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How to Deal with an Injury Before Your Wedding

Don't let anything stop you from having a perfect celebration.

Contributing Writer
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The last thing you want to have to deal with on your big day is a surprise injury. Sunburns, cuts, and casts can all seem like major issues on your wedding day. How will you hide a broken ankle? What if a sunburn makes it too painful to wear your wedding dress? Whatever you do, don't let these fears get you down—especially if you're not even dealing with an injury at all as worrying prematurely doesn't do any good for anyone. In the event that an injury does happen, having a plan in place is important. That's why we asked three wedding professionals to share their best advice for taking the attention away from any injuries on the big day.

 

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Lumps, Bumps and Bruises

If you have a fairly new surface injury—think a sunburn, bruise, or cut—your makeup artist may be able to help you conceal it. Kylie Carlson, of the International Academy of Wedding and Event Planning says, "If possible, contact them as soon as the injury occurs so that they know to bring more full-coverage makeup in various shades to even out your skin tone." Of course, dealing with your injury may mean more than simply covering it. Carlson suggests getting plenty of rest, cleaning any wounds you may have regularly, and keeping injured limbs elevated. "Cold and hot compresses will help with swelling, and aloe gel can take care of sunburns. You may look good with a cover-up, but it's equally important that you feel good!"

 

Cutting the Rug in a Cast

If you have an injury that requires a cast, or just requires you take your first dance a little bit slower, contact your entertainment vendor as soon as possible. Your band or DJ can make accommodations for any dances that you need to cut or slow down. "For example, if it's difficult for you to walk, he or she may suggest a shorter path," Carlson says. "Missing out on a tradition such as the father/daughter dance is disappointing, but the right professional will be able to offer creative options."

 

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

"While your photographer should be able to offer posing ideas on site, it's a much better plan to reach out prior to the wedding so he or she can map out a plan based on the injury as well as your requested shots," says Keith Phillips, of Classic Photographers. While he says some things may be able to be edited out after the fact—like a cast—it is always easier to come up with an alternative way to position you instead. "Your photographer can advise on certain angles/poses that won't focus so much on the injury," he adds. "Just be upfront and as communicative as possible- even sending photos of the injury so your photography has a clear picture as to the issue."