I had a wedding this weekend - off site, nonmember. These are usually the easiest. I do counseling, show up for rehearsal, show up for wedding, exit stage left.
Off site can be interesting though in just trying to figure out what works best where. Usually a wedding coordinator can make or break you. I have had pretty good luck with them so far. The 'day of' wedding coordinator my sister had was brilliant.
At this rehearsal the wedding coordinator was busy doing other things.
And the bride seemed to have a bunch of different ideas that she liked from other weddings but had no idea how they were all going to fit together.
Both she and the groom were born in the 1980's.
One of the things we had to figure out at the rehearsal was when people would blow their bubbles at the couple. After a LOT of discussion it was decided that during my 'pre-ceremony, outdoor, turn off your cell phones' speech I would include a bit about blowing the bubbles at the couple as they recessed down the aisle. Whatever.
Then I heard the bride say something that I thought sounded like 'gun' and so I stopped and asked her to repeat. She said, "Well we have these bubble guns that shoot more bubbles. I guess we could give them to the flower girls."
To which I responded, "Well, I sure am glad that Jesus resurrected because he would be rolling in his grave on that one!"
Even her equally young bridesmaids had their eyes open wide and were shaking their heads 'no'.
Can you imagine the beautiful picture.... bride and groom up in the gazebo in front of the stairs, young, beautiful and handsome wedding party surrounding them and a 5 and a 6 year old flower girl on each side of the bride and groom, carrying their flowers... and their guns.
The crisis was averted.