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Weddings represent one of the biggest days in anyone's life, which is why it's essential they go well. That said, there are lots of things that can go wrong. Wedding fails of all kinds are pretty standard, especially when things aren't thought out or planned correctly.

Of course, online event planning courses can give you the knowledge you need to get started as a wedding planner, but experience is also needed. Here we aim to assist your progress by covering some of the most common bride nightmares and providing some guidance on how to avoid them.

What is the hardest part about planning a wedding? 

There are many challenging aspects to creating the perfect wedding for your clients, but table planning is perhaps one of the most delicate tasks to be completed. Sadly, it's common for some family members to have issues with others, meaning you need to keep them apart. It can be tricky! 

So, What are some common challenges that event planners face?  

Wedding planning is a difficult job at the best of times, with multiple tasks needing to be completed, such as catering, venue liaison, dresses, invitations, bouquets, and bridesmaid dresses, representing just some of the many aspects that need to be taken care of. Let’s now look at just some of the things that can often cause brides nightmares on the big day.

  • Running Behind Schedule

One of the most common issues that wedding planners face is keeping the day moving to the set schedule. Event planning short courses will teach a lot of things, but learning how to get a firm grip on time is something you’ll have to learn yourself.

Guests often don’t do as they’re told, especially when they’re tipsy, and when proceedings aren’t moving quickly enough, it can lead to a disjointed day, less time for those all-important photos and events generally going awry.

The solution: Find a friend or relative of the bride with a loud voice and a lack of stage fright to coral everyone when required. Or if the budget stretches that far, hire a professional toastmaster to keep everything on schedule.

  • A Lost Guest Book

Weddings create keepsakes like the guestbook, which is something that brides will treasure forever, and as any experienced wedding planner will know - they can sometimes go missing! The bride will likely have spent weeks choosing this, so they’re not going to want to lose it. 

The Solution: Enlist the help of a trusted family member or friend to take responsibility for ‘end-of-night’ items like the guestbook, leftover cake, cards and gifts.

  • A Marquee Power-Cut 

No matter how much online course training you take, it will never prepare you for the impact of power going out in the reception marquee. A malfunctioning generator can stop festivities and food preparation, so the wedding planner needs to include some contingencies for just such an eventuality from coming to pass.

The Solution: The easiest and most straightforward way to stop a faulty generator from ruining the event is to have a spare one, in case. Either that or ensure you have a technician on hand to sort the matter out quickly.

  • Late or Absent Guests

Another major problem for any bride on their big day is guests who turn up late or, worse, don’t turn up at all. Again, it’s worth pointing out that this is likely the biggest day in the bride’s life, and they want their nearest and dearest with them. 

This often happens because guests lose their invitations that show directions to the venue, leading people to end up in the wrong place or arriving a day too late - believe us, it happens! 

  • The Solution: An easy way to ensure this doesn’t happen is by setting up an online location - be it on Facebook or elsewhere - where people can find all the details they need. That way, it doesn’t matter if someone loses their invite.

Get the Wedding Planning Skills You Need With OCA  

If you're someone looking to become a professional wedding planner or simply a bride-to-be who wants everything to go well, you can learn what you need to know with an online course  from OCA. CPD Endorsed, video-based and able to be taken at a time and pace to suit your needs, our learning is convenient and affordable.

Learning with us is an altogether more stimulating experience than you get with traditional text-based study, as you can see by watching our Student Study Demo. Wedding planning is just one of the many things you can learn with Online Courses Australia, with our entire course library covering more than 20 different professional industries. 

To find out more about this or our flexible payment options, visit us today at where you’ll also see that all of our courses come with 1 to 1 mentoring and tutorial support 24/7/365, so you’ll always be able to get the help you need.

Alternatively, to answer your questions before enrolling in any of our short courses online, call our education team on 1300 611 404 or drop us a line at [email protected]

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