10 Tips to Avoid Wedding Day Disaster

How to have an awful wedding… and how not to.


The memory of your wedding day should have only good feelings associated with it. Unfortunately for some brides, they forgot one detail and wedding disaster ensued. Here’s why you need to be prepared, and our tips on how to avoid wedding day disasters:

10 Tips to Avoid Wedding Day Disaster

Sandra wanted her wedding day to be absolutely perfect. Surprise right? It was going to be a beach wedding with a marvelous feast, and a bar serving exotic cocktails. Everything had been planned to a T until without warning and with a no longer promising forecast of a sunny day, it started to rain. The food and cocktails were ruined, Sandra had to take her vows in a soaking wedding dress and runny make-up. She hadn’t planned for this scenario, so there was no canopy, tent or even an umbrella.

Christie had picked the perfect wedding dress. It was figure hugging, showing her lovely curves, and had a long train – the dress she had always dreamed of wearing as a bride. She had tried it on and it fit perfectly. Everything seemed to be under control, until she tried to put it on, just hours before the ceremony – and it didn’t fit. She had apparently gained a few pounds and hadn’t thought to try the dress on closer to the wedding date.

10 Tips to Avoid Wedding Day DisasterCarla had put her best friend in charge of the flowers , making it clear that she wanted roses, her favorite. On her wedding day, she found lilies instead of roses in her bridal bouquet. It turns out her friend made the executive decision to switch flowers because she liked lilies better. Not only were these not the flowers she wanted, the petals were wilting, the leaves were breaking off and the whole thing looked like it had been hastily assembled in seconds. Fortunately, there was just enough time to go to the local florist who managed to put a decent bouquet together.

At Lynne’s wedding, the DJ arrived late leaving no time to test the sound system. The air conditioning at the venue was not working. Everyone was sweating and complaining about the heat. Lynne’s elaborate hair do was not fastened with enough pins, causing it gradually slide down until it resembled a nest made by a rather clumsy bird. Her aunt was being her usual loud self and one of the groomsmen had knocked back too many, far too early.  He was informing all the ladies that he was very available causing a tense discomfort.

10 Tips to Avoid Wedding Day Disaster

Sounds awful, doesn’t it? Overlooking even one small detail can easily turn this important day to a complete disaster. So how can you ensure that you don’t remember your wedding day for all the wrong reasons? Well, here are our top 10 tips:

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Originally from Denver and now living in NYC, Angie has been writing since she was small. She lives in the Flatiron district with her partner Tanya and their mutt Sparky (always adopt!) In her spare time she loves to paint (mostly abstract) and talk to random people on the street to find out what's interesting to them.

Reader Discussion: 2 Comments

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    Hannah Mayers

    Hiring a wedding planner/organizer greatly helps in avoiding wedding day disasters. But I was thinking, what if the wedding planner herself is the cause of wedding disaster? Hmmm…

  2. Avatar of Courtney Watson

    Courtney Watson

    During the wedding of one of my friends, the bride wore a so magnificient (and heavy) dress that she kept wobbling, stepping on the hem of her dress and endlessly tripping on her numerous petticoats. At some point she even fell down (she also wore very high heels !), and it completely broke the frame of the dress, which was of course as flimsy as sumptuous ! She ended the party wearing a plain dress.

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