The craziest thing that ever happened at a wedding is that a dad drowned in a pool in Jamaica, and we had to revive him! He did live but was in the hospital hours before the ceremony began. He called and asked if he could attend. We had him arrive via ambulance and with a nurse so he could see his son get married. I responded by running to the villa, overseeing his recovery, and getting him the best hospital in Jamaica. I did not alert the groom, who was playing golf, until I had assessed the situation. The key is to remain calm, assess, and don’t push the panic button until you have to.”

– JoAnn Gregoli, MWP™, Elegant Occasions, New York

At a wedding in the late 1980s, the priest, photographers, groomsmen, groom, and myself all wore bulletproof vests, because the groom’s mother had threatened that if the couple married, she would come in and ‘blow us all away.’  I was pretty much scared (beyond belief). My reaction, when I was told the Monday before the Saturday wedding, was to call the local sheriff.  He loaned me the vests, because the mother had a ‘history of violence.’”

– Teddy Lenderman, MWP™, Bearable Weddings, Terre Haute, Ind.

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