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Outrageous wedding requests

What some brides-to-be demand on their special day

Jen Weigel

Lessons for life

July 5, 2011

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It's the height of wedding season, and brides are getting ready to say "I do." Why not make your special day truly unique by finding, say, a giant elephant to stroll you down the aisle? Sound a bit odd? According to 1-800-Registry(1800registry.com) concierge manager Brian Mijo, today's brides won't hold back on their wish lists, which makes his job as exciting as it is demanding.

"Whatever the request, we consider it an essential element for every bride to get what they need," Mijo says. "As much as people feel these are outlandish, we call it Tuesday. It's what we do every day. We really enjoy these more challenging requests."

Here are some of the more outrageous wedding requests 1800registry.com has received.

Elephant

"One couple wanted an elephant to kind of be part of the back drop and the scenery," says Mijo. "It comes with a scooper and a trash bin, and some even have a handler."

Flame throwers

"This can be an interesting conversation with a reception site, "says Mijo. "You need to know if it's OK to be having flaming balls thrown and tossed."

Hawaiian dancers

"These usually come with the flame throwers," says Mijo.

Butterfly release

"Just the other day, I had a young lady in Texas who wanted to have her blue roses, blue tulips blue lilies, and a butterfly release," says Mijo. "Butterflies were on the top of her list."

Barns

"Sometimes people want something that's very rustic," Mijo says.

Upscale portable toilets

"We had a request for upscale port-a-potties, and we found some with marble counters and gold trim," says Mijo.

Horse and buggy

"I think with the royal wedding there was a resurgence of the classic 'Princess Bride' feel for the wedding."

jweigel@tribune.com

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