Wedding Day Emergencies

With 8 weddings to attend and 5 to stand up in this summer, I can’t believe how smooth things are going for all of them! Sure, there were a few hiccups here and there, but nothing major to panic about. So many pieces have to come together for a wedding and everything, even the weather, has been perfect for all of them so far.

Well… almost all of them! The night before my high school volleyball teammate/college roommate’s wedding, bridesmaid dress disaster struck. The bride, Kellee, had picked out absolutely gorgeous bridesmaid dresses for us to wear. They were a beautiful beige color and in all different styles. A few months before her wedding, she emailed the bridesmaids a survey that asked us to rank ten different styles. After we all submitted our rankings, she figured out how we could all wear one of our top choices. (bride of the year award) I have to say, it turned out to be an absolutely gorgeous combination.


The night before the wedding, a few of the bridesmaids wanted to try on their dresses and so I figured I might as well too. As they were helping me zip mine up, all of a sudden I heard a gasp. SH*T. The zipper had completely split. Not exactly what you want to happen at 11PM the night before the wedding! I remained as calm as I could on the outside (full on panic attack on the inside) and began to make a list of tailors in the area and what time they opened. Fortunately, the first place I called the next morning was able to help me and fixed it in under an hour for $25. Can you say wedding miracle??! Everything turned out perfectly AND it gave me some perspective for what to do with last minute wedding emergencies.

What NOT to do:

  • Do not involve the bride or the bride’s family. Even though they were kindly offering their help, I tried to handle as much of the situation on my own as I could. The last thing they should be thinking about the night before such a big day is a broken zipper.
  • Don’t be a bridesmaidzilla. A wedding weekend should be all about the bride! Do not let yourself have a mental breakdown, no matter how bad the situation is.

What to do:

  • Remain as calm as possible. Even if you are stressed and worried, try to show it as little as possible.
  • Stay positive. If you have an attitude that everything will work out, chances are it will!
  • Come up with a plan, and communicate your plan to the bride. It will be reassuring for the bride to know that you are handling the situation… without too much of her help.
  • Enlist the help of another bridesmaid. If you need some extra support, talk to another friend or bridesmaid. (Thanks Meghan for letting me use your car!)
  • Acknowledge the people who help you. I left a great review for the tailor after they turned my stress into relief. I don’t know what I would have done without their quick and quality service!

I hope any wedding emergencies you may have can be taken care of as smoothly as this one was. I was able to breath a sign of relief and have an amazing time celebrating the marriage of Kellee and Lincoln Kole! Congrats to these two newlyweds!


What wedding emergencies have you encountered and how did you handle them??

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