A wedding is supposed to be a perfect day, one that brides have looked forward to for years with anticipation and idealistic dreams. Unfortunately, even those that have been planned to perfection can go awry. While you may not be able to avoid every potential problem, these six essential things will help you avoid any potential wedding catastrophes.
Don’t Rely on the Unreliable
Children and animals are notoriously skittish, so don’t count on them to make your wedding a success. Having a young ring-bearer actually bear the rings may end badly; driving away in a horse-drawn carriage may sound romantic but could go quite wrong if someone inadvertently spooks the horse while celebrating. Give someone else the rings and keep the horse away from loud noises.
Your cake is a major investment and you want to show it off. But if the cake begins to melt in the warm room, simply ask the caterer to move it to a cool place until it’s time to serve it. Everyone will see it then, and all they really care about is how it tastes.
Be Prepared for the Weather
While a sunset ceremony on the beach or a wedding in a garden gazebo may seem romantic, many things can go wrong in these settings because of the weather. Excessive winds may pelt sand on you and your guests or blow over your beautifully decorated gazebo. Rain, hail, thunder and lightning or even snow are other potential weather occurrences which can turn your special occasion into a mad dash for cover. Have a place to go just in case.
Make Sure Your Guests Aren’t Too Happy
This should be a joyous occasion, but some guests may not know when they’ve had enough to drink. To avoid any brawls, outbursts or other disruptive behavior, appoint someone to monitor your guests. It’s a dirty job, as they say, but someone has to do it.
Keep your Feet Planted
A mad dash for the bouquet or an overzealous groomsmen trying to lift a bride in her chair are accidents waiting to happen. Enjoy the fun and traditions of a wedding, but keep your own and your guests’ feet firmly planted on the ground.
Have a Back-up Plan
Understand that contracts can be broken. An emergency can occur and the caterer or the band might not show. Be flexible. The food is more difficult, but call a local fast food place (or two, if one can’t fill your order) and choose to have some fun with the contrast between your lovely decorations and the less-than-fine-dining food. For music, you can have someone bring a computer and ask the wedding party to bring their iPods or other music devices.
You want your day to be memorable for all the right reasons, so give careful consideration to the things that could go wrong. Don’t obsess over them, but make your best plans–and then be prepared to be flexible.Share This!