May 15, 2019
If you’ve ever been in charge of carrying out or organizing anything in your life, you know that it’s not a matter of IF something will go wrong; it’s a matter of WHAT will go wrong. Having said that, you should always be prepared with a backup plan. Here are 4 common wedding day mishaps and solutions about how to handle them.
First of all we sympathize with you. At the end of the day, remember that you are (most likely) wearing a white gown. It’s just screaming for a stain. Depending on the stain and the material of your gown, we have used everything from white chalk to hide the stain, a Tide stick, club soda or baby wipes to get a stain out.
Avoid red wine and try to do most of your eating before getting dressed and after the formal portraits are completed. But the best thing you can do to prepare for this mishap is ask your dress designer which stain removers are best for your fabric. Then stock your emergency kit with those items.
The first thing you can do is make sure you to have a wedding ceremony rehearsal and ensure the little ones are there for it. Expose them to the venue and educate them about their responsibilities. Give them a chance to learn and practice and become familiar with their surroundings and the people there.
Having said that, even if they’ve practiced with mom and dad, on the day of the wedding with all those people watching they could still catch stage fright. In this case, you can try bribing them with a parent seated at the front encouraging them along. You may even need to use a treat such as candy or a gift if appropriate. If that doesn’t work, you can have the parent or someone in the wedding party walk with or carry the child down the aisle. And as a last resort, let them sit it out. It’s better that they sit it out rather than causing a big scene during the processional. Whatever the case, make sure you have a backup plan and discuss it with their parents and whoever is in charge of coordinating the walk down the aisle.
This is a tough one and can be a little disappointing if it happens. Hopefully, you realize that someone forgot the rings before you are standing at the altar! If this happens, you can always borrow rings from a family member for the just for ceremony and pictures. To avoid this issue all together, make grabbing the rings the responsibility of someone you trust. Preferably someone who doesn’t already have a ton of other responsibilities that day—as this is a very important task! If need be, have someone stay behind after the bridal party leaves to go to the ceremony in case anything important gets forgotten!
Pre-planning is your best defense against this wedding day mishap. Don’t assume that those who did not respond are not planning to attend. Have someone call all non-responders in order to get an accurate headcount. But sadly, even when dotting all of your Is and crossing all of your Ts unexpected guests can still be an issue. Make sure you have a few tables that are not completely full in case you need to squeeze in one or two more guests. Also, be sure you have hired an awesome full-service caterer. Experienced, full-service caterers always prepare a small buffer of extra food and place settings. Just be aware that while they can usually accommodate 1 or 2 more guests, they can’t handle a handful of people who were not accounted for in the final counts. If you are DIY’ing your own place settings or renting your own chairs, tables or linens; make sure to always have a few extra of everything—just in case.
While there is no way to plan for EVERY possible scenario, it doesn’t hurt to hire someone who is quick on their feet, experienced with how to handle a variety of common wedding day issues, and has a backup plan for that! We just discussed 4 unexpected scenarios, but there are literally hundreds of mishaps that could occur at a wedding. An experienced Wedding Planner is the best resource you can have to ensure any mishaps are handled properly or avoided altogether!