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Saving the day as a wedding planner

As a wedding planner, you hope will never be in a situation where you have to save the day, however, you are always ready to do it. We arrive with a kit of things we never hope to have to use, but we wouldn't dare leave it at home: this contains everything from pain killers to cable ties.

I can safely say I have never, to this date, had anything go majorly wrong at a wedding and, in my opinion, there is never something which can't be fixed, it’s all about finding the right solution. Along the years, through my experience in weddings and events as well restaurant management, I have learnt to be a swan: yes, imagine a swan on water, perfectly calm and serene on the surface while planning and problem-solving underneath.

Last year, I had a wedding where the bride had arranged the transport to the church and while the cars for the bridesmaids arrived, the bride’s ride still wasn’t there. After calling the company a few times, they kept saying they would be 5 minutes, however the clock ticked on no car arrived. Trying to step up, I called another taxi firm who also couldn't be quick enough, so my next move was to rope in one of the venue's team members to drive the bride to church as she was going to be late. The bride remained calm, I think because she booked the transport, but it was my quick thinking that made it possible for her to get to the church on time.

A few years ago, I had a crash course on putting on chair covers and bows, when the lady doing them fell sick halfway through putting them on, just a few hours before the wedding, and didn't inform anyone. I had an unpleasant surprise when I went to check the room, just to find half of the chair covers piled up in the middle of the room. Well, they were not about to put themselves on, so it was a great time for me to practice my bow tying skills and save another wedding.

More recently, I had to sow a bride’s dress back together as it kept unstitching across her chest, which was less than ideal. I have to say I thought I was good at sewing until I was faced with a bride’s dress; then it all becomes a little shaky, but we got there, and she was very happy she could dance the night away.

As a very attentive wedding planner, I am always on hand to help with anything; using the skills I have learnt in my previous roles, I can pretty much do anything at a wedding! (well, apart from the music, my skills are then only as good as pressing play.)

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