How to Stay Positive and Weather Wedding Complications

Weddings are miraculous, beautiful, and joyous days filled with family, friends, and love as you celebrate the union of two people to journey together throughout life. Weddings are also incredibly stress-filled days with months (if not years) of worry and anxiety leading up to the big day, which can really put a damper on the (supposed-to-be) happy couple’s mood and make for some tough times to overcome. Sometimes unforeseen events pop up; delays and postponements can happen; services and arrangements change or cancel — it’s enough to drive anyone crazy.

Fortunately, some issues that will arise are entirely within your control: you can always find a new caterer, venue, florist, and change the menu if someone has an allergy. Will it be stressful? Absolutely. But you can get through it easily enough.

A wedding planner can alleviate much of the stress, helping you plan all the details and make sure things go off without a hitch. But a good wedding planner isn’t cheap and not everyone can afford one. A close friend with good organizational skills can help reduce some of the stress of planning, but if their vision isn’t your vision, you could end up causing yourself more grief. Finding good, reliable vendors can also be the difference between wedding day bliss and aggravation. An experienced florist, for instance, has probably done scores if not hundreds of weddings, and could help you avoid some of the pitfalls they’ve seen plague other weddings (even in areas not directly related to flowers).

Unfortunately, some things may be out of your control, and you simply need to accept it. Maybe you can’t invite everyone you wanted because the venue can’t hold as many people as you wanted and you don’t have the budget for the next size up. Maybe you have to settle for a floral arrangement you don’t love. Maybe you only have so much time after the wedding to enjoy a shorter honeymoon. These things will bother you — that’s a fact. But regardless of what comes your way, whether you can solve it or not, you need to stay positive.

Staying positive, as crazy as it may sound, keeps things in perspective and keeps you focused on addressing issues you can fix and letting the ones you can’t go by. Why stress yourself out over things that you can’t control anymore? It’s truly just a waste. Focus on the important tasks at hand and remember that the wedding is a celebration. Once it’s over, you can begin your life together as a married couple and get away on your honeymoon.

Positive thinking has been shown to reduce overall stress, which can lead to better overall health. Stress takes a terrible toll on the body and mind (grey hairs, anyone?). While things may be tense and the plan will morph and evolve as time goes on, keeping a smile on your face may just help you weather all of the issues that pop up.

If your big day is coming up: breathe. It will all work out. You’re smart, you’re determined, and you’re going to enjoy the big day with your friends and family. If you’d like other stress-relieving strategies for your wedding, check out our blog about the benefits of a smaller wedding. Additionally, if you haven’t yet planned out your honeymoon, call our Denver travel agency office to speak with a representative. Like the experienced florists or wedding planners who have done myriad weddings, our experienced travel agents have planned hundreds of honeymoons and know how to make things run smoothly. We’ll go over the most popular honeymoon packages and destinations to find the one that’s right for you!

The Benefits of a Smaller Wedding

Some people dream of large and lavish weddings with every seat filled by family (close and extended) and friends (new and old). Some people even go so far as to go into debt to have the massive wedding they’ve always wanted and dreamed of. If that’s your dream, we don’t want to take it away from you, and we want you to enjoy your beautiful and love-filled day. However, we would like to discuss the benefits of having a smaller wedding — the biggest one being that you can put the money you save from the wedding towards an unforgettable honeymoon.

By choosing a smaller wedding, you save money at every turn. You won’t have to pay the caterers since they won’t need to cook as many meals or appetizers. You can save money at the bar since you won’t have as many guests running up the tab (especially if it’s an open bar). You also have access to more venues and don’t need to shell out as much to reserve large halls to accommodate your massive guest list. Any piece of the wedding cost greatly reduces once you choose the route of a smaller wedding.

With that additional budget, you can then put it towards a longer and/or more lavish honeymoon to relax and enjoy your first days or weeks together as a married couple. You can choose to travel to more exotic locations, farther away, extend your stay, upgrade your lodging, or even all of the above. However, it really comes down to your choice and preference. Would you rather spend all of your money for one day to have everyone you know and their guests to watch the event, or would you prefer to get away and live lavishly in a foreign place to start your married life strongly and healthfully?

Similar to a more luxurious honeymoon, by choosing a smaller wedding, you can use the funds you would have on a large wedding to make the smaller event even more beautiful than you could have imagined (and still enjoy that extended dream honeymoon together afterward). Upgrade the meal, the flower arrangement, or the venue — it’s all up to you!

Say the money isn’t an option, though. Another incredible benefit of having a smaller wedding is the massive amount of stress it removes from your plate. It’s easier to find a venue to accommodate a select gathering; you don’t need to worry about so many meal options; you don’t need to worry about as many plus ones, seating arrangements, or potential drama. Even if there wouldn’t be drama with a larger crowd, having a smaller guest list means that you can spend more time with your guests and have a more intimate day and enjoy their company, rather than run around trying to say “Hi” to everyone for 15 seconds each.

If you like the idea of a smaller wedding so that you can put those funds towards a more luxurious honeymoon, give our Denver travel agency a call to go over potential honeymoon travel options and to see what awaits you! We’re happy to go over all-inclusive options, travel and hotel packages, and the most popular honeymoon destinations. Call us today for more information!

Is First Class Worth It?

If you’ve ever been on a plane and not ridden in first class, you know the feeling you get when boarding and you walk through the wider aisles with larger seats filled with people who can stretch out and sleep if they wanted to. Heck, you’ve probably felt that tinge of jealousy just sitting at your gate waiting to board, watching as those people get to get on the plane first to settle down and relax before their flight.

It’s almost like it’s a different world for people on the outside — and that’s the whole point. First-class, whether it’s on cruise ships, hotels, or airplanes, is a luxury. Is it worth it? We’re sure you already guessed, but we can’t answer that question for you specifically, we can only go over the benefits of first-class and why companies charge that premium price; it’s up to you to decide if it’s worth it. Our assessment is that if you can save up for it, you should absolutely do it once to know what it’s like.

Some people swear by traveling in first class. Once they upgraded, they swore they’d never go back to standard seating ever again. We can’t blame them, though you shouldn’t choose to upgrade every time if it’s going to put you into credit card debt, or if you need to aggressively budget every other area of your life.

In this review, we’ll focus on three of the biggest airlines and what you get in first class when you travel with them. Each airline does its first class a little differently, but they all share a few features you’re sure to lavishly enjoy.

Delta, JetBlue, and American all give you priority security (getting through faster), boarding, and seating with more room to recline and stretch. There also is no middle seat, it’s either an aisle or a window. A middle seat just doesn’t sound very first class, does it?

All of these airlines also offer upgraded meal options, so you can say goodbye to the typical cookies and crackers you’re used to. We’ll note that JetBlue at least has unlimited snacks that you can choose from throughout the flights.

Fancy a drink? All three airlines offer complimentary drinks once you’re seated. Some flights have complimentary drink service from gate to gate.

Similar to getting on the plane first, when you fly first class, you’ll be the first off the plane as well. Just imagine, no more fighting to get off the plane and wondering how that couple 8 rows up somehow doesn’t have their luggage yet even though it’s felt like an hour since you landed. Just get up and head off to your destination. That acceleration really sells some people on the idea of first-class travel.

An unusual note we’d like to point out is that of these three airlines, JetBlue is the only one that offers free WiFI on their flights; Delta and American have WiFi available for purchase. All three airlines up their screen sizes for their in-seat entertainment.  JetBlue offers headphones from Grado Labs out of Brooklyn, NY to enhance the sonic experience.

If you’re tired of waiting around to board, tight aisles to get to your seat, being forced to sit in close proximity to plenty of strangers, and not being able to truly relax, then first-class may be for you, but be warned: it does come at a much higher price. They say you can’t put a price on luxury, but we both know that yes, you can, because yes, the airlines did.

If you’re looking to book a vacation with airfare and are curious about first-class options, call our Denver travel agency today to speak with a specialist who can go over pricing options and help you determine if the upgrade is worth it for your vacation.