Wedding Day Disasters: Your Guide to Prevent, Prepare, and Persevere

There is no absolutely foolproof way to have a wedding day devoid of any disaster whatsoever, no matter how meticulously you plan.



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With so much depending on people—including our favorite unpredictable friend, Mother Nature—you can pretty much plan on something either falling through completely, or some detail getting dinged enough to demand immediate attention.



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However, there are ways to prepare, to prevent as best you can, and to cultivate a mindset so that when (not if) disasters arise, you’ll handle them with dignity, grace, and as small a headache as possible!

Whether it’s unexpected weather, noisy children at the ceremony, or missing bridal party members, this list will get you through to help you prevent, prepare for, and persevere through almost any surprise your wedding day throws you!



 expect nothing but be prepared for anything



Beauty and the Wedding: What else could go wrong?

The key to avoiding beauty disasters is to run through everything at least a week before the wedding. If possible, book a practice hair and make-up appointment and take pictures in case another cosmetologist has to step in because your regular gal gets sick.






Try your dress on 14 days before to see if there’s anything serious that needs altering. Then try it on every single day for the 4 days before your wedding “just in case.” Yes, that sounds excessive but here’s why:

Wedding jitters can take a toll on your weight, but if you put the dress on every day—just enough to button or zip it at the smallest point—if one day it feels a little snug, you’ll know to do a water fast or salads-only for a couple of days, no worries!



On Your Wedding Day: It’s raining, it’s pouring!

A few days before your wedding, do your research. Check for any storms or other disturbances that may be coming your way, then get prepared.

Rent a tent, borrow golf umbrellas to keep you and your wedding party dry, and lay a tarp on the ground where the tent will be.








Add a hair dryer—or at least a battery operated personal fan—to your bridal emergency kit to dry off your hair.

You might also consider more hairspray than already planned if it looks like the wind plans to pick up.



The Ceremony: Who is making all that noise?!

It’s no secret that children will get tired of sitting around for the entire ceremony and probably cause unwanted noise and distraction.






To try and help this, consider providing your ring bearer and flower girl with toys to take down the aisle. For example, instead of flowers, have the flower girl carry a teddy bear and give the ring bearer a stuffed car or truck with the rings tied to it instead of a pillow.

It will look adorable and will keep them occupied while you say your I do’s.



 It’s Showtime but: Where is everybody?







No matter how well you schedule the day’s events, there are still human beings involved, so your day may not go off without at least one minor personnel glitch.

A majority of these people will be in your wedding party, and despite repeated reminders, it’s possible that one or more will be late to the ceremony.

So the day before your wedding, remind everybody one more time exactly what time they are expected to be at the location and if necessary, subtly suggest a time to leave home.



The Reception: Where are you, people?

It’s standard wedding etiquette now that maps and directions be provided with the invitations.

Make sure to include noticeable landmarks, especially if your reception venue is some distance from the ceremony.






In spite of all this and technology, guests may still lose their way and trickle into your dinner as they will.

To maintain a little more order, you can opt for a shuttle service of some kind. Economy options also include subtly arranging convoy parties, carpooling, and providing guests with a “reminder” set of directions just as they leave the ceremony.



At the Reception: We’re out of food?!

Your wedding day may be your day, but you also want your guests to leave smiling as well. The best and easiest way to make them happy is to serve good food, and plenty of it.

There are a number of ways to handle this depending on the style you choose.


If it’s a sit-down plated dinner, let your guests choose between two—but no more than three—options and indicate as such on the RSVP card. Common practice is to offer 2 options from the standard selections of beef, chicken, fish, and occasionally pork or ham, then have a vegetarian entree “by special request.”

If you decide to serve a buffet, plan a wide assortment of dishes that will cater to everyone’s taste.

No matter the style of service, discuss different contingency plans with your food supplier.






Look for restaurants near your reception area that might quickly provide catering-size portions in a hurry.

Whatever happens on your wedding day, hang in there, hang onto your smile, and remember there is a solution to every problem.




Let nothing—but nothing—hold you back from enjoying your wedding day!






Brides, do you have wedding day disaster prevention tips?

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  • Reply
    Sarah Althouse
    January 21, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    It poured on our wedding day! I wanted the dinner outside but we did have a backup. Luckily it stopped long enough for our ceremony to be outside.

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    February 28, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Where was this post when I got married?! So helpful, will totally pass along!

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    February 28, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Luckily, I had no wedding disasters on my big day. I wish I would have broke my shoes in beforehand though! My feet were killing me!

    • Reply
      MJ Puertas
      March 1, 2017 at 4:47 am

      lol Maybe I should write a post on selecting the best shoes for your wedding day 😉

      Thanks for your comment!

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    Sandy KS
    February 28, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    I am getting married in June. It is a short plan and on a cheap budget. These tips will surely help it goes as planned. Thank you for sharing!!

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      MJ Puertas
      March 1, 2017 at 4:45 am

      Congratulations Sandy. I’m glad to help. Be sure to read my other posts for tips on planning your wedding.
      If you haven’t purchased your wedding dress, take my FREE online course at, it’s filled with tips.

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    Sarah Althouse
    February 28, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    It POURED on my wedding day but luckily we had a backup

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      MJ Puertas
      March 1, 2017 at 4:42 am

      It’s always a great idea to have a backup plan. Mother Nature can be unpredictable!

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    Indya | TheSmallAdventurer
    February 28, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Ahh, there’s so much to worry about! There’s an outdoor wedding venue in a town nearby that I am absolutely in love with, but I don’t know if I could take the chance with the weather. As I live in Australia – and, even more, in Melbourne – the weather is extremely unpredictable, so it’ll either be scorching hot, or pouring rain.

    I’m actually convinced that I’d turn into Bridezilla just from the sheer stress of everything. I don’t know how some women do it!

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      MJ Puertas
      March 1, 2017 at 4:41 am

      Having an outdoor wedding is always a risk.

      I’m not familiar with the weather in Melbourne, but you may want to call the venue.

      Let them know your wedding date and your concerns regarding the weather. I’m sure they have a “plan B” for every wedding they’ve hosted.

      If you do decide to have your wedding there, knowing that you have a “plan B” may reduce your stress and you won’t turn into a Bridezilla : )

      Don’t forget the reason for your wedding. Commitment to the one you love and a celebration of that with your friends and family!!!

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    Laina Turner
    March 1, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Wow, the things that can go wrong! Thanks for this great advice.

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      MJ Puertas
      March 1, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      So many things can go wrong. I like to let brides know the possibilities so they create a Plan B.

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    March 1, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    These are such great tips! About a month before the wedding, my dress was feeling loose because I wasn’t eating due to stress. But the week of the wedding, we had so many people coming into town so we were eating out all the time. Needless to say, my dress felt a little snug the day of but it wasn’t a huge deal. But still…I was surprised! It’s a good thing for other brides to keep in mind.

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    Hannah Palamara
    March 1, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    I wish I read this before my wedding!

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      MJ Puertas
      March 2, 2017 at 4:21 am

      Feel free to share my blog with anyone you know that is planning their wedding.

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