Life Happens: I Had to Steal My Flowers

By Mary Elizabeth

Wedding planning isn’t always Pinterest-perfect. There are bumps (hell, sometimes sinkholes!) along the way. And that’s okay because ultimately these obstacles bring you and your fiancé/e closer together.

Life Happens: Because wedding planning isn't always pinterest perfectI have never been a lovey-dovey type of girl, however, like most girls I did look forward to planning my wedding the way I imagined it. I operate under an OCD, high-strung, plan-everything-perfectly mentality whenever I have a project in my sight—unfortunately, the outcome ends up being more of the Griswold-family-vacation fashion more often than not. When my engagement was nearing its end (and the big day was just within my grasp) all of the last-minute details seemed to multiply out of nowhere. Thankfully, I had an expert team of bridesmaids who helped me with all my down-to-the-wire deets. I anticipated the day before my wedding being all Champagne-infused brunches and bridal party mani/pedi heaven, but I was unaware of just how crazy the last two days would truly be.

When I returned home from work Thursday evening (T-minus 48 hours to the wedding), I discovered my floral arrangements delivered were completely wrong. This wasn’t a simple error … this was a cosmically cruel and unfair dilemma dealt my way. The size and quantity of my hydrangeas were not what I had ordered! With my wedding being on Saturday, I had zero time to have them reshipped. After a nasty bridezilla moment with the vendor, I did what any bride-to-be would do: I had a full on outburst, emotional meltdown, and after some yummy cocktails, I sprang into action.

When Saturday arrived, my girls and I had a beautiful arrangement of hydrangeas in our bouquets, lining the inside of the church, and on every table of the reception hall. Everything worked out perfectly! That being said, for the next two days I watched constantly on the news for a report of a mad woman clipping hydrangeas from every bush in her neighborhood, parents’ neighborhood, and the coffee shop around the corner because that is exactly how my dilemma was solved. When neither the police nor my neighbors came knocking on my door, I relaxed and settled into my honeymoon as a newly (and deviously) happily married woman!

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1 Comment on Life Happens: I Had to Steal My Flowers

  1. Alex
    October 13, 2013 at 11:58 am (1 year ago)

    And this is exactly why ordering flowers from a wholesaler and doing them yourself is one of the riskiest and most stressful things you can do. Flower wholesalers are usually very unscrupulous people and they’re completely unconcerned with customer service. They don’t need to be concerned, they know that they’ll always have business from the retail shops that use them and the occasional bride is just a bonus and an opportunity to charge an unwitting bride more money, for less, or undesirable product. And by the time the bride gets the flowers, it’s usually too late to fix any problems.
    Hiring a florist is always worth the money. I’m not sure what happened in recent years to make brides think that florists are over paid for the service they provide.

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