Banish those wedding planning problems with Part 2 of our guide, from Danny Johnson at Fwd: Events…
The 10-day weather forecast predicts rain on my day… In July!
Unfortunately, one of the biggest wedding planning problems is the British weather. Being so unpredictable, you can never be certain of a warm or cool day, sunshine or rain. Here in Blighty we can have scorching hot Septembers and floods in June – it’s completely luck of the draw. The best thing to do is to be prepared for all weather outcomes, and most importantly – don’t let it stress you out. There’s absolutely nothing you can do about it, but you can ensure that you enjoy the planning process rather than fretting about the small stuff. And on the day, as long as you have a Plan B, you will be just fine. You’ll most likely be so caught up in the moment that you won’t even notice the weather!
Our friends have uploaded some photos of us on social media before the service has even finished!
This is a very 21st century problem that is only set to get worse as technology advances. To me, a wedding should be a private event shared with your guests, not with their social media followers – and most definitely not before the evening guests have even arrived! You could politely ask guests on their invitations not to upload any photos until the following day. Some of my clients have asked for an all-out camera ban, but this means you miss unofficial moments that can be just as precious as the main photos of the day. Other clients have incorporated the social media buzz into their day by asking guests to upload their photos using a certain hashtag. If this is the case, perhaps you could ask guests to do this after a certain time so that they spend the day celebrating with you, rather than checking and updating their social media profiles.
It’s the big day and a button has come off my wedding dress!
You should always carry an ‘instant repair’ kit around with you, or make sure your bridesmaids keep it somewhere safe for any on-the-day dramas. All you need is some black cotton, white cotton, a needle, a small pair of scissors, black buttons, white buttons, some plasters and a couple of safety pins.
Our guests aren’t eating any wedding cake
Professionally-made wedding cakes can be very expensive. By the time guests have enjoyed the wedding breakfast, sipped on something sparkling for the speeches and socialised with other guests, they are often too full or preoccupied to appreciate the wedding cake. An increasing trend is to have a wedding cake with a fruit cake top tier (which the couple can keep) and then tiers of vanilla sponge cupcakes cascading underneath. This makes it easier for the guests to take away with them.
My mother-in-law is interfering!
It’s natural for both sets of parents to want to get involved in the planning, especially the mums! If they have contributed money to the day, then you may need to give a little into their strong wants, like certain people being invited, but don’t do anything you aren’t comfortable with. She will understand if you make it clear from the start that you’re happy to hear her ideas but ultimately decisions are made between you and your fiancé.
My top tip for your big day is to remember that weddings are a bit like the theatre. Your guests will never know what goes on behind the scenes, or what was meant to happen, so if anything doesn’t go to plan no one will notice. So why worry? Forget those wedding planning problems and enjoy every second of it!
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