How to Deal with 5 Unexpected Wedding Problems

Do you like surprises? I know they can be a lot of fun in certain situations, but for the most part, you don’t want surprises on your wedding day. Unfortunately, something probably will go wrong. The good news is that things can still be saved. Depending on how you prepared and how you react, these unexpected wedding problems can be a big deal or nothing at all. Today, we are going to look at how to deal with 5 unexpected wedding problems.

How to Deal with 5 Unexpected Wedding Problems

1. People being late

I’ve always hated being late. I am the type of person that would rather be there 30 minutes early than 2 minutes late. I know people are different and there might be some people that are late to your wedding. The big problem with this is that it can throw off the schedule for the entire day and you might miss out on something. people being late to wedding ceremony There are a few things you can do to prepare in advance for late people. First, identify the people that have issues with being on time. If they are consistently late to other things, they will probably be late to your wedding. Next, you can try talking to them about the importance of being on time and see  how they react. If that doesn’t appear to work, tell them the earlier times for everything. Need them there by 2? Tell them to get there by 1. Lastly, if you don’t think any of this will work, put someone in charge of them. That person will be there making sure things are done on time and ready to go. What do you do if people do show up late? That will depend on the person and the situation. People like the best man and mother of the bride are pretty important. For these type of people, you’ll want to wait and make sure they are there before starting anything major. For other people, if it’s a small number, go ahead and continue with the day. Now, if half of your guests are late because of something like traffic, you would want to wait for them.

2. Forgetting Something

I just got back from a trip to St. Louis for some engagement sessions. Before I left, I made sure that I wasn’t forgetting anything really important. You’ll want to do the same thing for your wedding. custom wedding Converse shoes Making a list of everything you need is really helpful. It’s easier than keeping it in your head and you can mark things off. Once you have that list, divide things up to people you trust. Giving each person two things to remember spreads out the load and makes it easier for people to remember. If possible, set up the day before or early that morning. That will give you time to put everything out and see if you are missing something. Then, you can still have time to go get anything you forgot.

3. Clothing, hair, or makeup issues

Recently, I talked to a groomsman from a wedding I shot about 4 years ago. Turns out that they had issues with their ties. I had no clue, but they received a wrong order, so there were two sets of ties. They chose not to freak out and ended up splitting the guys up so the two sets of ties looked planned. close up of bride with makeup Anyway, I tell that story because I’ve seen a lot of wedding problems revolving around clothing, hair, and makeup. The best way to prepare for this kind of problem is to try everything out beforehand. Make sure you get the clothing early to try it on and make sure it’s all there. Do a trial run with your hair and makeup so you know what it looks like. That way, you aren’t surprised on the wedding day. Another way to prepare is to plan ahead. For the guys, have extras pieces of clothing there and ready to go like socks, undershirts, or pants. You never know when someone will forget socks or rip their pants. For girls, think about things like the weather and the schedule. If it’s really windy or hot, that could send your hair flying and make you sweat. I also suggest you put a chunk of time before the ceremony for touchups.

4. Bad Weather

Yesterday it snowed for 2 hours. It’s April, almost May and the week before it was 70 degrees. That just shows how crazy the weather can be. Still, there are things you can do not make sure the weather doesn’t ruin your day. wedding couple in the rain with an umbrella black and white When you are picking your wedding date, think about the normal weather that time of year. Is it normally hot or rainy? Will it be cold? This doesn’t mean you will be able to control the weather, but your chances of having the perfect weather will be better. You can also prepare by watching the forecast beforehand. If it looks like you are going to have a problem, start finding solutions. This could be things like renting tents, space heaters, or getting umbrellas. If you do get bad weather, don’t let it ruin your day. Yes, you might not be able to have your ceremony outside or really bright colorful photos, but plenty of other things can still go on. I’ve seen plenty of rainy weddings that were a blast.

5. Things not going as planned

Plans are nice, but often, there are a few issues here and there. When it comes to weddings, it’s usually things not looking like planned or something going wrong. wedding cake with berries Something might not look exactly as you planned. It could be the reception hall, your flowers, the food, or something like that. Maybe you wanted the dance floor in one location but they put it somewhere else or maybe the cake isn’t the perfect color. It could be a lot of things. There are plenty of things that can go wrong as well. They could play the wrong song for your first dance, the groom might stumble through the vows, or maybe the mother of the groom falls and breaks her wrist (yep, that happened). With all of these situations, stop and think before you react. How big and important is the problem? The groom passing out is a much bigger deal than decorations. Next, what can you do to fix it? Tell someone and do what you can, but then move on. There’s no reason to be upset about something you can’t control.


Most likely, something will go wrong at your wedding. You might as well expect it. As long as you prepared beforehand as much as possible, there’s nothing else you can do. Don’t worry about the problems if they are small and continue to enjoy your day. Focus on the big point which is you are getting married and having a good time with family and friends. Do that, and everything will be fine.

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