You can get married without the gown, flowers, photographer or cake. If your officiant fails to show, however, you'll be up the proverbial creek. Such was nearly the case for Lydia Smith of Fort Worth, Texas, whose officiant showed up for the nuptials … eventually.
"He arrived a half hour late because he remembered the time incorrectly," said Lydia. "After the ceremony, we presented the contract and ended up being refunded the cost of the church rental."
Even men (and women) of the cloth have faulty memories. Confirm the time and location immediately prior to the event, and it also wouldn't hurt to have someone in the audience licensed to perform the ceremony in a pinch!