Want to ensure your wedding day runs smoothly? We’ve got top
planning advice from Marie Haverly, The Wedding Expert and Founder
of Isabella Weddings…
The sun is shining, there isn’t a cloud in the sky, the venue looks amazing and you’re sipping bubbles on the balcony of your amazing bridal suite! Life doesn’t get much better than this…
Then your phone buzzes and you imagine it’s another lovely friend wishing you well for your special day, but as you answer the call your heart sinks. It’s your DJ calling to let you know he won’t be turning up this evening after all! He has an emergency and is very sorry but you are now music-less on the biggest day of your life. Disaster!
Before you begin hyperventilating all is not lost. It’s not ideal but everything can be solved with a focused, level head. Trust me, I’ve overcome worse as a wedding planner.
When things go wrong on such an emotionally charged day it can feel like the end of the world, your nerves are on high alert and even a minor problem quickly becomes a huge upset. So, I want to give you some tips to help you keep things on track when someone, or something, throws you a curve ball on your wedding day.
Put things in perspective
The first piece of advice I can pass on is to keep perspective! Remember that this is just one day and it’s not the end of the world, as long as you’re marrying your one true love that is all that counts really.
I honestly know how much this day means to you and how much effort has gone into the planning. But, if you remember that a change of napkin colour or a later than hoped dinner won’t make the slightest difference to the love and enjoyment of your day, you will be able to keep your head. Many of our couples have said to me that they had no idea anything went wrong because they were so focused on having a lovely day. All the minor mishaps fell by the way side for them, and they will for you too.
A vital tip is to have someone on hand to ‘manage’ problems on your behalf. If you can hire a wedding planner then great, but having a sensible, mature friend or family member on hand to take over when things go wrong could save the day.
Don’t try to manage and solve problems yourself. You have enough to think about and will be the centre of attention for the entire day, so you won’t have time to sort out any problems that arise.
Rely on your suppliers too. If the DJ really isn’t coming then ask your venue, photographer, florist etc. for their help. They will have contacts and would love nothing more than to solve a problem like this for you by ringing around and pulling in a favour. Someone will know a company who can fill in and cover for any eventuality so all is not lost, I promise!
Most of all, make sure that you keep breathing, relax, and let the day unfold. Nothing can take away your joy unless you let it, so rely on others and smile! Don’t let anything that goes wrong affect your amazing day.