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If the lights go out at your wedding...

Posted by Angel Babbitt Harris  February 4, 2013 08:01 AM

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As millions of Americans watched the lights go out during last night's Superbowl, I couldn't help but wonder how I would react if that happened at our wedding.

I admit. A bit of worry set in. It didn't last long, but the slightly neurotic, inner-Bridezilla tendencies that I'm trying so hard to suppress began to set in.

As a coping mechanism, I took to the blogosphere to "stalk" stories of couples who dealt with power outages on their wedding day. I learned that many power outages were actually due to inclimate weather, and not electrifying halftime performances put on by Beyoncé. However, for the record, I would happily welcome the lights going out at our reception if Beyoncé came and performed "All the Single Ladies" right before I took my position to throw the bouquet!

But, I digress...

Next, I stopped by the good ol' Farmer's Almanac to research the probability of a classic New England Nor'easter touching down and causing a massive blackout during our reception. A huge sigh of relief came shortly after discovering that the forecast is looking awesome for our day, though my fingers are still crossed.

So, what should you do if the lights go out during your wedding?

If you're a planner like me, I suggest circling back with your vendors and find out how each would handle unexpected situations, including power outages. Check to make sure your venue has back-up generators and candles available. If you plan to hire a DJ, coordinate a time when he/she can go to the venue and take inventory of any additional equipment they might need. Remind your wedding planner to pack flashlights and a backup iPod, just in case.

A power outage is just one of those things that no one can predict. You can prepare as much as possible, but ultimately Mother Nature is in control. As long as you are surrounded by family and friends who love and know you best, you're good. No one will hold it against you, or question your ability to throw a great party!

Just remember to keep calm and marry on. Lights on or off, you'll still be just as married after all is said and done.

Happy Planning!

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Angel Babbitt Harris, formerly of the Expertly Engaged blog, is now "Newly Wed" and learning how to navigate life as a happy wife. Angel lives for weekend getaways to Brooklyn with her husband and anything currently playing on Netflix. She works as a Marketing Manager for a non-profit organization in Boston. Need newlywed advice? Have newlywed advice to give? Reach Angel directly at or tweet her at @MrsHarrisTweets.

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