4 Wedding Emergencies and How to Fix Them

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words by // Eve Green


No matter how carefully you prepare, every bride faces a potential wedding day emergency. It’s not about what happens, but how gracefully you handle the situation. Consider our recommendations for handling 5 Wedding Emergencies and How to Fix Them.

1. You Woke Up With a Big Zit

Stress can lead to breakouts at the most inopportune times, like on your wedding day. But, a zit doesn’t have to ruin your bridal beauty look. If you start to feel a large zit or cyst brewing more than 24 hours before your wedding, you might be able to make an emergency visit to a dermatologist for a cortisone injection. Glamour Magazine recommends, “Call a dermatologist and request an emergency cortisone shot for your blemish (many insurance plans will actually cover this). She'll inject a steroid directly into the zit to make it stop throbbing, growing and getting redder; the puffiness should deflate within a day's time--and you can relax knowing the pimple most likely will get no bigger.” If it’s too late for a dermatologist to intervene, focusing on reducing the swelling with ice rather than drying out the blemish which will just lead to flakiness. Keep concealer within reach throughout the day for touch-ups.

2. A Member of Your Wedding Party is Late to the Ceremony

If a member of your wedding party accidentally sleeps in, gets stuck in traffic, or has an emergency of their own, this might cause them to be late for your wedding. It’s one thing for a guest to show up late, but when the individual is in the wedding party, this can cause major complications. If a bridesmaid or groomsman is unsure whether they will be able to make it in time for the ceremony, give them a firm backup plan so there is no confusion as to what they should do. When and if they arrive to the ceremony they should quietly take a seat in the back of the ceremony venue. They can rejoin the rest of the wedding party after the ceremony, it’s not worth the disruption to have them sneak up to the front in the middle of the ceremony.

3. Rain is Expected for Your Outdoor Wedding

Unpredictable weather can be a major downer on your wedding day. Downpours aren’t the only atmospheric issues that may put a literal damper on an outdoor wedding, high winds and even snow may seriously impair the outcome of an outdoor wedding. If you’re planning on having an outdoor ceremony and/or reception, creating an emergency backup plan is imperative. Our primary recommendation is to have a backup location or tent secured in case it rains. Check out our full guide for planning an outdoor wedding here

4. Your Wedding Dress Doesn’t Fit

Stress, sodium intake, and maybe a few too many drinks at the rehearsal dinner can cause issues with how your dress fits on the day of your wedding. If your gown refuses to zip, don’t panic! Brides Magazine recommends, “If you can't zip it all the way up, zip it as high as you can and with a needle, thread a clear fishing line to hold the zipper in place. Then, use fabric the same color as your dress and double-sided tape to hold the fabric in place between the open part of your dress.” To ensure your zipper fix remains concealed, consider wearing your hair down.

Finally, every bride needs a wedding day survival kit to counter even the smallest emergencies. It’s what you’ll reach for if anything goes wrong, from a blistered toe to a trailing hemline. Despite disasters large and small, be flexible and strive to stay serene, because at the end of the day you and your love will still be married and just beginning your life adventure. The wedding, glitches and all, is simply the beginning.