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While you can try to plan the perfect wedding, it almost never goes as planned. From your most trusted vendors cancelling due to emergencies to feuding friends and family drama to catastrophic weather, you can’t predict everything, but here are some tips for staying sane.
What to do when a vendor doesn’t deliver
What do you do if one of your main vendors doesn’t come through? What if your bridal salon closes due to financial or family emergency reasons with your gown still inside? With only a few weeks to go will you be able to find another “perfect” dress? And how will you contact the former dress salon to get your money back? If you don’t hear from them in a reasonable timeframe, contact a local television news station and get them involved.
On the other hand, if your photographer or videographer cancels, you have options to still have plenty of fun memories of the wedding. Consider using a bespoke photo booth for hire, where you can create something different with a variety of themes and budgets and get the guests involved in taking pictures for your special day. Check out Blue Steel photo booth for franchise in London if you’re in the UK. A good rule of thumb is to check in with all vendors a few weeks out to avoid any catastrophes.
How to deal with inclement weather
No matter what time of year you get married, the weather may turn drastically. It may start raining heavily or it may become hot and humid, and you need to be prepared. If it’s raining, you don’t want the rain or mud to wreck your dress first and foremost, so invest in some cute golf umbrellas, either in your wedding colors or a classic black and some rain boots to take the formal photos in outside. Make arrangements with a local company to set up a tent and awning if needed to protect your guests.
On the other hand, if it’s a temperature control issue, learn to adapt and make do. If it’s hot and humid like 95 degrees with 90 percent humidity in the middle of June, consider handing out bottles of ice water to keep guests comfortable during the ceremony. Likewise, if a blizzard arrives, arrange for extra space heaters inside and a coffee and hot chocolate bar to keep everyone warm and cozy.
How to Avoid Getting Caught Up in the Family Drama
Having a family brings all sorts of issues no matter what. But remember that is your day, and not to stress yourself out by worrying if your two friends from college can’t stand each other. Sit them at opposite tables at the reception and call it done. If Uncle Dave likes his wine a little too much, ask one of your cousins to keep an eye on him.
If another cousin randomly shows up with her husband and kids that she didn’t RSVP for, just remember to stay calm. Your wedding coordinator usually plans for a few uninvited guests and should have enough food and can shift a few places accordingly.
Above all, remember to keep your sense of humor. All of these little disasters will seem funny one day as you look through your photo album.