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How To: Avoid Day-Of Emergencies

Your wedding day should be perfect, right? It’s rare for weddings to go off without a hitch but, luckily, most of the problems encountered are rather minor (think sunburnt bridesmaid or an unexpected guest). More often than not, these snags are easy to work through (the show must go on!) and can be laughed off later on. However, there are those major emergencies that could make or break your big day (snow in July!?), so it’s important to plan ahead to avoid any last-minute binds.

Have an inclement weather plan – always
Maybe snow in July isn’t probable, but what about rain? Rain isn’t always a bad thing (and can make for some wonderful pictures!), but it’s still important to have protocol in place should the skies open up on your special day. This is especially imperative for outdoor weddings, but it’s still nice to have a plan for inside weddings, as there’s still the means of transportation and patios to consider.

Prep an emergency kit in advance
Imagine everything that could go wrong with your wedding. OK, stop! Chances are, none of those things will happen, but wouldn’t it be nice to have the necessary tools on hand? Find a stylish bag or box to keep the essentials – sewing kit, ibuprofen (wild rehearsal dinner?), mouthwash (for the smooch, of course), and literally anything else you think could come in handy.

Have a day-of contact
No, you can’t be your own contact! You’ll be much too busy with rings, cakes, and champagne, so don’t add that onto your load. Pick someone who will always be on hand and can keep you updated throughout the day, should something arise. Provide them with a list of names and numbers for all day-of vendors. A best man, maid of honor, or parent is a good choice for this role.

Do your research
If you live in or near a city, you’ll want to consider the potential of road closures and other transportation issues. While there’s no way to avoid rush hour, you can be ahead of the game by knowing if there are any big events (other than yours!) nearby that could throw a wrench into your guests’ transportation plans. Checking up well in advance gives you the opportunity to provide your guests with alternate routes.

Hire a wedding planner
Just do it. Although you would surely benefit from having a full-service planner, sometimes it just doesn’t fit in the budget. If that’s the case, be sure to book someone for day-of coordination  – you won’t regret it. You’re essentially paying, in part, for their experience, which is invaluable. Trust us – the last thing you want to be doing during cocktail hour is lighting 100 candles and making sure the ceremony flowers are repurposed to the reception area. Leave it to the experts and enjoy your day with your new bride or hubby.

Be ready for hurdles along the way, but don’t go looking for them. We don’t tell our couples this to scare them, but rather to prepare them. Not everything needs to be an “emergency” – it is what you make of it, so remember why you’re there. At the end of the day, you will be wed to your other half and that’s all that matters (not that there was one too few boutonnieres)!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

In Case Of Emergency…

 Although we all strive to plan every minute detail of our wedding day out perfectly, sometimes life gets in the way. Here is a list of some things to consider in your “Wedding Emergency Kit,” just in case the unexpected happens.

Band-aids – Those beautiful wedding shoes might just turn out to give you the worst blisters, or another little accident might happen along the way. Either way, band-aids are just helpful to have on hand.

  1. Breath mints – Of course you want to have minty fresh breath when you go in for that big kiss, but let’s not forget about all the hugs and kisses during the reception from friends and loved ones. Breath mints are great because you don’t have to worry spitting them out later, like you would with gum.
  2. Clear nail polish – Clear nail polish is great for not only stopping runs in tights, but also as a make shift liquid band-aid! Have an unexpected tear in your clothing and need a quick mend? Coat the end of your thread with liquid nail polish to make threading the needle a cinch! Having a handy bottle of clear nail polish on hand might just make you the McGuyver of your wedding.
  3. Bobby pins – You never know when your hairstyle might need some extra support, especially when you’re getting your groove on out on the dance floor!
  4. Tissues – It’s always good to have some tissues on hand because you never know who will be moved to tears, and trust us…it will happen!
  5. Deodorant – It can get hot in that dress, especially under all the bright lights. Deodorant isn’t just for your underarms either. Those gorgeous, full dresses are created with layers of material which create a tent like effect, and it can get hot under there! To prevent chafing throughout the day, put some deodorant on your inner thighs before putting your dress on. You’ll thank us later.
  6. Lotion – Keep your skin smooth, moisturized, and glowing all day long!
  7. Aspirin – You don’t want a sudden headache or slight muscle ache to ruin your big day, so always keep some aspirin on hand just in case.
  8. Compact Mirror – Take one last look to make sure you hair and makeup are perfect before your walk down the aisle!
  9. Hair Spray – Your hair might not last as long as your wedding, so make sure you’re prepared. This is especially important for outdoor weddings where wind, humidity, and other elements might mess up your beautiful do. Don’t want any fly-aways in your photos!
  10. Drinking straws – You don’t want to mess up that pout or leave lipstick marks all over your cups!
  11. Lint roller – Great for getting lint off of dark tuxedos and dark bridesmaids dresses.
  12. Snacks – Between getting ready, walking down the aisle, and greeting all your guests, it’s easy to forget to eat. Make sure to snack through the day so you’re not the only person that’s starving at your wedding.
  13. Eye drops – Especially important for contact lens wearers, but you never know when dust could get in your eye. You definitely don’t want red, irritated eyes!
  14. Safety pins – These little babies are miracle workers for minor wardrobe adjustments.
  15. Stain remover – Tide-to-Go pens are great for removing unexpected stains on clothing. Nothing ruins a beautiful wedding dress like a lipstick stain!
  16. Water – Make sure you stay hydrated! Fainting from dehydration during a hot outdoor ceremony happens more often that you think!
  17. Sewing kit – Fix any wardrobe malfunctions from loose buttons to minor tears.

This is only a small list, and we are sure that there are plenty other items to keep on hand in case of emergency! We want your day to be as stress-free as possible, so keeping these things on hand will help. You never know when disaster could strike!