The CDC has put together a series of tips and advice to help stop what should be the best day of your life turning into a major disaster. The guide is obviously a little bit tongue-in-cheek warning about what you can do if a ‘Bridezilla’ strikes and threaten to ruin the celebrations, but they do make some good points. It is also nice to see that government agencies are not totally devoid of humor!
I’ve seen so many brides-to-be turn into what resembles a giant pulsating vein of stress and anxiety caused by the pressure of organizing that ‘special day’ – so these tips will no doubt come in handy for people who like to be prepared for every eventuality.
The guide by Caitlin Shockey, mentions that for many in the U.S wedding season happens to coincide with hurricane season and with the freakishly weird weather being experienced in America at the moment, having a contingency plan in place to deal with weather anomalies can only be a good thing!
Shockey’s advises all wedding organizers to ‘Build a Kit’ carrying certain essentials that could come in handy in an emergency. What you put in this emergency bag should range from a first aid kit, to some safety pins to avoid any potential sartorial tragedies, makeup to fix any weepy bridal eyes, and various other practical items. You can find a more extensive list of the kind of things to include in this emergency kit on the government website.
Shockey also reaffirms the importance of having a plan for which to contact guests should some sort of disaster occur, suggesting that those planning a wedding should have a list of emergency contact numbers and have a guest designated in organizing things should the gas mains explode or mother nature decide to unleash hellfire and brimstone upon your wedding party. Getting the venue to provide you with their emergency procedures and strategies is also a good idea just in case a hurricane decides to gatecrash your big day!
The Survival Guide also placed a great deal of significance on ‘staying informed’ as being aware of any potential problems that might arise and having contingency plans in place to deal with them is the best way to ensure that the celebrations run as smoothly as is humanly possible. Don’t seat the family drunk close to the bar, keep that aggressive uncle away from that friend whose sense of humor is an acquired taste…Oh and make damn sure you check the weather reports!
Shockey said: “You never know when Bridezilla might pop up. When dealing with an emotional bride, try to remember your loved one is probably stressed out and will soon return to her caring self after the wedding is over. Be supportive and have some bottled water from your emergency kit and a box of chocolate on hand.” Personally, I would advise anyone who sees a Bridezilla coming, to run for their lives, but that’s just me I guess!