Disastrous. That’s what it’ll be if you’d have to retract your “yes” to your fiancé after he’s asked you to marry him.
And that’s certainly not what I’m recommending here! (But if you ever feel like you ever need to do so, then you’d better pray really hard to God and consult the wisest people in your life! Though I hope that it’s not the case here.)
What I’m talking about is how you can gracefully say “no” to overcommitment.
As an engaged woman, you will be in demand. You’ll receive unrelenting requests for your time from:
- Family who will start feeling the reality of letting you go;
- Curious family and friends who would want to hear the blow-by-blow account of the proposal;
- Helpful friends who’d want to check up on you constantly to make sure you’re ok - because being engaged is a big commitment, and wedding planning a huge undertaking!
- Wedding suppliers - for obvious reasons;
- Your fiancé who now has a greater feeling of responsibility to protect you, care for you, plan a wedding with you, and prepare for marriage with you!
Simply put, this may be one of the busiest times of your life.
I’ve gone through it myself. It felt so touching to be wanted by so many people, but at the same time, very overwhelming. And a few times, even annoying.
In the past, I’ve had several calls past midnight from girlfriends who felt like they were left on their own to plan this major production called “The Wedding Day”. Some have cried tears of frustration, some even cursed at the top of their lungs.
But while some level of stress is inevitable, it doesn’t have to be the norm.
After saying “yes” to your fiancé, you’ll find yourself needing to say “no” to plenty of things. It’s not a bad thing. If you know what you should be saying “yes” to, then it’ll be easier to say “no.”
I’ve coached about a hundred people before on this subject. This is a skill that anyone can learn. This engagement season can be, in fact, the best time to hone this skill. Practicing this now will definitely benefit you and your relationships in your lifetime.
So here’s my take on how to say “no” to overcommitment after you’ve said “yes” to your fiancé.
1. Fill up your schedule with things that nourish you.
Have you ever experienced a day when you’ve accomplished so many things, but still feel oddly dissatisfied? I get that feeling when I get so many things done at the expense of things that truly feed my soul.
You may not like what I’ll say - but really, it’s like eating your vegetables and protein first.
Google “food sequencing” and you’ll read a lot about the benefits of this (I’ve tried it, and it works for me). But before we digress, there’s an analogy between this and being disciplined and wise in your prioritisation.
Eating your veggies and proteins first before carbohydrates makes you eat less. There’s just little or no room left for other food after the first two. Likewise, “high-fibre activities” cleanse your mind and spirit and fill them up in a good way. After these activities, it’s so much easier to say “no” to things that can fatten up your calendar, and leave you busy but unproductive.
See, carbs is not entirely bad. Likewise, you’re saying “no” to certain things is not because they’re entirely bad. They’re just not what you’re supposed to fill yourself up with.
Here are three things I suggest you to commit to before saying “yes” to anything else:
a. Daily prayer and meditation
This is where I speak to the Jesus believers out there. If you say you are, then this is definitely top priority - whatever your mood is for the day, no matter how rushed you are, and regardless of how sorted out you feel things are.
Why? Because our most beloved person in this life, God, deserves to have our undivided time. And also because we ought to hear (ergo read and understand) how He’d want us to tackle our day.
b. Self care
Sleep less, do more - I highly suggest AGAINST this. Trading in your sleep to try to accomplish more things during the day is simply cheating. It’s stealing from what the body needs to satisfy your other desires.
Though there are inevitable situations when we can’t avoid it - when an emergency arises, or when you’re a new parent. What greatly helped me during the first few months of our newborn’s frequent night wakings was the sleep credits. I slept 7 to 8 hours a day, as often as I could (almost 90% of the time, as 10% of the time I suffered from acid reflux), before and during my pregnancy.
Aside from getting a good night’s sleep, self care also includes getting yourself regularly checked by the doctor, eating healthily, and having me-time.
c. Key relationships
You definitely won’t be able to respond, let alone have FaceTime, with every single family or friend you have. But you can set aside time, which you will need, with a few key relationships.
I like lists. While they’re not a be-all-end-all reference to life, they provide loads of guidance. Lists, like to-do-lists, are good for your brain like what research like this one suggests. One of the yearly and seasonal life lists that my husband and I make is our “Relationship List”.
We identify who we want to be more intentional with. Having this list allows us to evaluate if we are indeed spending quality time with them - either virtually (since some of them are overseas) or physically. Here’s more about how to make that Relationship List.
Needless to say, your fiancé is now your top priority among your key relationships.
2. Put these things on your calendar.
Thinking and deciding to commit to these things is one thing; giving them a defined and scheduled time is another.
One of the productivity gurus I follow, Mike Vardy, shares about Scheduling Time Blocks here.
What I find most effective when trying to establish a routine is marking out exact times when I need to do anything. Having these things on my calendar makes me less likely to skip them. So the one commitment I have to make is to not schedule more than one thing at any given point in time!
It’s just simply impossible (and ridiculous) to spend quality time with your best girl friend while crunching wedding numbers on your laptop. Sure, many of us women love doing errands with our friends, but I suggest for you to be more discerning of which activities you place together. Having your nails done with your prospective maid of honor (MOH) is quite a good idea. Lots of conversations can still take place.
3. Pause and evaluate any invitation that comes your way.
Now that you’ve prioritised scheduling things that will nourish you, carefully evaluate how to use your remaining free time because that will no longer be free for long.
After I’ve scheduled my top 3 life priorities (as mentioned on #1), I evaluate all other invitations of my time this way:
Missional over Entertainment.
Seasonal over Missional.
Entertainment - activities that I do because I just have extra time. There’s nothing else that is requiring my attention at that moment. I’m at peace about having spent lots of quality time with God, caring for myself, and my key relationships. There’s just nothing else that requires my time right now. I get some entertainment time--call it rest and relaxation--that’s over and above my “self care” time just because I can. My aimless Pinterest-ing or social media scrolling are two examples of them.
Missional - activities that I am called to do in general - over and above my top three life priorities. I’d say that it takes some discernment, thoughtful prayer, and some form of structured thinking process to know what these personal missions are.
If you’re a Christian, you know that our purpose in life is to worship God and tell other people about Him. Now how does that BIG mission translate to smaller ones, while taking into account your personality, life experiences, and talents? These smaller missions comprise your Personal Mission.
My personal mission statement is “to help people realise and achieve God’s purpose for them.”
I make time to meet friends, friends of friends, or even complete strangers who ask if they can talk to me about their thoughts and lives. Topics they open up about are either on setting up a non-profit group, dating, marriage, pregnancy, starting a business, organising events, or even about music (NOT my cup of tea). I’m not an expert on any of these things, but I know God has gifted me with the ability to speak encouragement into people’s lives. In the process, I pray that they clearly hear from God on how to take steps to pursue their purpose in life.
I love helping women particularly in the area of identifying their personal mission statement! I’ve coached about a hundred people in the past on this subject. I’ve learned so much about the power of having this statement. If you’re interested to go through a coaching session with me, email me at [email protected].
Seasonal - required activities for the particular season I’m in. In a lifetime, we will go through different seasons - like winter, spring, summer, or fall (not apparent in the tropics, but hopefully you know how they work!). They don’t last forever. They usually require much of our focus for a period of time. I’m in the early motherhood season as I write this post. My toddler needs lots of my time. I have had to drop a lot of my previous activities - like organising fundraisers through my non-profit, or traveling for leisure with my husband Mike on a bi-monthly basis.
Once I know what season I’m in and the activities I need to prioritise for that season, it’s easier for me to say “no”, for a period of time, to some missional stuff. If I have extra time after I’ve served my seasonal responsibilities, I choose missional over entertainment.
4. Decide on how much time you’ll devote to wedding planning.
Have you ever felt like your work grew more and more, every time you decided to stay longer in the office? That’s because work expands to fill the time available. This is Parkinson’s Law which you can read more about here.
It’s totally the same with planning a wedding.
If you give wedding planning a full year, the amount of work will be equivalent to a year’s worth of work. If you give yourselves 6 months to plan it, you’ll find a way to compress preparations to 6 months.
My husband and I were engaged for 8 months, but only gave ourselves 4 months to work on the wedding. The wedding happened, and it was the wedding we wanted. It wasn’t because we’re exceptional, we were just strict about where we put our time.
Here’s a challenge that might benefit you, your fiancé, and your other relationships:
Decide together how many times a week, and how many hours you’ll spend planning your wedding. That time shall cover everything that is related to wedding preparations.
But decide on this AFTER you’ve exacted how much time you’ll give to praying and meditating, caring for yourself, and spending time with your key relationships. Since preparing for your marriage and planning for a wedding is your current season, it’s OK to say “no” to the usual missional and entertainment priorities in your life.
The interesting thing about working within a schedule is that it compels you to make a decision quickly, but not necessarily harshly. With the vast options now, especially for weddings (think Pinterest), it’s just so much harder to decide. Sometimes even after making a decision, when we see a seemingly better idea, we retract our decision and look for options again. And before you know it, you’re down the rabbit hole!
If you haven’t decided yet on how long you want to be engaged for, here are some things to consider. Hopefully this also helps you in identifying how much time you’ll give to wedding planning.
5. Gracefully say “No” and move on.
If you’re like me who still falls into the trap of wanting to please people (News Flash: No one can!), saying “no” can be tougher.
I’ve learned that saying “no” is more respectful than saying “maybe” when you really mean “no”. It sets expectations that result in disappointments when you don’t follow up on your “maybe”.
When you get invited to take part in anything, it’s an honour! So thank the person who asks. When I was engaged, I felt annoyed sometimes when people reached out to me to ask for help on certain things. Even when it’s just a cup of coffee to talk about something. In my head I thought “Don’t they have any idea how busy I am right now?! Please give me a break” Oh, how prideful and ungrateful of me! It probably is one effect of being a bride - feeling like I was the center of everyone’s world. Haha. I’ve repented since then.
Say “thank you” and extend your appreciation to the person asking for your time, and for even thinking about you. Follow this statement with “Sorry.” A statement that I use is: “I’m so sorry that I won’t be able to give time for this one at the moment.”
And of course, you can expound on it. I try to avoid explaining myself when not necessary. It unfolds plenty of other debates in people’s minds - like “Why is she placing that over me?” or “Can’t she not squeeze me in even just for a few minutes?” Believe me, you will disappoint people on different levels. AND THAT’S OK. You have to be ok with it. Sure, if you really feel like you need to explain to someone (usually family or friends) why you’re saying “no”, allow God to lead you to those conversations. Key is to humble yourself when having to decline.
If practicing saying “no” turns out to be extra challenging for you, pray. And maybe even consult a trusted mentor who’s also a believer. God might be dealing with something in your heart, and He wants you to work with Him through it.
Let’s start a discussion! What kinds of invitations did you have to say “no” to since you got engaged? Share your answers on the comment section below.
Outdoor weddings have undoubtedly become more and more popular. I’ve been seeing more and more couples taking their wedding party to the backyard, the courtyard, the beach, or wherever else a clear sky can be seen.
We had ours in a garden nestled under tropical trees overlooking the beach. The sun was high up in the afternoon, and everyone without sunglasses squinted throughout our ceremony. My face had collected sweat by the time my groom and I were permitted to kiss, and I didn’t feel as pretty as when I walked down the aisle. We were glad it was a sunny day, but I wouldn’t lie about hoping that it wasn’t THAT hot.
If I was slightly unsettled even with clearly good weather on our wedding day, how much more would it be for couples whose outdoor weddings got rained on?
Here’s a post where I wrote about what four of my married female friends felt when the sky sent showers on their wedding day.
Knowing that the weather is out of our control, how can couples prepare for the least-liked weather conditions?
There are logistical steps that you can take to have a Plan B so that you and your guests don’t end up getting soaked in the rain and waking up the next day with a flu. Check out my post on 25 Things to Consider When Planning an Outdoor Wedding.
We all know that a Plan B is a Plan B because it’s not Plan A, our preferred plan. And for a bride and groom, that really sucks.
So how can you prepare yourselves mentally, emotionally, and more importantly, spiritually for any kind of disappointment that bad weather could bring on your wedding day?
Here are 5 steps you can take to prepare for any weather you wake up and sleep to, on the day you say “I do”:
1. Think about how you can showcase God’s creativity through your wedding.
I believe that God allows us to bring out our creativity on our wedding day. After all, He’s like a Father who’d like to see His children use their talents. We ought to create excellent things because our God is excellent.
Now, think of how you can make your wedding look just that - excellent. Oh, for sure your ideas abound! The good news is that we all want our wedding day to be superb, and that’s not a difficult thing to do.
Next, think about what a poorly executed wedding would look like. It obviously doesn’t showcase God’s creativity. List down the elements of such a wedding so you can really imagine them with your fiancé.
This time, ask yourselves these questions:
• If the flowers that you’ve been wanting to use for your wedding fail to bloom on THE day, are you failing God?
• If the sun dries up the lake where you wanted to get married in, are you failing God?
• If it rains on your wedding day, and you have to bring all your guests indoors for their safety, are you failing God?
The answer is definitely no because these things are obviously out of your control. So if you have anything on your “poorly-executed-wedding-be-like” list along those lines, scrap them.
When we end up feeling bad about not getting something we want, is it because we are just too insistent on what we want?
The exercise above is one way to help us check our intentions when we make certain decision for our wedding (or in life!). I know you will be planning excellently for the things that you can control, so be easy on yourself! God is already pleased at the intent and the effort you’ve put into planning!
2. Use your wedding funds wisely.
Anything unplanned that happens on your wedding becomes too painful to handle when we put in too much of our resources in it.
If an outdoor wedding gets rained on, and you have to revert to Plan B, then the effort, time, and money you put in for your venue and all your outdoor decors no longer give you the full return on investment. And this hurts couples badly. Sometimes we can overlook the cost of effort and time, but not easily money. Why? Because we tend to be more attached to our money, and we earn it through effort and time after all!
So what’s the antidote? Decide wisely where you put your wedding fund into.
When you take a biblical perspective on spending your wedding money, you make wiser decisions. What does spending look like in the Bible? That which will honor and celebrate Him. There are tons of Biblical scriptures on it. Here’s a list of some of them.
An example of how a couple could be spending their wedding fund with God in mind is this:
Lillian and Thomas chose a beach wedding to complement their water-loving personalities (God likes how we embrace our uniqueness.), to showcase the beauty of the natural scenery (God created them after all!), and to share the Gospel during the ceremony even to passers-by (Wow, that’s letting go of any privacy on their wedding day!).
But if you’re telling me, “Hmm, we’re not choosing our venue for all those reasons, just that it’s really pretty and it suits us!” Then that’s totally fine too!
You can now then check your choice against your budgets.
If your choice of venue stretches your budget beyond what you can afford, especially that you will need to spend also on any rainy-day logistics (like tentage or renting an alternative venue--read my post about that here), then it might not be the best choice.
I’d be careful about “praying for that venue that is 40% beyond our budget because God grants the desires of our hearts!” Yes, He grants the desires of our hearts, but only if they are the desires of His heart too! And I don’t think He wishes any of us to begin married life at a deficit. More on the topic of Weddings & Money here.
In the end, whether it’s a church venue, a palace, a garden, or the slope of a volcano where you are getting married, God is okay with any venue, as long as you are choosing it for Him and using the resources that He has given you wisely. And when you choose Him, of course you are also choosing to make it safe for your guests!
3. Pray and ask God about your choice of venue and setup.
You’ve heard this before: “Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.” (Proverbs 19:21)
When it’s time for you and your fiancé to choose your wedding venue and setup, first, pray about it. Remember, praying is seeking God’s desire for you. And as you both pray for what He desires for you both, He’ll work in amazing ways to speak to your hearts, and make them want what He wants for you.
Then dive into the Word. Communicating with God is a two-way action. Just praying without seeking for His instructions is like talking to your counsellor without giving your listening ears to know what they think. Getting into the Word is also a way to affirm if what you are desiring is what God desires for you both.
Which part of the Bible do you go to when you’re in the middle of making a big decision? And I’d consider picking a wedding venue as a big decision. It will define most of your other wedding decisions!
I don’t have a prescription on which scripture would help you exactly, because there are tons. I suggest you read this article on How Do I Study a Specific Topic in the Bible. It will suggest to you using a concordance. When you search for topics using an online concordance like Bible Study Tools, I suggest looking up some of these words to study scriptures about them: “decisions,” “plans,” “wisdom,” or “hospitality.” As for why I included the word “hospitality”, read my fourth point below. As you pray with your partner, write down the words that come to mind that you’d want to study.
When you make decisions based on what God wants for you, then it should be easier to heal from disappointments when your plans don’t prosper. What happens if your wedding day still gets a weather that you don’t prefer after you’ve prayed, heard from God and obeyed God when you both decided on a venue? You get full assurance that it’s the weather that God wants for a bigger purpose!
On the note of prayer and studying the word: This whole period of wedding planning is a great opportunity to exercise your praying muscles and develop Bible study habits. You and your fiancé will be making TONS of decisions together. While your decisions would seem to only be relevant to a one-day event, they have long-term effect. So I really believe that this is a period when you really have to prioritise even more your time with the Lord. You will be busy planning the wedding, but prioritising your time with God will realign you with the real purpose of this season. How I wish I heard about this when I was in your place!
4. Think of the wedding venue that you choose as your home on your wedding day.
Your wedding venue, every area of it, is your home on that special day. If anything, it’s your first home together as a married couple! You are welcoming your most loved people to that place that you meticulously prepared for their coming.
This said, won’t the way you design the wedding venue similar to how you would get your home ready if you were to invite them to your actual marital home? You’ll probably even pour out more resources on your wedding day than any other occasion you would host in the future. What a great act of hospitality!
One picture of hospitality in the Bible is found on 1 Peter 4:9 which says, “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” The next verse goes on to say that, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
In the first point, I talked about how God is pleased with you when you use your talents to plan, organise, and design the venue on your wedding day. The verse above affirms that!
Then I talked about spending your wedding funds wisely on point # 2. And this verse also encourages us to be faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms! I believe that you having money to spend on your wedding is just by God’s grace! Isn’t that cool?
So in the case of your wedding venue and setup, what you need to prioritise is how to make people feel comfortable in the space, how you can make them feel accommodated through your logistics and programme, and how you can do that while using your skills and talent within what you can afford. All of these already showcase excellent hospitality!
5. Remember that God is the God of all weather.
Undoubtedly, more couples prefer a clear sky and just the right amount of sun compared to rain on their wedding day, given the type of venues being booked nowadays. Even couples who choose to do their event indoors definitely find it more convenient to have a rain-free weather, as going to the venue on a rainy day can be a hassle for the guests (think long dresses getting wet upon getting off the car!).
So I assume that there are more soon-to-be wed couples PRAYING for sun than those praying for rain.
I turned to a friend to seek a counsel on whether or not it’s biblical to pray for good weather. She said, “Yes. It is biblical to pray for anything including good weather for special occasions. But remember that God’s answer is always ‘Yes’ or ‘No.’”
That shouldn’t be a surprise to us, but somehow, it still surprises us and hurts us when bad weather meets us.
When we pray for something and God answers it, it is for His glory. If He says “no” and it rains when you prayed for a sun shiny day, that’s also for His glory. It may be difficult to accept because it’s not what we want, but that’s really the deal and is what glorifies God ultimately.
When it rains on your wedding day, God is not punishing you. Firstly, no one punishes someone using something that’s good. Rain is good because He created it. Secondly, God is not in a punishing mode when a certain weather that we don’t prefer shows up at the wedding and marriage that we’ve submitted to Him. He has a story for it that we may not understand immediately, and that’s another reason to pray--so that God reveals to you what His purpose is for the weather that He’ll bring on your wedding day.
So, gorgeous bride, take comfort that you can have a beautiful wedding, no matter what the weather becomes. You can also take inspiration from this post.
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We totally risked not having a rainy day back-up plan for our garden wedding in Bali. But I have to be honest; it was a decision that leaned more towards frugality than faith. And the sun did shine that day. Too much, in fact, that our guests went home with an extra strong tan.
But what would it be for you, if it rained on your outdoor wedding and things don't go as planned?
Here are some reflections from friends whose weddings were rained on.
An Opportunity to Be Served
I had the honour of coordinating for the wedding of my dear friends, Eric & Kelly. Being the planner that I am, I thought I covered all bases--up until I felt a raindrop on my nose. Then I realized that I didn’t have a rainy day back-up plan.
It just totally slipped my mind! After all, among the 30+ weddings I had attended at that time, I have not been to one that had been rained on.
There’s a first for everything.
I remember our team of friends setting up and tearing down the beautiful garden set-up at least three times, as the rain poured and paused on repeat. With thirty minutes off schedule, we had to finally decide to move the ceremony indoors.
Kelly recounts her emotions:
“When I saw the rain fall, I wanted to burst into tears. I held it for my make-up’s sake. But inside, I was like, ‘God, how could you let it rain on my wedding day? Did I do something wrong?’ That was my immediate thought, having had a well-planned outdoor wedding that now wouldn’t happen.
Then God reminded me during the ceremony of the time Eric asked me to be his girlfriend. We were hiking, and it started to rain hard. Eric helped me realise that our life together was going to be an adventure involving some ‘rainy days.’ A few years later, it rained again when our first son was born!”
Unbeknownst to Eric & Kelly was how forthcoming ALL their guests were in helping set up the alternative indoor venue. Everyone gladly made sure that the wedding would remain special and beautiful for the couple.
Eric and Kelly are two people who find so much joy in serving other people. They met at Every Nation Church Singapore where my husband Mike and I also attend. I believe God used the rain to show them how much they are loved by the people they have been serving.
God also showed them His consistency! Pastor Larry spoke during his sermon:
"In the Bible God says, 'Man plans his ways, but God directs his steps.' Although this wedding may have been planned as an outdoor wedding, I believe God, in His divine plan, wanted it indoors. A lot of us don't know this, but years ago, this used to be a church (referring to White Rabbit, the wedding venue). And I felt that before this ceremony started, the Lord just whispered to me, 'Eric and Kelly met at church, I want them to get married in church.”
A Reminder of God’s Consistency
Rain was also a factor in Dust and Carla’s story.
Carla recalls, “It reminded us of our first date - it was also a stormy night! So the rain during our wedding day showed us that God was involved.”
At their dinner party, it continued to rain. While this made it difficult for guests to go anywhere (the venue was on top of a hill), it allowed us guests to focus on the couple, and catch up with friends we had not seen in a long time. It was a lovely picture of a big family getting together over fun and food!
The Gospel Was Heard More Audibly
“The reason we chose our venue was because of its beautiful outdoor patio. Our wedding was going to lead up to an evening reception at a courtyard, as I had imagined us under the stars. Then it rained, and we had to scrap all of that to move indoors.” recalls Ina Mendez-Tan.
The Instagrammable outdoor dream wedding that was no more caused Ina’s groom to feel very unsettled.
“When we had to move indoors two hours before the start of the ceremony, I had peace about it. I learned later on that Edson, my then-fiancé, was very anxious about the idea that his bride won’t get her dream wedding! That made me love him even more!” shared Ina.
After the wedding, the couple reflected on how focused the guests became to the wedding programme when they moved the venue indoors. “There was just too much to see at the outdoor space that our guests would, for sure, get too distracted!” says Ina.
And most importantly, because there was less distraction, the gospel message during the ceremony was more audibly delivered to the audience who were seated very close to each other, according to the couple.
A Rainbow and God’s Promises
In the middle of John and Rachelle’s beach wedding, a drizzle decided to pay them a visit. Then, while the pastor was talking about God’s promises about marriage, a rainbow came out.
Sitting as their guest and marveling at the sight of such a beautiful stream of colours, I remembered the rainbow in Genesis 9. God made a promise to Noah after the flood and said, “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.”
I’d like to believe that there was at least one person at the wedding that needed an assurance from God about that promise. And Rachelle and John’s wedding was used for that purpose.
A Silver Lining and Some Disappointments
While there comes a silver lining to some of these rainy weddings, there’s always a level of disappointment that couples have to deal with.
Just think about all that’s been paid, planned, and hoped for: outdoor lights and decors, seating arrangements, or the sound of birds chirping in the background as the couple says “I do.”
Rachelle, for one, shared, “I didn’t let the rain dampen my mood that day when it caused us to move our dinner plans from the beach to an indoor venue. But I also couldn’t stop thinking right there and then about the costs we’ve incurred having planned it to be on the beach!”
Meanwhile, Kelly and Eric never got to see the entire DIY decors their friends put together.
There will always be feelings of disappointment to battle with when plans don’t turn out the way we hoped. I’ve not heard of anyone who was absolutely unperturbed on their wedding day, or even the days that followed, when things go amiss.
But here’s some good news: we can control our attitude even when we can’t control the weather!
Planning for Any Type of Weather
So what do you do to prepare yourself for the possibility of bad weather on your wedding day, while having to fight feelings of disappointment during such a special occasion?
Well there’s the logistical approach, which I talk about on my post 25 Things to Consider When Planning an Outdoor Wedding.
Then there’s the non-logistical approach that I believe is much more important (think long-term. Check it out on How To Prepare For Any Weather On Your Wedding Day.
Do you have a similar story to share? If you’re reading this after getting married, I’d love to hear of your experiences in addressing changing weather conditions on your wedding day. If you’re a bride still planning your wedding, tell me about how you plan to make your wedding day weatherproof!
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