Months of planning, even years, are put into planning one of the most special days for a bride and groom. Unfortunately, there are things that can happen beyond the control of even the best wedding planner. Bad weather, airport delays, vendor family emergency and a broken down limousine are just some examples of unforeseen things that can go wrong. Here are a list of common wedding day mishaps and the best quick fixes to help you continue enjoying the big day.
- Wine Splattered Wedding Dresses
At the end of the day, a wedding is a party. Accidents are bound to happen. Drinks can, and most likely will, be spilled as you and your guests dance the night away. An expert tip is to keep a batch of stain removal wipes on hand in case your pristine gown is given an unwanted splash of color. The sooner you treat the stain the easier it will be to lift the liquid from the fabric. Consider getting a pack of Madame Paulette Professional Stain Removal Kit that can remove anything from makeup foundation to tomato soup. Another quick fix is to use club soda to lift the stain.
- Ripped Zippers and Hems
Always have a small sewing kit on hand. When you can’t find a qualified seamstress at the last minute, hand your Maid of Honor some thread and a needle and set her to work. Be sure to match the thread to your gown before the wedding day. While you can look into professionally repairing your gown after the party, a few stitches to hold the zipper together will do the trick on the day of the festivities. For mishaps beyond the help of a mini-sewing kit, like ripped hems, double-sided fabric tape is fantastic for a quick fix. If that’s not already in your wedding day emergency kit, then masking or gaffer’s tape (used by lighting vendors) will also do the trick.
- It’s a Shoe-tastrophe!
We know you want every moment of the perfect day to be just as you planned; every detail from the table cards to the shoes that accent your dress. A glue gun is essential for any wedding day emergency kit. The glue will patch the heel up and have you going in minutes as the glue quickly dries and hardens.
To avoid this mishap entirely, invest in a good quality pair of shoes that will withstand heavy use throughout the day. Begin to wear them during the days leading up to the wedding. Not only are you getting used to wearing heels, if you’re a newbie to shoes with height, but you’re also stretching them to adjust to the shape of your feet.
If you’re solely interested in the photos that will be taken to remember the day, then wear the cute shoes while being photographed. Then slip into something more comfortable, like bedazzled flats.
- The Effects of the Night Before
Grogginess, headaches, and a yearning for a greasy breakfast are all the symptoms of an interesting night out. Hangovers aren’t fun, especially not on the big day. Luckily there are steps you can take the night before and during the day to alleviate the negative side effects. Alcohol is dehydrating. While drinking the night before, have some water in between rounds. Better yet, try having a spirit on the rocks or with club soda. The next morning, stay away from coffee. Caffeine will shrink your blood vessels and increase your blood pressure, making any a headache much worse.
Hydrate with fast-acting coconut water or any sports drink with electrolytes to help replenish your body’s nutrients. After that, follow with a healthy protein-packed breakfast. Foods like eggs will absorb any toxins left over from the alcohol. For a lighter option, fruit and 100% fruit juices provide a natural and healthy stimulant of fructose that energizes the body to quickly eliminate toxins. Potassium from bananas also helps with returning electrolytes to your system. For some extra help, have either an Advil or Tums for headaches or tummy trouble.
- A Zit
It’s the absolute last thing any bride wants to worry about on her special day: the all-too-familiar surprise zit. It first made its appearance at prom, then graduation, and now it’s decided to congratulate you on your wedding day. The most effective treatment is to contact a dermatologist who can inject a cortisone shot into the afflicted area. This will immediately reduce swelling If you can spot the beginnings of a disaster or have a few hours until aisle time, apply a small amount of white, mint toothpaste. This will dry out the area and shrink the pimple.
For redness, color-correcting primers have become a staple. A good color correcting primer will reduce redness and provide a smooth and enriching base for your concealer. However, regular concealers can irritate the pimple. Take some time in advance of the wedding ceremony to test out concealers combined with acne remedies to see which one gives great coverage and helps to minimize the effects of the pimple.
- It’s Raining
Always prepare for the worst. Ideally, every bride planning an outdoor ceremony or reception should have tents ready to be set up in the case of showers. Check with your rental vendors to see if they can accommodate waterproof canopies for the day of the wedding. In the days leading up to the wedding, track your local forecast and plan accordingly.
If your ceremony is the only outdoor aspect of the wedding, consider providing guests with umbrellas to shield them from the conditions. Attach a cute note with something like the popular schoolyard rhyme, “Rain, rain, go away and come back another day.” This will leave more of an impression on your guests than a light drizzle.
However, the best way to beat the rain is to keep spirits high! If your guests see you’re still excited about this special moment in your life, they will be, too. This is the day you’ve been planning for months! Try to soak in every moment as much as possible, rain and all.