Murphy’s Law: Your Guide to Navigating Wedding Day Hiccups

A wedding is an exciting life event. While it’s not the be-all and end-all of your marriage, it’s still a beautiful opportunity to celebrate your relationship as you head into this next part of your journey together. Naturally, you want the day to go off perfectly.

Yet, it’s important to accept that these types of events rarely run completely smoothly. The key to making sure hiccups don’t cause unnecessary stress or derail your wedding entirely is taking a few preparatory steps.

Let’s explore some of the things you should be aware of and prepared for as you plan your big day.

Wardrobe Issues

It’s not a question of if wardrobe issues will happen on your wedding day; it’s a matter of when and who will have them. You might have bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, and page boys all wearing some form of bespoke formal outfit.

It’s wise to get to know some of the usual wardrobe mishaps, so you can prepare resources in advance. Some of these include:

  • Broken zippers: Whether on dresses or trousers, a broken zipper can feel like a disaster. In the best-case scenario, the zipper may just be stuck due to some fabric being caught, which requires carefully removing the fabric. It can also be wise to keep a wax stick handy to ease a stuck zipper down. If the zipper has become separated, you may be able to gently squeeze it back in place with a pair of needle-nose pliers. In the case of a loose zipper, having some safety pins to hand to put a barrier below the zipper can be a good emergency solution.


  • Drink spillages: You and your guests need to keep hydrated in the lead-up to the big event. Unfortunately, this can mean outfits can be at risk of drink spillages. Water and white wine may not be a huge issue and you can just carefully dab at the spill and let it dry. However, with red wine and juices, you should keep a stain remover appropriate for the fabrics you’re wearing to hand. In a pinch, you may be able to pull out the stain by flushing with white wine, blotting the area, rinsing, and drying.


In addition, it’s always worth having a few spares of key accessories around. Keep spare buttons for suits. Even a backup pair of shoes is useful in case a heel breaks.

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Weather Hurdles

Many couples carefully choose their wedding dates in line with the weather. This isn’t necessarily exclusive to traditional spring or summer weddings. Some people choose winter weddings to create a cosy atmosphere or take advantage of snow for photo opportunities. Nevertheless, weather can present hurdles during weddings. While you can’t control the weather conditions, you can take preparatory steps to avoid disasters.

Colder Conditions

You can avoid complications when hosting a winter wedding by being mindful of the common logistical challenges of this time of year. Make certain your guests are fully aware of what indoor and outdoor activities will take place, so they all dress appropriately. If you’re spending significant time outdoors, rent enough heat lamps to keep everyone comfortable. In the event of unexpected ice or snow, contact the venue as soon as possible to ensure walkways are cleared and salted and that warning signs are in place to prevent accidents.

Warmer Weather

Weddings in the spring and summer months are often popular. While there’s a chance of nice weather, it’s still important to prepare for issues. On hot days, make sure to prepare areas of shade with parasols and other forms of shelter so guests don’t get overheated. Arrange for plenty of bottled water to be available to mitigate dehydration. It’s also wise not to entirely rely on the day being dry. Having a backup space or — at the very least — plenty of umbrellas can safeguard against pop-up showers.

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Accidents and Illnesses

Safety should always be a priority when hosting a wedding event. When people are celebrating, letting loose, and potentially under the influence of alcohol, there can be risks involved. Accidents and illnesses can certainly put a dampener on the celebratory atmosphere.

Some of the ways you can maximize everyone’s safety include:

  • Prepare first-aid resources: It is vital to have a couple of well-stocked first-aid kits available during your wedding. However, if you don’t, it’s worth being aware of some first-aid hacks that you can use with everyday objects. For instance, strips of cloth or belts can be good makeshift tourniquets for serious cuts. If antiseptic isn’t available to clean wounds, adding salt to clean water to make saline can be useful for flushing the injury before dressing it.


  • Get CPR training: Nobody wants to think about a guest requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) during their wedding. However, having a good understanding of these techniques can be life-saving in an emergency. Wherever possible, find out which guests have up-to-date certification in this area. If nobody does, consider attending a course yourself.


Most importantly, identify the nearest urgent care facilities and pharmacies to your wedding venue. Share this information with your guests so they can get necessary medical treatment in emergencies.


Few weddings proceed without a few hiccups, but they don’t need to spoil your event. Take the time to gather resources and make plans for everything from common wardrobe issues to emergency medical scenarios. Even if your efforts aren’t completely successful, keep a cool head about it. Mishaps are a part of life and remember that these are challenges you share with your spouse and overcoming them together can make your relationship stronger.