Paula Marrero, Owner of Marrero Events has been a Boston Wedding Planner for more than a decade, and during that time has certainly seen her fair share of potential wedding disasters.
“The single most important element to a successful wedding weekend is preparation, and no matter how well prepared all parties are, inevitably something happens that requires us to jump into ninja mode, make split-second judgement calls and find a solution in time that the client, their guests and the celebration are not affected,” says Paula Marrero.
Thinking you have all bases covered? Think again. Unfortunately as hard as you may have worked to ensure wedding day perfection, there are so many moving parts which all need to a align perfectly within a very short timeframe and this oftentimes culminates in wedding-day chaos. We have listed below 13 actual scenarios which occurred during our 2017 wedding season and we hope that you will educate yourselves and hire a professional wedding planning firm to protect you from any of these affecting your wedding day.
- Your wedding photographer (notorious for their poor communication) spent half of your wedding reception on Instagram instead of capturing the special moments of your day. We can’t say this enough ~ ASK vendors for honest references within the wedding community.
- You spent months designing your wedding, only to find that on wedding day the florist and decor vendors hadn’t confirmed with the venue that all elements were allowed and now your magical “starry night” vision is without any candlelight.
- Your wedding cake was included in the venue package but the venue coordinator assumed you followed up and the cake never arrived (thus, no wedding dessert).
- Your photographer didn’t check sunset times and plan enough time for outdoor / daylight photos and now your only wedding photos are of you inside your venue amongst your guests.
- Your outdoor, tented wedding is a flooded mess because you weren’t aware that a tent should be installed days in advance to warm the ground.
- The sales team you contracted with at your hotel has left … their replacement takes over and then leaves …. and then THEIR replacement takes over and leaves. Yes, actually happened.
- Your venue has three weddings booked your wedding weekend and you are fearful you’ll run into the two other Brides and Grooms while you’re there.
- Last-minute family members can’t book a room at your wedding venue because they called too late.
- The transportation you booked realized on the day of the wedding that they didn’t map out the route well enough and now will run 25 minutes behind.
- The band / DJ’s electricity requirements are higher than anticipated and now there isn’t enough power for the band, lighting, and caterers at once.
- Delicate family relationships … enough said.
- Intoxicated guests wanting to “just say a few words” during the toasts.
- The event coordinator being MIA after guests were seated for dinner.