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73% of hotel guests want local recommendations when surveyed for the Monscierge Guest Experience Management (GEM) Report.
Weddings are a $40 billion a year industry in the US and an estimated 16% are destination weddings. Many luxury hotels are taking the stress off the bride by offering professional wedding planning services, complete with rooms for guests and arrangement of every last detail. The duties of a wedding planner boil down to taking on all the stresses of the event, sparing the bride and groom. So do these hotel wedding planners have wedding mishap stories of their own?
Let's face it, unless you are in the midst of planning your own wedding, the most entertaining part of any wedding story is what went wrong. These are some examples from my own experiences:
At one very posh wedding, the best man decided to give the ring to the ring bearer, the groom's 7 year old little brother, hours before the ceremony. Being a 7 year old boy, the ring bearer took the pillow, ring attached, outside for a pre-wedding game of catch. The grandparents of the bride were arriving in their car just as the boy walked outside. He dropped the ring, which rolled in front of the grandparents' car.
The wedding planner and bridesmaids, who witnessed the scene, stared in horror as the grandparents exited their vehicle with no idea they had just run over their granddaughter's wedding ring. The car was moved and an emergency ring search ensued, eventually finding the ring unharmed, and the wedding couple were blissfully unaware of the momentary panic.
Every wedding planner should keep an emergency supply stash at all times. A sewing kit is the number one requirement. At two separate weddings, bridesmaids who had looked perfect in dresses at fittings were unable to wear their dresses on the big day.
In one instance, the wedding planner literally sewed the maid of honor into her dress five minutes before it was time to walk down the aisle. In a different wedding party, a bridesmaid had lost weight and her strapless dress was threatening to take a plunge with every move she made. Never underestimate the power of duct tape. The planner was able to tape the dress well enough that it even withstood some pretty serious dancing at the reception.
Toasting time is always a little tense. Wedding toasts have been known to go horribly wrong, causing some of the most awkward wedding moments. In a story that has most likely been replayed in hundreds of weddings, pairing a best man with an open bar does not a good wedding toast make. He started off fine, until he got the attention of the guests, then forgot his speech and stood there saying the groom's name, followed by "I love that guy..." over and over until he was rescued by a more eloquent member of the wedding party.
Every wedding has its disasters, be they large or small. The event planning aspect of hospitality will always come with a fair share of stress and excitement. What wedding disasters have your wedding planners helped to avert?