Most experienced wedding planners could write a book about the crazy stories they have experienced as a planner. The drunken guests, bridezillas, groomzillas, weather mishaps and bizarre events that we have seen are enough to test anyone’s patience and professionalism.
Today we are sharing anonymous stories from our community here at Planner’s Lounge. Enjoy and feel free to share one of your stories in the comments!
The worst thing that ever happened to me at a wedding I had planned was when the groom approached me a little worse for wear during the evening reception and told me that if he had met me before his wife I would be the one in a white dress!!! I told him to sober up and go and dance with his wife.
I officiated a wedding on a pirate ship.
I asked the couple what they were wearing on the boat.
They answered “nothing special” – it is casual.
So when I arrived in my usual attire they were all decked out in pirate attire.
I felt left out and asked for some kind of prop.
I was fortunate enough to be given a big pirate hat to wear.
When I asked the question, “Do you take her to be your wife?” The groom answered, “Arrrr!”
I received a call from our front desk clerk prior to starting a meeting off-site one afternoon that a woman called looking for me (we’ve never spoken at this point so I was very confused) all frantic that they were supposed to have a fall wedding, but have to now change it to summer. I took her name and number and called her back after my meeting. She had me on the phone for almost an hour and quite honestly made little to no sense. I told her I would go to the office the next morning and call her with package prices for her needs. I did as promised and while talking I got to the part where I explain our menu options and prices. She asked if she could set up a date to come tour our venue and do a tasting. I explained that tastings are done once a couple has put down a deposit and booked. She insisted they’d be doing this. So I continued on talking about what they’d be able to taste. Her response? “Oh well the tasting would only be for one person, my fiance, because I don’t eat.” Now I know that as a professional I am supposed to be able to handle all situations and remain candid, however this comment caught me completely off guard. My reply to this? “I’m sorry. Did you just say you don’t eat?” The bride-to-be replied, “That’s right. I don’t eat. I only drink fat-free lattes from Starbucks. I’ll look like I am 90 in three years. I think my fiance has a tapeworm though because he likes to eat.” Who says that!? While I wanted to say that he doesn’t’ have a tapeworm, he is just a human who eats food, I simply said, oh okay and continued on with the already strange conversation. After all the conversation and work I put into the couple, they neglected to show up for their room reservation, never returned my phone call about our appointment and have gone MIA ever since that last call during which she insisted they were a definite yes.
One of our brides shipped chocolate truffle favors to our studio for her wedding but forgot to mention it to us. The truffles were delivered while we were away for an event. It was a hot week in the summer and the delivery guy left the box on our front porch. Needless to say, we had an entire mess of melted chocolate favors when we returned to the office the following week. On top of the mess, the bride was absolutely furious and would not take any responsibility. We did not even know she wanted chocolate favors let alone the fact that they were going to ship to our studio!
We had a bridezilla who made her photographer remove a political bumper sticker from his car on the wedding day. She insisted that her guests would leave if they knew she supported a business where the owner was a democrat.
Usually my car is a mess, especially with a toddler who likes to eat and drink the back seat. Before meeting with a potential client and her family, I had my car washed and detailed on a whim. The consultation went well and at the end of the meeting, the father of the bride asked what my car looked like. What? I had never had anyone ask that before. I pointed to my car and said go take a look. He was impressed that I had the same attention to detail that he did and hired me on the spot. I never would have imagined booking a wedding based on how clean my car was!
When I first started, I had a few budget brides who made their own bouquets and centerpieces. Most of the time, they actually did a pretty good job but there was one bride who ordered flowers online and the order was delayed because she accidentally put the wrong shipping address on the order. The flowers finally arrived the day of the wedding and were all brown and wilted. On the way to the ceremony, the bride and her bridesmaids picked up flowers from the grocery store and tied a few bouquets together with ribbon. Sadly, we didn’t have any flowers at the reception.
No one ever said wedding planning was boring!