Not too long ago, Kevin and Kelly, planned a trip to Italy with my husband and me. We were anticipating a great time, but a few months before our departure, Kevin upped the ante with this email:
Well, I wanted to write you and ask you a question… Without playing havoc with our schedule, do you think we could have enough time to find a small place where I can exchange wedding vows with Kelly while in ITALY? I know it sounds silly but since we didn’t have a real wedding, I thought it would be cool to have a small (and I mean brief) service, early in the morning with you two by our side… I know it would mean a lot to Kelly and more so to have the two of you involved as Best Man and Maid of Honor…
To which I, the romantic, replied: YES! And Kelly was to know nothing about the wedding. Thus started the Top Secret Surprise Wedding plans – a how-to for planning the romantic surprise of the century.
How To Throw a Surprise Wedding in Four Easy Steps
Step One: Assemble a Fantastic Team
That team should include Brenda Babcock , a wedding planner in Rome. An American who fell in love with Italy, Brenda specializes in weddings for Americans who want to seal their vows in the Eternal City. Her best reference: Vera Wang . Yep. The goddess of all things wedding. The woman who defines wedding elegance -- perhaps even more than (gasp) Martha. Brenda used to run her New York store.
Kevin and Kelly had been planning a big church wedding for 2001. But several things got in the way: 9/11, an out-of-control guest list, and the lack of good caterers in Lincoln, Nebraska. Finally, after one too many headaches, they cancelled it all and eloped to Vegas. Their wedding included Elvis, hired witnesses, black leather, and only two photographs. The deed was done, but the trappings were less than romantic. I don’t think Vera or Martha would approve.
So, Kevin’s thoughtfulness touched me deeply. Brenda was totally on board – and intrigued by the project. And I love planning weddings. The team was assembled.
To be continued... here .