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Avoid Wedding Disasters with Proper Planning

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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!