Monday, August 27, 2012


I have never been to to a wedding that didn't have some sort of crisis.  My wedding, the minister was late due to a car accident that tied up traffic around Lake Tahoe. A friend of mine found herself wondering where her mother and son were for half an hour before they showed up.  Another friend began hyperventilating so badly she almost fainted, and we couldn't find a paper bag anywhere (FYI- a thick scarf works, too).  I've seen zippers fail, wedding party members so hung over they can't stop vomiting. Weddings are the perfect place for Murphy's Law to occur, but it doesn't have to be the end of the world.  A little planning can prevent many of these from disrupting your day.

First, try not to plan your hen night/ bachelorette party/ bachelor party/ stag night for the night before your wedding. Try to remember that getting obscenely drunk the night before will make the next day miserable.  It rarely ends well.  Also, don't try out a new sleeping pill or anti-anxiety drug the day of the wedding.  Remember "Pretty in Pink"?  Things like that really do happen. Second, pack an emergency kit (list at the end of this post). Third, don't forget to eat and drink a little that day.  Fainting is no fun.  Wedding professionals can also be a huge help when something gets out of hand.  My mom, who was a wedding photographer for nearly 15 years, carried a bizarre assortment of things in her camera bag to deal with all sorts of emergencies.  If nothing else, good professionals can help smooth over the rough spots during an event so that your guests never know anything was ever going wrong. Finally, maintain a sense of humor.  Stuff goes wrong at weddings, all the planning in the world can't stop every variety of disaster, but keeping calm, remembering what's important (being married to your wonderful partner at the end of the day), and laughing will make it far less traumatic.

Weddings are stressful , but a little preparation and the right attitude can make a huge difference in how things turn out.  Don't be afraid to ask for help or advice, and don't be afraid to take a few minutes for yourself.

Emergency kit ideas:

  • pain killers
  • breathe mints
  • extra pantyhose
  • clear nail polish
  • nail polish remover
  • extra mascara
  • eye make up remover
  • hair spray
  • a small paper bag
  • sanitary napkins and/or tampons
  • calming music and/or a calming scent
  • a small sewing kit with white, ivory, black, and clear thread
  • a small bar of hard white soap (hotel toiletries come in hand some times)- rubbing a dry bar of soap over a stiff or stuck zipper can, in many cases, fix the problem.
  • an umbrella
  • an extra plastic dress cover
  • snacks 
  • water
  • a list of all your wedding professional's numbers
  • tissues
  • mints, ginger pills, or candied ginger (for nausea)
  • rubbing alcohol (a number of stains can be lightened with this)
  • deodorant (many brides forget this and end up borrowing)
  • lip balm
  • aloe vera gel (reduces redness of burns, cuts, and pimples)
  • translucent powder
  • concealer (a shade darker than your skin)
  • translucent powder
  • bobby pins
  • safety pins
  • a copy of your vows and ceremony plan, just in case

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