Didn't think bridezillas were real? Think again! Star of TLC's Wedding Island and owner of Weddings in Vieques (a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico) Sandy Malone is revealing some of the craziest requests she's ever received from brides.
Bizarre requests from brides have run the gamut over the years — from tracking down items that were forgotten or misplaced to making the impossible possible. While I am the wedding planner, I am not a magician, concierge, or errand girl. But most of the time (not always), I find a way to get my clients what they want or need.
1. During my first year in business I had a client who desperately wanted to offer her guests elephant rides at her beach party. I actually researched it and found out where I could rent an elephant in Puerto Rico. But then my husband intervened and pointed out that getting the elephant a cargo ferry pass to get to the island would be a challenge. We had to tell the client no, and she settled for horseback riding with her guests instead.
2. A bride's family members were giving her a hard time about the presence of any alcohol at the wedding events. The situation had the bride hysterical leading up to the wedding — she was texting me constantly to tell me how she was being terrorized by them. She asked me to change the cake flavor (it had been almond rum) three times in one day, and to tell the restaurant to not offer any cocktails at their reception. Then, 90 minutes before the ceremony, she emailed me and asked me to deliver a large bottle of expensive whiskey to the groom. Once I met her family, it all made perfect sense.
3. Last year, we planned a Mardi Gras-themed wedding in May. The bride requested a real Mardi Gras float at a venue that didn't really allow for any wheeled vehicle to circumnavigate the property. Fortunately (for the float), the wedding venue was changed last minute and the new villa had a circular driveway. Building a float in three days isn't easy if you have all the supplies you need, but doing it on Vieques while you're running all the other wedding events is almost impossible. We did it. It was the ugliest Mardi Gras float in the history of the world, but the bride and groom loved it! And all their guests danced along behind it singing "When the Saints Go Marching In" until we finally had to stop the parade for the sake of the neighbors.
4. The bride was in a total panic when she called and told me her family group of 17 had missed their ferry off the island and needed to catch flights out of San Juan in a few hours before their tickets would expire (they bought them off of a discounted website). So on a Sunday morning, I banged on my neighbor's door and woke her up — she's in charge of scheduling charter flights for one of the little airlines that service our island. Even though their office is closed on Sundays, we did it, with a lot of help from my friend. I was sending taxis to grab them all, and my husband was at the airport corralling them and putting them on planes. Not a single guest missed their main flight home.