(Closed) Did you carry a purse/clutch to your wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Accessories
  • poll: Did you carry a purse to your wedding

    Yes, and it was great to have

    Yes, and it was a pain and in the end not useful

    No, and I'm glad

    No, and I wish I did.

  • Post # 3
    334 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I left my clutch with someone I trusted during the ceremony. Actually it was kinda funny, as my sister’s boyfriend ended up with about 6 clutches that he was holding onto during the ceremony (lots of bridesmaids). During the reception, I left it on my chair at my table and checked on it every so often, but I really wasn’t too worried about it. I made sure it didn’t have cash or my credit card in it, but I did want to keep some personal items on hand during the evening.

    Post # 4
    388 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I didn’t. I obviously didn’t need money and my sister carried my phone and lip gloss

    Post # 5
    4846 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I had a small clutch with blotting paper, powder, lipstick, my phone etc. I left it with our coordinator, I also could have left it in the car. It was nice to have stuff to touch up. 

    Post # 6
    10635 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I had a small day bag that I keep in the limo and then stashed behind the head table risers.  It had flats, all kinds of medication, kleenex, my thank you speech, bandaids, and my makeup bag with a mirror.

    Post # 7
    9950 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    When I got married the first time (circa 1980) I had a gorgeous bag… white, beaded and vintage.

    It wasn’t very big… but could fit a lipstick, powder, and a few kleenexes inside.  It worked, although I bet I only went to it maybe 2x in the whole day.

    Can’t recall WHERE it was during the Ceremony… but I know it was on our table near by my place-setting at the Reception.

    This time round…

    No purse for the “on the beach” Elopement Ceremony… and I’m happy.  Mr TTR had his wallet all night, so we were good to go.

    Had my purse at the Back Home Reception Party… and it was more pain than practical… in that I never once needed it.  Lol, guess I am a much more laid-back Bride now than I was 30 years ago.

    Lol, needless to say I DID NOT VOTE.. as I have a vote in both camps.

    Hope this helps,


    Post # 8
    838 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2008

    I didn’t have any of it. I wasn’t going to be taking calls (so no need for a phone, it stayed in the bag that had my clothes in it the entire day. No need to take my own pictures, I paid a photographer for that. I had no other reason for a purse. I didn’t even think about retouching my makeup after our pictures were taken after the ceremony. 

    Post # 9
    1733 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I had a small cream satin clutch which was my something borrowed (our friend-officiant used it on her wedding day!). I had my phone, lip gloss and mascara for touchups, extra bobby pins, tissues, and a sewing kit in there, maybe a few other things.

    I used the makeup, phone and sewing kit, so I would say that it was pretty useful to have. HOWEVER — thinking about it now, I actually didn’t have possession of it for most of the day. I think my Maid/Matron of Honor or mom carried it for me for most of the day, although we do have a photo of me arriving at the ceremony site in which I’m carrying it. We also have a VERY cute candid photo of me reapplying lip gloss before formal pictures, in which I’m wanding on the gloss, and my husband is holding the clutch for me and examining at the lip gloss tube itself and clearly thinking about the product design. It’s SO us.

    In short…you don’t have to feel compelled to have one if you can just distribute your must-haves to other people. For me it was useful to have all that stuff in one place, though. Unless purses really matter a lot to you, though, I wouldn’t drop a lot of money on *the perfect clutch.*


    Post # 10
    295 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’ll be carrying a vintage Walborg prong-set rhinestone evening bag:  just big enough to hold  my touchup makeup, mirror and phone plus a wrist full of extra bling!

    Post # 11
    4435 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I didn’t and am so glad I didn’t. I had to carry my son a lot of the night, so a purse would have been one more thing to carry! lol 

    Post # 12
    1218 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I picked out a clutch the other day that I thought might be suitable for my wedding and my mum went on and on about how brides don’t carry a clutch etc…so I was leaning towards ‘no’. I still might use one though, because I’m a bit of a nut when it comes to organisation and I don’t like the idea of someone else holding my ‘essentials’.

    Post # 13
    972 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Nope, best friend held on to my phone before and DH had pockets so he had it after.  Of course I’m not a purse girl at all so I didn’t miss having one… just my “pocket stuff” (chapstick, pocket knife, keys, etc which were in my best friend’s bedroom) until I put “real clothes” back on several hours later before leaving.

    Post # 14
    1497 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I might have a little clutch with blotting papers, lip balm, bandaids, etc. I’ll ask someone to put it on my chair at the reception before the ceremony starts.

    Post # 15
    3315 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I had one.  I left it in a conference room at the synagogue during the ceremony.  But I definitely needed it before and after!  It held:

    • Marriage license.
    • Cell phone, so I could respond to calls asking for last minute information, get congratulatory text messages, and update my Facebook status from engaged to married.
    • Car keys, since we were driving from where we were staying to the synagogue, then to the restaurant for the post-ceremony lunch, then back to our accommodations.
    • Cash to pay the photographer and the hair and make-up person.
    • Gift cards to pay the restaurant for the post-ceremony luncheon.
    • A comb for touch-ups.

    Post # 16
    5 posts
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Yes i had one and it was very useful. I had my Maid/Matron of Honor to hold it for me during ceremony and reception.

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