It was meant to be the best day of their lives - not a wedding reception where the guests got the wrong meals, the couple refused to pay the bill, and the shambles ended with 15 months of legal wranglings.
The wedding reception, which took place at The Works restaurant in Gisborne on January 22 last year, led restaurant manager Kirsten Victoria Taylor to take a case to the Employment Relations Authority.
She was let go by the restaurant's new owner, Maria Wimmers, who said the event had been "back to front and up the chute".
She accused Ms Taylor of mucking up the wedding reception - during which she drank eight cans of energy drink Red Bull.
Ms Taylor lost her claim for unjustifiable dismissal.
The restaurant had been sold by Ms Taylor's brother, Tony Taylor, to Mrs Wimmers in December 2010.
Mr Taylor originally agreed to provide assistance for 30 days from the sale, but was unavailable so suggested Mrs Wimmers employ Ms Taylor instead as she had full knowledge of the business.
On January 10, 2011 Ms Taylor received a call from a client who had booked a wedding party for 150 people for January 22.
The new owner had no knowledge of the booking as no information had been passed on and it had not been recorded in the restaurant's function book.
Ms Taylor knew the bridal party and decided to take responsibility for running the function.
Unfortunately, according to Employment Relations Authority member Rachel Larmer, it did not go well and was "beset with multiple problems".
Mrs Wimmers blamed Ms Taylor for the problems as she had clearly not coped with the responsibility and drank eight cans of Red Bull during the function.
But Ms Taylor denied the accusations and said problems arose because Mrs Wimmers gave an experienced staff member time off.
After the event Ms Taylor attended a meeting with Mrs Wimmers and her husband, where she was told her employment would end and she was given one week's pay in lieu of notice. Ms Taylor alleged she was unjustifiably dismissed but the Wimmers claimed she had agreed to the arrangement.
Mrs Wimmers told The Dominion Post she was relieved the 15 months of legal proceedings were over as it had been a "horrendous time".
She had decided to go ahead with the wedding only because Ms Taylor assured her there would be no problems, but it soon became apparent she lacked the skills.
The staff had no idea what they were supposed to be doing and the wrong food was served.
"Everything was back to front and up the chute.
"They issued her with a programme of events and that was not even looked at."
After the wedding the bride and groom refused to pay a substantial part of the bill, resulting in legal action that The Works eventually won, Mrs Wimmers said.
There was no doubt Ms Taylor had drunk eight Red Bulls during the wedding as it was noted on her staff tab, she said.
"She was not in a fit condition to run a wedding, to be honest."
The authority rejected Ms Taylor's claim, saying her downplaying of the problems at the wedding undermined her credibility.
Two independent witnesses also gave evidence that Ms Taylor had hinted that she would be resigning, Ms Larmer said.
Ms Taylor could not be contacted yesterday.
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