No matter how well you plan for your wedding day, there are always one or two unexpected surprises which can threaten to throw off your best laid plans. Unfortunately, we are always at the mercy of temperamental elements such as the weather and other people, and there is very little you can do about that.
However, when these curve-balls get sent your way, there are ways you can deal with them and continue to have the day of your dreams. Here are five of the most common unforeseeable wedding day disasters, and what to do about them if they do arise.
Even if your wedding date is in the middle of Summer, unseasonably bad weather could threaten to wash out your big day. Weather can change incredibly quickly, meaning that even if you have picked a certain time of the year and have been watching the forecast in the days leading up to your wedding, you may suddenly be dealing the torrential rain, high temperatures, or even snowfall which you weren’t expecting. The weather will be particularly impactful for weddings with outdoor ceremonies, but can also affect even mostly indoor weddings; limiting your locations for photos, for example.
You can avoid disaster in this case by preparing for the unexpected. Talk to your venues, photographer, and other relevant vendors about having a “plan B” in case of inclement weather. Make sure you have something in place in case of rain, and depending on where you are holding your ceremony, extreme heat or snow. For an outdoor wedding, this may mean hiring a backup marquee just in case. For chilly temperatures, this may mean having an elegant shrug which looks nice over your dress and keeps you warm.
With all the stress leading up to your wedding, it wouldn’t be surprising if you end up breaking out with skin issues on the big day. Not surprising, but potentially disastrous: do you want to be looking back on photos of your special day for the rest of your life and seeing acne?
Firstly, try to minimise the risk of skin breakouts or irritations by avoiding new products or treatments in the lead up to your wedding. This includes going for a pre-wedding massage and facials where they put any kind of beauty treatment on your skin! If your skin is prone to breakouts, make an appointment with a dermatologist at least four months before your wedding to come up with a treatment plan. If you do have a last-minute skin disaster, be sure to have good liquid foundation and concealer on hand, and be prepared to layer this on, and blend well. In extreme cases, if you have a giant pimple you can ask a dermatologist for a cortisone injection which will minimise the inflammation.
A Vendor Pulls Out
When it comes to your wedding, you are relying on a virtual army of people: caterers, dressmakers, hairdressers, makeup artists, photographers, musicians or DJs, to name but a few. Unfortunately, even if these vendors have signed a contract, this is not always enough to prevent them from pulling out at the last minute. If you have a friend or family member doing any of these as a favour, this carries an even higher risk of a last-minute dropout.
If this does happen, rally your other vendors to see if they know someone who can help: your makeup artist may know someone how can do your hair, for example, if your hairdresser lets you down. Try to avoid this from happening at all by hiring professionals, with a signed contract, and also get multiple references before confirming any vendors.
Bridal Party MIA
Imagine you are ready to go with your ceremony: venue is ready, flowers are in place and the musicians are already playing. The groom is already at the altar and the bride ready to walk down the aisle. However, what if you are missing a member of the bridal party, whether a groomsman, bridesmaid or even the father of the bride.
With so much to organise in the lead up to your big day, you probably didn’t think you had to keep tabs on your bridal party to make sure they showed up on time! However, this can sometimes be the case, and the best way to deal with this is to head it off at the pass by putting safety nets in place. If one member of your bridal party is notorious for always being late, or if they will have particular logistical difficulties getting to the venue, make sure they have extra support to arrive at the venue in good time.
About The Author
Sophie Garrod is the head of content at Dalston Mill Fabrics. The Company has earned its reputation as the place to come for high-quality fabrics at budget-friendly prices.