It's a good thing this bride had a backup plan because it would have been a shame to see this beautiful girl get rained on! Chelsea's wedding experience is proof that you can't control the weather and you may end up having to re-plan just hours before the wedding! Thankfully we have some beautiful pictures, but don't let that fool you because pictures CAN lie!
Tell us a little about the things that stressed you out during your wedding planning process.
Let me start with what didn’t stress me out? Oh, wait…. never mind. No matter what people tell you, wedding planning is stressful. I had never planned any kind of event and I can say with confidence that decorating is not my forte. I’m not one of those girls that can picture a fabulous D.I.Y. wedding in mind and make it come to life.
What would you have done differently with your venue, bridal party, cake, dress, etc…
Since my wedding was one of the only events I had ever planned, I was unaware that you could negotiate with vendors. It would have been awesome to know this because we really could have used that money on other things, such as our honeymoon.
Our venue, although beautiful, only gave us FIVE short hours before the wedding for setup time, unlike every other wedding venue on Earth. About twenty of my loving friends and family had to spend the entire morning and afternoon setting up our decorations.
What did not go according to plan on your wedding day?
My wedding day was somewhat difficult. I didn’t expect that things wouldn’t go wrong. My friends tell me I am one of those people that if something can go wrong, it will.
I woke up to “the best day of my life” with it pouring rain!
On top of the unexpected rain, my poor husband-to-be was waiting at the alter for a good thirty minutes unfortunately because of me.
I left my veil, which my sister stayed up all night making for me, in my suite where I was getting ready. I was not about to walk down that aisle without it. Our guests started to whisper about my absence, thinking I had left my groom at the alter. My groom’s grandfather so kindly told my husband not to worry and that he could “punish” me later for being late, whatever that means! Finally, my brother so kindly left the wedding and went to retrieve my veil from the suite. I’m so happy I waited for it because it truly was stunning.
How did you deal with those “not so perfect moments”?
To be honest, I flipped my lid when it started raining! I wanted my dream wedding OUTSIDE! I faced reality and took a quick lesson on how to deal. Really what could I have done? I wasn't about to go outside and melt in the rain.
What did you learn from these issues and what would you tell other brides-to-be?
I would tell other brides to not sweat the small stuff. On the other hand be prepared! Have someone with a checklist when leaving anywhere, just to make sure you have all of your stuff. Try and remember, or tell someone else to remember, all the small things (i.e. your veil).
Also, have a plan B.
No one expects for it to rain on his or her wedding day but it can happen. Most importantly try and relax, it goes by so fast and you don’t want to miss out on all the fun.
Chelsea and her husband, Brason (Image courtesy: Chelsea)