For those of you readers who don’t engage in the pastime of reading US Magazine, the publication regularly features a section titled “What’s in my bag?” in which celebrities (or celeb-wanna-be’s) dump the contents of their purse or bag and detail what it contains. Last night, after reading through one such article, I realized that HJ has such a bag.
Yes, readers, we have a communal purse.
Kidding! Instead, we have what we call the “Oh NO! Bag,” which contains a fix for every mishap or problem that could arise during one of our events. Each of us carries such a bag, and we regularly swap ideas of what to put in or remove from them based on experience.
Here are the contents of that bag:
What it contains:
- Paper and pens: perfect for jotting down notes, instructions or anything else. Having multiple pens in case one dries up is a must.
- Hairspray: useful for tucking back that stray piece of hair or removing pen marks.
- Brush: the lack of teeth that can snag dresses or hurt heads (flower girls) makes a brush handier than a comb.
- Ponytails: need to tie something together or pull back unruly hair? These are a must.
- Curel: you never know when dry hands are going to bother you. (Note, we recommend this brand because it’s gentle on almost all skin types. We also recommend avoiding scented lotions.)
- Lint roller: you might be surprised by how much lint some bridal gown and bridesmaid dress fabrics attract.
- Safety pins: ripped…well…anything? These will safely fix the problem. (get the joke?!)
- Lighter: we cannot tell you how many times we’ve lighted candles because a florist forgot matches or a lighter. In fact, we usually have two of these in our bag.
- Stain remover pen: pens are more specific and controllable than wipes, but wipes have carry less chance of leaking. To avoid leaking, put the pen in a plastic baggie.
- Advil: This medicine solves more aches and pains than Tylenol and is less likely to upset stomachs.
- Makeup brushes: small and compact makeup brushes can help repair makeup mishaps at the last minute.
- Headsets: we use these at pretty much every wedding communicate across distances (we also rely on text messages, which can travel through a clogged network easier than a phone call).
- First Aid kit: it’s just smart to always be ready for an emergency. Ours is filled with Band-Aids and antibacterial wipes.
- Sewing kit: needles, thread and even hooks have allow us to repair damage to more than one bridal gown.
- Removable sticky dots: perfect for affixing anything to anything (bows to pews!)
- Nail file
- Clear nail polish
- Contact lens saline solution
And, just because I made a delicious cake despite the fact that I’m more of a cook than baker and because I think this type of cake would be fabulous for a black and white wedding, here’s the Zebra Cake I made last night after reading US Magazine: