* “Emergency” is in quotes because I recognize that neither a blister nor a tear-smudged face constitutes a real emergency. But sometimes, even to the most down-to-earth, practical, no-nonsense man or woman, the smallest upset on a day already wrought with emotion can be magnified.

It’s the day of the wedding. You meet the bride at the hair salon, and she confides that [insert embarrassing physical ailment here]. Super-bridesmaid to the rescue! Thanks to your handy dandy day-of kit, you are prepared to tackle the most icky of issues. Here are a few items to consider including from the pharmacy section.

  • Antacids
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes
  • Anti-diarrheals–gross, I know, but better to have them than to not
  • Bandaids–because blisters are a bitch
  • Cough drops
  • Eye drops
  • Floss
  • Headache medications–ask if there is a particular type that the bride prefers
  • Prescription medications–if there is something in particular the bride might need to take during the day (e.g., epi-pen)
  • Tampons and pads
  • Tissues–and perhaps consider a fancy handkerchief to keep wrapped around a bouquet (or in a pocket) during the ceremony to clear up any tears

I also like to include a very rudimentary first aid kit, including antibacterial ointment and bandages, for any more pesky injuries.

Note: This list is neither all-inclusive nor all-required. Talk to the bride (and/or the groom) about what pharmaceutical aids would be helpful to have on hand.

Did I leave anything out?