Wedding Disasters and How to Avoid Them

When the Weather Won’t Cooperate

The winner for “Most Horrifying Wedding Disaster” should go to the wedding consultant who oversaw an event where a seaside wedding turned stormy. The tent where cocktails were to be served was blown off its tethers and over a retaining wall, the chairs and tablecloths went flying out to sea and, as a finishing touch, lightning struck the church, cutting off the power so that the ceremony was held without lights. As if that wasn’t enough, lightning also struck the main tent, shocking the two electricians. With weddings being planned months in advance, it’s nearly impossible to reliably predict the weather on the wedding day. Even for spring weddings when the weather is generally mild, it’s worth taking precautions if an outdoor wedding is being planned.

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Tip: Planning a beach, garden, or park wedding? Book a backup venue, and arrange for tents in which to hold the ceremony, serve cocktails, and have the reception. The shade provided will also be a huge relief if it gets too hot. Shell out a few bucks more and get the tent with sidewalls and walkways so guests and their footwear can stay dry. Make sure to hire someone who will be able to let down the walls in case the weather turns inclement, and a valet service wouldn’t go wrong either. In any case, prepare a large number of large golf umbrellas for your guests.

That’s Not Our Song

The DJ or bandleader who has been hired to provide entertainment during the wedding may have a very different idea on what makes for suitable wedding music, and you would definitely want to avoid a scenario where the DJ plays something sexually explicit or offensive, especially if it’s for the newlyweds’ first dance. A mildly suggestive song can be laughed off, but the resulting awkwardness can bring down the mood of the celebration, especially if there are older guests present.

Tip: A couple may have a long list of wedding songs that they want played for the wedding dances, or when they want to get everyone moving on the dance floor. However, having a list of “no-play” songs may be just as important, especially if the couple have strong opinions about music – for example, no techno or novelty songs by cartoon characters.

Tragic Tuxedo Tales

It’s common practice for the bride to delegate the groomsmen’s outfits to the groom, since they are most probably his friends anyway. One groom’s experience went like this: The day before the wedding, he picked up the suits from the tuxedo shop. As his friends arrived for the rehearsal dinner, he handed out the suits. The next morning, the best man arrived wearing his tuxedo – and a pair of black loafers. The dress shoes that were packed together with his tuxedo were a pair of two left shoes, and by this time it was too late to exchange them for a properly wearable pair.

Tip: Unlike women, who won’t leave trying on a dress till the very last minute, men are less concerned about their outfits. And a groomsman will actually wait till 5 minutes before he has to leave, before putting on his clothes. Most times, everything will be okay and he’ll look fine. Sometimes, however, things can go wrong – trousers that are too baggy, a shirt that’s too tight at the collar. But it’s too late to fix anything and the dude will be left to his own devices, which might not give very good results. The solution is for the bride to gently cajole the men to put on the whole outfit once they get it from the shop. Or go one step further and make all the men pick up their own outfit, including shoes, from the shop and try the clothes on while they’re still in the shop, so that exchanges or alterations can be made on the spot.

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