“She was the wrong wedding planner!” says Detective Jones (Vivica A. Jones) in the Lifetime film, The Wrong Wedding Planner, and Detective Jones has a point! Typically, a good wedding planner will put together a memorable wedding without trying to kill the bride. I mean, I’m sure that there have been murderous but talented wedding planners in the past because, let’s face it, we all go a little bit crazy when it comes to planning the perfect wedding but, for the most part, the aim is for the bride to survive.
Of course, in her defense, Mandy (Kristin Booth) isn’t really a wedding planner. Though she pretends to be one when she approaches Ashley (Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe), that’s just because Mandy is looking for an excuse to barge into Ashley’s life. Ashley is engaged to Brad (Steve Richard Harris) and Brad used to be engaged to Mandy. Needless to say, things did not end well between Brad and Mandy. Now, Mandy is not only planning the perfect wedding but she’s also looking for revenge!
Will Mandy get her revenge and, more importantly, will Ashley get her perfect wedding? That’s the question at the heart of The Wrong Wedding Planner. To be honest, there’s been a lot of Lifetime films like this one and I’ve enjoyed every single one of them because they all deal with some universal truths. Everyone wants a big and expensive wedding and everyone wants to live in a big and expensive house. Seriously, Brad’s house is huge and wonderful and I’m pretty sure that I’ve seen it in a few other “Wrong” films as well. Of course, as soon as Mandy gets into the house, the first thing she does is plant a bunch of hidden cameras so that she can spy on Brad and Ashley. I probably would have done the same thing but not because I wanted to watch Brad and Ashley make love in the bedroom. Instead, I would have just wanted to take in the fabulous job that Brad and Ashley did decorating the house. I mean, seriously, they should be proud.
Mandy’s a bit crazy and Kristin Booth does a good job playing her. The thing I like about Mandy was that she was totally unapologetic about trying to ruin everyone’s lives. She didn’t waste any time trying to justify her behavior. Instead, she just showed up like a wrecking ball and started destroying everything in her path. She was a force of nature, as any wedding planner should be.
So, yes, Mandy may have been the wrong wedding planer but, in the end, I think she helped to bring Ashley and Brad closer together and she taught them an important lesson about why honesty is important in a relationship. That’s not a bad accomplishment when you’re not even really a wedding planner. When I get married, I only hope that my wedding planner is as dedicated to Mandy. Hopefully, of course, she’ll also be a little bit less crazy than Mandy but then again, sometimes a little insanity is what you need to make your special day perfect.