Tiny Details for Your Big Day: 4 Often Overlooked Wedding Day Safety Measures
The last thing you want to consider on your big day is an emergency interrupting your ceremony. However, you can’t prevent the unexpected — only prepare.
What should you have in your arsenal to keep yourself and your guests safe should disaster strike? Here are four often overlooked wedding day safety measures to cover while planning.
1. Be Ready to Douse
Many wedding ceremonies involve candles — some go the extra mile with grandiose fireworks displays. Where there’s fire, there’s a risk of it spreading. The problem compounds if you plan a backyard barbecue, where grease can cause your grill to erupt and dashing children knock over citronella torches.
Keep a fire extinguisher handy — doing so saves lives and prevents costly damage by keeping flames from spreading. If you plan elaborate pyrotechnics, coordinate with your vendor to supply the required safety equipment.
2. Have First Aid Supplies Handy
Hopefully, you won’t have to deal with injuries more severe than minor cuts and bruises — a fun outdoor game could result in a stray beanbag to the eye. However, it’s vital to have a well-stocked first aid kit with the following items:
Bandages in various sizes
Antiseptic wipes and creams
Over-the-counter medications like Tylenol
Instant hot and cold packs
Are you hosting an outdoor affair? If so, go a step further to protect yourself and your guests from skin-damaging sunburns. Have some extra bottles of sunscreen handy for application every two hours and include bug spray to deter stinging pests.
3. Get Your Guests Home Safely
Few things can mar your big day memories like tragedy, but the risks compound when you mix a party atmosphere, alcohol and vehicles. Even if a crash doesn’t result in severe injury or death, it can take a financial toll. DUI offenses can cost as much as $10,000 and hinder earning power by restricting driving ability.
If you have the budget, rent a party bus. You can schedule your driver to make multiple runs throughout the evening to get guests back to their hotels. Out-of-towners will appreciate not having to navigate unfamiliar roads and locals will enjoy your affair much more without fear of repercussions. It could be far less expensive than paying for Uber.
4. Mind Those Slick Surfaces
Are you 5’1” and planning on rocking stilettos next to your 6’4” mate? Maybe you’ve trained your calf muscles to handle the strain — but few such shoe styles come with gripping soles.
Appoint someone to check surfaces and ensure they’re free of ice or snow that could send you sprawling. Also, pack a spare pair of white flats to slide on at the reception so you can dance the night away without rolling your ankle.
Stay Safe at Your Wedding
You don’t want an accident to mar your big day, so plan for these often overlooked wedding day safety measures. You can pull off your dream wedding without a hitch.