It’s your wedding day, the day you have been dreaming about for years and planning for months. Now the joyful occasion is almost here and you are totally prepared. Something borrowed? Check. Something blue? Check. Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to make a shelter? What?
Like it or not, wedding season this year is also falling during hurricane season, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is better to be safe than sorry. Even the best planned bridal coordinators cannot control mother nature. The CDC wants you to know 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.”
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A wedding is like a disaster? That is not exactly the theme of your dream event, but it is a good idea to be prepared. The CDC outlines in their latest Public Health blog that a kit, a plan and being informed will help you during the regular minor disasters that are bound to happen on the big day, as well as the natural ones that no one can control. Extra safety pins, a sewing kit and some bandages are always a good idea to have in your bridal kit, but it is also a good idea to have, “a first aid kit, bottles of water, snacks, medications, extra cash, and important documents” handy in case of an actual emergency. If you really want to be prepared, take a look at FEMA’s list.
As for a plan, this includes more than a seating chart or what to do if it starts to rain during the ceremony. This plan includes asking the venue the plan for an emergency and also keep your guests informed as to what the plan would be if the unexpected does occur. The CDC recommends, having a designated point person for emergencies. This will alleviate panic and frustration if an emergency comes up. In addition to a few extra umbrellas, the CDC also has some valuable information on how to prepare for a zombie apocalypse. Seriously. Take a look. Live and learn, brides!
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After attending Christmas at your in-laws every other year for a while, you are informed of topics of conversation to stay away from and who not to sit next to each other during the reception. The same amount of research and attention to detail is needed when planning for the unexpected during your big day. Most likely, the biggest emergency you will encounter is a bridesmaid not being able to zip up her dress or an awkward speech from your Best Man. But just in case the Pacific Coast gets the “big earthquake” or a hurricane is an uninvited guest, you will feel confident that you not only have your “something old and something new”... but enough duct tape and plastic sheeting to make yourself a honeymoon shelter.
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