Many people are having to change their wedding and event plans due to the corona virus restrictions. Sadly sometimes our best laid plans don’t always happen the way we expect them to.
Working in wedding and events, there are so many elements beyond our control which mean we have to constantly adapt to make things work. And the current lockdown situation is no different.
We are reminded of an event this time last year, when we were hit by an unexpected winds and torrential rain. We had to quickly adapt the way we did things. No longer could we hold afternoon tea outside on the veranda and lawn. Instead we needed to find space for everyone to come inside. Luckily we had put contingency plans and staff in place to allow for such an incident.
When the rain came guests were warm, dry and well fed. As the rain flooded the site and water got in the lighting system we resolved it before anyone even noticed. When the staff couldn’t get to us because of the weather, we sourced new ones. When the power tripped, we got it back on instantly and we partied our hearts out. There were no end of unexpected things that happened on the day which we solved and no-one was any the wiser. We can’t be prepared for every eventuality but we can always plan to be one step ahead.
When you are planning your wedding or celebration, you will probably have a clear idea or vision in your head about what it will look like and how it will go. More often than not, that dream can be realised but we must also be mindful that there are so many things beyond our control that mean we have to change and adapt.
That’s actually our job – to predict the unpredictable and to solve the problems as and when they happen.
No one knows if your napkins are a slightly different colour to your mood board. No one knows if you were supposed to have peonies rather than roses. No one knows if your speeches are 5 minutes late because your Best Man has gone AWOL! The original vision is an idea in YOUR head alone. All everyone remembers is the experience they had and the people they were with.
If we open our minds and remember that there is no one best way to do things, then nothing can go “wrong”. If we allow ourselves the opportunity to change, to adapt and to do things in a way that is best for that situation, for that moment, then it can be nothing but perfect.
With the Corona pandemic, we find ourselves in times when we’re having to make changes to our ideal but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong. That doesn’t mean it’s bad. That doesn’t mean it won’t be as good. In fact it may just be even better!