Wedding Horror Story: Was That A Blank Check?

July 20, 2016 by Tony Barthel

Sometimes the planning of a wedding can become quite overwhelming. While WeddingHorrormost brides have some idea that a wedding involves a great deal of planning, many don’t realize just how many decisions there are to make when creating this elaborate of a party.

When faced with this challenge, some brides choose to skip town and get married in a simple manner. After all, all you really need is an officiant, a bride and a groom, right? But others choose to elicit the services of a wedding planner.

I have had the good fortune of working with wedding planners who are very professional and provide a much-needed service to busy brides. Wedding planners who are terrific at their jobs are an amazing resource for their clients and even make my job easier and more pleasurable. Knowing that I have a terrific wedding planner on hand the day of a wedding brightens the situation.

In the process of planning a wedding with a bride, she relayed the story to me of a friend of hers who had just such a vision for her wedding planner. This bride had heard good things about the planner she interviewed and so when she felt the time was appropriate, she gave the planner a blank check.

Now it is not uncommon for a bride to hand over large sums of money to some planners whose responsibility then includes paying the other vendors who make the wedding happen. As amazing as the blank check might sound, it’s not that strange in some circles and a great wedding planner would also include an accounting of how the dollars would be spent.

In the case of the bride we’re focusing on here, I don’t know if she ever got an accounting of the $35,000 that was written on the check because her wedding planner took that money and left town with it. While police are, reportedly, still looking for the wedding planner bandit, that individual, the $35,000 they took and all traces of their whereabouts are still a mystery.

For those reading this book who might wonder why a bride would have $35,000 in a checking account designated for a wedding you have to understand that as of this writing the average wedding in Los Angeles County is about $27,000. Yes, weddings seem to follow the price of new cars. There are certainly those who plan weddings in their back yard with home-cooked food who only have their home stereo as background music and uncle John as the photographer, but there are also the multimillion-dollar celebrity weddings to alter those averages.

And that price doesn’t even include people leaving themselves a $35,000 tip for services not rendered.

Tony Barthel Tony Barthel (67 Posts)

Anthony (Tony) Barthel has been a DJ since 1986 with a unique take on marketing that has resulted in over 1,000 events personally performed. In that time Tony’s weird sense of humor and unique perspective on the world got him started collecting these stories and sharing them with friends and other wedding professionals. Born in Baden, Switzerland Tony celebrates the unusual and outlandish as part of his lifestyle. He was married to Peggy Sue in 2005 in what his friends describe as the most unusual wedding ceremony and reception they’ve ever been to. The ceremony was in a 1928 movie theater complete with giant Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ and the reception lasted for two days including a gathering in an ocean side lagoon with 400 of their closest friends.

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