Wedding planning disasters: They don’t happen all that often, but when they do, they happen hard.

When planning a wedding, people tend to be terribly excited about all the amazing things they’ll be able to put into play, from the colour scheme and decorations to the hors d’oeuvres and take-away gifts. Some of the most vital planning that has to be taken into consideration, however, has to do with management and damage control of those unpleasant-yet-generally-avoidable situations that can turn a gorgeous celebration into fuel for horror stories.

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Rain

Whoever said that rain on one’s wedding day was a lucky thing was just trying to console a bride who was sobbing her guts out while staring at ruined garden decorations.

If you’ve planned an outdoor wedding, it’s absolutely vital that you have a solid contingency plan in case of inclement weather. Even if there has never been rainfall on your wedding date since the dawn of time, and every almanac you’ve consulted has given you the all-clear, make alternative plans just in case.

Aim for a venue that has enough space indoors to accommodate your guests if the festivities need to be moved, or if it’s a backyard wedding, have rain-proof tents on standby: they can be put up at short notice to extend any indoor space outwards.

Illness

It’s nearly every bride’s nightmare that either she or her spouse-to-be ends up getting ill for the wedding. This really isn’t something that can be avoided entirely, as illnesses like to pop up whenever they bloody well like to, but you can spend the months leading up to the ceremony trying to be as healthy as possible.

Chances are that you’re already eating well and exercising in order to be as fit and glowing on your big day, and this attention to your health will undoubtedly boost your immune system as well.

Cutting back on sugar, gluten, and simple carbs (like white bread) can help to improve your immunity, and adding vitamins A, C, D, E, and Zinc to your daily health regimen can be of great benefit as well.

If you prefer natural remedies* to pill-popping, you can take a daily dose of echinacea with goldenseal as a strengthening tonic, and increase your consumption of ginger, turmeric, and garlic… though lay off the latter just before the wedding. Your spouse will thank you.

On the off-chance that you or your spouse get sick while on your honeymoon, it’s important to have travel health insurance, and to find out whether the resort you’re staying at has a doctor on location.

*Note: it’s best to consult your doctor before taking any herbal supplements in case there are any contraindications with medicine(s) you may be on, or allergic reactions.