- The rings got "lost," or that's what we thought. It seems the wedding rings didn't get into the groom's bag when he was putting together the items he needed for the day. Of course, his best man should have been on top of this, but when the photographer started prep shots, the rings were nowhere to be found. What did we do? We borrowed the bride's mom's and dad's rings for the ceremony. There was no way anyone could get back to the groom's apartment to find them in time. Moral of the story: make sure your maid of honor and best man take their jobs seriously. There are certain duties that must be performed. Your wedding planner can brief them if you like, but they need this information before committing.
- The ceremony officiant got stuck in a pileup on the highway and was not able to get to the ceremony on time. Solution: the groom's uncle stepped up to the plate at the last minute and performed the ceremony after a lengthy phone conversation with the officiant. The uncle was not a ordained minister, but when the officiant finally arrived (one hour into the reception), he signed the license application, and everything was fine. Not too many guests knew this had even happened.
- Surprised by a sudden thunderstorm! All outdoor weddings have weather risks. This summer storm was not even on the radar, but right before the ceremony, very strong gusts of wind arose. Reception tables were turned over, tablecloths were flying everywhere, glass containers were crashing to the ground, and the sound equipment even turned over. Needless to say, the ceremony was delayed somewhat, but with the quick work of my staff and the venue staff, we uprighted all the ceremony chairs and got the ceremony décor back in place for the ceremony to proceed. During the ceremony, we were able to rearrange the reception site and redo the arrangements that had gotten blown to pieces. It was not the disaster that we thought at the time; we did what we had to do, and the evening was as beautiful as planned. And, the bride has some beautiful images of her veil flying in the wind!
- One of the groomsmen fainted on the altar during the ceremony. Actually, standing in the back of the church, I did not see him go down, but did realize something was happening when the minister turned his head and made a remark like "See about him, guys," and kept going with the vows.
- A bridesmaid failed to show.
Photo credits: Gretchen B Photography; Allison Lewis Photography, She Finds