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wedding disasters

The key to a perfect wedding day lies in the planning – it turns out that wedding planning is all about proper delegation! Proper planning and attention to a few commonly overlooked details can help prevent the following wedding disasters:

Simple Details Go Wrong at the Reception

The trash at the reception is overflowing? The air conditioning isn’t working? The bathrooms are gross?  All these reception disasters can be hard to foresee, but could also end up being the one thing your guest remember from your special day if they make the experience unpleasant.  Assign a someone specific to be the venue mediator. Whether it is your maid of honor, groomsmen, or college roommate, it is important to have someone specific to field any issues. Make sure the mediator knows who the maitre’d is, where the kitchen is and what the schedule of the day is.

You can also make plans beforehand to preemptively address these kinds of issues.  For example, you could work with a group like Southern Scavenger Service to arrange for roll off waste containers in Indianapolis to address waste issues.  You can also ensure that your venue mediator walks through the area the day before your wedding to address any issues with broken equipment, poor cleanliness, etc. before the last second.

Your Big Day is Running Late

Lost track of time at the hair salon? Don’t forget the ever important itinerary during the planning stages! Running behind schedule is one of the major things that can dampen a wedding for guests and will certainly add extra stress for you. It may seem bridezilla-like, but having the day planned out hour-by-hour helps ensure that everything is on schedule. Know your itinerary. Give copies out to the VIPs, the bridal party and vendors. Have someone with a watch keep track of and enforce what time everything should be done.

Your Hair and Make-up Turn Out Awful and You Can’t Speak Up

Be sure to plan a trial run well before the big day. Be very specific! Although your trial run may turn out perfectly, prepare yourself for if it doesn’t on the big day. Make sure someone accompanies you to the salon and advocates for you! Be clear with them about what you want and have a signal so if it doesn’t turn out perfect, they can speak up.  A second opinion will also help you feel more confident in your own thoughts.

The Officiant Cancels Last Minute

Surprising as it may seem, this can and has happened! Someone key in your day could get sick or have other issues pop up the day of your wedding.  Be sure to ask your photographer, DJ, and officiant what will happen if they have to cancel. If they don’t have a contingency plan in place, ask for recommendations. Give their recommendations a call a 1-2 weeks before the wedding to check availability. By doing this, you’ll prepare yourself with a “plan b.”

It’s Raining and Your Entire Day Depends on Sunshine

If you’re planning outside events, it’s crucial to ask your venue if they have a back-up location (that you approve of) in case of rain. Many venues will have rooms or tents available for inclement weather. Make all guests aware of the rain location in advance. If your venue doesn’t provide a back-up location, check the availability of local halls that can house your event.

Planning and attention to detail are what make a wedding day perfect. While you can’t address every potential disaster, planning carefully can help you avoid problems like those listed above and help ensure your special day is everything you dreamed!

Samantha Stainsburry is a freelance blogger from Charlottesville, VA.  She’s a major history buff, and loves living in Thomas Jefferson’s hometown.  In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, and finding new music among other things.  Her personal ambition is beat to Ken Jennings’ Jeopardy record with her vast trivia knowledge. Connect with Samantha on Twitter and Facebook!


November 15, 2013 10:17 am

A Basic Guide to Wedding Day Prep


What to Skip, What to Schedule, and What to Do Today

You’ve been spending months planning for the big day. Once the wedding day arrives it’s necessary to make a list of everything that needs to be done on that day. The following discusses what to do on your special day, what needs to be scheduled for later, and what you need to skip altogether. Welcome to wedding day prep 101!

What Needs to be Scheduled

All honeymoon plans need to be gone over and confirmed. Make arrangements with the person who will pick up gifts from the reception and deliver them to your home. Where and when the gifts are to be delivered should be scheduled ahead of time. Schedule to have the wedding dress or any other attire that needs to be preserved or dry cleaned, and make sure you assign someone to return the tuxes.

What Needs to be Done on the Day of the Wedding

Get all bags packed and ready for the wedding night and the honeymoon. Make sure the rings and the marriage license are ready to go. Flowers need to be checked a few hours before the wedding to make sure they aren’t dehydrated. Depending on the schedule of the florist, flowers at the wedding and especially the reception may be sitting for several hours before the events start. Finally, make sure all shaving needs are taken care of. For men, a barber from The Art Of Shaving in NYC suggests shaving the day of the wedding, so you don’t have to worry about stubble later that day or on the start of your honeymoon. Make sure you pack your shaving prodcuts for the honeymoon to keep that clean-shaven look.

What to Skip

The number one thing to skip on the day of the wedding is basically anything new. Everything from new foods to new shampoo should not be tried on the day you want to look and feel your best. Having an upset stomach before walking down the aisle or trying to cover up breakouts after using a new skin product is just not worth the risk. Also, skip the disposable cameras. That trend pretty much went out when smartphones were invented.

Being organized and planning on the day of the wedding is just as important as all the planning that occurred in the previous months. Making a list and following through will go a long way to making your special day more enjoyable.