You’ve planned your wedding for months. You’ve dreamt of this day since you met each other. You’re ready to say a very special collection of words and follow it with a kiss.
Envisioning the perfect wedding is an inevitable phase of any committed relationship. It happened to me. It happened to your parents. It happened to your friends. But, I’m sure they will confirm, not everything will go according to the plan.
You’ll have your classic mishaps, and your own unique stories to tell once your day is all said and done. But one thing is for sure, you will be able to laugh it off in due time. Let’s accelerate that process and get right to the humor of the situation. No, your wedding day will not be perfect, but it can be perfect for you. Learn to laugh at these quirky occurrences and your wedding day will be as close to perfect as possible.
Drink before you get there
Alright, alright, I’m not advocating a kegger prior to exchanging your vows to one another, but it might be a good idea to get a couple glasses of wine in your system before the big event begins. It’s certainly not because you won’t be able to enjoy the day without booze; it’s more because you probably won’t get much of a chance to get your drink for the rest of the night. Between taking pictures, saying hello to everyone (and I mean everyone) that was nice enough to come, and all the other checkpoints of the day, it may be hard to find a window to enjoy a glass of your favorite wine or beer.
“But we only have 120 people coming to our wedding. We should be able to get around this with ease.”
Pipe down, rookie. I thought the same thing. My wife and I had between 120 and 130 people in attendance, and I was exhausted by the end of the night. Not because I was dancing like crazy or partying with my friends, but because we made the rounds and respected the people that made the trip to celebrate with us. I was grateful for each person that showed up, but it was tiresome work chatting it up with each one of them.
Pack a bottle for the pregame, then sip throughout the evening. Trust me.
There will always be someone who’s had too much to drink
With the exception of a dry wedding I went to that one time, I’ve never been to a wedding when there wasn’t someone who had one whiskey too many. I may have been that person once or twice. The point here is this: it’s going to happen. You can’t control it, so don’t try to. There will be someone in attendance who can manage everything while you still enjoy the rest of your wedding day. Just laugh it off and suggest a glass of water as you see them rushing to the bathroom to unload their very expensive dinner you bought for them.
If you’re writing your own vows, get a word count
This was the best piece of advice the officiant at my wedding could’ve given us. We wanted to write our own vows to express our feelings to each other in front of our friends and family. But our officiant made a good argument for why we should ask each other for a word count before going live on the day of our wedding.
He mentioned that when he first started marrying couples, he didn’t think much of people that wanted to write their own vows. Good for them, right? Until he witnessed what may be mortifying to some. A bride went on for 2-3 pages about how much she loved her soon to be husband, waxing poetically about their story from first meeting to where they stood that day. The groom stepped up to follow these vows with, “I love you now, I’ll love you forever, Let’s do this.” Or something to that effect.
The vast difference in vow delivery was cringe worthy, so avoid it all costs. You don’t have to tell each other what words you’ve written, just inform one another about how many words you have. It will save you both some embarrassing moments on your day.
Gentlemen: Know how she likes to be pampered
Ladies: Know his favorite booze or meal
The days, weeks, and months leading up to the wedding will probably be some of the most stressful you’ve experienced as a couple. Yes, they will be filled with many moments of joy and anticipation, but they will also be filled with small inconveniences and tedious tasks. From the wedding invitations to some of the smaller decorations, there will be moments when you may or may not want to pull your hair (or each others hair) out.
Be aware of what stress relievers you can provide to your partner as you near the finish line. If your man likes his whiskey, have Jameson close by. If your lady likes mani-pedis, get a gift certificate for her. Those little moments of unencumbered stress relief will make a huge difference as you step closer and closer to that day. Keep these in mind to keep each other happy!
Your wedding day will NOT be perfect, but it’s up to you to decide what you laugh at and what you don’t. If your expectation is perfection, then you will be disappointed. If your expectation is to have a good time, then roll with the punches, and embrace the mishaps with a smile, you’ll easily experience the best day of your life. Approach your wedding day with a heart full of love and a head full of humor and it will be one to remember!