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The Center For Disease Control has issued a handy wedding day survival guide.

We’re sure it’s just a fluke that wedding season happens to coincide with hurricane season.  Ensuring that everything is perfect for the big day requires a great deal of strategy, coordination, and patience.  As you gather your nearest and dearest to celebrate what should be a joyful time, Mother Nature, clashing personalities, and unexpected situations could easily thwart even the best laid plans.  Just remember: Get a Kit, Make a Plan, and Be Informed.

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You’ve put in a lot of work leading up to this event, so the idea of having a back-up emergency kit shouldn’t be too far-fetched.  The bridal kit should include extra safety pins, makeup for touch-ups, maybe a few sedatives. It also wouldn’t hurt to have the essentials from a home emergency kit or “go-bag” by your side.  You never know when you might need to bandage up a clumsy flower girl, revive a passed out reception guest, or even evacuate.  A first-aid kit, bottles of water, snacks, medications, extra cash, and important documents are just a few of the more practical items to have handy.  If you’re the bride, add this to the list of things you need your maid of honor or someone in the bridal party to put together for you.

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Make sure you have a plan for contacting guests in the event of an emergency, and keep a list of emergency telephone numbers on hand.   A little rain on your wedding day is one thing; a severe weather situation is another.  Extra umbrellas for the wedding party are helpful just in case the weather changes on you.

It may not be a bad idea to have a “runner” to take care of errands and be the go to person for questions.  With out-of-town guests and the whirlwind pace of the big day, a designated point person for emergencies will alleviate panic and frustration if an emergency comes up.  Make sure all of the guests are aware of who they can call if there is an emergency. It’s actually a good idea to have emergency contacts in any situation.

If a tornado warning rips through the area, would you know what to do?  200 guests are not going to be able to crowd into the one windowless bathroom.  Ask the reception venue for their emergency plans and evacuation routes.

Emergencies could range from a tear in your wedding gown, tornado, health issues, monster-in-laws, or bridezilla on the loose.  It’s important to be aware of the possible issues and to do your homework.  Just like you know the risks of putting feuding family members in one room, you should also know to check the weather report.

For more please visit The Center For Disease Control’s official site.

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