Showers of poor planning: ‘Bachelor’ weddingWritten by Brittany Craig | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Millions watched. And Millions were drenched.
If you caught last Monday’s “The Bachelor: Jason and Molly’s Wedding” on ABC, you know what I am talking about.
Extensive hours of event and floral design, the trendiest rentals and fabrics, not to mention TV camera equipment and lighting, even the $45,000 designer Monique Lhuiller gown and Manolo Blahnik shoes were saturated in pouring down rain.
But this could have all been avoided with proper planning. As an event coordinator, it’s my job to assess the conditions of an event, right down to the weather. And that’s when the back-up plan comes into play.
From a backyard soiree to the grandest of galas, all events planned outdoors need an alternative location or “plan B” for bad weather. If I could spin the reel back and give Molly & Jason a do-over, I would have brought in re-enforcements with a clear-top, ClearSpan tent.
“ClearSpan” says it all: these tents don’t have any interior support columns to interfere with the camera’s angles, which means there are no large tent poles inside the tent to get in the way of stages, tables, and equipment. ClearSpan tents are made of aluminum and are designed to withhold in severe wind conditions, like we saw on TV. Additionally, a clear-top on a ClearSpan allows natural light to shine through and creates a feeling of openness so that guest do not feel enclosed and can enjoy their natural surroundings. Along with ClearSpan tents, I also recommend Frame Tents that also allow the option of a clear-top.
If a tent is not in your budget, then find the nearest structure. This could be your home, a park building or shelter, a convention center or hall. Make sure the space can accommodate all your guests and any equipment. Check on power supply and facilities. If these are not accessible or applicable, include portable supplies and rentals in your back-up plan. No one wants a sewage backup to be a stinky memory of wedding day!
Next, keep your eye on the weather and decide when to put plan B into action. I recommend you give yourself at least 2 days out from your event. This will allow you to contact all your vendors and move forward accordingly. Everyone has to be on the same page to make it happen!
But I have to hand it to Molly and Jason. Despite the harsh winds, blown-over décor, pouring down rain, and bone-chilling weather, they never stopped smiling. Molly was a graceful bride and did not falter over wet hair, runny make-up and a drenched gown. She and Jason celebrated what’s truly important: love and happiness.
Expect the unexpected. Plan for the unexpected. You will be pleasantly prepared and ready to party!
Brittany is the principle Event Designer and Coordinator for Crowning Celebrations. She specializes in wedding and social celebrations. You can follow her blog at www.crowningcelebrations.blogspot.com.