Wedding disasters do happen. Sometimes the dress gets stained (don’t worry, you can edit it out of photographs and after the celebration bring it to Lily’s Bridal for aftercare), sometimes the cake melts (keep it in the cooler until it’s time to eat, otherwise know it’ll still taste delicious either way), or another fiasco of some kind. Here are a few of the more common ones:

Top 2 Wedding Disasters

1.) It’s raining. Always, always, always have a backup plan! For many people, rain is actually a good thing (it’s considered good luck!), but no one wants nasty weather to ruin their big day. So, the second you choose an outdoor venue for your wedding, you must consider option #2. Does your venue offer an indoor service in case of inclement weather? You can look at the impending forecast as the day approaches, but you never know. A $200 deposit on an indoor site might be worth the peace of mind of knowing you won’t be stuck saying your vows in the middle of a hurricane on your wedding day.

2.) Your hair and makeup is ruined. Let’s face it, weddings are a landmine of hair and makeup issues. The weather, the nerves, and the emotions of the big day can be a lot for your look to stand up to. To prevent this, it’s important to use smudge-proof and water-proof formulas for your makeup, ask for a quick tutorial on how to recreate the basic look should anything go wrong, and take your pictures as early as possible.

Final 3 Wedding Disasters

3.) One of you is sick. People get sick; it’s a fact of life. I’m one of those lucky people suffering from what I call “stress colds.” Whenever a seriously stressful occasion comes up, I somehow arrive at the day with a stuffy nose, a sore throat, and a headache. For your wedding day, unless it is something very, very serious, suck it up. The show must go on. Take comfort in knowing your pictures will still turn out gorgeous (if you’ve hired a professional photographer…which you always should) since everything will be edited later.

4.) Someone gets drunk and makes a scene. It is possible, especially if you plan to serve alcohol at your wedding. However, as the bride, this is where you get to delegate responsibility to your groom and him to his groomsmen. If someone is drunk and causing a scene? Get them home safely. This is your day, and if someone else decides they’re going to ruin it, they can sleep it off in the hotel room.

5.) No entertainment. Every once in a while (and by ‘every once in a while,’ I mean very, very rarely), the entertainment either doesn’t show up or the sound equipment doesn’t work(this happened to my wedding). I know you checked it all night before, and everything worked fine…yada, yada, yada. The prevention of this disaster is much like the prevention of disaster #1: you need a backup plan. Even if you’re ready to rock out to a band all night, bring your iPod, just in case. It never hurts to know a good soundman or electrician if you need to doctor up a down sound system in a jiffy.

Bridesmaids Truths