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What To Do When Things Go Wrong Before (And On) Your Wedding Day

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It’s every couple’s worst nightmare. Mishaps on or before your wedding day can cause your stress levels to go through the roof – and who could blame you? We put so much pressure on this one day to be perfect, so when things don’t go to plan, it can feel like a huge disappointment.
Unfortunately, the nature of wedding planning means that things going wrong is all too common. Even the simplest of weddings might involve multiple venues, caterers and outfit changes. Attempting to bring everyone together for your special day also adds to the stress.

Put it in perspective

When you first learn that something has gone wrong, take a step back from the situation for a moment. Let the information sink in and then assess the damage. Has your venue burned down with two days to go before your big day? Or has a caterer told you they’re not available on the date you need?
While you might have your heart set on certain things, there may be some disappointments along the way. Going into wedding planning with thick skin will help you to avoid feeling rocked by every misstep along the way.

Be as flexible as possible

Having backup plans in place will allow you to be flexible with your wedding planning. This is one of the reasons we recommend viewing multiple wedding venues and sampling multiple caterers. Rather than rest all of your hopes on one option, you can fall in love with a few different options so you’ll never be disappointed.
For example, you might have your heart set on The Hare’s Field, but you will find similar charm in a setting like The Boundary. Allowing yourself to be open to multiple options will help you to avoid disappointment.

Have a plan A and a plan B

The weather is a common cause of stress on your wedding day. Rather than worry about something you can’t control, make sure you have plans in place for any eventuality. For example, if you’re planning an outdoor wedding, using a supplier like Piece of Cake Marquees will ensure your guests can enjoy the sunshine if possible, and they won’t be caught out in the rain.Other ideas for weather contingencies include patio heaters for unexpected cold weather, air conditioning units for a heatwave and clear umbrellas for a downpour.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

When it comes to last-minute disasters, social media is your best friend. People love to be able to do what they can to help at the last moment. So, while you might not get exactly what you wanted, you can still enjoy your big day without too much disappointment.
You could also call other suppliers to see if they have last-minute availability. You might not get exactly what you wanted, but it’s better than missing out on something special like cutting your wedding cake. For example, a bakery like Wilma’s Bakery might be able to help out with last-minute changes.

Speak to your vendors

You might be surprised to learn about additional services offered by your vendors. For example, Pictures and Petals offer photography and floral arrangements. Black Jacket Events offer transportation, marquees and live entertainment alongside their stunning wedding catering. And Love Lilly offer a wide range of wedding decor.

So if you’ve been let down by a vendor, speak to your other vendors to see if they can fill the gaps. Again, you might not get exactly what you were hoping for, but it will be far better than postponing your wedding.

If you want to minimise the risk of mishaps on your wedding day, then working with a wedding planner is a great way to achieve this. While it might not eliminate the stress, it will at least allow you to get some distance from it.

Ready to start planning your wedding? We’re here to help in any way we can. From connecting you with friendly suppliers that will support your dreams, to helping you to define your wedding aesthetic. Get in touch today to learn more.

Debbie and Becca x

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