Most brides are highly conscious of how well their wedding day is turning out. As brides tend to be more involved in the planning of the matrimonial celebration than their grooms, they have a greater emotional investment. They want the ceremony to go smoothly and the trip between venues to be traffic-free and for everyone to show up where they are supposed to show up on time.
To put it another way, while a groom might stand un-phased in the face of an unexpected blemish or a spot on his collar, a bride might burst into tears. And, of course, there are lots of other things that can go wrong. Unfortunately, most wedding disaster guides deal with dress emergencies and beauty emergencies rather than vendor emergencies or what to do when the mother of the groom shows up dead drunk.
To prepare for the minor stuff (if you’re a bride or know one), you can put together an wedding day emergency kit that includes:
- Extra pantyhose
- Black socks for clueless grooms or ushers
- Stain removal swabs
- Feminine protection
- An umbrella
- Sewing kit with color coordinated thread
- Hair pins
- Clear nail-polish
- Safety pins
- Shoe Polish
- Pocket change
- A cell phone
- Hair Spray
For everything else, brides and grooms just have to hope they’ve done their best to prepare for the worst. And if they are curious about worst case scenarios, they can check out Awfully Wedded : Tales of Disaster from the Big Day, a compilation of the most pathetic, heartbreaking, and embarrassing wedding stories ever.