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Avoiding Wedding Disasters ~ Tips and Ideas

Nobody likes to talk about possible disasters on your wedding day.  And out of the thousands of weddings we have been part of the majority of them go off without much of an incident at all.  However (knock on wood) that doesn’t mean something could go wrong.  We found some great tips and ideas on how to help you avoid the dreaded wedding day disasters.

It’s raining on your wedding day.

Even in your most demanding bridezilla moment, you can’t fight the weather — but you can plan ahead. If you have your heart set on an outdoor venue, rent a tent or ask about additional space indoors. It may cost you extra, you won’t be stressed when you’re finally ready to say “I do.”

You wake up with a pimple.

Do not pick your face! If you have acne-prone skin, speak to your dermatologist about his or her availability on your wedding day (some dermatologists have weekend hours). Most likely, a shot of saline or cortisone will clear up your breakout. If your doctor is unavailable, try a cold compress to bring down the swelling and keep a bottle of Visine handy. This super-secret modeling trick will reduce the redness and minimize minor acne breakouts.

You cry during the ceremony and ruin your makeup.

Nobody said the price of beauty is cheap, so if you have the funds, consider having your makeup artist on standby until the reception for a quick touch-up. If that’s not in your budget, you can always request waterproof and smudge-resistant cosmetics or shoot most of your pictures before the ceremony to ensure that you look your best.

Children at your wedding.

Children are awesome, they make weddings a ton of fun.  However, if you don’t have something to keep kids entertained, they can run a muck and make things very difficult.  If you are planning on having children in your wedding party or attending the reception make sure you have something for them to do. A little gift bag with crayons and coloring book, bubbles,games etc. will go a long way to keeping the youngest members of your party happy. If you have very young children attending your wedding make sure there is a quiet out of the way place for them to take a nap.  If you have a lot of childern coming consider hiring a baby sitter or two.  Maybe a magician and or puppeteer.  Check out our blog on Children At Your Wedding for more ideas.

The entertainment cancels or doesn’t show up.

Don’t assume because you’ve signed on the dotted line that you’re in the clear. Accidents do happen — one groom recently told us that the band got in a car accident on their way to the reception so his groomsmen raided a nearby Best Buy in search of CD players and music to entertain guests. Even if your contract is ironclad, make sure you have a backup plan in place. Ask your bridal party to bring their iPods, a laptop, and speakers just in case a disaster does occur. Better to be prepared than stuck in a jam.

Your Vendor Doesn’t Deliver

The fact is, you can’t totally prevent these kinds of mishaps from happening, but you can limit the chance that something will go wrong. First, it’s important to pick a reliable venue and vendors. “Don’t go through the phone book. Instead, get recommendations from friends, family members and coworkers,” advises David Borgenicht, coauthor of The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Weddings (Chronicle Books). Consider asking local businesspeople, whose own businesses depend on using reputable service people, what pros they use.

It’s also crucial to get signed contracts from all of your vendors and to keep receipts for down payments and other expenses. You’ll need these things so that you can prove a contract was broken in the event that you have to go to court to get your deposit back. And make sure certain important details are written into your contract, says Thomas Danziger, a New York City attorney who works with restaurant and special-event clients.

For instance, specify exactly who will be providing the service promised. After all, you want the owner of the business with whom you initially spoke, and who came highly recommended by a recently married friend, to personally do the work, not one of his less-experienced underlings. Also, you should include a clause that allows you to terminate without cause (possibly for a small fee) if, as the wedding approaches, you lose confidence in the vendor.

Finally, consider purchasing wedding insurance, which will reimburse your expenses in case a vendor should default. This insurance is fairly inexpensive. For example, at WedSafe (wedsafe.com), a wedding insurance company, a policy for a $35,000 wedding costs approximately $305.

Your cake starts to melt.

It doesn’t matter what kind of cake you have — heat and sweet are never a good combo! Too many times, couples feel that since they paid a lot for their wedding cake, they’re entitled to show it off. Unfortunately, hot weather or a warm room can turn a big unveiling into a sticky-sweet mess. Speak to your caterer and request that your cake be left in the fridge or a cool spot until after dinner.

You get a stain on your dress.

Uncle Bob spills some of his red wine on your dress and suddenly your entire wedding day is ruined. Okay, maybe not ruined, but it definitely can put a damper on things. Plan ahead — ask your dry cleaner for advice and tips on spot-treating your gown. Most likely your dress material will dictate how to remedy it.

The Honeymoon

The Weather is Bad On Your Honeymoon.

Most airlines, resorts, and travel agencies will not refund your honeymoon if you have bad weather or natural disasters on your trip. While earthquakes, mudslides, forest fires, and freak showers are impossible to plan for, hurricanes, tornados, tsunamis, and blizzards are all seasonal phenomena that can be avoided if you plan carefully. It’s always helpful to book somewhere that isn’t exclusively focused on a single outdoor activity so you have more than one option if the weather suddenly takes a turn for the worse.

One of you gets sick on Your Honeymoon

You can’t really plan ahead for a sudden illness, but you can do your research and make sure you’re not left unprepared in the instance that you or your groom find yourself feeling ill. Double-check with your travel agent to make sure your resort has a doctor on call for guests. Your insurance card will be useless outside the US, so think of padding your honeymoon budget to cover basic costs like a doctor’s visit or antibiotics.

If you’re traveling abroad, be sure your passport is up to date – and that you remember it! Grey’s Anatomy’s Katherine Heigel recently missed out on the first of her Cabo San Lucas honeymoon because she left her passport at home.  Also make sure you get all the proper shots and medications to prevent illness. By doing all that, you’re well on your way to avoiding a honeymoon disaster!

Hire a Travel Agent.

When you go it the DIY route you don’t have anyone to rely on if there are problems.  Make sure you hire a professional to help you with your honeymoon, it is so well worth it.  Kind of like a wedding planner a travel agent will help you cover all the details, give you the best advice and will be there for you if there is a problem.  Check out our blog about Why Hire A Travel Agent.

A Travel Agent Can Make Your Ocean View The Difference Between This (Above)

And This (Below)

We know what you would prefer

Sources – Wedding Channel.com, The Knot.com, The Bridal Guide.com, Squidoo.com, Wedding Solutions.com

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2 Responses to “Avoiding Wedding Disasters ~ Tips and Ideas”

  1. A well stocked emergency kit and some carefully hired professionals goes long way to making a very happy day!

  2. Couldn’t agree more. We posted a blog about emergency kits just a few days ago and have always encouraged brides to go with the pros over their aunts, uncles, friends etc. It makes for a much more stress free day.