Let’s face it, not every disaster that occurs at weddings is avoidable. There are things that even the most well prepared Wedding Planner just can’t avoid. A google search of wedding disaster pulls up a pile of things that I just can’t think “what would I do to avoid”. They range from a twisted ankle, to the reception hall burning, to being robbed ( from People magazine article)
So, what happens when disaster strikes and your best laid plans are foiled? Here are a few pointers on how to deal that apply to just about any scenario:
- Take a deep breath! Okay, so you’ve just had this disaster happen and your day isn’t going as you had envisioned it. Before you have the complete melt down that’s building, find yourself a quiet corner and take a few cleansing breaths. No. Seriously, the oxygen will calm you . Inhale, hold for a few seconds, then release. Do this a couple of times until you feel your heart rate slow down. You may even have a revelation about how to handle it. Decisions are better made with a calm demeanor than panic.
- It can either be a disaster or a memorable moment that makes your wedding unique! Yes, I just said that. But think about it. How many weddings have you gone to in your lifetime, and how many of them do you remember? Yours will be unforgettable for sure. And, as long as it isn’t a tragic disaster, you’ll have a funny story to tell the grandkids someday. Family members and guests will sit around at family parties and reminisce about their experience at your nuptials. Sometimes, unplanned disasters could be a gift in disguise. Whether it is a happy memory or a bad memory depends on what you decide to do with the moment and the perception or spin you put on it.
- Your wedding day is only one day out of the rest of your life! You’re not doomed, nor is your marriage or relationship. Actually, how you react with each other and to each other in the moment is more the tell tale for the fate of your relationship. Life is full of unexpected moments, and so is a marriage. Try, really hard, to find the humor in it. Laugh with each other or even take a moment to cry with each other! It’s not the end of the world, it’s just one day.
- The day will end with you as Mr & Mrs and that was the point anyway right! This following quote says it best from one couple in an article that I found on People magazine. They found themselves robbed on their honeymoon with irreplaceable sentimental items stolen from them.
“Their sad adventure “felt very cool and newlywed,” says Nat, 29. “It was like, ‘You and I are in this together, and we’ll deal with this ourselves.’
It may be difficult when wrapped up in the moment, but remember this; you have people that love you and the rest of your life ahead of you. And, through any scenario that may occur, smile and they will smile with you!
For more tips and advice , read our Avoiding Wedding Day Disaster Series. Call our planner today to schedule an appointment to see the beautiful Mauch Chunk Ballroom!