A few months ago I was bored with my content and wanted to mix it up. So I thought I’d try my hand at TikTok. I had made a few Toks about random things I did during quarantine (drink recipes, throwbacks from my bachelorette party, my patio decor, etc.).
I filmed myself going through my wedding bin and it went viral y’all! I was honestly shook. I went to bed with 134 views and woke up with 3M views and counting. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out!
I never expected my little bin of supplies to go viral, but I found a lot of the things I take to weddings with me, most people don’t even think about! Unfortunately, some of the stuff I keep in there I had to learn to keep with me the hard way… But nonetheless it’s all stuff that I am constantly reaching for or fetching for a bridesmaid.
Bottom line, I’m not the only one who finds my bin useful. Almost every wedding I have a bride, bridesmaid, mother-of-the-groom, thanking me for being so prepared because chances are they needed something and I had it!
So whether you’re another fellow wedding photographer or the maid-of-honor in your best friend’s upcoming wedding, here’s everything I take to a wedding!
I keep everything in this plastic bin I got from Target. It’s big enough that it holds everything, but also small enough to carry with one hand.
White Wooden Hangers
I can’t tell you how many times I see the most beautiful gowns hung up on ugly, department store hangers. I keep at least 5 of these in my bin for gown photos and in case we do any photos of the bridesmaids dresses hung up. You might not think of it, but the hanger makes a huge difference.
White Window Curtain Panel
I know you’re probably thinking, “Why does she bring curtains to weddings?” I always shoot the bride’s accessories. I try my best to find a pretty background, but sometimes we’re limited! I fold the curtain in half and lay it on the floor to make a pretty and neutral background. You can use any fabric, but I had one of these laying around and it never fails me! Here’s an example below.
It’s a wedding for crying out loud! Someone is always crying, and you’d be surprised how many people don’t have a tissue on them. I do! I always stick with the travel packs because I can just hand one off to Mom and she can keep them!
We be in Corona times, y’all! Don’t think I need to explain this…
I use this more than I end up hanging it off to someone at a wedding. You’d be surprised how many guys lay their clothes on their bed at home and bring it to the venue with dog or cat hair. I got you, guys.
I’ve had equipment break on me and this has saved my butt so many times! I’ve even shared it with DJs a few times for their set ups. Sounds weird, but it comes in handy.
Almost every wedding I am cutting off hanger ribbons, tags from dresses, thread off of gowns, you name it. Always keep scissors close by if you’re there while your couple is getting ready.
I’ve only had to use this one or twice, but it’s always worth keeping on you if needed!
I always keep a handful on me because someone at everyone event always asks me for one! Always keep them on you! I have this super sleek and cute business card holder to keep mine in! I got it in pink.
Weird, but someone always needs a pen at a wedding. Whether the officiant needs it for the certificate, or Grandma forgot to sign her card, there’s always someone asking around for a pen. I bought a pack of cheap ones so that whoever I share with can just keep it.
My Emergency Kit
Everything that you think I might have forgotten I keep in here. My emergency kit is in a pouch that I can take with me and run, if need be!
Check out everything I keep in my Emergency Kit here.
Phew. That was fun! I would be a mess without my wedding bin. I get so many compliments for how organized and prepared I am after my weddings, and it’s all thanks to this little bin! Do you have a wedding bin? What’s in yours? What’s something I should add? Let me know!
Happy shooting! ♡