Are Weddings Natural Disasters?

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Editor's Note: In an effort to stay relevant, the CDC has been trying various methods of getting the public's attention. Their most successful to date is last year's zombie apocalypse preparedness plan, which used the scenario to get important points across to the zombie-loving web. Looking to their success in film and television, the CDC settled this year on a wedding theme. But did they go too far? Should weddings not be likened as a natural disaster even as a public service? -- AVF

Being in the throes of wedding season, many of us here at CDC realized that planning for a wedding isn’t that much different from planning for a disaster [...] Emergencies could range from a tear in your wedding gown, tornado, health issues, monster-in-laws, or Bridezilla on the loose. It's important to be aware of the possible issues and to do your homework. Just like you know the risks of putting feuding family members in one room, you should also know to check the weather report.

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You never know when Bridezilla might pop up. When dealing with an emotional bride, try to remember your loved one is probably stressed out and will soon return to her caring self after the wedding is over. Be supportive and have some bottled water from your emergency kit and a box of chocolate on hand.

When you know what to do, you'll be ready for anything. Be prepared and have one less thing to worry about on your big day. Weddings tend to bring out the best and worst in people; we hope this wedding survival guide helps keep things manageable.

Read more from CDC's Wedding Day Survival Guide at Public Health Matters Blog