When things go wrong... it can still be happy ever after!

Friday, 30 October 2015 00:00

You've dreamed about your wedding for years and want everything to be perfect - but what happens when things go wrong? In the months leading up to your Big Day it is only normal to imagine your wedding day as 100% perfect and so good that it will be remembered by you and your guests for years to come. However, what if, because of human error, act of God or totally unforseen circumstances something goes wrong either beforehand or on the day itself? It is not a popular topic for discussion but sometimes the unexpected does happen so here our are key tips for riding out the storm and coming out smiling with a happy ending after all....

Buy insurance: Wedding insurance is often neglected by couples who do not want to pay for something they will probably not use. For the sake of a small sum of money (packages start at 30 euros) however you can have the peace of mind of knowing you are covered if you have to cancel unexpectedly, make new plans in the event of financial failure by a supplier, must delay travel or other unforseen difficulties . While this does not make up for the worry and additional work caused in these cases it can help you recoop some of the money which can make a big difference.

Speak to your planner: Your Wedding Planner cares as much about your Big Day as you do. She wants everything to go well and has years of experience planning events. Don't treat her like a competitor therefore, but as soon as you have a problem talk to her, ask her advice and use her expertise and contacts if she suggests they can help resolve the situation.

Be realistic: When you get married in Spain the customs, food and culture are different to those back home. Aside from the sunshine, the up side of this is the great Spanish food, love of dancing, willingness to welcome children everywhere and traditions such as flamenco dancing, all of which can bring even more sparkle to your Big Day. The red tape and "do it tomorrow" attitude can be frustrating however. Somethings do work differently here and a wedding in Spain will not be the same as a wedding in Ireland, the UK, Scandinavia or the States. Celebrate the differences and you will be better equipped to laugh at the stuff which you thought would be easy but turns out to be far more complicated.....

Take a step back: Some problems are truly disastrous - an absent groom or flooded reception venue. Others however are a matter of perspective. Will your wedding really be ruined if your flowers come in a slightly darker shade of pink or if town regulations mean can't arrive at the church in a horse and carriage? Before calling it a disaster take five minutes to sit quietly and think about the important things in your life and why you are marrying in the first place. You are making a public declaration of your love in front of family and friends so don't let insignificant details change your appreciation of the Big picture....!


Five ways to make YOUR wedding day incredible!

Friday, 29 May 2015 00:00

As hard as you try it is impossible to predict or control all aspects of your wedding day. Guests will cancel at the last minute or get impossibly drunk at the reception. An road accident can delay traffic and the arrival of your guests, or a cold can leave you feeling less than awesome. Strange as it sounds however, very few things can detract from your wedding day happiness unless you decide to let them. In this week’s blog we look at five ways you can make the most of your day regardless of others.

  1. Be in the moment. So much of our life passes without us fully being aware of it. Make sure your wedding day isn’t one of those days. Stop at odd moments during the day to simply enjoy being the bride and having friends and family around you to share the day.
  2. Don’t rush conversations. It’s easy to end up playing the role of party hostess at your wedding and rushing round trying to fit in a chat with everyone. Instead of flitting from one thing to the next take time to engage fully in conversations and go with the flow until a natural break.
  3. Remember to eat breakfast! With pre-ceremony nerves and hair and beauty to do it’s tempting to skip breakfast entirely or trade it for glass of champagne. Feeling dizzy and light-headed through your ceremony however can distract you from the actual “I do” and leave you craving food just as the photos get started. If you can’t manage a big breakfast try a small bowl of porridge, some yoghurt and fruit or a protein bar.
  4. Leave the organising to your wedding planner! Your planner is there to make the day less stressful for you. Relax and let her do the running and the organising. She has the experience and the contacts to be able to do this and is at your day as a professional.
  5. Remember perfection is over-rated! Life is rarely perfect and the chances are something will not go entirely to plan on your Big Day. Don’t see a minor hiccup as a disaster but instead turn it into a funny story or reminder that despite all the ups and downs you and your fiance have made it this far and will continue to defeat life’s challenges together!

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