By Erin Celletti. Photos: Getty.
Nobody likes to think about it, but whenever there's a big event with tons of moving parts, something is bound to go wrong. Luckily for most couples, there are often quick fixes and solutions that will make the issue just a blip on your wedding-planning radar. Here are some tips on how to handle some common wedding-planning snafus so you can stay calm and ready on your journey down the aisle.
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You're Reaching the End of Your Budget
Breathe. This happens quite frequently. If you're crunching the numbers and are dangerously close to being over your budget, there's plenty you can do. First, account for what's non-negotiable. This may be prepaid items or contracts that you're locked into. Then review all of your other spending, including spending that is still to come. Determine the importance of each remaining expense and your options for cutting down the price, quantity, or sometimes even quality. There's always something that can be cut to allow you more breathing room, and in the event that there isn't, there are plenty of ways to make a little extra cash before your big day.
You're Over/Under Your Guest Count
Creating a guest list, getting a head count, and giving an estimated number of people to your caterer can all be big headaches in and of themselves. But what happens when too few people, or too many people, RSVP "yes"? This happens more than you think. If it's too few guests, the worst-case scenario is that you'll be stuck paying the bill for empty seats that you had guaranteed if you decide not to invite B-list guests. If you overinvited and have more RSVPs than you planned for, talk to your caterer. More often than not, you can change table sizes, chairs per table, layout, etc. Most of the time, an increase in guests will be welcomed by vendors and venues because more people equals more dollars.
Tensions Are Running High
Wedding planning can be stressful, leaving you and everyone else involved a little tense and maybe even more short-tempered than usual. Sometimes this can lead to attitudes, disagreements, or even full-blown arguments and fights. Relax! Believe it or not, this is normal too! As humans, we all react to stress differently. What's most important is that if rifts or arguments develop, you try your best to put things in perspective and acknowledge that tension and stress are the cause, not a true and genuine problem. And always remember, communication is key!
Poor Weather Forecast
This is something that is, unfortunately, out of your control. While you may have dreaded a bad forecast from the moment you decided on an outdoor ceremony, there's nothing you can do but think positively and have a backup plan. If your heart is set on outdoor components to your wedding (ceremony, cocktail hour, photos, reception, or all of the above), go on and plan for them! Just be sure that you have a "what if" protocol ready to go as well. The upside to bad weather? Photographers tend to love overcast skies. They really do make for great photos!
This story originally appeared on Brides.
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