Being a wedding planner is not for the faint of heart. Not only do you have to deal with stressed-out brides on the regular, but also the wild cards, like an opinionated , high-maintenance bridesmaids and flaky vendors. Talk about a logistics nightmare. These poor planners shared some of the most painful stories we've ever heard.
1. That time the bridesmaids almost ruined the bouquets.
After the bride picked out the flowers, the wedding planner left them in the boardroom with the bridesmaids. Should be safe, right? "When I returned five minutes later they were pulling them apart because they didn't like them!" says Gail Johnson, owner of . "There was no way to fix them, but, luckily the bride never noticed."
2. That time the bride wanted a new dress the morning of her wedding.
Perfect timing. Even better: The bride expected her wedding planner to fix her dress and make it look like Gwen Stefani's dip-dyed gown, by either DIYing her David's Bridal design or procuring a couture gown. "When I told her neither was possible, she screamed 'What am I even paying you for?' and threw her shoes at me," says .
3. That time the bride refused to walk down the aisle.
This, our friends, is why you always have a rain plan: "I had a bride who had a meltdown because it was raining outside where the ceremony was going to be held," says Johnson. "The florist moved everything inside to the ballroom, but the bride went back to her hotel room and refused to walk down the aisle." Luckily, the rain passed, but the vendors got stuck drying off all of the chairs.
4. That time the bridesmaids tried to extend the length of the reception.
Then at the same wedding, the bridal party made it clear they weren't pleased by the rain delays. "The drunk bridesmaids had a fit and argued with the hotel staff, because the time wasn't extended when the wedding started late," says Johnson. "The hotel had no control over the weather, the bridesmaids can't negotiate with the hotel on the behalf the bride and groom and the couple refused to pay extra money for extending the reception." Case closed.
5. That time the bride showed up two hours late to her ceremony.
You know a couple doesn't care about their guests when the groom shows up 30 minutes late and that's no big deal, because the bride is two hours late. "After the ceremony, the couple got wasted in their limo and both ended up falling asleep," says . "They were both so late for their own reception, that I had the venue serve dinner without them and the couple didn't arrive until 11 at night."
6. That time the DJ didn't show up until the last hour of the reception.
What's a planner to do? Well if you're Hannah Albert, you partner up with the banquet captain to DIY the music using a laptop, iPhone, auxiliary cord and one speaker. "We made sure the commercials were over and the song was ready to go on the laptop, so when the song on the iPhone was over, we could swap the cords with as little dead air as possible," she says. They did this until the DJ finally graced them with his presence.
7. That time the mother of the groom made the bride cry over chairs.
Apparently the MOG had already seen and approved of the chairs the venue provided, but she still caused a scene of epic proportions right before the wedding when she decided they weren't good enough anymore. "The bride was sobbing by the end of it, being consoled by monster-in-law who simply kept telling her 'it'll be alright, even though everything is ruined by these green chairs,'" says .
8. That time the groom's ex-fiancé showed up at the reception.
Oh and she was the mother of his son, too. "She grabbed the wedding cake, chucked it at the newlyweds and began screaming about how he was a deadbeat dad, while she grabbed table wine bottles that she smashed on the ground," says . "Everyone was stunned in shock." After calling the police, the ex was charged with assault, assault with a weapon and destruction of private property. Yikes.
9. That time the groom tried to DJ his own wedding.
Just because you're a professional DJ, doesn't mean you should attempt to control the music at your own wedding. Need proof? "They had tons of other pro DJ friends and planned to have them rotate to keep the music interesting," says Andrea Freeman, owner of . The only problem? "This multiple person situation left nobody in charge — a huge mistake!"
10. That time the bride announced she was pregnant at her reception — then got drunk.
It's one thing to have a drunk bride, but it's another to have a drunk pregnant bride. "The groom and her parents kept taking drinks out of her hand and she kept slurring 'like I'm not going to drink at my own wedding,'" says . "I finally convinced her to switch to vodka sodas so she wouldn't stain her dress and she drank club soda for the rest of the night and was none the wiser."