No matter how meticulous your planning may be, some things may crop up on your special day. Getting distraught over these emergency scenarios can bring a bride to her knees on one of the most important days of her life, so we’ve asked seasoned event coordinators about common on-the-day mishaps and their quick solutions:

1. You have a stain or tear on your dress
After stressing over every small detail on your dream gown, you suddenly find a stain on the day of your wedding. What now? The first step to solving this problem is to relax and think about what your next move is going to be. Removing stains from a white dress is tricky business – not all stains come out the same way. Here are some common stains and their quick fixes:

Ink: Hairspray on a cotton swab. Rub lightly over the stain.

Watermark: Blot the area immediately with an absorbent towel.

Makeup: Put a small amount of club soda on the stain and sprinkle a little bit of salt on top. Don’t rub – just let the area dry.

Your quick fix emergency kit should include a stain removal pen, plain moist towelettes, white fabric chalk and a sewing kit. You can also ask your craftiest bridesmaid to bring along extra lace, fabrics and appliqués on the day of the wedding to cover up stubborn stains.

2. Your wedding vendor shows up late

After months of planning for this one special day, one of the vendors that you’ve hired shows up late or performs under expectations. A few ways to prevent this is to do some prep work before your big day. Send a reminder to all your hired vendors one week prior to your wedding day to remind them of the time and location of your wedding. Assign one member of your bridal party to save all of the vendors’ mobile phone numbers on his/her own phone and to follow up or relay information on your behalf. It’s also important to research your vendors and ask for a portfolio of their previous work. That’s where Delegate comes in handy – we’ve done the work for you so that you don’t have to. Our vendors are carefully selected so that you’ll have peace of mind on your wedding day.

3. The weather is not cooperating

Global warming requires all couples who want an outdoor wedding to have a Plan B and Plan C. Check the weather forecast a week before your wedding. If it looks like the weather isn’t going your way, ask your venue if it’s possible to move your wedding to one of their indoor spaces. Most venues are able to offer wet weather alternatives so check ahead of time to make sure that your decor is suited for your back-up plan as well. If you’re intent on having your celebration outdoors, consider offering your guests chic brollies or ponchos. They’ll make for a unique photo op.

4. Your kiddie entourage is refusing to go down the aisle without a fight

Kids will be kids… not even a bridezilla can get them to do something they don’t want to do. The secret to getting them to walk down the aisle peacefully is to get them hyped about it. Ask their parents to practice walking with their kids a few days/hours before the wedding and make the experience a sort of game. The kids can get a treat or earn playtime if they successfully walk down the aisle by themselves. Alternatively, you can ask a bridesmaid to accompany your enthusiastic flower girls/ring bearers down the aisle

5. You have a humongous zit on the day of your wedding

Zits really have a way of popping up when you least expect them too, don’t they? The first step to managing a huge pimple is to stop picking on it – it’ll just further irritate the skin and make things much worse. You can try applying an ice pack or a skin soothing product that will calm red and irritated skin. Leading up to your big day, try to maintain a diet with lots of fruits and veggies, get plenty of beauty rest and make regular visits to your Derm or facial therapist for that glowing complexion.

We’re not going to lie. It’s quite likely that small hiccups will occur on your big day. But remember that this is a joyful, once-in-a-lifetime occasion and that you should be celebrating it with your groom and loved ones. So don’t sweat the small stuff! It may surprise you but most of your guests probably won’t even notice the minor details that you’ve spent months agonising over. The day is here, there’s little else you can do at this point so let your hair down (figuratively or literally, you decide) and sit back, relax and try to enjoy yourself. The day will be over before you know it.

(Image via Rosie Windsor Wedding Photography)