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Wedding Day Mishap Fixes

Oops!  Something is  bound to go wrong!  It’s Murphy’s Law after all:  anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.  But luckily, there is time for quick fixes for some of the most common of wedding mishaps.

With the Dress

It’s a white dress with lots of lace and fluttering satin and silk, and the world is full of sharp corners, high heels, lipstick, wine, and chocolate.  And there is a full day ahead of you.  You can’t be wrapped in bubble wrap, but you can have a few necessary items on hand to handle whatever gets THROWN your way.  Have a sewing kit handy and some double-sided fabric tape as well as some stain removal wipes.

With Your Composure

On a big day, you can have a stressed-triggered headache; you can become dizzy or even faint; you could start sweating profusely; or your feet or ankles or back could be in agony because of the shoes.  Staying hydrated will help in many ways.  Also, have breath mints for nausea as well as to hold off halitosis.   Even if you don’t normally need it, have some prescription-strength deodorant and body powder on hand in case of a bout with the sweats.  And whenever you can, try to stay off your feet, and when you are standing, DON’T LOCK YOUR KNEES!  A slight bend at the knee can keep you from fainting away.  Hopefully, if you have committed to a new pair of shoes, you have the foresight to wear them for a few minutes each day for two weeks before the big day not only to break them in, but also to make sure you can handle them.  You may need to put in some cushions or pads of moleskin at the heal to prevent discomfort and blisters.

Quick-Fix Gift Basket

As a gift to the bridal party or for yourself, put together a quick-fix basket or bag of goodies just in case some of these very common mishaps occur. *Bottled water  *Headache medicine of choice  *Granola or protein bar  * Candy *Body powder  *Stain removal wipes  *Sewing kit  *Double-sided fabric tape *Superglue *Breath mints *Clear nail polish *Tissues *Prescription-strength deodorant *Soft-cushioned satin slippers

With the Weather

It can be an extreme weather weekend no matter what time of year you plan to tie the knot, but I hope you don’t have to batten down the hatches for it.  For an outdoor wedding, have an indoor game plan or at least a secure tent.  Think about having some fans or some outdoor space heaters available depending on the season.  In some cases, it is what it is, deposit be damned.   Hand out some umbrellas and sing, “Rain, rain, go away, because you’re not ruining our wedding day!”


Hopefully calamity won’t overtake your special day, and in all probability, regardless of Murphy, Moe, Larry, or Curly, things will go very well.  A little preparation will go a long way and, usually, if we have something on hand just in case, it is almost a talisman that wards off bad luck all together.  Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

With that, I’d like to leave you with an old Irish wedding blessing.

An Irish Wedding Blessing

May God be with you and bless you.

May you see your children’s children.

May you be poor in misfortune,

rich in blessings.

May you know nothing

but happiness

from your special day


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The author: Dawn Van Ness

Dawn Dickson Van Ness grew up at the beach and has published her work in print and online. With a BA in English and a MS in Mass Communications, she has used writing and multimedia to promote artists, art shows, writers, small businesses, and other self-employed individuals by building websites and maintaining social media pages. She feels most fulfilled when she is helping others achieve their dreams, which includes writing self-help and steps-to-success articles for various websites. It seems a natural fit for this wife and mother of two to write features that help soon-to-be wed couples. For more about Dawn, go to