CDC guide on how to survive wedding season

Who knew the Center for Disease Control had a sense of humor? I thought the government wasn’t allowed to laugh at anything, ever.

Caitlin Shockey wrote a tongue and cheek blog post comparing wedding season to a natural disaster. “We’re sure it’s just a fluke that wedding season happens to coincide with hurricane season.”  Anyone who has ever planned a wedding knows that the points are actually useful, despite the side of sass they’re served with. I have a few notes on her points however:

1. Build a kit – Good idea. Most couples these days have emergency kits like these in the bathrooms for their guests. This is a must have for any good maid of honor. Sore feet, ripped dresses and bug bites are all very common problems at wedding so having a first aid kit is necessary. I’ve actually seen a guest break their nose at a wedding though, so just keep in mind you can’t prepare for every medical emergency. (That’s what 911 is for, right?) Easy on the sedatives though, remember Sixteen Candles?

2. Make a Plan – Every outdoor wedding needs an indoor option. Venues are required to have contingency plans in case of actual disaster – so it’s not a bad idea to check on that. If a guest has a problem, make sure there’s someone to field their questions that’s not the bride or groom. The wedding coordinator, or parents of the couple. It’s like a DD for your bridal party.

3. Stay Informed – Well honestly. If you have are a bridezilla, chances are you don’t know you’re a bridezilla and won’t have anyone telling you so for fear of your short arms lashing out at them.

Best of the Comments Section:

July 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm ET  –   Liseth

“Excellent tips, but I don not think it is right comparing a weeding with a disaster.”

– I disagree. A disaster is very much like weeding your garden. They both rip plants out of your garden so I’d say it is a fair comparison.

July 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm ET  –   Steph

“I am so glad my government is wasting my tax money on this type of thing.”

– I’m sure the author is underpaid and works holidays. Do not fret, they’ll find far better ways to waste your tax money.

July 10, 2012 at 2:16 pm ET  –   Nicol

“This information is fine and everything, but why the focus on the bride? What about tips for grooms, best men, etc to help out? Weddings are not about brides, they’re about two people uniting forces. This is sexist crap.”

– I agree, very sexist. Very crappy. The best comedians are woefully gender neutral and politically correct.

July 11, 2012 at 6:07 am ET  –   LT G

“This article misses the most important aspect of wedding preparedness — avoidance. Weddings are easily predictable phenomenon, and typically come with advance warning. It’s no different from a hurricane; the best way to weather the storm is to get out of town well in advance.”

– Well played LTG, well played.


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