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Wedding Plan BWedding Plan B

published April 6th, 2014

There are times in life when things don’t always go to plan… or, to be slightly more accurate, things don’t always turn out how you want them to. You can plan and plan to the nth degree and just when it looks like everything is falling into place a tiny little fly lands in the ointment, carrying with it a cluster of germs that amalgamate to create a much larger problem.

It’s important to protect ourselves against the unexpected. The trouble is that usually involves paying out for things like insurance and vaccinations, but they really are a necessary evil. You may return from your trip to a remote desert island and think “We paid out all that cash for travel insurance and vaccinations but we didn’t need either! What a waste of money!” but having that “safety net” in place really does buy you peace of mind.

When attempting to make family budget cutbacks Homer Simpson was once quoted as saying “Well, you know, we're always buying Maggie vaccinations for diseases she doesn't even have!” which is certainly an “interesting” way to look at things… but wisdom and Homer Simpson don’t always go hand-in-hand.

We insure our homes, cars, health, and vacations if we’re traveling abroad. Many of us also insure our phones and computers against theft or damage, so it only makes sense to insure what is possibly the biggest organised event in our lifetime - our wedding day.

Can you imagine spending thousands of dollars on your wedding venue, hotels, transportation, food, drink, flowers… and the night before the wedding the venue falls down, or the chauffeur company goes bust, or the hotel has to be evacuated due to an outbreak of rats? Without some kind of wedding insurance there’d be no way to recoup any financial losses… and without a back-up plan you may not even be able to make it to the ceremony on the day.

Wedding insurance is really a must-have if you want to sleep at night, but having a Plan B is also incredibly important if you want to get hitched without a hitch. As an example… you may have the best driver in the land, with state-of-the-art satellite navigation and a car that runs like a dream - but have you thought about what you would do if the driver is sick on the day, the Sat Nav breaks or the car is sideswiped by a bus en route to pick up the bride? Do you have someone on standby with a car and a trusty map? The bride may arrive ten minutes late looking slightly flustered, but at least she’ll arrive. A car breaking down on your wedding day is bad enough, you don’t need the bride or groom having a breakdown as well.

You may even have booked an outdoor wedding venue a year in advance (which is great forward thinking) but have you contemplated what might happen if it rains that day? It may be wise to make sure the venue is able to accommodate a last minute change of location for your ceremony or reception - just in case the elements decide to reek havoc.

Most of your vendors (driver, DJ, photographer, caterer) should have their own contingency plans in place, but it would be a good idea to bring up the subject of back-up plans when you’re negotiating the terms for your wedding. Just make sure that when you ask the DJ if he has “Plan B” all set that you actually mean a back-up plan. Unless you want Plan B (the English rapper) tracks playing throughout your reception.

It may also be a good idea for one of the bridal party members to carry a little emergency kit for the bride, featuring essential items like needle and thread, make-up, hair clips, and tissues. Make-up disasters can occur at anytime and you don’t want the officiator slipping up and saying something like “You may now kiss Krusty the Clown”.

Once your safety nets are firmly in place you should be able to relax and enjoy your day a lot more. And while you can make plans A, B, C and D there’s always going to be a few small details that you simply can’t do anything about. Having a back-up Best Man, Maid of Honor or photographer waiting in the wings is one thing - having a back-up bride or groom is probably taking things a bit too far.