1. It rains on your wedding day.
If you’re planning an outdoor wedding you need to have a contingency plan in case of inclement weather. You also need to be truly okay with the contingency plan, because it doesn’t only rain on wedding days in Alanis Morissette songs.
2. Your officiant turns out to be nuts.
Ideally you not only want to meet the officiant ahead of time, but also see them perform a ceremony (or know someone who has). You don’t want to discover mid-ceremony that their style leans toward the “fire and brimstone” or overly dramatic, if that’s not what you want.
8. Your guests get ridiculously drunk.
To keep this from happening you might want to serve only beer and wine, or have a cocktail hour after which hard alcohol is cut off. Making water easily accessible and serving a “late night” snack are helpful, too.
13. Inviting your ex turns out to be a huge mistake.
You may be on great terms with your ex (or think that you are), but few guests have the potential to create as much drama as an ex. Their presence may also make your future spouse uncomfortable, which you certainly don’t want.
14. More guests show up than were invited (or you had an inaccurate head count).
You definitely want to ask your venue and caterer what they would do in the event of unexpected guests, because it’s pretty embarrassing not to have a chair for everyone (even if it’s not your fault).
18. The catering blows it.
The food may be great at the tasting, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the caterer will be able to promptly serve it to a large group with the same level of quality. Don’t be afraid to ask a caterer how much experience they have handling large gatherings and to request a reference.
20. The music choices turn the dance floor into a 21+ club.
Increasingly inebriated and randy guests often request music that isn’t appropriate for an event with your grandma. Asking the DJ to limit requests and focus on playing songs that everyone can dance to will stop the reception from turning into the VMAs. One more thing… be sure to give your DJ a “do not play” list!
22. A crucial piece of equipment doesn’t work.
When interviewing vendors you should ask each one what they’d do if something were to go wrong. Do they have a back-up camera? A second microphone? You never want to hire anyone unless you’re confident they can do their job even if things don’t go exactly according to plan.
23. You let your wedding be ruined.
Something inevitably goes wrong at every wedding, but if you keep your focus on what’s really important — the beautiful union that you and your partner are forging — then not even a hurricane could ruin it. (Okay, maybe a hurricane.)