Common Wedding Mishaps to Prepare for Ahead of Your Big Day

There's so much planning that goes into your wedding, and you know your fiancée wants it to be perfect. However, that doesn't necessarily mean it will go off without a hitch!

The best way to prevent wedding mishaps is to be prepared. Planning ahead for the following common snafus will help save you from unnecessary stress and help you both enjoy the day:

Unwelcome Weather

An unexpected snowstorm could prevent guests from arriving to your wedding on time, or a heat wave could turn your garden cocktail hour into a sweaty, unbearable mess. Plan for weather contingencies to avoid sticky situations. For example, if you're having an outdoor ceremony, have a backup indoor location, just in case.


What would a wedding ceremony be without the rings or marriage license? Some things are too important to absentmindedly forget. Make a checklist of things you need to take with you or do for the wedding. And before you forget your wedding vows in the middle of the ceremony, have them written down and tucked in your pocket if needed.

Running Late

Ignoring your wedding day timeline can make you late, and worse, throw off the whole wedding itinerary. If your bride-to-be gave you a schedule to follow, it's because she knows being on time is important to avoid wedding mishaps. Make sure you have enough time before you head off to play golf or add in a last-minute trip to the barber. Inform the wedding party and family about your schedule ahead of time, especially what time they need to arrive for photographs.

Flustered Groomsmen

An ill-fitting tux is not a good look for you or your groomsmen. Make sure to try on all the components of your wedding attire, down to the shoes, before the day of the wedding. That way, there will still be time to change sizes if you need to. It's also a good idea to have someone on hand on the big day to help groomsmen with details, such as tying ties and pinning boutonnieres.

Tasteless Toasts

Before your drunk uncle grabs for the microphone, let your wedding planner or emcee know who will be making toasts. And if you think your best man might tell some stories you'd rather not be made public, talk to him beforehand to explain those jokes and stories are better left for a guys' night out.

Vendor Problems

While you can't avoid all wedding mishaps, you shouldn't have to worry about the wedding professionals you hired. Confirm with all your vendors beforehand to avoid any no-shows or mistakes. Make sure they know when to arrive and where to be, and go over all the details so everyone knows what to expect.

Stressed Bride

Your fiancée has been busy planning for months. If she doesn't have a wedding planner, she may feel a lot of pressure to make sure everything goes well. Don't put extra stress on her by leaving all the day-of work to her. Remember, you're not just a guest at her wedding—you're there to help her enjoy the day together.

Plan ahead to handle common wedding mishaps so you can both relax. As long as you keep your cool and sense of humor, your wedding day is sure to be easy to enjoy.