Sorry for the longest post title ever!  Good gravy.

So, I know that you are still waiting for pics from the wedding I did 1.5 weeks ago.  You are going to have to cool your jets for another 1.5 weeks, because my work life is insane right now.  Sorry!

In the mean time, I thought I would share a short story from Nick and Beth’s wedding that further proves the need for a wedding coordinator.  A good planner can help you save money, stay organized, and actually enjoy your big day.  That is what I am all about.  A good planner can also take care of any hiccups in the day (there is always something) in such a way that the Bride, Groom, and their families never even know that something has gone wrong.

Ok…so, the wedding cake was set and confirmed to arrive at the reception site sometime during the time that I was at the church, between 5:30 and 6:20.  The cake lady did not want the cake to sit too long before the reception because of its butter cream icing.  I arrived back at the reception site at 6:45 and there was no cake!  EEKKK!  I got out my trusty list of vendors and called the cake lady right away.  The convo went something like this (I will call her “cake lady” for anonymity)…

Whitney: Hi “cake lady”, this is Whitney Turner, Beth and Nick’s wedding planner.  I am at the reception site and I was wondering where the cake is.

LONG PAUSE in which I had a mini panic attack.

Cake Lady: That’s for tonight?!?!

Whitney: Yes, it is for tonight!!  Is it done?

Cake Lady: Oh my goodness!  I will have it there in 45 minutes.

heavy breathing (on both ends)…CLICK.

Seriously, that might have topped the cake on craziest moments in wedding planning history (although the drunk mother of the groom was a close and difficult second).

The cake lady arrived and set up as I was lining up the bridal party for introductions, so the bride and groom did not know that the cake was not on time.  Sadly, the moment that they walked in, they realized that the cake did not look as the cake lady had promised (probably because it was all done last minute), and they were a little perturbed.

Thankfully, that was the only big thing that went wrong on their wedding day.  Everything else flowed seamlessly!  I told them the story the day after the wedding at the post-wedding cookout.  Although they were really upset about the way the cake looked, they were glad that it tasted good and that they had a cake to cut into. In all honestly no one (other than Nick and Beth) noticed the cake’s imperfections because of its location in the reception room.

The moral of this story: hire a wedding planner even if it is just for day of coordination!

If the bride and groom had not hired a planner, no one would have realized that the cake was missing until it was too late to do anything about.  It also would have been far more distressing for them to deal with at 8 pm than it was for me to deal with at 6:45 pm.