Wedding Paradise, with a downside
Our daughter's wedding was set for 2:30. At 2:25 people were still arriving, yet Julie told our DJ to wrap up the background music. She then turned to the bride's aunt (my sister) and told her to immediately start her piano medley. Guests continued coming but when our DJ pointed it out, Julie replied in a tone and the assurance of a drill sergeant, "The wedding WILL start at 2:30." SHE WAS NOT NICE, and when trying to reason with her, she interrupted with, "I'll take care of it".
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Julie took care of it alright. She sent someone to the parking lot to divert guests from the main entrance. Instead they had to come through a side door and wander down a narrow hallway where the wedding party was lined up. One guest tripped and nearly fell trying to avoid stepping on the bride's wedding dress.
We were the only event scheduled for that day at Lakeside Gardens. In fact we'd purchased an extra hour of time just in case. THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO NEED to start the wedding precisely at 2:30 and Julie knew it. No need to humiliate our guests. And sadly, some names never made it on the guest book.
Julie should have asked the bride or her parents what they wanted to do. Instead she rushed us. As soon as she cut off the background music my sister immediately started playing the piano as ordered. BUT THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A MOMENT OF SILENCE, or a small chime or something. No one realized the wedding was starting therefore the piano began while people continued filing in the back door. The chapel remained abuzz with talking that continued through the entire piano performance. Then, as if that wasn't enough?Julie came up (WHILE SHE WAS PLAYING) to whisper more instructions.
There's more but I'm limited on space here. Let's just say the place was clean & beautiful, the food good. Just don't turn Julie loose on your wedding day without full communication and most important...designating someone for her to ask if there is a question.