Hey Brides and Grooms!
Love this blog by Erika Guevara, one of our fab fall interns who impresses us every day. Check it out!
I’ve officially been here more than a month now as an intern with Weddings in Vieques and I can honestly say that I’ve learned a lot more than I thought I would. Not that I came into this thinking it was going to be piece of cake (it’s really not, working your butt off is an understatement), but in all reality, you have to see-to-believe what really goes down behind the scenes to make all these beautiful weddings happen. Among the list of lessons I’ve learned, one of the most important ones is that attitude is everything. During a crisis, being able to keep calm when everyone else is not can be the game changer. Sandy and Bill have perfected the art of keeping it together when everybody around them is losing it.
No matter what situation occurs, there is never a time when we don’t have a backup plan for a wedding planned by Weddings in Vieques. Imagine your wedding weekend is coming up and a member of your bridal party bails out last second and now you’re worried about the guest numbers changing and how the pictures will look odd with one less person. So your first instinct is to call your wedding planner with this sudden dilemma. This is an easy one. Compared to lost wedding rings or trying to decide when to cut the father of the groom’s embarrassing drunk toast short, this problem isn’t something to fret over. Simply have another person stand in for the bailout; I’m sure you have plenty of friends or family members that would love to be a part of your special day. Or don’t. There is no rule that says you have to have the same number of bridesmaids as groomsmen.
Now, a very recent wedding was a different story because everything going awry was something the clients need US to fix. I definitely witnessed the realities of wedding planning on Sherry and Mike’s big day. Don’t get me wrong, you can see how wonderful their wedding turned out from Sandy’s mini photo blog, but this was one of those times that attitude really meant everything. No one asks for rain or a power outage on the day of their wedding, but that is exactly what happened on the day of Sherry and Mike’s wedding. You would think that a bride’s day would be completely ruined from all of that. No sir, not here! We had it all under control, and we were all cool, calm, and collected. We had a backup plan and we were ready to put it in motion if needed be.
We had sunshine all week long but on the day of their wedding, Mother Nature decided to switch it up and it rained overnight and all morning. In hopeful spirits, we all thought there might be a chance of a window of clear sky (Sandy lives by the radar) so everyone had to put a little pep in their step as the ceremony was scheduled for 1 o’clock that afternoon. Dealing with a little rain on the wedding day was seemingly too easy so, as if on cue, the power went out ON THE WHOLE ISLAND!
Without missing a beat, Sandy gets a call from the hysterical bride. She didn’t know what to do (her hotel was having generator issues) and she was standing there with wet hair, fresh out of the shower. We reassured her that we had everything under control and that she had nothing to worry about. No biggie, commence Plan B. We packed up all the umbrellas and raincoats we could find just in case the bride or groom or any of the family members needed some coverage and jumped into action.
The plan was to pack up the car, pick up the bride from her hotel room and bring her to Sandy and Bill’s house to finish doing her hair and makeup (where Bill was turning on the generators and cleaning the bathroom), then finally take her to her beach wedding ceremony at Sun Bay. We all must have had good karma that week because the power returned by the time we arrived to get the bride so she didn’t have to leave her room to get ready. And the skies cleared right on time to leave to get to their ceremony location on the beach. Jamming out to Rihanna’s “Umbrella” all the way to Sun Bay in hopes of keeping the skies cleared for their ceremony was also part of our genius plan. I mean, let’s be honest. You can never be too sure. And Sandy is totally superstitious… and she admits it.
Fortunately our Plan B did not have to be executed in its entirety with the power and weather eventually cooperating. Nevertheless, we were prepared for anything and we weren’t franticly running around trying to figure out our next step. I was impressed and slightly surprised by how well everyone, including myself, handled the chaos. That day, I quickly learned that in the midst of such hectic situations, it is critical to be level headed in order to efficiently resolve problems with the resources and time you have. The bride can never see the wedding planners sweat (not literally of course – this is the tropics and we sweat all day).
Every couple would like to envision their big day being picture perfect without a hair out of place. However, the reality is that things happen beyond our control. At the end of the day, the show must go on. To brides, I say: Just make sure to keep calm and keep a smile on your face because your attitude affects your wedding guests. And trust your wedding planner – if she’s any good, she’ll save the day. To other future wedding planners, I advise you to remember to always appear confident in control while you’re making that magic happen.