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When planning for their wedding, each bride has a specific idea of what she imagines her special day to look like. Unfortunately, however, even after months of planning and hours of preparation, something unexpected could potentially ruin your day. 

It happens often, but you can learn from others’ mistakes and mitigate the risks of unexpected issues messing with your day. Here are five potential wedding disasters you could face on your special day and ways you can solve them.

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A Friend Who’s Doing One Of The Services For Your Wedding Cancels On You At The Last Minute

Hiring your friends to do services for your wedding can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s great because it’s usually cheaper than hiring a company. On the other hand, hiring a friend can be less reliable than hiring a company, which could leave you stranded the morning of your wedding.

While companies actually have to be there for you due to contracts, friends are rarely bound contractually, and if something arises, they might not have a backup prepared for you. Although it feels highly unlikely your friends would cancel on you on your most special day, professionals in the wedding industry say this exact issue arises at least once a month. 

If this does happen to you, calling your other wedding vendors and asking if there’s anyone they know could be highly helpful. If it’s your hair or makeup, you could try searching for an appointment for only yourself rather than your group, as businesses will be more likely to take you in immediately if it’s only you.

Another option is to speak with the friend doing your service and plan ahead. Whether it be searching yourself or having your friend look, having money and a contact set aside as a backup option could be a lifesaver. Just be sure to let your backup option know when they may need to be free early, so they can plan to be there just in case!

In order to prevent this from happening at all, look to hire professionals. They are bound by a contract to be at your wedding and are far less likely to back out. In case they do have to back out however, there is often a clause in the contract you signed with them that gives a plan in case they are unable to make it, so ensure they offer that when meeting with them!

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Unfortunate Weather

Outdoor weddings are one of the most beautiful weddings you can plan–if everything goes well. There’s always a possibility not everything will go perfectly, though. The last thing you want is to plan out everything for your wedding only to wake up on the day to a rainy sky and mud everywhere. 

In order to prevent this from ruining your wedding day, you must plan. Keep a sharp eye on the weather in the approaching days. If your wedding is outdoor, you must always have a backup plan of some sort, whether it be a backup venue or having a company that could put up a tent over your wedding at the ready. Set money aside in case of such emergencies, and be ready for whatever may come your way!

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Awkward Family Drama

It’s only natural you want those closest to you at your wedding. Unfortunately, having all those closest to you does not always guarantee a peaceful wedding. Every family has problems, which is why it may be important to find out what the problems are beforehand and address them accordingly if needed.

One of the most important ways to reduce the possibility of family drama is to meet with the family members separately. Also, plan to keep them relatively separated for the entire reception, and let them know where to steer clear during the wedding. Doing so can go a long way and give you a much better chance of keeping the peace. Be sure to plan to get pictures with each family member without worrying about having them together; they’ll appreciate it, and you will too.

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Guests Unable to Eat the Food

Everyone has different dietary needs and wants, and as nice as it would be to assume everybody would eat the same thing, sometimes that is simply not possible. It would definitely spoil the mood if everyone were to be ready to eat, and then a plate of meat be brought to a vegan or something similar. 

Thankfully, this is a relatively easy fix. Having open communication with your guests about their dietary restrictions and relaying this to your vendor so they can be properly prepared will ensure nobody feels left out or goes hungry at your wedding.

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Not Leaving Enough Time for Videography

Many couples get so focused on planning time for meeting the guests, the reception, and the ceremony, they often make the videographer or photographer play second fiddle when it comes to getting time with the bride and groom. Trust us, we see it all the time. 

If you want to have a beautiful wedding video you can watch for years to come, it’s crucial to give your videographer enough time before and after the ceremony. Consider the available light, as well. If you want much of your video to be outdoor but your recession is at night, it could be more difficult to get the video you want.

Whether it be family drama or a sick hairdresser, the best thing you can do is plan for everything. Speaking with your wedding planner and planning to have backups ready are important to ensure you have the most perfect wedding possible.

After all the hard work you did while planning your ideal wedding, it’s only right you get it documented in a video that will help you relive the magic of your wedding day for years to come. If you want a cinematic wedding film to help you relive your day, check our availability and let’s put together the best videography package for you!