022

Illustrated checklist by Jessica Levey

The Officiant’s Essential Wedding Day Emergency Kit List 



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Attention wedding officiants: Don’t leave home without a wedding emergency kit. 



A wedding ceremony is kind of like a stage play. There’s a script, a director (that’s you), theatrical lighting, a few stage props, and even star actors (that’s your couple!). 


And like any big production, there are bound to be a few unexpected events the day of the show – ranging from forgotten lines, to a rained-out venue, to misplaced paperwork. 


Related: Can you get married without a marriage license? What if you lost it? Or forgot it?


But when it comes to weddings, mishaps like these can lead to more than a bad review. They can also cause a couple’s marriage to be delayed! 


As a wedding officiant and the director of the ceremony, it’s your job to help make sure this doesn’t happen. 


To set yourself up for success, we recommend that you arrive at the ceremony with a ‘wedding day emergency kit.’ This day-of survival kit will contain remedies for the most common wedding day disasters, to help you keep the wedding ceremony on course.


Some officiant emergency kits are more extensive than others (like this one), and yours should be tailored to the season and region where you live.  


Related: Summer Survival: 10 Items to Add to Your Officiant Wedding Emergency Kit This Season


But all emergency kits should contain a few important items. The following checklist essentials should be a part of every officiant’s first wedding day emergency kit. 




Officiant’s Essential Wedding Day Emergency Kit Checklist


  • Spare set of venue address and directions

  • Ceremony program, order of events, and ceremony script + copies

  • Extra pens

  • Scotch tape, masking tape

  • Lighter, matches

  • Stain remover wipes or pen

  • Lint roller

  • Safety pins

  • Bobby pins

  • Comb

  • Aspirin, Ibuprofen

  • Antacid tablets

  • Eye drops

  • Tissues

  • Band-aids

  • Dental floss

  • Mini deodorant

We also recommend bringing a change of clothes and an extra pair of shoes


Related: This Might Be the Most Important Thing a Wedding Officiant Wears to a Ceremony



Illustrated printable checklist for a wedding officiant emergency kit, drawn by Jessica Levey

Illustrated emergency kit list by Jessica Levey



Building from the basics: 
Expanding your emergency kit


With each new wedding ceremony you perform, you’ll get a better idea of how to customize your wedding kit to your unique needs. 
For example, officiants who perform frequent outdoor ceremonies and elopements might want to add odorless bug spray and sunscreen to this list. Mobile officiants who specialize in weddings on the go might pack a tire repair kit or car mobility kit to prevent travel delays. And so on! 
Think about the types of weddings you officiate, where they take place, and what the weather’s like in your area to help you add specialty items to this checklist. Should you pack anything else in your wedding emergency kit? 

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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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