With 2013’s average wedding price tag reaching nearly $30,000, brides and grooms-to-be have literally paid for the perfect day—so it would be unfortunate for that perfect day to be compromised by the unexpected; it wasn’t supposed to rain, the flights should have arrived on time, So to keep your day as problem-free as possible, prepare for the five most common wedding disasters.
1. A member of the wedding party gets delayed en route.
Is a bridesmaid or groomsman flying in for the ceremony? Ask that they take a flight that arrives the day before the rehearsal dinner. That way, if weather or a mechanical issue delays or cancels their flight, plenty of time remaining to rebook.
If the person has a limited budget for the trip, offer to pay for the additional hotel night if they are not staying with you. Your peace of mind will be well worth the expense.
2. Rain out on the big day.
You can’t prevent this potential wedding disaster, and it need not even be one in most cases. Bad weather is often the culprit of soggy tuxedos and dresses but you don’t have to worry about that at Lake Lanier Islands Resort with the comfortable Georgia weather. Often the humidity is a bigger factor than the rain itself, and rainshowers in Georgia tend to limit themselves to late spring and early fall.
At Lake Lanier, we always have a backup plan for rain, even unexpected rain. You can pick a venue that can accommodate your event whether indoors or outside, and we also offer large tents for rent that will cover your whole ceremony seating area.
3. The officiant doesn’t show.
Three people are vital to the ceremony: the bride, the groom and the officiant. Accidents happen, and in rare cases the latter cannot fulfill their duties. When you get the marriage license, ask if you can perform the ceremony for it to be valid. This varies by state, but a friend or family member who holds notary public status may be an option, and if legal you can always have someone get ordained as a minister through organizations such as the American Fellowship Church or the Universal Life Church. Of course, we highly recommend officiates from our own Preferred Partners as we know their reputations and have seen first hand how reliable they are.
4. The seating at the reception is wrong.
In the case of this wedding disaster, mistakes happen. The best way to ensure every guest has a seat and in an appropriate place—no recently broken-up couples at the same table—is to submit your seating requirements well in advance. Doing it at the very last minute leaves you open to those on-site not having the most current count and seating chart.
5. Your wedding cake collapses or melts.
Before tasting a single crumb, fully research those in the running to bake your wedding cake. Disgruntled couples will leave reviews on social media sites such as Yelp and Angie’s List, and you can use them to avoid being disappointed in your dessert. Once you find a baker you like, ask how the different levels of the cake will be reinforced and coordinate with your caterer where it will be stored prior to the reception. If warm temps will be an issue, wait until shortly before the cutting to have it brought out.
These are just five common disasters. As you plan your upcoming celebration, friends, family and strangers alike will be more than eager to tell you their wedding woes. No matter what happens on your big day, though, follow the advice of Dr. Phil: “Have a sense of humor about it.” He points out that setting an expectation of perfect will only guarantee disappointment. Plus, most wedding “disasters” are minor and make funny stories to share after the fact.