newly-weds surrounded by braidsmaids and wedding guests
All photos: Jonathan Borba

Before you get swept away in the whirlwind of cake tastings and dress fittings, take a deep breath and prioritize the must-haves for a truly breathtaking wedding. Forget Pinterest-perfect pressure; it's time to focus on five crucial things that'll set the stage for a stress-free, joyful celebration that reflects your unique love story.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong in a Wedding?

Unfortunately, even the most meticulously planned weddings can encounter hiccups and mishaps. While it's important to be prepared and have backup plans, remember that a little imperfection rarely ruins the day's overall joy. Let's take a look at some pre-wedding snags (don't worry they are only small possibilities) to be aware of:

  • Family Feuds: Pre-wedding stress can exacerbate existing family tensions. Disagreements about guest lists, seating arrangements, or even the wedding cake flavor can erupt. 

  • Wardrobe Malfunctions: Ripped seams, broken heels, or makeup mishaps can add unwanted drama to the getting-ready process. Pack a sewing kit, extra shoes, and makeup wipes for quick fixes. In the end, you can always ask your maid of honor to take this as an extra duty!

  • Lost and Found: Missing rings, misplaced gifts, or forgotten vows can cause temporary panic. Delegate someone to keep track of valuables and important documents throughout the day.

  • Illness or injury: Someone close to the couple could get sick or injured in the days leading up to the wedding. This can be stressful, but it's important to focus on their well-being and make adjustments as needed.

wedding dinner table set-up outdoors

5 Crucial Things to Consider Before Your Wedding

  • #1. Weather Conditions...

Many couples meticulously plan every detail of their outdoor wedding ceremony without considering the unpredictable nature of the weather. While you may have a beautiful vision of saying your vows under the open sky, it's crucial to have a weather contingency plan in place. 

Unexpected rain or extreme heat can throw a wrench into your outdoor plans, so scout for indoor alternatives or invest in weather-appropriate accessories like umbrellas or cooling stations. Being prepared for any weather scenario ensures that your day goes off without a hitch, come rain or shine.

  • #2. Vendor Contracts and Agreements...

While it's common for couples to secure contracts with vendors for services, many overlook the importance of thorough agreements. Ensure that every detail is outlined in your contracts, from the specific services provided to the timeline and payment terms. 

Discuss cancellation policies, backup plans, and any potential additional charges that may arise. Having everything in writing will protect both you and the vendors, offering clarity and minimizing the risk of misunderstandings leading up to or on your wedding day.

  • #3. Guest Comfort and Accessibility...

While you're focused on creating a stunning aesthetic for your wedding, it's vital to consider the comfort and accessibility of your guests. Ensure that your venue is easily accessible, especially for elderly or differently-abled guests. Provide clear signage and directions, and consider factors like seating arrangements, shade, and rest areas. 

Thoughtful touches like providing flip-flops for a beach ceremony, face masks for a pre-wedding routine, or a chilly post-wedding evening celebration can make a significant difference in ensuring your guests feel comfortable and cared for.

  • #4. Timeline and Logistics...

Creating a detailed timeline for your wedding day is essential to ensure everything runs smoothly. Work closely with your wedding planner or coordinator to establish a realistic schedule that allows for ample time for each segment of the celebration. Consider factors such as travel time, photo sessions, and potential delays. 

Share the timeline with your vendors, bridal party, and key family members to ensure everyone is on the same page. Being mindful of logistics, such as transportation for the bridal party and guests, can also contribute to a stress-free wedding day. 

If you are in for a fast-paced wedding, that only means no time for complicated decisions. Just go with the flow, and fulfill your ceremonies in a simple, yet sophisticated way. If you think it is an impossible task, you'll be surprised when you find out that it is not. Call your closest friends, throw on your rapidly-chosen wedding suits, order white flowers from the closest flower shop and you are ready to say yes!

  • #5. Honeymoon Arrangements...

It is hard to imagine a successful ceremony without an upcoming honeymoon. It is like a gourmet dessert that comes after the delicious main course. Newly-wedded couples deserve to have the sweetest honeymoon. To make the best out of the situation you should be flexible with your travel choices. Of course, we all want to travel to the most exotic place in the world while on honeymoon, but in the current situation, it is best to opt for a less extraordinary destination. 

Spacious resort locations secluded on islands, half islands, and archipelagos are going to be the best choice. Places like Nizuc luxury hotel & villas, which are located on the waterfront and surrounded by beaches offer serene and more undisturbed honeymoon. Make sure to have both health and travel insurance arranged, just to guarantee your safety. 

On the other hand, if your wedding budget allows it, you can always opt for a private jet flight. Depending on the type of flight, quantity of people, and destination private jet flight cost may vary from $1,500 to $3,000 per hour of flying on a small plane. Such a private jet will accommodate 4-6 passengers, which is more than enough to take you and your partner for a honeymoon.

wedding dress hanging on a rack in a house

How to Embrace Flexibility and Unexpected Twists During Wedding

First and foremost, take a deep breath. Remember, while hiccups may disrupt the flow, they don't have to derail the entire day. The rain that turns your outdoor ceremony into a romantic tent adventure won't erase the love and joy you share. Keep your focus on the reason you're all gathered – to celebrate your union with the people you love most.

Your wedding day is surrounded by your nearest and dearest – people who love you and want nothing more than for you to have a wonderful day. Don't be afraid to lean on them for help and support. Delegate tasks, share your concerns, and let their love and positive energy carry you through.

Wrapping Up...

With these vital considerations tucked in your pocket, you're well-equipped to navigate the remaining days before your wedding with confidence. But remember, amidst the to-do lists and final touches, prioritize your well-being. 

Savor the stolen moments with your partner, relish the excitement of your loved ones, and let the joy of this impending milestone wash over you. Breathe, delegate, and revel in the magic of turning your wedding dreams into reality. You've got this!

Lots of love,