Pay attention, brides. The unflappable Wedding S.O.S. host wants to make sure you’re well-prepared for the best day of your life.
You’ve just come out with a Wedding Wall Planner. Can you explain how it works?
The Wedding Wall Planner is exactly the same as the one I use in the show. It’s a write-on/wipe-off board you can put up on the kitchen wall and it has 160 headings that peel up. I’m trying to get brides away from this bride file, where they get bits of paper and lists, which they keep sticking in a file.
You’ve said you can predict the longevity of a marriage based on how a couple picks out their invitations.
It’s always very interesting to me if the bride just shows up on her own because the bridegroom’s not interested, or the two of them sit there and she’s texting, you can see what that marriage is going to be. Or if she’s saying, we’re having this, whether you like it or not, and if he’s going, how much is it? You get a balance of what that relationship is. And sometimes you get a sense that this will never work.
What are some of the signs that it will work?
When they say to each other, what do you think? What do you feel? And you’re getting a sense that they put the other person first.
You’ve done weddings all over the world, but you film your show here in Canada. Have you noticed anything culturally distinct about Canadian brides?
There is a wonderful sense of it will all come together, and what will be, will be. Sometimes I like to raise the bar. And also, it was the first time I ever had a wedding where they wore shorts and flip-flops.
You’ve seen some real bridezillas (and groomzillas). What should these men and women be aware of in regards to their behaviour?
I think where it comes from is everybody’s so busy. Life gets in the way and suddenly they’re trying to pull this huge day together. And people let you down. So now it all magnifies and you can’t take any more because there’s no one to offload it on to. Bridezillas? No. If they’re divas it’s a totally different ball game.