I don’t mean to sound dramatic, but there are a lot of things that can go wrong on your wedding day. Even before the pandemic and having to figure out how to reschedule a day you’d been planning for months or years in only a matter of months, there are the more ordinary concerns that pop up on your big day. My job as a planner and a coordinator is to ensure the least number of issues and correcting any concerns as quickly as possible. My policy is to avoid letting the couple know what’s going on behind the scenes, but I thought for a little fun, I’d share a couple of standards that have come my way through the years.
Missing People: I’ve had couples who want to skip a first look and take family portraits during cocktail hour. I let them know right away that this will limit the amount of time they have for pictures. Immediately after the wedding, the guests want to congratulate the couple, but since we’re on a time crunch, I coral the bridal party and family away from the crowd and then work on clearing out the room so that we can start with pictures. But there’s always that one person who wanders off with the crowd (even though I was specific about what would happen after the ceremony). So while the bride and groom are taking pictures, I have my assistant run off to find the missing person so that they can get back in time for which ever group they were supposed to be a part of. There’s a lot of running around and often convincing the person to come back fo