Planning A Wedding: The 10 Worst Disasters That Could Happen

10 worse case wedding day scenarios and natural disasters brides and grooms don't plan or prepare for.

Below are 10 situations that strike fear into the hearts of even the calmest of prospective brides and grooms:

THE WEDDING IS NOT LEGAL

The very first thing that you should do when planning a wedding is find out the steps that you must take to legally tie the knot. The exact process to do this varies greatly not only by states, but by individual counties and cities too.For example, some laws require that the couple take blood tests and/or go through a waiting period of up to five days before getting married, while others require no blood test or waiting period. Also, be sure to check the requirements set by the church or other location in which you plan to have your wedding ceremony. Many churches require that couples receive counseling for a specified period of time.

OF ALL THE DAYS FOR A NATURAL DISASTER TO STRIKE!!!!!

For most, planning a wedding during a time that you know there will be perfect weather is nearly impossible. Though you will almost definitely such information, consider asking all people/companies that you participate in any contract with (i.e. caterer, floorist, dressmaker, etc.) their policies on refunding money or rescheduling should a natural disaster take place on your wedding day.The same is true if you live in an area that is flood or snowstorm prone.If you are forced to postpone your wedding, try to spend the extra time resting and falling further in love with your prospective spouse.

IT'S RAINING (OR SNOWING) ON MY PARADE!

Your wedding day is your time to shine, so don't let some water and/or ice put a damper on your mood.It is very important to have a rainy/snowy "what-if" plan put in place when planning a wedding. For example, have a stash of umbrellas, mittens, etc., prepared just in case the weather doesn't cooperate.Also, be familiar with the doors of the church and/or reception hall, so you will know the quickest way to get from the car to the door while staying dry. Finally, if your wedding takes place outdoors, be sure to have an alternative location chosen.

THE DRESS DOESN'T FIT

The easiest way to avoid problems with dresses and tuxedos is to prepare in advance.Be sure to have all necessary dress fittings before the big day.Additionally, it's always wise to request that all members of the bridal party try on their "gear" before the wedding.

MISSING BRIDESMAID, GROOMSMAN, OR OFFICIANT

It's always best to keep in close contact with your bridal party and the person who will be officiating at your ceremony, especially during the days right before your wedding. One way to do this is by having a rehearsal as near to the actual date of your wedding as possible.You should also have alternates chosen just in case a member of your bridal party is unable to participate in the wedding.

YUCK- THE FOOD IS HORRIBLE!

While you may not have control over the weather, you can, for the most part, have control over the food that is served at your wedding. Before confirming a destination for your reception, consider performing research on the company that you will be using.Asking others is perhaps the best way to get information about the quality of food prepared by any prospective caterers and/or reception halls. You can also perform an internet search to see if the location/caterer you choose has any negative reports associated with it.If possible, ask the person catering your wedding for a sample tasting of all of the foods that will be served.

FAMILY FEUD

If you have family members or friends that you fear may fight at your wedding, tell both parties of your concerns prior to the wedding.If, after talking to them, you still legitimately fear that there is a good possibility that either party may cause a scene at your wedding, reconsider the invitation.This is also true for family members/friends who have a reputation of ruining parties or family events.Whether you are faced with this situation or not, it is always best to have the necessary security should any type of disturbance occur.

I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT GRANDMA DRANK THAT MUCH!

If you feel the need, inform caterers, bartenders, and all managers that you don't want your guests to be served alcohol if they are obviously drunk.You can also insist that "last call" take place at any time during the wedding that you see fit.For example, should you desire, you can request that bartenders stop serving drinks a half an hour before your wedding's close.You can also request that guests have an opportunity to eat throughout the whole wedding.Not only can this help to keep your wedding chaos free, but it may also help limit drunk driving after the wedding ends.

THE WEDDING GIFTS ARE MISSING

Imagine getting home from your honeymoon only to find that your wedding gifts are missing.Be sure to know the wedding gift policy of the location in which you have your reception. This is especially true if your reception will take place in a hotel or similar setting in which other events are taking place simultaneously. In most cases, guests put wedding gifts on top of a designated table(s) soon after entering the reception.Though these tables see a lot of traffic at the beginning of the reception, they are often ignored after the party gets started.Designating one person, preferably someone who is not in the wedding party, to keep an eye on gifts may be a good idea.You can also assign one person the task of transporting the gifts after the wedding is over.

THE PICTURES ARE HORRIBLE

As with choosing a caterer, word of mouth is one of the best resources available when choosing a photographer and/or videographer.Before choosing someone to capture the memories of your big day, request several samples of his/her work.Consider performing an internet search to see if he/she has any negative reports posted.Also, having disposal cameras is one way to ensure that you will have a variety of pictures.In an abundance of caution, you can ask a family member/friend who is not part of the wedding party to take pictures/video.There pictures/video can serve as backup to the professional's.

Regardless of what happens during your wedding, stay conscious of the fact that it is YOUR day.Let your main goal be that you will enjoy your time to the fullest no matter what the day has in store for you.

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