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Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007. Here, she shares three examples of really strange things that have happened weddings.
The vast majority of weddings I plan for clients are absolutely flawless, at least as far as the technical details of the event are concerned. Everything goes off without a hitch, we stick to the schedule, and the brides, grooms and guests simply rave afterwards.
But every once in awhile, something truly bizarre happens at a wedding that we could never have predicted — and couldn't stop once it started happening. Truth? Most of the time, our wedding-planning staff is trying to maintain professionalism (and keep a straight face) when things like this happen and the wedding couple isn't laughing. Although sometimes they do laugh, too!
1. Animals can be unpredictable.
That includes lovebirds. We had clients bring lovebirds for their Persian wedding ceremony. When it was time to release them, they wouldn't fly away. First, they flew up in the tree above the wedding table filled with traditional Persian wedding delights and began pooping. Then they relocated to the wedding reception area and sat right on the bride's dinner plate. Turns out, they'd been feeding the birds all week and the lovebirds had no motivation to leave! They ended up going home with a staff member where they lived happily for a few years.
2. Surprise soloists are never welcome.
The ceremony was very intimate and only included the couples' parents and siblings. It was romantic and sweet — until one moment after they were pronounced "Mr. and Mrs." That's when the groom's totally ridiculous mother jumped up and started singing. Full volume, acapella, totally off key, and making up the words as she went along. Something along the lines of "God bless this couple and make them happy forever, oh Lord." It went on for a few minutes and I couldn't even make eye contact with my staff for fear of bursting out in the giggles. The look on the bride's face said it all. One big "OMG."
3. Surprise eyes in the sky.
As the bride and groom began a very romantic first dance on the pool deck of a waterfront villa on a cliff, a tourist helicopter appeared in the sky, hovering above the dancing couple. Then it backed off a little bit — almost to eye level hovering over the water — and just stayed there through the rest of the dance. At first the bride and groom stopped dead in their tracks. But the DJ turned the music up so it could be heard over the rotors and the bride and groom waved at their new friends and the dance continued. When they finished, the helicopter dipped in salute and flew off into the sunset. It made for some unusual first dance pictures.