I once did a little stint as The Wedding Planner, JLo-style.
Actually, I was the Lead Wedding Coordinator at our church for over 2 years and it was a fascinating, fun, frustrating gig. Our church performs over 40 weddings a year and I did most of those. It was a huge time commitment.
People always said, "That must be such a fun job! I LOVE weddings!!" Yes, it was fun sometimes. When you had the right bride and groom. But it could be downright painful if you got a cranky Mother-of-the-Bride. Believe me.
But the best part is that I now have some classic stories. Oh so many stories...
Have you ever seen the Mother-of-the-Groom step on her skirt while walking up the aisle and have it fall COMPLETELY TO THE FLOOR? I have. :-)
The most interesting situation came about when I got a call from one of my grooms about 3 hours prior to their Friday evening wedding rehearsal:
"Anne, we have a problem."
The problem? The bride was in the hospital. But not just in the hospital...she was in surgery for an emergency appendectomy. Yup.
The kicker is that we went ahead with the rehearsal without her. And then the next day they went ahead with the wedding!
The morning of their wedding, after she was released from the hospital, we got her dressed, put her make-up on and propped her up for pictures. She was able to stand there for a couple of pictures, then run to the bathroom to throw up. Then she would come back and do more pictures. Repeat. It was awful.
She was such a trooper the entire time. Trying to smile. Trying.
And her husband-to-be? So sweet, so concerned. But helpless.
She made it through without passing out during the ceremony. But we had them sit the entire time. Poor girl.
I heard she actually danced quite a bit at their reception. Unbelievable. But true. They will have quite the story to tell their children and grandchildren about their wedding day...
I have so.many.stories. However, the only thing that would coax me back into being The Wedding Planner again would be the promise of slow dancing with Matthew McConaughey. Mmmmmmm.....