Chemical spills and fires are involved. 

By Real Simple
Updated June 25, 2015
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Married couple kissing on the steps
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Wedding season is in full swing, which means frenzied months of preparation are finally coming to fruition. But it's rare for every detail to go off without a hitch—in fact, some wedding day stories qualify as downright disasters. In the latest episode of “The Labor of Love,” one of Real Simple’s podcasts, host and editor Lori Leibovich hears from two people who survived crazy wedding catastrophes.

Melissa and her husband have been married 15 years—despite dealing with a chemical spill, a mysterious fire, and unreliable transportation at their destination wedding. Leibovich also calls in Eliza Kennedy, author of "I Take You," and Tracy Taylor Ward, wedding and event planner, to discuss suggestions for keeping anxiety at bay, and why the way a couple communicates in crises is a good reflection of what the marriage becomes. Listen to the full episode below, and don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes.