Archive for April 9th, 2008

There – I’ve Said It Again! (My Most Important Advice)

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

In Basic Training, army recruits hear the same information (at least) 3 times. The rule among instructors is: “Tell ‘em what you’re going to tell ‘em; tell ‘em; then, tell ‘em what you told ‘em.” As boring as this may seem, long experience has shown that most folks need to have important facts repeated in order for them to sink in.

Occasionally, I do the same thing in these entries. Why? Because clients who tell me how many benefits they’ve gained from the suggestions found here still miss opportunities they later wish they had considered.

Here then, troops, are a few items that deserve to be stressed again (and again):

1. Never leave control of the biggest party of your life – your wedding and reception – to the mercy of the weather. Either have your event indoors, or have a back-up plan ready for immediate implementation. (For more on this, see my entry from March 12th, 2007 – “The Inconvenient Truth About Outdoor Events.”)

2. If you want a “perfect” party, always adjust the timing of reception events (cake cutting, bouquet, etc.) to your guests’ schedule – not your own. And remember – they probably got to the reception as much as an hour before you did. (Read more about this in my April 23rd, 2007 column: “Cinderella, Your Clock Is Ticking.”)

3. Have your getaway car (or boat, or helicopter) ready and waiting early! Even if the party is going great, you may run out of steam. Need more convincing? Go to my June 11th, 2007 essay, “The Reception Is Dying (And So Are You) – Where’s That *%#* Limo?”

Other past columns discuss what to say – and what not to say – when making toasts (April 2nd), what songs you may want to avoid during your ceremony (and why you should) (May 28th), and even how the bride’s vote trumps everybody (February 26th, 2007).

I hope you’ll check out some of these other entries. If they save you even one preventable mistake or give you just one great idea you hadn’t considered, it will have been time well spent.