How To Handle These Common Wedding Day Emergencies

handling wedding day emergencies

In a perfect world, your wedding day would be a true fairytale. Everything would run smoothly from start to finish, exactly as planned. Unfortunately, sometimes things don’t go our way and you might encounter a few wedding day emergencies. In these situations, it’s important to try to remain calm and stay focused on what’s important: that it’s the happiest day of your life and from this day forward you’ll be married to your best friend. However, we know that sometimes it’s hard to stay calm when things go wrong, so here is our advice on how to handle a few of the most common wedding day emergencies.

There is family drama

Whether it’s divorced parents, estranged uncles or sibling rivalry, family drama is almost always unavoidable at large group gatherings. When family members get in arguments, it often takes the focus away from you and your partner and brings negativity into the whole environment. When family drama arises at your wedding, the best thing to do is separate the parties involved. Even if it’s a small wedding, you can still seat people far away from each other and delegate other guests to keep them busy in conversation and apart from one another.

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You woke up with a huge zit

Stress, anxiety and lack of sleep are three common symptoms of a bride-to-be before her wedding, and all three also contribute to acne and skin problems. If you wake up with a zit on your wedding day, don’t panic! There are tons of products out there that will help you heal and conceal your pimple. First, ice the pimple to reduce redness and swelling. Then, apply a spot treatment cream that won’t dry your skin out. Most importantly, do not pick at your zit! The blemish won’t go away instantly, but picking at it and touching it constantly will make it worse. Then, your makeup artist will be able to conceal your blemish so you look flawless on your big day.

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It’s raining on your outdoor wedding

Did you plan the perfect outdoor wedding? Although outdoor weddings are beautiful and romantic, one of the biggest downsides is that they are entirely dependent on the weather. If the weather forecast says rain on your wedding day, you still have enough time to come up with a plan B with your wedding venue. But, if there’s a freak rainstorm on your special day, it’s understandable if you have a mini panic attack. First, ask your venue if they have a tent you can use or if there are any indoor spaces available. If not, it’s time to start exploring other options. Perhaps you know someone with a large canopy tent you can borrow, or maybe you can rent out the local community center. Regardless of what type of plan B you devise, keep your mind focused on the main goal of marrying the love of your life and everything will work out as it should.

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Your ring bearer or flower girl is not cooperating

Having child attendants in your wedding is an adorable tradition. However, even the most well-behaved children can be tough to handle at an event as big and dynamic as a wedding. Sometimes the solution is as simple as putting the child down for a nap, or giving them a snack. If they are still scared or fussy, ask a parent or older child to escort them down the aisle. Finally, if you can’t seem to find a solution, simply skip the entire flower girl or ring bearer proceeding entirely. Although you’ll be missing out on some cute photo ops, it’s better than having the ceremony ruined.

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Someone is giving an inappropriate speech

Many weddings provide alcohol, and sometimes some guests overindulge and become very intoxicated. Usually it’s not a big deal and the wedding and reception can continue on, but what happens if one of these overly inebriated guests is scheduled to give a toast, or starts giving an impromptu speech? In many cases, the speech can be harmless and turn into one of those memories you laugh about later, but sometimes the content of the speech can be wildly inappropriate and downright embarrassing. IN tehse situations, the solution is to get the microphone away from them. Ask your DJ or MC to start cuing music gradually to create a transition, and have the best man or a friend regain control of the mic.

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Your dress is stained

Whether it’s wine, makeup or a mystery stain, a stain is glaringly obvious on your white gown. In a perfect world, you would know the origin of the stain and know the proper care instructions for your gown’s fabric, but that doesn’t always happen. In these cases, having a wedding day emergency kit with a bleach stain remover pen will be your savior. If a stain removal pen doesn’t work, white chalk might work as well. Finally, if you can’t seem to get the stain out in the short term, see if you can cover it up with an accessory, such as a necklace, sash or ribbon.

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It is our hope that your wedding day unfolds like the perfect fairytale you deserve. However, if you happen to encounter one of these common wedding day issues, remain calm so that you can find a way to resolve the issue. More often than not, what seems like a huge problem in the moment is reflected upon in the future as a minor incident that adds to the incredible story of your wedding day. No matter what happens, try to remain focused on the whole purpose of your wedding day: you are getting married to the love of your life!


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