Curveballs and Crises - What to Do When Wedding Plans Change

If you were due to get married in 2020, I probably don’t need to tell you how stressful a last-minute change of plans can be. You’ve weathered one of the biggest crises the wedding industry has ever experienced and likely dealt with numerous curveballs. However, a global pandemic isn’t the only thing that can throw things off course when you’re planning a wedding. Life happens, and even the most organised couples sometimes encounter bumps in the road. 

What to do when wedding plans change

Much is written and said about planning a perfect wedding, but the truth is you cannot control how every aspect of your day will unfold. Here’s my expert advice to help you cope when wedding plans change…

Feel Your Feelings

Whether it’s the weather forecast or something more serious, whatever’s disrupting your wedding plans, you’re entitled to feel sad, frustrated or disappointed. Feel your feelings, sit with them for a while and then move forward. I won’t pretend it’s easy or that you won’t wish things could be different but focusing on the bigger picture might help. The most important thing is that you end the day married to the one you love.

Consult Your Contingency Plan 

Even the most experienced wedding planner would find it impossible to cover every eventually, but it’s a good idea to prepare for as much as possible. Consider potential pain points and create a Plan B.

Outdoor wedding? What will you do if it rains? Heavily pregnant Maid of Honour? Who will take over her tasks if the baby decides to arrive early? Remember to share your contingency plan with someone else so, if needed, it can be executed on your behalf.

Ask for Help

If you’re dealing with a wedding crisis, chances are someone else has been through it before. Speaking to married friends and chatting to your suppliers is a good way to crowdsource advice. Even if you’re not looking for solutions, sharing what you’re going through should alleviate stress.

Invest in Wedding Insurance

Wedding insurance is designed to protect the money you invest in your wedding. It can cover a multitude of things, from relatively small issues that incur additional costs to unforeseen circumstances that require complete cancellation or postponement. Wedding insurance during a pandemic is complicated and some providers have paused issuing new policies, but if you can get coverage, it’s always something I would recommend.

Can we help?

If you’re further along on your wedding planning journey and struggling with a specific issue, our hourly consulting service could be just what you need. Offering logistical support, innovative ideas and a wealth of knowledge and experience, we’ll do our best to help you ride out whatever you’re dealing with. Simply get in touch to arrange a consultation.

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