We would all love for the only hitch in our wedding to be at the alter between the bride and groom, unfortunately, that isn't always possible. (See what I did there with hitch??? Anyway...) Many disasters can be avoided with a little planning ahead. So before you morph into Bridezilla, stopping around ripping the heads off innocent flowers, take a moment and arm yourself with a few of our favorite tips.
Make-up on your Gown:
A little touch up here and a little touch up there and suddenly, make-up on your dress. Resist your instinct to rub it off. I mean it! Press some club soda on the spot and then sprinkle with salt and let dry. If you have a white dress, you could cover up any remnants with some chalk or talc. You'll be picture perfect again in no time.
No matter what part of the country you live in, there will always be a chance of unfavorable weather. Don't sweat it. Literally. If the heat of the day is making your make-up melt and your hair become droopy and sad, just ask your stylist to stay on hand for touch-ups. (This is actually a great tip for any kind of weather.) For rain or excessive heat, plan ahead and reserve a tent complete with mats for muddy feet. Keep your guests cool and dry and they'll be able to dance the night away. If outdoor pictures were part of your plan, grab an umbrella and some cute rain boots plus a sheet or pillowcase to place under your dress. It'll keep your dress from looking like you mopped the floor with it.
Drinking and driving is never a mark a new couple wants to make on their wedding day. Arrange for buses or shuttles to transport guests from the reception location to their hotel. Still can't get a stubborn guest to hand over the keys? Assign some reliable non-drinking friends or family members to act as personal drivers. Your overly intoxicated guest and their vehicle will make it back home safe and sound.
Many, many details can be lost in translation and the last place you want to deal with it is the morning of your big day. Remember to get everything in writing and keep records of your communication. We suggest a Bridal Binder to hold all your contracts and communication. Designate a responsible party to bring it with them to venue. Complete all your contracts ahead of time and confirm all arrivals at least one week prior. Did all that and still have a no show? Get creative. A missing DJ can be replaced by a iPod in a pinch.
Bridal Party Troubles:
We all have that friend that we completely adore, but isn't really the most responsible person you know. Between showing up late and missing key ceremony items, you're never sure what you're going to get. Call in some reinforcement on this one. Ask another party person to give them a ride and call them in the morning to be sure they haven't overslept. If catastrophe strikes and they fall ill or have another emergency, just rearrange your processional and nothing will look out of place.
When it comes to wedding crashers, it is rare that the attendee is an unrelated party. Most often your invited guests bring a plus one or two without an RSVP. Don't let a few strays ruin your day. Ask for help. Lean on the venue coordinator and/or cater to pull up some extra seats and put together a plate for your new friends.
Maybe it's nerves, maybe it's liquid courage or maybe it's just a personality trait. Regardless, toast makers can sometimes make you cringe, cry or be looking for the nearest exit. Some toasters may ramble on or worse, make an inappropriate joke that grandma finds slightly displeasing (to say the least). Whatever the case may be, get prepared ahead of time. Talk with the toast makers about inappropriate topics or create a signal to get them to wrap it up. Redirection is key during those awkward moments.
So many unexpected events can occur on your big day that's why we always recommend hiring a planner to deal with any last minute emergencies(totally unbiased opinion, of course). However, the key is to keep calm, breathe deep, and roll with it. Remember you'll always have a good story to tell in the years to come.
Stay tuned for our list of must have items for your Bridal Emergency Kit.