Carrying a purse or clutch on your wedding day may seem like an inconvenience but, many brides will regret not carrying one for two simple reasons : Breath mints and touch-ups. You don’t need to carry a backpack or a large shoulder sling but, a small handbag is a must, allowing you to carry the most *essential items- the things that you will truly miss if they are not readily available. *Not to be confused with an emergency kit which includes band-aids, static guard, hosiery, aspirin, etc.
What to carry in your wedding purse:
Mints – Not gum. Something to freshen your breath before the receiving line and after dinner. Your guests will thank you.
Lips – Lipstick, liner or gloss to perk up your pucker after so much cheek kissing. Not all lipsticks or gloss will last all night, and after dinner you will still need to look good for pictures.
Mascara - A must for your eyes after shedding a few tears during the ceremony. Adding a few strokes of mascara will do wonders to brighten your appearance.
Visine – Another must-have for a very emotional event, or if you have allergies.
Compact – With a mirror and a little pressed powder to a) see your face if you can’t run to the bathroom for touch-ups and b) blot your face so you won’t be shiny in photos.
Tissue – Kleenex or handkerchief, you will need something to dab your eyes at some point….or ( God forbid) blow your nose.
Body Mist – Nothing too overpowering, just something to add a nice scent when you hug or dance. The only people who should smell this are the ones you are embracing.
Who should carry your purse has been a subject of debate for a long time. Whether it is your mother or maid of honor, you need to put someone in charge of making sure ‘no purse gets left behind’, especially since most brides don’t carry a purse during the ceremony, receiving line, pictures, or dancing. Place it next to your plate and forget about it… until you need it. Rest assured, no matter what your needs are, there is a purse out there that is just right for you.
-Penny Frulla for Bridal Expo Chicago