Sunday, July 19, 2009

Whose wedding is it, anyway?

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of working with a lovely couple on their wedding. Carisse and Joe have a lot of children in their families and, in fact, had FIVE flower girls and FOUR ring bearers in their ceremony!

Carisse put together gift baskets for the kids to have some entertainment during all of the adult stuff at the beginning of the reception -- toasts, cake cutting, etc. Unbeknownst to me and the catering manager at the venue, the general manager decided the gift baskets made the tables look "messy" and instructed staff to remove them and distribute them after the dinner service.

This bride was thinking of her little guests, knowing that they would be bored with the speeches (which they were). Why did this manager think looks were more important than the clients' wishes? The catering manager and I were both stunned.

So, how do we prevent this from happening in the future? Well, you can be assured I will be having a chat with this general manager before booking any more events at the facility. The BEO was clear, the gifts were to be on the table prior to the guests' entrance. Brides, when you are negotiating your contract with a venue, make sure that everyone involved knows your wishes and, during your final walk through, make sure that you reiterate any special requests that are important to you. Here is where a wedding planner can be invaluable to make sure your wishes are carried out according to your contract.

Remember, it is YOUR wedding and you can have it your way!

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