Your wedding day is one of the most important and memorable days of your life, and as such, you’ve spent a great deal of time and money on making sure everything goes off without a hitch. Every bride hopes her day will be perfect, but it’s possible something could go wrong. Here are some of the common wedding disasters and what you can do to combat them:

1. Running Out of Money

Weddings are expensive; that’s a fact. Despite your careful budgeting, there’s always the possibility that your funds won’t cover all the expenses. Rather than settling for less than you want, consider taking out a small loan to cover the costs.

Try choosing a lender that offers flexible repayment plans and low-interest rates to make it easier to pay back. Many guests like to give money as a wedding gift, so you can use this cash to pay off any small loans you take out to help pay for your big day.

 Wedding Woes - 4 Common Wedding Disasters and How to Combat Them

2. A Not-So-Ideal Forecast

Many brides and grooms watch the weather forecast like hawks in the weeks before their wedding day. Stressing about inclement weather too early doesn’t make sense, but once you reach the Monday of your wedding week, you should have a pretty good idea of what the weather will be on your special day.

Plan accordingly, especially if you’re planning an outdoor event. Provide large umbrellas for guests if rain is in the forecast, or if the temperatures are supposed to drop, provide fleece blankets so guests can stay warm as you and your partner exchange vows. Being prepared for inclement weather ahead of time can give you peace of mind on the big day.

3. Forgetting Something Important

You have a lot on your plate, so it’s easy to forget something important like the marriage license or the rings. It’s also very common for couples to forget their wedding vows, especially if you don’t write them down.

To make sure you don’t forget anything vital, designate someone else (like the maid-of-honor or the best man) to take charge of these things. The more you can pass off to someone else, the more you’ll be able to focus and enjoy your day.

 Wedding Woes - 4 Common Wedding Disasters and How to Combat Them

4. Not Leaving Enough Time for Pictures

Your photographer is perhaps the most important attendee at your wedding. After all, it’s the photos she takes that will remind you of the day forever. If you want great pictures of your special day, make sure you plan plenty of time before and after the ceremony to get them. A rushed photographer cannot take awe-inspiring shots. Her skill is an art form that requires focus and concentration, so it’s better to have too much time between events than not enough. It’s helpful to make sure everyone who is expected to be in your photos knows beforehand. The less time you take rounding everyone up, the more time your photographer has to work her magic.

Your wedding day is a day you’ll remember forever – but only because it was a great day, not because something bad happened. Planning ahead and staying calm in a crisis helps avoid some of the most common wedding disasters. From taking out a small loan to making sure your photographer has enough time to do her job, you can combat many of these wedding disasters to ensure your special day goes off without a hitch.