But one couple proved that no matter how much you prepare, sometimes the unexpected happens - and it’s just about you handle it.
On Saturday (July 13), Craig Silverstein and Amy Rosenthal were just about to say “I do” at the Plaza Hotel in New York when the lights went out across the city.
To their surprise, the Manhattan district was plunged into darkness with thousands of city dwellers left without power - coincidentally 42 years after the Big Apple famously lost electricity for 25 hours.
But the newlyweds handled the situation perfectly and ended up having the most romantic outcome possible.
In order to guide the bride down the aisle, guests quickly whipped out their phones to provide light.
“It was unbelievable,” the bride told the New York Times. “Everyone stepped up and were doing everything in their power to make the night a special one.”
At the reception, the wedding band also used their initiative and instead of playing electronic instruments, the 12-piece group brought out trumpets, violins and saxophones.
New York Times journalist, Emma Fitzsimmons, tweeted a photograph taken of the newlyweds during the blackout and wrote: “They said their vows in the dark. No food; just candles. But they made the best of the situation and danced the night away.”
I’ve got a great story from the Great New York City Blackout of 2019.— Emma G. Fitzsimmons (@emmagf) July 14, 2019
This couple was getting married at The Plaza. The lights went out during the wedding. They said their vows in the dark. No food; just candles.
But they made the best of the situation and danced the night away. pic.twitter.com/0jT0MGJ6Mf
A second image also shows the wedding reception steeped in darkness with guests dining beneath candlelight.
The story behind the story:— Emma G. Fitzsimmons (@emmagf) July 15, 2019
My best friend from high school was live-texting me from the wedding after the lights went out.
Her: The ballroom is lit only by candles.
Me: That’s sort of romantic? pic.twitter.com/UMnLlILvHU
The tweet soon went viral with social media users congratulating the happy couple.
“Love this story, just shows how simple things make great and pleasurable moments,” one wrote.
“Love this! Perfect euphemism for life, when everything else goes dark, you just have each other,” another added.
Love this story, just shows how simple things make great and pleasurable moments.🕯️— Amelia 911 (@911Amelia) July 15, 2019
At the end of the day, it’s not about the stuff but who you have in your life. Best wishes and congratulations to the happy couple! #blackoutnyc— Kelly O'Neill (@indykellyo) July 15, 2019
Love this! Perfect euphemism for life, when everything else goes dark.. you just have each other— ℬ☈∆₦₫0₦ (@B_Festa) July 15, 2019
This couple's gonna make it, I'm sure. They didn't actually mind the WEDDING, it's about kicking off the marriage and being together <3— 🖤💛🥄Jac🥄💙💚 (@FkYeahGallavich) July 14, 2019
What an amazing wedding picture. It’s so romantic!!😍😍😍 I hope this story gets told every anniversary 😁.— Milta 🌸🇭🇹🇺🇸 (@Titou4004) July 15, 2019
Yay Amy & Craig!!! Truly the best wedding ever! That’s how you make lemonade out of lemons :)— Jenna Autuori (@FITNESSjenna) July 14, 2019
So for any brides-to-be out there fretting over last minute wedding preparations just remember that no matter what happens, it’s about celebrating with the ones you love.