What to Do If a Wedding Vendor Doesn't Show Up

Besides praying this doesn't happen

Updated 07/26/18


One of the biggest joys of wedding planning is watching the items on your to-do list get checked off. As your wedding approaches, you’ll feel an overwhelming moment of happiness looking back at all of your hard work, your coordination, and your decision-making skills.

When your wedding day finally arrives, even if you’ve done your best to make sure everything goes as planned, you have to be prepared for something to go wrong. Whether it’s the wrong color flowers or a bridesmaid dress that’s so wrinkled even the hottest steamer can’t fix it, it’s always best to have a back-up plan.

One thing that could potentially happen is that one of your wedding vendors doesn’t arrive. Read on to find out our five best tips for handling the very stressful moment when you realize your wedding vendor never showed up.

Contact the Company Immediately

The moment you notice that a wedding vendor hasn’t arrived or didn't drop something off, contact the company immediately. Pick up the phone and call every single phone number you can find for that company and send an email to your contact. Before the wedding, ask the company for a day-of emergency contact number so that you have a direct person to speak with and not just a voicemail.

Do a Little Social Media Stalking

If you’re having trouble getting through to your direct contact, take to social media to try to find someone to reach. Send them messages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you have the full name of your representative, you can go as far as finding their personal social media channels and sending messages to them directly to find out what’s going on.

Find a Last Minute Replacement

When you start to see that your wedding vendor has gone MIA and you can’t seem to reach them no matter how hard you try, it might be time to find a replacement. Give yourself an hour of trying to locate the vendor before declaring that they won’t show up. Consider creating an “in case this vendor doesn’t show” back-up plan before the wedding so you’ll have something to turn to.

Assign a Team of People to Help

Try hard to keep your stress levels down on the wedding day, even if one of your vendors didn’t show up when they were supposed to. In order to help you stay calm, enlist the help of a team of people you can trust at your wedding. Perhaps they are members of your bridal party or maybe they are just family members who work well under a lot of stress. Ask them to help you try to reach the vendor or think of a good back-up plan.

Figure Out How to Keep Moving Forward with the Wedding

One of the hardest parts of having a vendor mishap is figuring out a way to continue on with the day, even if a part of it (like your cake or flowers) are missing. Remember, your wedding is a celebration that won’t always go as planned. Try hard to keep that in mind and find a way to tell yourself that no matter what, the show must go on.

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