The guide is categorized under “Natural disasters and Preparedness.” That should tell you a lot about the impact of weddings on the participants, planners, and guests. Not to say weddings are “disasters,” but they can cause a significant amount of stress which can turn into strained dispositions, family squabbles, and tarnished memories of a day that should be remembered with love and honor.
Caitlin Shockey of the CDC writes, “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. Being in the throes of wedding season, many of us here at CDC realized that planning for a wedding isn’t that much different from planning for a disaster. Just remember: Get a Kit, Make a Plan, and Be Informed.”
Build a kit
A bridal kit should include extra safety pins, makeup for touchups, and a few sedatives. A home emergency kit usually has all you need for to bandage an accidental cut or scrape. Also bottles of water, snacks, medications, extra cash, and personal documents for identification should be handy. The bride should ask her maid of honor or family member in the bridal party to help put this together. FEMA has a more inclusive emergency kit, you can visit at Ready.gov
Make a plan
No one wants rain on their wedding day, but it’s better to be prepared for any emergency and keep a list of emergency phone numbers available. Extra umbrellas for the wedding party are helpful in case the weather does not cooperate.
Have someone available to run errands and be the go-to person for questions and answers, particularly if you are having out of town guests. Make sure the guests know who this person is and how to contact them if there is an emergency situation.
The chances of a tornado warning in your area are remote, but would you know what to do? 200 guests in a panic is avoidable with advance planning. Ask the reception venue for their emergency plans and evacuation routes.
We have been talking about emergencies, and a wedding gown malfunction can also be an emergency, as well as problem in-laws, tense or stressed bride and groom.
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.
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.
Weddings can bring out the best and the worst in anyone, so being prepared can mitigate the stresses that are sure of happen.
The girl scout’s motto is still the best: Be prepared.