An Important Lesson from the 2017 Oscars

Watching awards shows are fun for me.  I like seeing the fashion and dress designs and picking up ideas for weddings and events (lots of gold!).  It’s also interesting to see who and what wins (Yay Emma Stone! I love her.).

But, something happened at this year’s Oscars that was both surprising and a big mistake.  The best picture award (which is the last award they give) was mistakenly given to La La Land when it was actually Moonlight that won.  Wowza.

That is a BIG TIME mistake.  Or as Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman would say…

Pretty woman iconic quote

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Can you imagine?  Not only are you televising this live, but you got a whole group of people super excited about an honor they thought they won…only to then take it away.

But, I’m not here to just recap what happened at the 2017 Oscars.  There is a really important lesson to be learned here.   And that is…

Mistakes happen.

Even with a big production like the Oscars where they have a ton of money and a boatload of assistants.  Mistakes happen and things can go wrong.

So, what does this mean for you?

Well, if you’re in the midst of planning your wedding, you need to understand that things can (and will) go wrong.  You may encounter a problem while you’re planning or one during the wedding day.  The wrong song could be played or you could misread your venue contract.  Or you could mistakenly think the rental company will be setting up your chairs when they’re actually not.

And this doesn’t just apply to your wedding.  It applies to your life.  Think about the project at work, the volunteer event you’re helping with or the house you’re looking to buy.  Things go wrong in all areas of life.  Even with simple things like going grocery shopping.

But, here’s what you can do:  Plan ahead to prevent the mistakes you can prevent.  And the ones you can’t, you need to fix as best you can and move forward.

Life isn’t always the kindest and is definitely not perfect.  And weddings are no different.

But, accepting that things can (and will) go wrong is the first step.

The second step is to prevent as many of those mishaps and mistakes as possible.

So, how do you do that?  Learn from the pros.

Learn from experts, from those who have experience.  These are people who’ve seen countless mistakes (and made a bunch as well) and learned from them.  From the experts, you’ll gain the knowledge of what to do, what not to do and how to plan in the best way possible so you can avoid as many disasters as possible.

And remember this applies not only to your wedding, but to your work, school, and life in general.  Learn from those with experience and then think through and plan ahead for what you can.  But, if something does go wrong…

Then the third step is to fix the problem as best you can and then move on.  It’s important you do both of these.  Because you don’t just want to fix it, you also need to let it go.  Don’t linger on it.  Especially if this is your wedding day.  Because you want to have a happy experience, not worrying about the mistake all night.

So, have a plan (and a person) in place to handle any mistakes or problems and if/when it happens don’t let it bring you down.  While I’m sure the Oscar folks will be looking into what happened to learn for the future, it’s also over.

You can’t change it once a mistake has happened.  All you can do is fix what you can and then move forward (like the classy La La Land producers).

The big mistake at the 2017 Oscars

(Photo credit: ABC)

Ready to take this lesson one step further?  Yes, please!

I’m holding a FREE 5-day live wedding planning party in March all around the biggest wedding mistakes and what you can do to prevent them.  I’ll be sharing the biggest mistakes I’ve both seen and personally encountered.  Along with the crucial tips and information you need so you can avoid these mistakes in your wedding.

To make sure you’re notified about all the wedding planning party details, sign up here.  You won’t want to miss it!

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