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Common disasters seen on wedding days

After filming over 200 weddings I have seen a few things go wrong (to say the least). It is important to remember that, like all events, there is bound to be something that goes wrong. To hopefully save you the trouble of anything like this happening on your wedding day, I have provided by top 5 common "disasters"




1. Bride's maids are more of a burden then a help


I see this so often where the brides maids (specifically the maid of honor) are more stressed out than the bride. Hens-forth causing the bride to be more stressed. Im sorry to say but YOUR wedding is not about your bridesmaids.. It's about YOU and your fiance. It sounds harsh but they will have their moment to shine on their wedding day. So when vetting your bridesmaids, I would instill a sense of responsibility to be prepared for the day; knowing the timeline, having contact info of vendors, and most importantly that you (the bride or groom) are the LAST person they come to if there is a problem.


2. Hung Over Bridal Party


That leads me to the second.. A hungover bridal party.. I get it, everyone wanted to have fun during the dress rehearsal and let loose before the formal day.. But it's not so fun when one of your grooms men passes out during the middle of your ceremony (yes.. that actually happened). So I would recommend a forceful hydration the morning of the wedding.


3. Off schedule


Almost every wedding I have attended ends up being slightly off schedule. Don't get too stressed when that happens. Typically the biggest reason for scheduling disasters is because Hair and Makeup take way too long. I would recommend the Bride's Mother have her hair and makeup done first, second the Bride. So that the "putting on dress shot" can be completed. Then leading into the "First Look" with the father, then if you are doing a first look with your soon-to-be husband you can lead right into that. Then go back and get the bridal party photos.


4. Weather Conditions


Weather can be unpredictable. Especially if you are having an outdoor wedding, I would recommend to you guests (even if it is the middle of the summer) to bring coats. Far to many times have I seen beautiful guests in their cocktail attire with purple legs and faces. And I have even made that mistake myself a few times!


Also I know of past clients who have brought spare clear umbrellas for their guests in case if it rains.


Have to move the location inside?? I have seen venues move the outdoor wedding indoor, and the way that the venue quickly threw together the indoor ceremony site was horrifying.. atrocious.. unpleasant in every regard (and that's being kind). I felt so bad for my client when that happened. They spent so much money on a beautiful outdoor venue and it was wasted away under fluorescent lights and cheap folding chairs. So I would recommend asking your venue what the indoor alternative looks like in case the wedding has to be moved indoors. This doesn't happen often, but enough for me to recommend that you ask!


5. Ripped Dress


Probably 1/5 weddings I do results in a ripped dress. I would recommend giving the responsibility to a bridesmaid or relative to have an emergency sewing kit to do any repairs. Especially with buttons!





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