My Life of Riley
Hi, I’m Riley Davis*** and I’m a Wedding Coordinator. Did that sound a little 12-step ish? I have a few things to get off my chest. My friends tease me all the time. They say I’m living the ‘Life of Riley’, after all what could be bad… I own my business and my days are spent at the most luxurious resorts sharing a couple’s happiest moments. I get paid to attend to their weddings. What could go wrong?
I feel like I’m always on high alert waiting for what is going to go wrong. It’s why I keep everything from floral tape to men’s socks in my purse, because you never know. In the years I have coordinated weddings I can honestly say I thought I had seen it all. Well, until the one I did last weekend.
Everything seemed to be going as planned, even on schedule. We were mostly worried about the Mother of the Bride’s plane arriving on time and her transportation to the venue but I had received confirmation from my driver they were en route.
One final walk through of the tables beautifully set under a huge canopy with tiny glittery lights, 35 tables of 10 people. The centerpieces looked lovely, the colors divine when all of a sudden it hit me. There were no forks. Not one. On any of the tables and the meal service was less than 3 hours away.
The caterer thought I was out of my mind, or kidding. And, I had to waste precious minutes trying to convince him otherwise while maintaining some sort of professionalism. Go figure, I do not carry a spare 350 forks in the specific pattern of flatware being used. My inside voice was not as calm. How do you forget forks?
The caterer eventually believed me, found the people who set the table and got the tables set properly with 10 minutes to spare. All through the ceremony I was picturing the guests eating the main meal with a spoon and having to come up with an explanation. I was sweating bullets… this is my ‘Life of Riley’.
© 2015 Cortney Clifford and Jennifer Levine
** Riley Davis is a fictional character written by Jennifer Levine and inspired by Cortney Clifford over copious amounts of coffee and a great deal of laughter. These stories are motivated by “What could go wrong”; any resemblance to actual events are purely coincidental. (and OMG we are SO SO sorry!)