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 Wedding day
M SHAPS
(and how to handle them!)
 IT’S TRUE: No wedding is flawless, and you’re bound to miss a few details or encounter mishaps. From wet weather
to disorderly guests, your wedding day might throw you a curveball or two, so it’s good to have a plan of attack.
Here are some common wedding-day glitches so you can be prepared to handle things before – or when – they go wrong.
RAIN OR WIND RUINS YOUR OUTDOOR PARTY. Weather in Alaska can be unpredictable and oftentimes a nice summer day can turn wet or windy. Always have an alternative plan arranged just in case of bad weather. This could be the rental of
a tent, moving to an inside area, or
changing locations. If you’re counting on outdoor group photos, be sure to bring umbrellas, just in case.
THE MUSIC SELECTION FOR THE DANCE FLOOR IS AWKWARD / INAPPROPRIATE.
The simplest solution: Hire a good wedding DJ. Don’t trust a friend- of-a-friend who DJs at a bar – even
if your friend says he’s really good.
A professional DJ will not only sit down with the couple and consider the music they enjoy – and a “do not play” list – but they’ll consider the guests’ needs as well. If you listen to hard rock, but your family only listens to country, people won’t get up and dance. Creating a playlist of songs you and your guests love will ensure everyone will be singing along.
YOU HAVE GUESTS THAT DRANK TOO MUCH AND SHOULDN’T BE DRIVING. Free-flowing libations and
a packed dance floor might be the signs of a fun time, but safety comes first. The easiest solution: Hire a bartender. Bartenders in Alaska are required to undergo the Training for Alcohol Professionals program, which ensures they know the laws regarding alcohol, how to identify intoxication, prevent drunkenness, check IDs and handle sticky situations. It’s also their duty to watch over those who drink, making sure nobody goes over their limit or reaches for their keys when they’ve had a few. Also, consider offering transportation in the form
of buses or trolleys, or shuttle everyone out to the venue and offer vouchers for free Uber or Lyft rides so guests can leave whenever they want. Another alternative would be to provide your guests with a few bottles of wine on the table. It’s enough to celebrate the moment, but not enough for things to go south.
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