What Constitutes a Wedding Day Emergency?

What constitutes an emergency? Like beauty, the answer will be in the eye of the beholder. If something rips, breaks or is not delivered on time, it can feel like an emergency, but compared to a parent falling ill, or an accident on the way to the wedding, it is absolutely nothing!

And while we have little control over so many things in life, especially emergencies big or small, let’s just talk about the small ones.

First of all, as you may have read all over the place – pack an emergency kit. Its quite simple: needle and thread, aspirin, stain remover, and various size safety pins, band-aids, you get the picture.

Here are just a few problems that could crop up:

Many women love our shoes!

Many of us women love shoes! For our high-heeled style women – the dreaded broken heel is a worry. It’s always good to bring a second (or third) pair of shoes along anyway, especially something comfortable. Be sure to break in new shoes before the big day; scuff up the soles to prevent slips and falls and let them stretch a bit for a better fit. More common are uncomfortable shoes, and the resulting rubbed raw sore (ouch!)  Here’s where those band-aids will come in handy. Add to your kit some of those soft fabric bunion/toe protector products you find in the foot care department. Those high, high heels are sexy and gorgeous, that’s for sure – but can you make it through the night wearing them? Take some photos with them and change.

Gorgeous, but can you keep them on all night?

Broken zipper. Safety pins are invaluable when it comes to fixing many things.

Spilling wine. Use water of club soda, but the key thing here is the dabbing. After the area dries (use a hair dryer) you take a piece of white chalk, if we’re talking about a white dress, and if you’ve packed that, and gently cover any parts of the stain with the chalk. Naturally you’ve packed stain remover in your emergency kit.

Hangovers. Hindsight is 20/20 – you’ll regret it of course, but if you are hung over eat a carb-heavy breakfast, grab a nap and hydrate! The best advice is to go easy on the booze before and during the wedding. I am always sad to see a hung over groom, bride, or best man or woman. Feeling bad brings everyone down, and you really miss out on the meaning of the day.

Nervous energy. Take it easy on the caffeine and bring soothing music to listen to when getting dressed. Have a massage the morning of the wedding, or workout, if that’s your thing. Leave yourself enough time but not so much time you’re just bored and antsy. Try not to micro-manage your big day. Breathe!

Bad weather. They say it’s good luck when it rains on your wedding day – but that sounds like rationalization to me. However it happens, so buy a couple of huge umbrellas – and maybe even pack some rubber boots so you can play in the rain or snow and get some fun pictures. I officiated twice during hurricane-like conditions – and in a ways it was kind of amazingly cool. It certainly makes it memorable.

Have an extra pair with you.

There are many other things you really can’t do anything about such as the schedule going awry, kids crying or making noise during your ceremony, shuttle buses running late, and no-shows. But barring being stood up at the altar you will be married at the end of the day – and that’s what matters the most. When you think about it – all these little problems really are not emergencies at all.


At the end of the day, you will be married!




Thank you Lisa Rhinehart Photography for these gorgeous photos.



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