Confronting Plan B – preparing for wedding day emergencies!

Morning everyone. You may have noticed I’m posting a little late today. That’s due to a series of events that have just gone horribly wrong over the last few days. Don’t panic, nothing major, it’s just been a week of cancellations, late trains, forgetting keys, broken internet connections etc. etc.

Now what has this got to do with weddings? Well, I’ll be honest guys, I’ve been flustered. It’s one of those weeks where it feels like everything is conspiring against me to make my life as inconvenient as possible. And it got me thinking about my wedding Plan B.

Plan B is something I’ve avoided so far. Plan B is not something I want to think about – it’s an unhappy compromise, it means my dreams didn’t work out, it means something’s gone wrong. But it’s getting to the stage of planning where I have to face it – things will go wrong. With so much on the go, I’d be kidding myself if I thought everything would go perfectly to plan because it’s my wedding day. So today we’re talking about Plan B.

Images in this post courtesy of the exceptionally talented and brilliant Eliza Claire Photography

Now, there are things I can’t back up. For example, I can’t exactly book two venues in case something terrible happens to mine – I can’t book two of each supplier in case someone doesn’t show up. What I can do is the following. Here’s a little back-up guide for your wedding. Think of it as an emergency manual of contingency plans in place should something go wrong on the day. So my plan is as follows:

The Emergency Kit

Medical and beauty supplies

  • Painkillers, in case of a headache or period pains for me or any of the wedding party.
  • Neurofen gel in case my bad back flares up under the weight of the dress.
  • Antacid.
  • Plasters for any cuts or in case my heels rub.
  • Deodorant.
  • Sun tan lotion (it’s a summer wedding, you never know!)
  • Nail file and clear nail polish.
  • Make up remover, cotton wool buds, tissues, moist wipes.
  • Tampons / towels etc (in a wedding party consisting mainly of girls, the odds are in my favour on this one)
  • Rescue remedy
  • Vaseline / lip balm
  • Tweezers
  • Small compact mirror in case make-up runs after ceremony
  • Moisturiser
  • Lady and men’s razors – for any last-minute grooming…
Outfit  and hair supplies
  • Spare tights for the wedding party.
  • Safety pins, needle and thread, spare buttons, hooks etc for any dress disasters.
  • Hairspray – not just for any flyaway hair, but also for tight ladders etc.
  • Hair pins, hair bands of all sizes and colours
  • Hair brush / comb
  • Scissors
  • And this is a good one from Martha Stewart – white chalk to disguise any stains – talc is also good for this.
  • Pair of flat shoes
  • Hairdryer, curling tongs, straighteners
  • Iron
  • Shoe polish (grooms and groomsmen may need grooming too!)
General emergency supplies
  • Phone charging cable
  • Mints / gum
  • Light snacks with slow-release energy, bananas, energy bars etc. and high-sugar fruit drinks. You don’t want to faint halfway down the aisle!
  • Laptop with power / Internet connectivity
  • Blue tack / sticky tape
  • Torch (you really never know).
  • Umbrellas for the bridal party.

The Little White Book

Another part of my contingency plan will be my Little White Book. This should include:

  • Numbers of all my suppliers
  • Numbers of my wedding party and guests
  • Contacts for local taxi firms
  • Numbers of all local hotels and details of where guests are staying.
  • A list of suppliers that I’ve checked out and like in my local area. There are three of each – this is in case there’s a disaster or emergency with one of my suppliers and I need last-minute rescuing.*
*Disclaimer – this isn’t about lack of faith in my suppliers, it’s more that I can’t predict the future. People get taken suddenly very ill, things go wrong, traffic happens, people get stranded. I’d rather have myself covered for an emergency than not. So I’d advise making a list of your suppliers and then searching other suppliers in each category within a ten-mile radius of your venue. Rank them in order of preference and make sure you have their contact details to hand should someone pull out at the last second.

The Wet Weather Plan

  • I’ve already mentioned umbrellas for the wedding party (because they have to be pretty and go with the outfits – try Love Umbrellas for this!) , but I’d suggest to guests that they each bring an umbrella in case of rain.
  • Cute wellies for you and your groom – wellies shots are great!
  • Depending on your venue, there should already be a wet-weather plan in place, but if there isn’t, go through the plan, area by area, to see how rain would affect it, what knock-on effects this would have on the rest of the plan and what can be done about it without too much hassle or drama.
  • This means you need a detailed floor plan of how many people each room accommodates, what facilities are available in each space, plugs etc. and whether or not you can bring food / drink into the area.
  • Finally, watch Singing in the Rain, look up shoots that have happened in the rain and try to get some inspiration for great, creative shots that incorporate the rain. That way you may even hope for rain in order to get some of those really awesome shots, making your Plan B into a more attractive prospect!

Do you have a Plan B for your wedding day? Are you dreading any unforeseen dramas or are you happy to go with the flow? Do you think an emergency kit is overkill or good sense? I’d love to hear your thoughts! 


I’ve just been reminded that WEDDING INSURANCE is really important! Duh! Make sure you’re covered for all eventualities!

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