Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the most special days of your life. Putting it together can be months or even years in the making, and you don't want anything to go wrong. Unfortunately, nothing is completely predictable, and there's always the chance of a last-minute emergency. Whether one of your vendors flakes out or you spill something on your dress, you need to be able to get everything back on track for your special day. If you want to avoid an emergency ruining your wedding, being prepared will help to ensure that anything that goes wrong will only be a tiny blip on the rest of the day.
If you don't want an emergency to ruin your wedding day, being well-prepared is the first step you need to take. Disasters can be easily prevented if you're careful while you plan your wedding. For example, if you choose your vendors carefully, you'll be much less likely to end up with one that lets you down at the last minute. It's best to take your time when you plan your wedding, especially if it's going to be a big event. Smaller weddings are easier to organize, but even then you need to take your time choosing vendors and different elements of the day.
Have Backup Plans
It's always best to approach your wedding day with some idea of what to do if things don't go exactly how you want them to. You know there are some things that aren't predictable, so what can you do if Plan A can't go ahead? For example, you might not be able to guarantee the sunny weather you're hoping for. If some or all of your wedding is meant to be outside, what can you do instead? Even if the whole wedding is inside, it's best to be prepared for getting there and other moments when you might need to be outside, even just for a few seconds.
Don't Do It Alone
Whatever happens, make sure you're not left handling everything on your own. It might be an event that you're organized, but you (as a couple) are meant to be the stars of the show. You don't want to spend your last hours before getting married rushing around, trying to sort out a last-minute emergency. Try to get as much help as you can, whether it's from your wedding planner or from friends and family. Ask them to make some calls for you, help with putting together last-minute DIY elements, or coordinate something for you to make everything easier. However, be careful not to take advantage of the people you love.
Have Some DIY Tricks Up Your Sleeve
Sometimes, the best way to fix something is to do it yourself. It can mean a bit of a mad rush before your wedding, but you can also ask people to help you. For example, perhaps your wedding favors haven't arrived, and you're at risk of being left without them. Making some yourself could be an option, but only if your wedding party isn't too big. Even if you have a larger party, you could knock something together with the help of a friend or two. Just go for something simple, and don't stress yourself out too much. If it takes more than a couple of minutes to make each one, don't bother.
Find a Last-minute Replacement
One of the toughest challenges is finding a last-minute replacement for your wedding, whether it's catering, entertainment, or any other element. Vendors are busy with other weddings, especially if it's during "wedding season" when more people are getting married. And you probably think that all the good people are already busy. If you need to replace a vendor, you should start getting in contact with people as soon as you can. Make sure you have some people to help out so that you can get in touch with a few different vendors at once. However, even though you might be panicking slightly, try not to jump at the first available offer. You might be able to do better.
What About the Money?
Fixing a wedding emergency can mean suddenly having to find extra funds. If you've been extra clever, there could still be some money in your wedding budget to fix what needs fixing. However, many people find that they've already gone over their budget by the time the big day arrives. If you need some more money, you might need to get creative about which way to turn. Even with bad credit, an installment loan could be one option you can consider. You could get up to a few thousand dollars, which would be very useful if you need to find a new vendor or deal with buying any replacement items.
Use a "Wedding Rescue" Specialist
One more recent solution you could have access to is a wedding rescue specialist. These services will come and help to save you if your wedding plans start to go wrong. Companies like Wedding Rescue in Canada will swoop in and help to save your wedding. They can deal with last-minute cancellations or unforeseen events that threaten your wedding day. Of course, if you have a wedding planner, they can help you to sort out these issues. But if it is your wedding planner who has flaked out on you, you're going to need help from elsewhere.
Put Together an Emergency Kit
It's always a good idea to have the right tools on hand to fix and emergency on your wedding day. Your attire and other elements of your look are things you could have problems with. Luckily, you can be prepared for various issues by putting together an emergency kit. Start with a small sewing kit so you can fix any small rips, tears or lost embellishments. A touch-up kit for hair and makeup is a good idea too. And, just in case, perhaps a backup plan for your outfit.
Don't let a disaster ruin your wedding. Be prepared, and you'll be able to head any emergency off at the pass.