1. What if… it rains on my wedding day?
Alas, there is nothing you can do to ensure the sun shines brightly on your wedding day. While we all dream of that perfect summer’s day, it’s always wise to have a back-up plan in case the rain decides to pay a visit. When choosing your wedding venue, make sure you have a ‘wet weather plan’. This might be an alternative indoor space instead of your outdoor ceremony. While dining outside sounds lovely, it can be too risky so consider having a marquee or stretch tent instead. Even if the sun is shining, it can often be more pleasant to dine under some shade.
Finally, stock up with a few accessories to prepare for all eventualities. Shawls are a great idea to keep your guests cosy, and it’s always worth having some pretty umbrella’s to hand.
A spot of rain doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t get stunning wedding photos either, take a look at these Wedding Pictures That Will Make You Want It to Rain On Your Big Day and see how the weather can provide you with some unforgettable shots.
Image Courtesy of Olivia Photography at Curradine Barns
2. What should I do if my dress doesn’t fit, or I spill something down it?
Having a final dress fitting just before the big day is essential, allowing time for any last-minute alterations. The same goes for your bridesmaids – do encourage them to have a final try on a few days before the wedding. On the morning of your wedding, always put your dress on after doing your hair and make up, limiting the risk of spilling make up or hair products on your beautiful gown. Having a stick of white tailors chalk to hand is always a good idea – just the thing to hide a small stain or blemish on a white dress. Once you’ve walked down the aisle… just enjoy wearing your wedding dress. Any spills from then on are all part of the day!
Image Courtesy of Ed Brown Photography at Mythe Barn
3. I’m worried I might trip down the aisle
This is something that many brides worry about, and also something that rarely happens. First things first… practice walking in your wedding shoes before the big day, wearing them in and making sure you can walk comfortably. If they feel a little slippery, score the underside lightly with a knife to add some ‘grip’. When the moment arrives, take a minute to gather yourself at the ceremony venue. Link arms with whoever is walking you down the aisle and walk slowly together. This is the time to go slowly, enjoying the moment and soaking up the atmosphere before you say ‘I do’. Savour it!
Image Courtesy of Chris Giles Photography at Upwaltham Barns
4. What if one of the suppliers doesn’t turn up, or I don’t like the decorations or cake?
Having a successful working relationship with your suppliers is all about communication. If you choose people you get along well with and with whom you have worked well, you’ll be confident in whatever they are doing for you on the day. Your cake designer will have provided sketches and you will have tasted a sample of the cake, so the final design should come as no surprise. To avoid any confusion, contact every supplier the week before your wedding to confirm last minute arrangements and timings. It’s also wise to give one of your bridesmaids the contact details for each person. If the cake designer is running late or you haven’t heard from the band, for example, your bridesmaid will be able to give them a quick call without you needing to worry about it.
For a bit more info on picking your suppliers, have a read of our guide of How to Avoid Accidents at Your Wedding.
Image Courtesy of Richard Skins Photography at Delbury Hall
5. When we’re saying our vows, what if I stumble over the words, or start to cry?
As with walking down the aisle, the key here is to take things slowly. Look in to the eyes of your partner and speak only to them – this is a special moment between the two of you. If you’re really concerned about crying, you can always practice a little at home but honestly… everyone loves a tear or two! If you get emotional, take a few deep breaths before attempting to carry on.
Image Courtesy of Kris Piotrowski Photography at Clock Barn
6. We have some complicated family situations. What if there are arguments at the dinner table?
A harmonious wedding breakfast is all about the seating plan. If there are people who don’t get along, simply don’t sit them anywhere near each other, even if it means you have to scrap the traditional ‘top table’. Hopefully everyone will respect your wedding day but, if arguments arise, appoint a tactful usher to have a quiet word and hopefully calm things down.
Need more help with potentially unruly guests? Check out our How to Handle Problem Wedding Guests so your day can go off without a hitch!
Image Courtesy of Paul Rogers Photography
7. The thought of an empty dance floor is really bothering me. What if no one’s in the party mood?
An empty dance floor at the end of a great wedding day is an unlikely scenario, but there are a few things you can do to help the party along. If possible, try not to separate the bar from the dance floor. It’s always a good idea to keep things in the same room so that you don’t get people huddling around a bar and nowhere near the dancing. Plan your music wisely – while you might love heavy rock, it probably won’t be everyone’s choice, so opt for some mainstream ‘tunes’ as well. Finally, time your evening well. Try to avoid announcing the evening buffet when the dance floor is heaving and keep the slow, smoochy songs to the end!
Image Courtesy of Tim Emmerton Photography at West Tower
If you’re still concerned about something disastrous occurring on your big day, why not take some advice from our 5 Reasons Why You Need to Insure Your Wedding and protect yourself (and your bank account) from some of the most common mishaps that can occur on your wedding day.