As a Jewish wedding planner of 17 years, people always ask me, “What is the most unforgettable event that you have planned?” Let me tell you about my first wedding as a professional planner. It all started out very smoothly; I lined everyone up to go down the aisle and the ceremony went off without a hitch. Immediately following, the sister of the groom became ill. She was, of course, the mistress of ceremonies for the evening. After sitting with her on the bathroom floor, I realized that she was not going to recover any time soon, so I immediately changed the plan. I re-worked the schedule and asked the brother of the groom to take over as emcee. With the first crisis resolved, I thought we were in the clear. You won’t believe what happened next…
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The bride had made all of her own centrepieces and had arranged for the caterer to place them on the tables. As I went to check all of the details in the reception hall, I realized that none of the centrepieces were arranged. I immediately got to work and single handedly put that room in order in less than 30 minutes. But, little did I know that the most memorable moment was still yet to come.
The bride and groom had decided that they wanted me to sit with their close relatives during the meal as they were so appreciative for all that I had done for them over the past year. I was touched by their thoughtfulness – quite literally! Just as I sat down, the bride’s uncle decided that he would like to dance with me and quickly whisked me onto the dance floor. I told him that I was the wedding planner and was there to do my job. He ignored me and instead twirled me round and round the ballroom. The worst part of it all was that the Uncle and I were the ONLY ones on the dance floor. I was horrified, but the bride and groom were as happy as could be. When the bride’s father spoke, he actually took the time to thank me for all of my efforts in helping his family plan this very special day. It was then that I knew I had chosen the most rewarding and fulfilling career. I love what I do, and look forward to being part of many more memorable moments like these. I still have the letter that I received from the mother of the bride right after the wedding:
I want to thank you so much for the fantastic job you did as our wedding co-ordinator. There has been such terrific feedback from everyone here and relatives from afar. I feel you went out of your way to make their wedding day run very smoothly and even more perfect than they imagined. I am sure you will have great success in this profession. Thank you most sincerely and good luck with your future endeavours.
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