Planning a wedding is a huge undertaking and not always rainbows and butterflies. Even if you have the most organized plan, you may face crises. Potential wedding day mishaps can range from small issues like a missing bridesmaid’s bouquet to larger issues like a storm threatening to ruin the reception. No matter what the issue, it’s important to know how to manage wedding day crises.
Here are some tips to help you manage wedding day crises:
Hire a Wedding Day Coordinator: Not every marrying couple desires to or has a budget for a full-service wedding planner, but wedding day coordinators can offer enormous value when it comes to deflecting wedding disasters and ensure that you and your fiancé get to enjoy the biggest day of your lives. If a day-of wedding coordinator isn't in your budget, refer to tip #5.
Stay Calm: The most important thing to do when faced with a wedding disaster is to stay calm. Take a few deep breaths, step away from the situation, and think about the best way to handle the issue. By staying calm and focused, you’ll be better able to assess the problem and come up with a solution.
Have a Plan B: Before the wedding day, think about potential issues that may arise and have a plan B ready. This could be a backup venue in case of bad weather, extra decorations in case something breaks, or extra seating in case more guests arrive than expected. Having a plan B ready will help you quickly and effectively manage any wedding day crises.
Communicate: If wedding mishaps occurs, make sure to communicate with all the necessary people. This might include your vendors, the venue staff, family, and the wedding party. Keeping everyone informed will help the situation stay under control and you’ll be able to effectively work together to come up with a solution.
Delegate Tasks: You don’t have to do everything yourself. If a day-of wedding coordinator isn't part of your plan, delegate a loved one or member of your bridal party to be the problem solver. Giving this responsibility to someone else will also help to make sure that all other necessary tasks are still getting done while you’re dealing with the crisis.
Pack a Wedding Emergency Kit: Should you or someone in your bridal party be faced with a wedding day wardrobe malfunction or are in need of basic essentials, you want to make sure you have an emergency kit to handle these issues. Your day-of coordinator should have this in their arsenal of management tools, but here's a list of some vital items to have in your kit if you're going to DIY one:
- Double-sided tape
- Super glue
- Sewing kit
- Tide stick
- Baby or makeup wipes
- Large safety pins
- Bobby pins
- Feminine products
- Zip-ease or a white crayon