What Can Brides Learn From Girl Scouts?
Anyone who's familiar with the Scouting movement will know Lord Baden-Powell's famous motto, "Be Prepared."
If you're a bride who's currently planning your wedding, or are just getting started then you'll know that there are a lot
of things that can go wrong on a wedding day! Although a girl scout's knot-tying and fire-making ability are impressive, it's their teamwork and attention to detail that you need to be focussing on.
Girl Scouts Don't Go It Alone
You know that girl scout never goes out into the wild alone. After all, camping is all about team-work because you don't want your tent to collapse if it rains! They also can't sing 'cum-bay-ah' around the campfire alone, can they?
In the same way, you as the bride can't be expected to do everything yourself! One option is to pay an expensive wedding planner or co-ordinator to 'run' your big day. This is fine if you're really rich, or willing to let a stranger take such a big role in the most personal and important day of your life. However we suggest that the best option is to nominate a close family member or friend, say your sister or best friend, to be your own wedding go-to-gal!
This trusted person can take two roles, firstly to help you to plan the wedding and arrange all of the necessities in advance (such as gowns, food etc) and then secondly to help the day to run smoothly. Be warned it will be hard work and will involve a lot of 'rounding up of people' by phone and in person!
Girl Scouts Plan In Advance
A girl scout won't head outside before she has prepared for the weather, terrain and packed enough supplies to survive. She will never end up lost and alone, and why? Because she took time to think about what she would do if things went wrong!
This is why you MUST sit down soon before your wedding with your assistant and discuss what to do IF something goes wrong. If you have a plan in place then you'll feel much more comfortable and won't be losing your much-needed sleep!
There are a lot of things that you can't predict, and on a fast-paced day like a wedding day where you have guests, venue, caterers and all sorts of other people all doing their thing at once you're bound to encounter something. Speak to any bride and she'll tell you that her wedding still had the odd hiccup, but it's how you react to them that can define the day.
For instance, are you ready for any of these common problems? If not then you may want to think about how you can solve them if they were to happen...
Your limo or wedding car is involved in an accident just before the ceremony (this happened at my wedding!) - Easy fix, simply make sure that a relative is a stand by with their car.
The groomsmen or bridal party's clothes don't fit well - If you're hiring suits and dresses then go for a fitting individually and make sure that every wearer has tried them on when they collect them. If you're buying, then give yourself at least 4 weeks before your wedding to be sure that you have time to make any adjustments needed.
Our speciality is wedding dresses
and although brides can get a standard size from us, we always suggest choosing a custom size to avoid any last minute size problems!
The bride or bridesmaid gets makeup on their dress before the ceremony - Do you have makeup remover and wet wipes at the ready? You need them in your handbag or clutch!
People get sore and blistered feet from new shoes and a lot of standing - Break in your shoes in advance of the wedding. Many people forget that new shoes can equal sore feet, but even wearing them around the house for an hour a day beforehand can help so much!
One of the groomsmen or bridal party disappears before the ceremony - Your go-to-gal needs to be able to contact everyone by phone and make sure that they're going to be on time and OK.
The groom is handcuffed to a lamp-post somewhere on the morning of the wedding (an old favorite cliche) - Keep the best-man onside by threatening him with an untimely end, or at least have a male relative who can act as minder to avoid this happening.
The child who's playing the part of ring-bearer or flower girl has a tantrum and won't take part - Kids often get grouchy as weddings are long and uncomfortable for them. Make sure that they're wearing comfy clothes and that should help their mood. If the child won't be controlled then have a bridesmaid who is ready to step in!
One or both of the wedding rings are lost - If the worst happens can the mother and father of the bride or groom step in and lend you their rings for the ceremony?
Speeches aren't rehearsed and go wrong or are wildly inappropriate - Make sure that someone you trust is there to hear the rehearsal and offer feedback to help avoid any jokes that could offend.
The wedding day starts to get behind schedule as things take too long - Ask your assistant to help organise the schedule, keep the timetable to hand and keep an eye on the time. She can politely push things on if they're taking too long.
The wedding cake is damaged - Is there anyone who can help make a little repair to the cake if it gets bumped? Prevention is the best cure here, so if it's not being delivered professionally entrust it only to a close family member who can put it in their car and bring it safely.
The wedding band or DJ gets lost on the way to the venue and is late - Make sure they have directions on paper before the big day. Call them the night before to double check they're OK with the directions.
The sound system and PA doesn't work - Does the venue or entertainer have a spare set of its own? Are any attendees handy with electronics?
A guest is allergic to all of the food and can't eat anything - Arrange for there to be one or two food options that anyone could eat, such as a plain salad. Ask attendees by email if they have any allergees.
There are too many guests, as some people who weren't invited turn up - Do you know these people? If so, don't make a big issue out of it. Just get hold of an extra chair or two and invite them to take a seat. If people on their table are prepared to share then everyone should be able to eat and drink. After all, the more the merrier, but just explain that there weare a few more people than expected so it's tight squeeze. Then no one will feel awkward or offended.
Have you ever been to a wedding where one of these disasters happened? What did they do to get around the problem? Do you have any advice for these potential mishaps?
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