Whew! So I survived my first job as a wedding coordinator (and guest of the wedding couple) and while the event turned out fantastic, it wasn't easy! Believe event planners when they tell you that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Okay, maybe I am exaggerating a little bit. Just a little.
I got to the event 3 hours before to give myself plenty of time to set up but that really wasn't necessary. Because it started to rain...and the ceremony was outside. So after waiting over an hour with off and on rain, we decided to set up the chairs for both the outdoor area and the backup indoor area. After 2 hours, it looked like the rain cleared up and the sun starting to peak out so we decided to do the ceremony outdoors. Just after the DJ set up, it started raining again and started to get all his equipment wet. So our final plan was to move it indoors. We had just set out all the rose petals down the aisle when we went outside and sure enough, it was sunny and beautiful. By now it was only 30 minutes before guests were to arrive. I made one last decision to move everything outside. I think the florist and the DJ were going to kill me but my job was to think about the bride and groom. If they saw how beautiful the weather was outside and we had decided to have it inside (in a drab kind of room), they would of probably been pissed. Luckily, my husband was also there to help me- he tied the tulle around the chairs and laid out the aisle runner! We managed to get set-up with 5 minutes to spare before guests started arriving. Whew! The weather held up and the ceremony ended up being beautiful, with a gorgeous orange sunset.
Other funny things that ended up happening but was fixed without the bride and groom knowing: the cake that got delivered was missing and the cupcakes were misplaced; the bridesmaid letting the photographer photograph the ring then forgetting to bring it to the aisle; the button falling off the dress and having to be held up by a giant safety pin. In the end, everything worked out fine and no one noticed any kind of mishap.
So while it was a little stressful, I still had an awesome time doing it. I loved seeing how happy the couple were with everything and how great of a time everyone had and I hope to do more event planning in the future! Oh, I also really have to thank my husband, who was there to help me set-up and clean-up. He really is awesome.