Glad to hear you made it through something that could have been awful. That's great news.
I know this is a bit late, but in case anyone is wondering, when I used to have something important to do while flaring, I would take a dicyclomine (anti-spasmodic) and some Tylenol or Hydrocodone. It can make you a little groggy, but it totally relaxes your bowels and even your nerves (which can be good when standing up in wedding).
DX: Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08) and IBS
What Worked: Spinach/Sunflower Seed Diet & IBS Diet (www.helpforibs.com)
What Didn't Work: Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema, Asacol, Iron, Zoloft, Acidophilus.