What In-The-Know Wedding Planners Use To Avoid Disaster
If you're planning your - or your client's wedding - there's a good chance there's one ancient wedding planning tool you've never considered.
It can help you select a suitable date for your wedding as well as foresee particular periods when your best-laid plans go out the window.
Yes, it's astrology.
Previously, I ran It's In The Stars, an astrology website from 2006 to 2014. (It was the difficulty I discovered finding interesting themed decor for my wedding in 2013, as well as a lack of pricing transparency on many event hire websites that led me to launch My Wedding Decor in 2015.)
In a survey I ran in 2013 of 351 respondents, one in five respondents (24.2%) had delayed making an important decision during Mercury retrograde, while 22.5% had begun a relationship or reconciled with an ex (22.5%), while 16.6% had used astrological advice to plan their wedding or special event.
Mercury retrograde refers to a three-week period every three months where the planet of communication appears to stop and go backwards across the heavens.
What has astrology got to do with wedding planning?
Mercury rules everything to do with communication (email, text, phone, snail mail, social media, contracts, conversations, quotes and messages) and transport (think cars (including wedding cars), trucks, deliveries, postal vans, courier companies etc). All of these are vital to wedding planning.
When Mercury is retrograde, it is common for email enquiries to go to spam folders, to not receive voicemail messages, write down the wrong phone number, misinterpret something over the phone, leave out important information, forget to chase something up, to deliver to the wrong address, for key contacts to be sick or on holidays, for suppliers not to call you back, for the quote to get revised, or at the very least, to change your mind several times - as well as to "think" you have all the time in the world!
If your wedding falls during a Mercury retrograde period, you need to triple-check all guest, venue and supplier arrangements to the point of embarrassment.
If you are planning a future wedding, you can anticipate delays and potential errors in supplier correspondence as well as delays in actual items being delivered during the Mercury retrograde period.
Whether you're a couple or a wedding planner, you need to allow plenty of patience, follow-up and detailed fact-checking into your wedding planning during this time.
The next Mercury retrograde period is from 22 March-15 April 2018.
Here's what could happen to your wedding if you're not organised.