Your dream garden wedding is all set for next weekend, and you know it’s going to be perfect: your dress is stunning, the location is super photogenic, and the weather should be great because, hey, it’s been great for months. No need to worry about a contingency plan, right?
Wrong. Here’s a tale that should encourage you to always be prepared with a Plan B if you’re hosting an outdoor event: Recently, a couple getting married at The Historic Castle Green had planned to have their ceremony in a clear tent (outfitted with a gorgeous chandelier, of course) on the facility’s grounds. Special lighting would wash over the tent, as well as the surrounding trees and pond for a lovely, theatrical effect. Oh yes, it was going to be a magazine-worthy affair. Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas. Three storms in the week before the Big Day made it impossible to risk an al fresco wedding—even with a tent.
Although the couple had really been looking forward to tying the knot in their clear tent under the sky, the ceremony simply had to be moved to inside.
Fortunately, their experienced (not to mention clever) coordinator, Gianna Provenzano of Gianna & Company, was ready with a backup strategy. In no time at all, the wedding pros had transformed Castle Green’s ballroom with chocolate and amber lighting, tall hurricanes with mini candles down the aisle, white petals on the aisle runner, and tiny crystal-and-silver chandeliers suspended from dark chocolate velvet ropes which hung from the ceiling. The room was breathtakingly beautiful and romantic, and, most importantly, the bride and groom loved it. They didn’t even miss the tent!
While many brides-to-be can easily locate the right gifts for their bridesmaids, grooms always seem to have trouble doing the same thing for their guys. My friend Matt had the hardest time picking out groomsmen gifts when he got married. He didn’t allow himself enough time to order his gifts online before the wedding, so he ended up running all over San Francisco trying to find something appropriate. Exhausting!
Guy Gift Sites
If you don’t feel like any of the more typical items will suit your groomsmen, why not plan an event that gives you and your friends a little more “guy time”? Get tickets to a sporting event, host a poker night at your house, or put together a camping trip and provide all of the food and beverages. Above all, remember that these are your go-to guys; they deserve a memorable “thank you” for being there for you on the most important day of your life.
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As a former wedding coordinator, when I’m asked about the greatest wedding I’ve ever witnessed, I talk about Suzie and Bob.
Suzie and Bob’s wedding day just happened to coincide with one of the worst floods in Orange, California’s history. Only 30 of their 130 guests could even get to the church, and closed roads meant the caterer, photographer, and DJ were stranded as well. Nevertheless, the bride and groom decided to go on with the ceremony.
Suzie’s limo arrived two hours after it was expected—a miracle in itself, considering where she began her journey! As I helped Suzie exit the car, a bicyclist rode by and sprayed mud all over her wedding dress. I started to lead her to the bathroom so she could freshen up, but Suzie just took my hands and smiled. “I’ve waited three years to marry this man,” she said. “I’m not waiting a minute longer.”
Bold as brass, Suzie walked up to the double doors and yelled, “Dad, come and get me.” The guests all relaxed when they heard her voice and the bridesmaids, groomsmen, minister and groom quickly took their positions. Escorted by her father, Suzie proceeded silently towards the altar, muddy dress and all. When she arrived at the first pew with guests, the bride beamed and sincerely thanked her guests for coming.
Suzie just got it. She knew that a wedding isn’t about the right dress or photographer; it’s about friends and family celebrating the joining of two people who were meant to be together. Bring this bit of wisdom to your wedding day, and you will truly have an unforgettable event.
P.S. Now, many years later, Suzie and Bob have three kids. When they talk about their wedding, they describe it as the most beautiful day of their lives.