Weddings: Maximum Bang for Minimum Buck! Part 3

Whatever can go wrong will go wrong, and at the worst possible time, in the worst possible way.


Murphy’s Law


Seams rip. Hose run. Drinks spill.

It is not a matter of “if.” It is a matter of “when” and “how often.” If you’re prepared to save the day when these happen, you become a Hero. And Heros get referrals. You get a stain out of a wedding dress, and everyone wants your card. You shift from “the photographer” to a real person, a confidant and a reliable friend, because you thought ahead, and are now going above and beyond the call of duty. That’s the kind of relationship that fosters great word-of-mouth advertising.

Here is what I pack and what everything is for.

Tide Pen – This thing works miracles on stains. Keep one on your person at all times before the ceremony.

Lint Roller – Get rid of dandruff, dog fur and any other stray materials just before the ceremony. Works wonders on tux jackets.

Swiss Army Knife – If you don’t know what to do with a Swiss Army Knife, then I want nothing to do with you.

Cooler – I keep this thing stocked with juice boxes and water bottles (tuxes and dresses get hot at an outdoor wedding in June. Go figure.), animal crackers, graham crackers and grapes, and a few soft, re-freeze-able ice packs.

Sewing needle – Learn to sew a few common stitches. Ask your mom to teach you.

Thread (white, black, and whatever the wedding colors are) –

Clear Nail Polish – Did you know it can repair a run in panty hose?

Shoe polish – Don’t forget a cloth.

Safety pins – Bring plenty of these. Always useful for dress pinning, boutonnieres, and anything else you can possibly imagine. Just like…

Gaff tape – This is what duct tape wishes to be. It’s expensive, but it is the best stuff on the planet.

Manicure set – Nails are delicate and get chipped and broken easily, especially when you’re nervous. So, keep one of these around just in case the bride has a nail issue.

Lip Balm – Dry lips? Get the kind with SPF protection, too. That’s a great thing to offer up at an outdoor wedding. Brides remember stuff like that.

Hair Spray – Humidity is the enemy of good hair. You can be Johnny-on-the-Spot with this just before the ceremony, especially if the bride has an up-do.

Hand Sanitizer – For cleaning hands, and keeping people healthy if a brides maid has a cold.

Oil Absorbing Sheets – These are great. They get oil off your face, so you don’t look shiny. Very useful for outdoor weddings, and popular with brides and bridesmaids. Break these out just before the ceremony.  My wife recommends Clean & Clear’s variety.

Sanitary Wipes – Like the Hand Sanitizer, but for everywhere else. Keep a small pack of these on your person at all times before the ceremony. Drinks spill. Sandwiches drip mayo or pickle juice. It all happens. Keep these around and stop small problems from becoming big problems.

That’s about all that I bring, and you can see that it covers a great number of circumstances. None of these things are your problem, but that’s not the point. This is one of those “nice touch” things that creates a groundswell of business. People that are getting married usually know other people that are getting married. Carrying this kit is good business, as far as I am concerned.

I will probably edit this post as I think of more stuff. Maybe you should bookmark it.


  1. Great tips! Where does one find the “oil clothes”? Are those generally available in the H&B section of the supermarket, or are those a special photographer-type item?

    I meant to fix that after I asked my wife what they were. They are oil blotting/absorbing sheets, and they can be had at your local drug store. Wife says that ‘Clean and Clear’ makes a good one. I will fix the post to fix this. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Great tips, thanks for the blog comments on as well!

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