So many times when we two girls are working with the future Mrs. Someone… they say to us “I just want everything to be perfect!” We say… where is the fun in that?! It’s high time to embrace the ridiculous imperfect things that happen!
Here are 3 stories of wedding day trials and tribulations we’ve experienced first hand. (the names have been changed to protect the innocent)
1. The Wedding Flowers didn’t quite get done.
When Rebecca got married, she planned the whole thing from start to finish. She had incorporated help from her fiance’s best friends as well as from her Maid of honor to get everything for her big day handled. The loose flowers were ordered so they could make everything themselves to save money. The stems were brought to the reception hall in buckets to be used for the tables.The rest were put aside for the bouquets.. Unfortunately for the bride, as the day of the wedding got more and more hectic, the bouquets got less and less done. An hour before the wedding she asked the best man if he had the brought the flowers. “Yes”! he exclaimed, let me go get them. And so, there they were. Beautiful Lilies, & Orchids…. sitting loose in a bucket. Rebecca thought… ummmm.. there’s no bouquets here. With all the rushing around the day of the wedding, no one remembered to make the bouquets! Her mother had some experience with flowers and within 1/2 hr had 1 handtied wedding bouquet and 4 bridesmaids done. Lucky for her, someone was on hand who was able to do that!! Of course, it wasn’t funny then… but it is now. And by the way… the couple is going on their 10th anniversary this year.
2. 52 Tea Roses
When Sara got married, her mother insisted that she have roses. White Roses to be exact. It is not clear to me whether Sara wanted them or not…I think she just wanted something pretty and not knowing anything about flowers let her mother handle it. As it turns out it was a very large cascade bouquet, and it was beautiful. However, what I remember is her mother siting there counting exactly how many roses were in this thing to make sure that it was as big as she thought it should be (and that she got her money’s worth). For years all Sara’s mother did when wedding flowers were mentioned, was talk about how Sara’s bouquet had 52 tea roses. Which by the way… a tea rose is really just a spray rose with a fancy name.
3. The Wedding Bouquet from Summer Hell
Elaine got married on a hot summer day in June. Her mother-in-law was in charge of helping her with the wedding flowers. All Elaine wanted was a simple small bouquet of Daisies. yellow & white ones. Didn’t matter if they were Gerbera or plain, just that there were yellow and white daisies. Her mother in law was not so happy with that choice and insisted she should have something fancier, and white to ‘dress’ it up. The babies breath the florist suggested helped, and Elaine was satisfied with that, but her mother in law was not. so the florist suggested 6-7 white Cymbidium Orchids to add into the bouquet. As I mentioned, it was a hot summer day… The a/c in the delivery truck broke sometime mid day and by the time the bouquet was delivered, the orchids were not happy little flowers anymore, they were downright sad and falling apart. The daisies were all still perky and bright though! About 10 minutes before walking down the aisle 2 of the orchids fell out and the a couple of the others had lost some petals. Elaine’s mother, took the bouquet. Pulled out the bad flowers, moved the daisies around and no one was the wiser. Looking back, at the time to the bride, it seemed such a big thing! Now… its just a little blip on a wedding day radar.
Here’s what you want to remember…The fabulous friends that attended, the wonderful vows that were spoken, and of course, the amazing relationship that will be everlasting…Everything else, well, there’s always another story in the making…
Now, go, have yourself an imperfect but wonderful wholesale flower filled day!