Life Of A Wedding Planner
Britt Armstrong-Gash (Wedding Planner) gives expert video advice on: What's the most extravagant wedding you've ever planned?; What's the funniest thing that's happened during a wedding?; What's the worst thing that's happened during a wedding? and more...
What's the most satisfying thing about your job?
The most satisfying thing about my job as a wedding planner is being there on the wedding day,seeing the bride and groom get married and the looks on their faces when they walk into the venue and see everything that we have planned and pulled together.
What's the worst part of your job?
The worst part of my job as a wedding planner I think would be the business part of my job, the non wedding-related elements. I enjoy running my own business as a wedding planner. I love it but it does get frustrating in dealing with the finances, the sales and marketing, having to handle advertising people and things like that. But that I think, although I enjoy it, is the worst bit.
What's the hardest part of your job?
The hardest part of my job as a wedding planner is getting clients. Trying to locate that very small part of the wedding population that would be willing to hire a wedding planner and willing to pay the fee for them.
What's the most extravagant wedding you've ever planned?
We organized a very extravagant wedding last year for a couple who were getting married, second time for both of them. They had children, and they wanted to have an Enchanted Forest-themed wedding, with a marquee, loads of theming. There were 94 adults, and 52 children having their own party. There were seven sorts of entertainment at the wedding party. It was a crazy wedding, but really good fun, and the couple were lovely, and they were so happy that we were delighted.
What's the funniest thing that's happened during a wedding?
The funniest things that's ever happened during one of our weddings was at a wedding we did the first year we were in business. We had two ushers who were the groom's brothers and they were very very excitable and really really good laugh. Unfortunately one of them was a little bit intoxicated and decided to put a lit sparkler behind his ear and although I screamed to him not to do it, he did it a little too quickly and set fire to his hair.
What's the worst thing that's happened during a wedding?
The worst thing that's happened during a wedding actually took place just before one. Last year one of our grooms was hospitalized with a life-threatening condition a couple of days before the wedding. But he was so determined to marry his bride, he checked himself out and went through with the wedding. Luckily, he made it but he was very ill. We were very worried about him. I don't think I've ever been so worried on a wedding day, not about the details, about what was happening. I was just worried that he was going to be OK. And he did actually end up back in the hospital the next day and was in the hospital for three weeks. I just felt so awful for him. It was not a wedding that I enjoyed working on. I was so delighted that he managed to get married but I was worried about him.
What's the tackiest thing you've been asked to order for a wedding?
We don't really think of things that we are asked for as tacky simply because we are not in a position to judge. We do get asked for some rather strange things. I once had a couple call up and ask me what I thought about them having an Abba tribute band and I said to them if that's what they wanted then that's what they should have and everyone would really enjoy it. And while some people have since looked in our portfolio and made comments that they thought it was a little tacky, the couple had such a fantastic day and we really, really enjoyed it that it was worth while in the end anyway.
What jobs can I give my mother to keep her busy?
We suggest that the couple gives the parents that want to be involved in the wedding the invites and RSVP management if they can trust them with it. Basically this is where they send out the invites and track all the changes and the responses and they manage direct requirements as such so that they feel very very involved cause they have got this really important task, but it wont influence the style and the running of the day which is what the bride and groom like to focus on.
What's the worst best-man's speech you've ever heard?
They weren't necessarily the worst best man's speech, but a lot of our clients are international, so we have a lot of different cultures coming together, which means that sometimes the speeches that might seem really good to the clients might not seem so good to us, because we're used to English speeches, and the way they're supposed to be run and how they're supposed to be so funny, whereas different cultures approach things from different ways. I don't really think we've ever had a really bad best man's speech, because they've always been enjoyed by the people there at the wedding, which to me is the most important thing.
Has anything unusual ever happened during the speeches?
We have had a very strange situation during the speeches at one of the weddings we managed. The groom was giving his speech and his mother had passed away, to whom he had been very close, and he was quite an emotional groom anyway because he was so happy to be marrying this woman he loved so much, and he was giving the speech and he happened to mention his mother, which was right and proper, but the moment he mentioned her, the lights in the room flickered and then went back to normal and we all, sort of, stopped and looked. Then, he carried on his speech and the next time he mentioned her, the lights flickered again, at which point Kelley and I had to leave the room because we were about to burst into tears because he was already crying, and it was really very emotional, very moving, and very odd.