James Allen Stewart7 Ways To Avoid Failing Your Wedding Day
Weddings are a crazy thing; you love someone, and suddenly you have to plan a huge party, connect with multiple vendors, organise and secure venues. They can also be amazing events filled with joy and deep felt happiness if done right. After having been to a ton of amazing ones, and been to a ton of maybe not that successful ones, I can at least share my thoughts and experiences about what to avoid on your journey to the perfect wedding day. Some of these will seem obvious to you, but they are unfortunately not obvious to everyone. Let’s dive into it.
James Allen Stewart
Founder. Watford, UK
1. Plan for failure
With this, I mean don’t be too optimistic with your time scheduling. Yes, your ceremony may be scheduled between 10:00 AM and 12:00 AM, but don’t plan the wedding shoot for 12:00 – 12:30. I guarantee it will take longer to get out of the church. Uncle Bob wants a hug, your sister wants to tell you about her own upcoming wedding, Uncle Bob wants another hug, your mother is tearing up about how proud she is, and before you know it it’s 12:30 AM and you missed your shoot.
Now, if you want your shoot, you have to push everything half an hour ahead, and suddenly the catering has to wait, the driver has to wait, the horses for the chariot are getting bored and start planning a revolt, and it’s all going to cost a lot of extra money. What I suggest is scheduling breaks before important events so there is room to breathe if everything goes well, and room for failure if things take a bit longer, and Uncle Bob wants that third hug.
2. Have a spare everything ready, or secure items in good time
3. Remember to ask for help
4. You always get what you pay for
Finding the cheapest vendor for everything could be a tempting move, or even have people do it for free if you know someone who knows someone who got a camera for a Christmas gift last year or who does cooking at home and don’t mind doing it for 200 people. I mean, how hard can it be, you just do what you usually do but times 100, right? The issue is not so much that you don’t get the quality you were hoping for, even though this is of course also a very real concern. The issue is that you expose your wedding day to a huge amount of unreliability.
Having someone help on your wedding day for free is great until they feel a bit sick on the day, or a bit lazy. Suddenly, you get that wedding morning call from your nephew Thomas saying that his cat is currently on fire so he needs to put it out for the rest of the day, or that he was struck by a small, non-fatal meteor on an unspecified body part, so they are not able to do their job on your wedding day.
Another scenario is that you get a call after the wedding from Uncle Bob stating that they may or may not have accidentally forgot how their camera works during the wedding, so now all the pictures look like a mixture between a Jackson Pollock painting and the omelette you burned yesterday.
Invest a bit, you only have one wedding day. Don’t gamble with it.
5. Check the weather
6. Relax, the day is meant to be fun
7. Pay vendors the amount they are worth
But with humans, they are driven by two things: their own professionalism, and their mood. Even though every vendor is supposed to do their upmost regardless of how much you skimped and haggled and bargained with them to reduce their price in the last moment, it always shows in their work in varying degrees. I’ve been to weddings where every vendor had been haggled (and cheated) moments before they were supposed to be paid, and the atmosphere was horrible. Everyone was doing the minimal effort and it showed on the mood and quality of everything. When the bartender isn’t jolly and making jokes, the DJ is doing minimal effort, then the guests are also gonna feel it.
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