Weddings are supposed to be the one event in your life full of beauty and grace and no problems, but the latter, unfortunately, is really hard to come by. Despite the unexpected curveballs that life often throws our way there are plenty of common wedding disasters that can be avoided. And AVOID is really the key word here. Avoidance parenting might not be the best system, but avoidance wedding planning can be extremely effective.
Sore and blistered feet – the groom, groomsmen, bride, and bridesmaid shoes can cause some serious damage to feet before the reception has even begun. In order to avoid this predicament everyone needs to break in their shoes – and not just the night before. It’s worth some extra effort. Your feet will thank you.
Splattered wedding cake – a damaged wedding cake is something that is often imagined when it comes to wedding day preparation make sure you are careful with the cake itself along with the wedding cake toppers, since to many your cake defines your wedding. You can’t control everything about this situation, but having the cake delivered when your clumsiest family and friends are not around is helpful. Most importantly just let the professionals transport and assemble the cake. You won’t regret it.
Clothes that don’t fit – having a dress that doesn’t fit isn’t going to fly on your wedding day. Alterations need to be done close to the wedding day, but far enough way to have room to accomplish the task. 6 weeks before is a great time to get the big alterations done and then go ahead and go in closer to the wedding day for the final fitting. This is important for bridesmaids, groomsmen, and the groom as well. It’s also important to get those wedding dresses and custom suits purchased 4+ months in advance. Some are custom made and require 6 months. Figure all of that out as soon as you get the date set. Different wedding and tuxedo boutiques are often willing to work with you on quicker weddings.
Lost wedding rings – yes wedding rings do get lost and it is not a happy event. Be sure and keep the rings in a safe place and then give them to a really responsible and accountable person right before the wedding. And try to be really honest with yourself about who is actually responsible enough to handle the job.
Getting off schedule during the event – you need a wedding planner to keep things tightly scheduled. Not all brides can afford a wedding planner or even a day-of event coordinator, but every bride needs one. So, if you really can’t afford one, find an aunt, cousin, or friend who is willing to provide their services and has a type A personality. A bride can’t really be expected to keep track of the time during the ceremony and reception and so things can really get of course if there isn’t a coordinator of some sort to help on the day of the wedding. This job is not up for grabs by a parent, grandparent, sibling, member of the bridal party, or any other close relative that would be busy entertaining guests during the event.
There are so many different horrors that can accompany a wedding day, but you can conquer each one with a little avoidance planning and a good attitude. The best bride can set her veil on fire and laugh about it in the same half hour. And maybe not everyone is that light hearted, but life is what it is and we have to make the best of it to enjoy our once in a lifetime event to the very fullest.