Wedding planner recalls moment photographer caught groom in an affair with celebrant
Getting married is supposed to be one of the most special days of your life – but a wedding planner has revealed that sometimes things don't quite go to plan.
Celebrity wedding producer Sarah Haywood appeared on the latest episode of the NearlyWeds podcast, hosted by Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing and his fiancee Sophie Habboo.
The husband-and-wife-to-be are due to get married in May, and invited Sarah onto the show to discuss planning for the big day.
While tying the knot is often a magical moment for most couples, the expert revealed some disasters that she has experienced during her time in the role.
She said: "I think the most extraordinary thing I ever witnessed was when we did a wedding somewhere and it turned out that the reason the celebrant just before the wedding refused to take the ceremony was because she was the groom's mistress.
"The celebrant said 'I'm not doing it', so the bride said 'well you'll have to do it' and that's the second time that's happened to me, where the celebrant hasn't shown up so I've had to do it."
Sarah added: "The photographer some hours later found the celebrant and groom in an embrace and took a picture and showed it to me."
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The NearlyWeds hosts were shocked at the "scandalous" story, before joker Jamie quipped: "That is golden."
Another wedding woe occurred when an affair was exposed within the bridal party.
The planner commented: "I also once did a wedding where there was this really strange atmosphere and I had been working with them for a long time and I found out afterwards that the groom's father was having an affair with the bride's mother and the son had found out."
She also provided some tips for couples who are in the planning stages, including the best structure for the speeches.
"There is no right or wrong answer, but I have observed that if people break the speeches up too much it breaks up the flow of conversation on the tables quite a lot," Sarah explained.
"You get into a conversation and then they're interrupted for a speech. So I would say do them in blocks."
At the wedding itself, the planner encourages couples to stick together and to avoid getting separated.
She added: "Everyone is going to want to talk to you, so if you try to move through the room separately, it is going to be a long time before you get back together again.
"So try and stay together and work the room together. Even if one of you is going to the bathroom, make sure you travel through the room together because sometimes you can get separated for 90 minutes before you find each other again."
When it comes to organisation, Sarah claims the "budget is bible" as it will keep you on track with money and on top of things you've still got to do.
"You can't do anything until you know where you want to get married, when you want to get married, what the guest numbers are and what sort of budget you've got," she says.
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