Anyone who is planning a wedding has to watch the classic movie, Father of the Bride. So many scenes will ring true, from how much a wedding cake costs to a girl leaving her Daddy. I love this movie for so many reasons… but mostly because it truly shows a wedding planner, in this case it was Franck (played by Martin Short), and how important they are in the entire process… and how they even become part of the family!
I thought about this movie recently when we received 8″ of snow on a Friday afternoon. I immediately thought of all the weddings that would be happening that weekend and praying that the many couples would still find a way to have the wedding of their dreams. In the movie, they too received snow on the wedding day … and in California… making it even quirkier.
Situations like this can lead to caterers and other vendors not showing up, guest not being able to make it, travel plans ruined and many other catastrophes. If you’re planning a wedding in the middle of winter, it is a chance you take.
So what can you do to plan for the unexpected? Not much… but here are a few ideas.
1. Buy a Farmer’s Almanac and look at what they predict. It may be way off…. but it has worked for many, many years.
2. Have a backup plan. If it snows, do you know people with major 4-Wheel Drive that could run shuttle service? Could you call a construction or landscaping company that may own the equipment needed to clear off the main roads around your venue?
3. Hire a wedding planner. It is their job to think of the unexpected and plan for it. Sure, some things can not be planned for…. but at least you have a skilled professional, with many resources at their fingertips, on your side…. that can’t hurt. In the movie, the planner was out with a hair dryer “defrosting” the expensive flowers that were planted for the occasion… because they think of everything.
4. Relax. At the end of the day…. as long as you and your beloved can get to a minister, you can be married! It may not be your “Dream Wedding” … but there is always time for that…. in the SPRING!
“I used to think a wedding was a simple affair. Boy and girl meet, they fall in love, he buys a ring, she buys a dress, they say I do. I was wrong. That’s getting married. A wedding is an entirely different proposition.” –Father of the Bride