By now, you've probably heard of every disaster that has ever occurred at a wedding.
Inclement weather, wardrobe malfunctions, messes involving the chocolate fountain and the "Boot Scootin' Boogie".
People share amusing and outrageous anecdotes, but no one wants to be the bride who forgets to wear waterproof mascara on the most emotional day of her life, especially at an outdoor wedding in the middle of a cyclone.
Stories of wedding disasters are terrifying for those who are still in the middle of planning.
Here's how to put those worries aside: make a kit with things you need, just in case something goes wrong.
First, find a hard plastic makeup carrying case.
If you're into extremes, you can upgrade to a fisherman's tackle box.
You can fill it with the following:
1. Stain-removing aids. Tide wipes, bleach pen and/or club soda.
2. Bobby pins in black, medium brown and light brown, and hair clips.
3. Assorted safety pins and straight pins, for corsages and dress emergencies.
4. A button-down shirt/smock. You will need to change after you get your hair and makeup done, and it is far less challenging than pulling a shirt over your head without messing up your hair or smearing your makeup. The smock will come in handy if you need to do any heavy touch-ups while you are wearing your dress, especially if you like loose powder or mineral makeup.
5. Clear nail polish, good for both stocking runs and split nails.
6. Super glue, in case a shoe heel breaks or centrepiece breaks.
7. Bottled water and your favourite light snacks, such as walnuts mixed with dried fruit.
8. Colourful umbrellas. They can turn a rainy tragedy into a beautiful photo opportunity.
9. Sewing kit with clear thread, white thread, black thread and thread to match the maids' outfits. Also include hooks, buttons and scissors. You never know when a seam or clasp will break.
10. Spare makeup. Especially powder, eye makeup (waterproof) and lip gloss. If you're crying, sweating, kissing and eating, these will all rub off.
11. Wrinkle release and static cling spray. Always test on a small part of fabric before you spray the whole thing.
12. List of vendors, bridal party members and their phone numbers. Don't rely solely on your mobile phone directory because your phone can die.
13. Spare phone charger. Don't forget your phone.
14. White or silver ballet flats. Your heels might hurt by the end of the night and you'll want to keep dancing.
15. Your wedding day timeline.
16. Cash, for anything that comes up and a roll of coins for parking metres or vending machines.
17. A few spare pairs of men's black socks. Men sometimes forget these things.
18. Makeup sponges. Many makeup issues can be fixed simply by blending. Blending can make the difference between a natural and artificial look. Blending sponges are also good for getting rid of deodorant marks.
19. Tissues and handkerchiefs. It's a wedding. Trust me.
20. Lint roller.
21. Clear earring backs.
22. Medicines: include pain reliever/migraine medicine, antacids, allergy medications and any prescriptions you need to take.
23. Hand sanitiser. You'll be shaking a lot of hands.
24. Mints and gum.
25. Makeup remover and nail polish remover.
26. Tools like tweezers, cotton swabs, combs and brushes.
27. Products like hairspray, lotion, and on-the-spot zit treatment.
28. Gel inserts in case heels make your feet hurt.
29. Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash and floss.
30. Manicure kit.
31. Soothing music.
32. Redness-reducing eye drops.
33. Double-sided fashion tape.
34. First aid kit.
Before you go out and buy everything on the list, search your home for items. You'd be surprised what you have already. You can also ask family members and bridal party members if they can donate or lend any items.
Emergencies happen, and you can rest easy knowing you have things under control.
After your wedding, you can pass your emergency kit to someone else getting married. It just might save their wedding.