The Most Outrageous Wedding Demands Ever
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By Natasha Burton
While Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's wedding won't air on TV until June, rumors are already circulating about their over-the-top plans (let's just say there are fighter jets involved). But Kimye isn't the first couple to want a lavish wedding to end all weddings. Here, event planners and stylists unveil some of the most outrageous demands they've received from clients—and how they lived to tell the tale.
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Wedding planner Sophie Spier of Amazing Day Events worked with a guy who attended a wedding where the groom arrived to the ceremony riding an elephant (very traditional in Indian culture) and was determined to do something just as memorable at his own nuptials. "He wanted to ride into his ceremony on a tiger or come down the aisle walking two tigers," says Spier. "I spent hours researching the possibility of an untrained person doing either and, in the end, it wasn't going to happen. Needless to say, he was disappointed."
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Swimming with dolphins is a popular attraction in Florida, where wedding planner Aviva Samuels works, but she never expected one of her grooms would ask to incorporate the tourist activity into his celebration. "He thought it would be fun for him and his bride to swim into the reception with dolphins," she says. "Assuming his bride wouldn't be keen on getting wet, I proposed instead she wait on the pier as he swim to her to make the grand entrance into the reception."
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"We had a client who, the day before her wedding, decided that her four-carat engagement ring was too small—she wanted something bigger and brighter for her wedding," says Rob Farrow, CEO and co-founder of Aisle Planner Inc. "We had to source larger rings, convince the jewelers to fly with their rings to meet the bride, present them to her and ultimately let her 'borrow' a ring for the wedding."
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We wonder how the bride felt about this one: "In the middle of one of the most amazing wedding receptions with incredible food, the groom had us send a car to pick up orange chicken from Panda Express and deliver it to his table, plated like the dinner service," Farrow recounts.
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Lara Goldman plans destination nuptials in Belize, and had a prospective client make a very special request: to get married at an ancient temple, on a beach. "There is only one place on earth this is possible—at Cerros Mayan in northern Belize," says Goldman. "After I'd spent weeks getting the logistics sorted out, the bride then asked me, 'If the sand isn't to my liking, can we change it?'"
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Former bridal stylist Emily Duke recounts the story of a bride who was searching for a gown with lots of embellishment. "We helped her try on many gowns in the $10k-plus range," she says. "She fell in love with one design but insisted the crystals be replaced with real diamonds. It goes without saying that it was an expensive request and one we had never heard before."
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Sometimes you have to think on your feet to calm an anxious bride. Jane Kernen, former event coordinator at Phoenix's Desert Botanical Garden says one bride demanded all spikey plants be removed from the venue or covered for fear of bad luck—a week before her wedding. "It would've required cranes to move the plants and covering them would've looked atrocious, so I went into full feng shui expert mode," she says. "I told her spikey plants actually keep bad luck away and the round flow of the benches in the space allowed good luck to flow in. Totally made up."
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Farrow once had a bride who changed into five different dresses for her wedding and hired extra security to patrol the perimeter for paparazzi. But wait, there's more: "She refused to allow their photographer to take any pictures of her profile or any pictures of her left side," he says. "She also had us assign a person to her the entire night to ensure her demands were met."
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Midwest-based wedding planner Hope Alcocer says one couple she worked with requested she put together a Netflix-themed wedding. "They wanted each part of the wedding to be inspired by a certain TV series, incorporating aspects of House of Cards, Breaking Bad, and Doctor Who," she says. "Even the invite had to be red with Netflix-type font."
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Weddings are often marked by incredible meals but few could top this one: Farrow had a client request world-famous chefs cook for her wedding and prepare guests an eight-course dinner. "The kicker was that each course was flown in the day of the wedding from a different continent around the world and delivered by limousine to the venue," he says.
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