While your wedding day will easily be one of the best days of your life, it's also a day that potentially anything could go wrong. No matter how many times you cross things off your to-do list, triple confirm with your vendors, and do a no-rain dance, you never know the crazy situations that may knock on your door during one of the most precious and important days of your life. So if you're looking to take a proactive approach to fighting off stressful situations on your wedding day, here are five wedding day disasters that you can easily avoid (with careful planning).
1. Vendors Who are a No-Show __
There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to planning a wedding and often those moving parts involve your wedding vendors. Even if you've been chatting with them for months, have one member of your bridal party call them at 9am on your wedding day to confirm their arrival. Ask them to show up 30-45 minutes before the time you truly need them there. That buffer period will allow for traffic and any other hiccups.
2. You Run Out of Food
You don't want to have to face a couple hundred hungry guests when you run out of food at your buffet or even during cocktail hour. Always order a little more food than you need or add on a late night snack bar.
3. The Dress of Your Dreams is a Nightmare to Wear__
If you're having trouble fitting into your wedding dress, whether it's too big or too small, make sure you bring some fashion emergency items with you, including a mini-sewing kit, double-sided tape, and safety pins. The bigger tip here, however, is make sure to get a dress that you feel comfortable and beautiful in from the start (and not after you will yourself to lose 15 pounds!).
4. Your Flowers Make You Sneeze
If you suddenly realize that you're allergic to the flowers you picked, try to avoid holding your bouquet until it's time to walk down the aisle. Keep it at a bit of a distance from your chest and face and hand it over to your maid-of-honor before it's time to kiss the groom.
5. The Power Goes Out__
If the power goes out and the venue doesn't have a backup generator, the only thing you can do is make the best of the situation. The best thing you can do is double check with your venue beforehand to make sure that this won't ever be an issue. Send someone to the nearest convenience store to pick up candles and move the party outdoors.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.