During wedding season it’s important to know what to pack in your clutch that will cover all your needs for the duration of the evening. The clutch itself can either be a simple clutch or have a long strap attached to it, but it should be on the smaller side and more formal than your everyday purse. Invest in a clutch that will go with a good majority of the dresses you may wear to a wedding. I found a quality one at an antique store for $8 in navy blue and it has served me well for years. There are a few essentials to pack for the night:
1. Breath freshener is a necessity since you’ll be talking to people and you may not know what’s for dinner. The wedding reception should have mints available in the restrooms, but you can’t count on that. I opt for Listerine strips because they are very tiny for packing purposes but also very strong.
2. A compact mirror is great for checking make-up without having to get up and go to the bathroom. It also is useful for seeing the back of your hair if you are using the bathroom mirror. My friend gave me this one from Paris and it has come in handy on many occasions.
3. You don’t need to bring your whole make-up bag but lipstick or concealer isn’t a bad idea. I always bring my lipstick to reapply it after awhile.
4. A tiny comb won’t take up a lot of space in your clutch but will be useful if you need to smooth any flyaways.
5. Oil blotting tissues are a lifesaver for long days, especially when part of the wedding is outdoors. Unless you have extremely dry skin, you will be grateful you packed this. I’ve used quite a few types and The Body Shop’s is the best I’ve come across.
6. A Q-Tip is small but handy, and can be used to fix eye make-up or any other small make-up fixes.
7. Bobbi pins should always be in your clutch, especially if you have your hair in an updo. You could use a few extra bobbi pins throughout the evening if strands come loose.
8. A hair tie should be in every clutch even if you don’t use it. When it comes to the dance floor, you’ll be happy to have the hair off of your face.
9. (Not pictured) License and credit card should go with you everywhere, but you don’t need to bring your whole wallet. I find these are the only two cards I really need when I downsize to a clutch.
10. (Not pictured) Bring cash in smaller bills in case you need to tip a valet or coat check. You’ll be glad you thought ahead.