Probably one of the biggest misconceptions about the Wedding Planning Professional, is that our job is all flowers, gourmet meals, crystal, tulle and lace. When in reality, we are shovelling dog doo and having groomsmen spit gum into our bare hand.
As Wedding Coordinators it is our job to step in and fill any voids that happen on the Wedding Day, as Crystal Adair-Benning of Distinct Occasions coined it, "We really are Saints sometimes".
I recently asked the Alumni of The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada about their not-so-glamorous moments in coordinating weddings and their replies are hilarious!
- Almost everyone reported having the wedding party spit chewing gum into their bare hand right before the ceremony (they all have tissue ready now).
- "I went through the garbage once (while security watched me), to look for something the bride thought she left in her hotel room." says the owner of Jennifer Borgh Events.
- Someone (who wishes not to be named) once picked up dog doo with baby wipes, because it was in the ceremony area
- Louise McAllister and her assistant Andrea, of Weddings by Louise in Winnipeg, ended up having to polish tarnished full-serving silverware for 150 guests, before a wedding.
- From Jolyn Saramaga of NuanceOccasions in Edmonton, "I've had a bride with a huge dress, that refused to step out of it to pee - so needless to say, I was the one pulling up her underwear under the dress after she used the facilities because she couldn't reach with all the layers."
- "I used a wet towel to wipe up a bridesmaid's vomit, after asking the the venue 3 times to come clean the mess. It was right in the path of the restrooms. Yes, I was gagging the whole time," says WPIC Vice President, Tracey Manailescu, while working a wedding for The Wedding Planners in Toronto.
- "I used a toothpick to remove food from a bride's teeth, just before she joined the receiving line," shares Maureen Allen of Memorable Occasions in Toronto.
- Amira Harris of Posh Productions in Calgary made us all laugh with this recollection, "My fave thing to date, has been when the best man got his dress shirt caught in his zipper and couldn't unzip or zip up his pants. So lucky me had to cut the shirt and sew up the flap on his pants, while he was still wearing them."
- "The nastiest thing I have EVER done and hope NEVER to have to do again...was pop a brides pimple that was on her back, where the dress buttoned up to: she was afraid it would pop during the wedding and mess up her dress.....it was vile and disgusting... although I must say that at the time I didn't even flinch at the idea." This was from the very diligent, Denise Georgiou of WeDDings Jubilee, in Toronto.
- At another of Denise's weddings, "I had a groom have an severe allergic reaction to walnuts from a dessert his mom made, and if you have seen the movie Hitch and that scene, that's what he looked like. The couple were at the hospital by 11:30pm and spent their wedding night there...I had to stay and make an announcement to the family and friends and try to calm down his hysterical mother who thought he'd be too busy to eat any dessert."
- Amanda Ferri of Ferri-Tale Weddings in Toronto, recalls "transporting home made centrepieces with garden flowers that included beetles, spiders and BEES! I nearly caused an accident while driving because I thought a spider was crawling on my neck!"
- Amanda also had to, "hide a DJ in the kitchen from parents of the Bride...why you ask??? He was her EX-BOYFRIEND!!! They dated for 8 years and she said her father would kill him if he saw him. Unfortuntaley without being in contact with him she never knew he was a DJ, let alone a DJ for the company she hired - I felt like I was on a reality TV show." Amanda kept the DJ hidden, while a replacement made his way to the venue.
Others have babysat babies, ushered children to the washroom, pinned brides into their dresses, stitched buttons back onto suits, restocked bathrooms, bribed kids to walk down the aisle, negotiated with parents, wiped down outdoor chairs minutes before the ceremony and Michelle J. Spiteri even ducked a punch from an intoxicated make-up artist!
The above are examples of just how far our Certified Wedding Coordinators will go to ensure their couple's day goes off without a hitch. If you asked any of them in advance if they would do those things, you'd get an unequivocal no, but in the heat of the moment, nothing will stand in the way of a perfect wedding.