Last minute WTF "surprises"

posted 3 years ago in Emotional
  • poll: Did you have last minute (wtf) surprises?
    Yes, and it was a clear nightmare. I live to tell the tale : (6 votes)
    13 %
    A few, and I freaked out - but now I realize I shouldn't have : (3 votes)
    7 %
    A few, but it all went smooth enough in the end and I had a great time : (23 votes)
    51 %
    I was lucky, all was well : (10 votes)
    22 %
    Other people had problems, but I had a great time : (2 votes)
    4 %
    I had problems, but everyone else seemed fine : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    260 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    Omg, that’s too much chaos! I’m sorry that’s happening (hugs).


    Just make the best of everything, and remember the wedding is about you and your hubby getting married 🙂

    My wedding was great, only a few glasses broke, but I got over it because I realized I had just gotten married, and I was ready to celebrate with my friends and family.

    Post # 4
    2474 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    My dad – who was supposed to pay the venue thousands of dollars, but backed out 2 weeks before it was due and said he wasn’t coming at all – showed up to the wedding anyway. I didn’t raise a scene, but my whole family was visibly mad. 

    Post # 5
    6977 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    AHhh that sucks! There were (very loud) boat races going on in the lake behind my venue on our day…they weren’t advertised or anything so we had no idea until we showed up, lol. Thankfully they ended about 30 minutes before the ceremony!

    Post # 6
    2620 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    my wedding day was a roller coaster.  there was lots of chaos before the ceremony. it included  bridal party photos being canceled because of a medical emergency- the groom had a siezure and hit his head and cut it open.. right after being dropped off at the church 2:10… i was at hotel waiting for the limo to come get me and the girls. we get to the church and our photographer ran out and said he had a siezure and i was not allowed into the area near him. medical came and transported him to the hospital and got him cleaned up xrays done stitches and tests. i came back to my hotel since the grooms men told me to go back and see what happens next. i call all the vendors and put them onstand by, we a were either gonna postpone the wedding for a few hours or cancel it. called family to either detour them to hotel or tell them not to start coming yet.  4 30 fil and groom leave hospital – i was undressed and been crying so i had 10 minutes to get re ready. got the girls and kids and myself ready and the limo is late, we thought limo was at church. guys thought limo was at hotel.  500 is when our cermony was suppose to start. we didnt start til 520-530. we got married  and took some photos and then went to our reception. when they announced us i noticed the candy bar -EMPTIED.  133 pounds of candy eatened in 30 minutes.  we  changed the entire time line did only a few dances because i didnt want to cause my husband any more pain,difficulties. .cake tasted good. everyone enjoyed the food and the cake the music.

    the groom and i managed to stay with the guest til 11. there were people still having fun way past the 11 30 cut off. so it was a successful day with just a MINOR HICCUP.


    Post # 7
    4072 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    My venue coordinator left too. 🙁 She had been there since 2006 and at another place for years before that, so I never thought she’d leave. I don’t know if the venue gave her the boot or if she is now doing her own wedding planning service, but I was so sad. She was half the reason I booked. Not so much a last minute WTF since I’m still 6 months out, but a WTF nonetheless.

    My cousin just got married and the person doing the cake flaked out and cancelled two weeks before the wedding. They ended up getting a bunch of cakes from Costco the day before the wedding. Tasted good, but definitely not what they planned! I would have been furious.

    Post # 8
    2335 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @waitingwonderland:  I’m still a ways out but I booked an all-inclusive venue, just got a call from the DJ last night and he sounds a lot like one of my exes.  An awful lot.  I’m choosing not to dwell on it 🙂  If that ex hadn’t had an extremely annoying voice it might not bother me so much…

    Post # 9
    995 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    My best friend (and MOH)’s father passed away the Tuesday before my wedding. The funeral was the morning of my wedding, and I spent the night before at the wake with her. It was awful because I couldn’t be there for her the way I wanted.

    Post # 10
    298 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    The morning of day I was supposed to be MOH in my cousin’s wedding my mom had a massive stroke and lost all brain function. We had to take her off life support the day after. Needless to say I missed the wedding. I feel bad that I messed up her day, but, you know, not much I could do about it. She was really upset about my mom too, they were close, it kinda put a damper on the whole day.


    Post # 11
    743 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Our best woman’s (DHs sister) fiancé got in a serious car accident a week before my wedding. She wasn’t able to come to the wedding and my brother stepped up as best man. I was all upset bc he didn’t have a matching suit and tie and I was doing a mismatched bridesmaid look with only two girls, her and my MOH, so it threw my color scheme all off. I feel like a complete asshole for worrying about it now, bc he ended up passing away in the very early morning the day after my wedding. The whole thing casted a serious pall over the wedding day for my DHs family, and very nearly ruined our honeymoon. I felt so bad for DH bc I could tell he was mentally in two places at once the entire week 🙁 There was a few more minor things (like the ground being completely trashed from a weeks worth of rain before the wedding) but nothing compared to that. It didn’t ruin my day though… And I still feel guilty that I was so happy during that time 🙁

    Post # 12
    5207 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I got married at city hall, so no, there were no problems 😉

    Post # 13
    855 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2008

    @waitingwonderland:  10 days before my wedding, my cousin (who is also my stylist) texted me in the middle of the night to tell me that she wasn’t going to be able to come or do my hair.

    I lost the bracelet I was supposed to wear the day before the wedding. Have never found it.

    Post # 14
    2534 posts
    Sugar bee

    One of the glass entrance doors to our reception room got smashed by a drunk guest at another wedding the week before ours and the venue didn’t have time to repair it – only to “hide” it with some nicely draped fabric. I cried over this one but my mom convinced me no one would notice because of the fabric and as far as I know not many people did.

    One of the bathroom stalls in the women’s washroom was out of order at the rehearsal and I thought it wouldn’t be fixed in time but it was thankfully.

    Two of our friends cancelled literally the night before for a ridculous reason, so we were out like $200 on their meals.

    It poured rain during our ceremony and we were supposed to have cocktail hour out on the patio but that had to be changed.

    All in all though, we had a great day and I probably needn’t have freaked out at the time.

    Post # 15
    3047 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @waitingwonderland: Argh, I feel your pain. On my end…

    1) My dad and I have fought about the reception venue for the last month as he doesn’t want to “bother” them about reducing tre price although we’ve significantly reduced the package we bought into

    2) And the venue doesn’t reply to my emails

    3) My brother, my only sibling, only allocated two days to the wedding and spent the rest of his FIVE weeks of vacation hiking and climbing in Greece/Iceland

    4) My FMIL hates me, so is only coming in for the wedding – FI being upset about this

    5) My former PhD supervisor demanded that I would hand in my computer yesterday, so all my wedding prep is out in cyber space until I can get a replacement computer

    Post # 16
    2878 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Ahhhh date twin, how stressful!!! 1 through 8 are frustrating, but stuff you can deal with… #9??? I’d be flipping the f&*k out!! 🙁

    My only recent panics have been due to RSVPs, thank goodness no venue or vendor drama so far…

    FI’s cousin RSVPing for not only her and her husband (to whom the invitation was addressed), but also for their two kids.  Yea, I love kids, but NO kids at my wedding, especially not a six month old!!!! Took me two weeks to force FI to call and tell her no.

    FI’s friend texted him “FYI I’m bringing my mom to the wedding” WTF??? He’s a groomsman so I gave in since he should get a +1, but at least ask!

    One of my BMs FI can’t come to our wedding anymore because he is out of vacation time due to a couple family emergencies… which is sad, but even more stressful because I already paid for his NONREFUNDABLE plane ticket to come from across the country…

    One of my best friends is flying in for the wedding… it’s on a Sunday evening – turns out she has to be at work at 7am the next day (she’s a TV producer and they’re taping a show, so she can’t just call in sick).  So she probably has to leave the reception at 8pm to catch the last flight out. 


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