Become a Top Wedding Planner – 10 “Four Weddings” Blunders That You Could Have Stopped


The last episode of the TLC show, “Four Weddings,” was about the 40 blunders that were made at the weddings of the brides who have competed during the last three seasons. Some things they considered blunders could have been considered a matter of personal preference, for example, having a large bridal party, but others were incidents that an expereinced wedding planner would be able to prevent.

Here are 10 of the blunders and how to prepare in advance so they don’t happen to your bride:

 1 ) The bride arrived late for her wedding.

Make it a point to contact the bride and other members of the bridal party to assure they are running on schedule, long before the ceremony is to begin.

 2 ) The florist forgot to deliver the bride’s bouquet and had to be tracked down.

Any vendor deliveries should be carefully checked against their orders when they are delivered.

 3 ) The officiant was late because he had the wrong time.

Confirm, at the rehearsal, the time the officiant needs to arrive for the ceremony. You can give a note with the time and any last minute instructions.

 4 ) Noisy venues. An outdoor venue had airplanes that flew overhead every two minutes. One bride had a ceremony in a church next to a train station.

If a bride has her heart set on a venue and noise is an issue, make sure the bride is aware of it and suggest alternate locations. Brides can sometimes fall in love with the look of a venue and not notice sound issues.

 5 ) Guests had a long walk to the ceremony from the parking area then another from the ceremony to reception.

Walking isn’t necessarily a bad thing but a bride should let her guests know about it in advance. Many women wear shoes that would not be comfortable for a walk and some people just can’t do a walk at all due to health issues. Investigate alternatives for guests who cannot walk. For example, golf carts or vans that can pick people up at a central point and take them to the location.

6 ) Weather problems such as heat, wind, cold or rain.

Outdoor weddings can be beautiful but you need to be very organized and have a plan B in case the weather does not cooperate on the day of the wedding. If it might be hot, plan to serve water or lemonade as the guests arrive, have programs printed on fans, or erect a tent or canopy for shade. If it might be windy, make sure the bride’s veil is well pinned in place. In cold weather, you can rent heaters but it is best to move the event indoors. You definitely should have the wedding indoors if it is rainning.

 7 ) Not planning for food allergies or picky eaters.

Today, with many people having allergies and some who follow vegetarian and vegan diets, it’s best to have a selection of food available for guests. Suggest the bride work with her caterer to accommodate as many guests as possible.

 8 ) Bad wedding date.

A bride may select a long holiday weekend, or a holiday itself, believing people would appreciate being free to attend. Unfortunately, many guests may not appreciate giving up their holiday time to attend a wedding. In addition, travel and lodging can be more expensive and difficult to do during a holiday.

 9 ) Bad wedding time.

A couple can select the time for their wedding according to their wishes but mention concerns that can keep guests away. Sunrise weddings can be romantic but guests don’t always appreciate having to get up early for a ceremony. Weddings that take place in the evening on weeknights and Sundays can be unpopular with guests who need to get up early to go to work or school the next day.

10 ) Clean up and breakdown was in front of guests.

Guests should not see the clean up crew while they are enjoying the reception. Have a schedule of events and stay ontime so the cleanup crew is not a part of the reception.

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2 Responses to “Become a Top Wedding Planner – 10 “Four Weddings” Blunders That You Could Have Stopped”


    Excellent advice, Sharon! I’ve witnessed many of these bride blunders myself, and most of the time they don’t have a helpful planner to save the day.

    The trick is figuring out how to give the bride that much needed planning advice without ticking her off! How do you handle it?


    Hi Stephanie,

    Thanks for your comment.

    I think a wedding planner has to first establish trust with her client. You don’t want to meet and just tell a bride that she has a lot of bad ideas, never say that and never make her feel that way.

    Listen first, make your suggestion and use an example of how something might work better for her and why. Help her to see how her day could go more smoothly and/or make her guests happier.

    If she decides not to take your advice, make the best out of the situation and don’t take it personally.

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