Print by Emma Kissatina
So, let’s face it, when you’re putting together your outfit for a wedding, style nearly always comes before practicality. Many a time, I have worn a pair of shoes that murder my feet, and wear an outfit that starts to feel slightly snug after the wedding breakfast. When it comes to handbags, things don’t get much more sensible either, but at the same time, you don’t need the huge tote that you probably carry around day-to-day either, here is a little ‘What’s in My Bag’ round up of what I think are the wedding day essentials if you’re going as a guest.
1. The bag itself
You don’t want to go with something teeny-tiny, unless you’re staying in the same venue, and can pop upstairs if you need something. You need something that is easy to hold, preferably hands free, so that you can hold a glass of champagne and a canapé at the same time! I love an over-sized clutch, that looks stylish, but you can tuck it underneath your arm, or a cute little bag with a long strap that you can wear over your shoulder.
2. Your phone
Which is great as it doubles up as a camera too. Most phones these days are pretty slim so should slot easily into your bag. If you usually use a phone case, take it off, to make more room, and just be extra careful after you’ve had a few cocktails! If, like me, you struggle to keep your battery going throughout the day, switch it to airplane mode, you can still use the camera, and you shouldn’t really need it for much else throughout the day, and then just switch it back later on when you need to call a cab to take you home.
3. The makeup BASICS
And I mean basics. I am definitely guilty of taking too many things, and then using one or two of them throughout the day. I think the fear is that it is such a long day that you will need constant touch-ups later on. All I really think you need, is your lipstick, a little sample size of the perfume that you are using and maybe one more item – for me it would be a brow pencil as this is the thing that generally doesn’t stay on me all day, but it will be different for everyone. If you have a good skin care routine and use a decent primer most thing should stay put. I have also recently been using the Urban Decay ‘All Nighter’ makeup setting spray, and swear by it, it really sticks everything in place for hours. When it comes to it, you’ll probably be having far too much fun to worry about your makeup anyway.
4. A bank card and a couple of notes
You don’t need to take your whole purse (and let’s face it, they are usually full of receipts and other rubbish and ridiculously heavy!) Take out the card that you need, and maybe draw out some cash beforehand, especially if you think you are going to need to take a cab anywhere, or if you need money for the collection plate at a church ceremony. Most handbags have a little zip pocket somewhere that you can stash this stuff in so that it is secure.
5. Sunglasses (optional)
If you’re going to a summer wedding, you’ll all be praying for sun in the weeks leading up. Check the weather forecast and if you think it is going to be nice, pop a pair of sunnies in your bag, you don’t want to be squinting all day, especially if you’re going to be caught on camera!
And finally…6: Tissues!
Maybe you’re not as emotional as me, but I always get a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye whenever the music starts and the bride begins to walk down the aisle, but I definitely need my tissues at a wedding. Again, you only need a couple, so take them out of the packaging and stuff them into the empty space in your bag.
And on one final note, I don’t know about you, but wherever we go (wedding or otherwise) my husband always asks me to put his wallet and keys into my bag. On a normal day, I am more than happy to carry his various bits and pieces (despite all of my suggestions, he is not that keen on purchasing a ‘man bag’), but on a wedding day, we have a strict, carry your own possessions rule.What do you think? What do you carry in your wedding handbags? I’d love to know in the comments below.