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The Importance of a Plan B

February 8th, 2012 by Jeannine

The Importance of a Plan B

It’s always important to be prepared, after all, you’ll never know when Murphy’s Law will strike. This is especially the case when you are planning big events like a wedding. It’s difficult to plan for every possible thing that can go wrong… plus it will make you one very stressed, very paranoid bride, which is not a good thing! However, you CAN be prepared about certain aspects and when you know you have a backup plan, you won’t be worrying as much.

  • Rain Plan – One of the biggest concerns of Vancouver brides is if it will rain on their wedding day. You can play it safe and do everything indoors (after all, it’s cheaper to book in the rainy months) or get a venue that will be able to move your ceremony indoors if need be. Find indoor photo locations like a museum, hotel lobby or a character home. For a fee, Hycroft Mansion will allow you to have your photoshoot there.
  • Wedding Insurance – Whether you’re spending as little as $10,000 or upwards of $60,000, it’s still a huge chunk of change and if anything happens (God forbid) you’ll want to protect your investments, for example, vendor deposits! Getting wedding insurance will help get your deposits back plus cover other unforeseeable expenses. This is completely optional, it just depends on how comfortable you are. If you want to be on the safe side, it’s not a bad idea to look into it.
  • Sick Vendors/Cancellations – Vendors can get sick, they’re human after all. If you’re booking vendors a year in advance they can’t guarantee they won’t be sick or unable to perform their job. Venues can also cancel when unexpected events prevent them from serving you, like say… a venue catching fire (which has happened to two local venues in the last few years). Things happen so make sure your vendors have a clause in their contract that states that they can find a suitable backup or compensation for you, should anything go wrong.
  • Have a 2nd Choice – Don’t fall in love with option #1, always have a 2nd choice. If for any reason you can’t get your number 1 choice, whether it be financial or availability reasons, you won’t be too bummed out because you’ve got a backup! It won’t hurt to have a third too!
  • Replacing Key People -  A bridesmaid can get pregnant, a groomsman could move away for work… For any reason, anyone can step down from the wedding party and you’ll have to adapt to the change… do you replace them or do you carry on without them? Just remember, uneven wedding parties are common now :)
  • Reserve Money – A wedding is a big expense but other big expenses may come across when you lease expect it. How often has it happened to you that you just put away a big chunk of money and suddenly your car breaks down? When you save up, take into account the other things that can go wrong in your everyday life like problems around the house, car, and other expenses like gifts.

If you are hiring a wedding coordinator, notify them what your Plan B’s are so they will be prepared to make the decisions that will make you happy. Oh and on your wedding day, do not worry about anything, just go with the flow. Let your coordinator worry about everything :)

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  • February 13th, 2012 at 1:31 pm
    Margaret of Ivory Pearl Bridal Mall says:

    Plan B and maybe Plan C and D if necessary….love this blog! Very needed.. Just had to remind a bride and groom to make a Plan B just in case of rain.


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