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Observations from a Male Bystander

Observations from a Male Bystander

Having helped Gaye with weddings for several years, I get a chance to be in the background and see what all goes on, hear the different conversations, and basically, people watch.  Her job as a Wedding Planner helps make the wedding go smoothly and some of the items below can be avoided if you have a wedding planner. Here are some things that I’ve gleaned as a “male” bystander.

  1.  Be on time. The Bride is already having a stressful weekend and she needs everyone to be on time everywhere you are supposed to be.
  2. The rehearsal is just that. It’s important to get there “Places everyone, lights camera action.” It is the dress rehearsal for the grandest event in the couples lives so everyone owes them the respect to get there, pay attention while there, get it done, and go on to the next event.
  3. There is only so much time in a weekend. If you try to get too many events crammed into such a short period of time it may not work.  Look for alternative ways to see family and friends. At the same time this may be your only chance to see people you haven’t seen in a while, so plan the weekend where you can do that.  Key Word is PLAN.
  4. The Panic Look when you ask, who has the …… and you fill in the blank.  Having someone to take care of the rings, marriage license, and payments all before the weekend will relieve some stress.
  5. It’s not over just because the Bride and Groom have left.  In a lot of cases the work now begins for those left behind.  The “who is taking gifts, who is cleaning up, who is locking up, who is returning rentals” if planned in advance can allow family and friends to not have to suffer the after wedding surprise.
  6. The Backup Plan:  There should be reasonable options discussed on how to handle uncooperative children, unforeseen injuries, possible no show of an important party member a simple flat tire, or the unpredictable weather.
  7. Fun:  Make everything fun.  There are some times for serious but everyone should want to ensure that the Bride and Groom have fun. They want you to share stories, dance, maybe sing, and yes, catch that garter and bouquet.

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