What are your best and worst unique wedding guest memories?!

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

BWLE:  i havent seen to many unique things at weddings… hmm. the last wedding i went to they had a small wedding cake, cookie, cheesecake and cupcakes! i thought what a great idea! just have a little of everything. why didnt i think of that. My BILs wedding everyone was able to give a speech, in fact they called people up to do a speech. while i didnt like this DH thought it was great!!!! to me it ment less dancing and more talking. that same wedding we did a group dance, us girls BMs and bride, it was a total flop. not enough practice, ashton sat out?, and i was drunk by the time we did it.  My friend was a BM in a wedding where they did a box, they put a bottle and two love letters in it. ive seen it on pinterest and wanted to do it so bad. DH wasnt that into it so we tied the knot literally. But at her wedding each member of the bridal party hammered a nail into it. i thought that was such a sweet idea! But took a while to do! 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

BWLE:  I went to a wedding that played “pour some sugar on me” while the bride & bridal party danced down the aisle. I didn’t like it but was happy that the bride was happy.

Another wedding had a ceremony where the officant was trying to crack jokes the whole time. None of the jokes were funny and the guest just forced a chuckle to humor the couple. That wedding ceremony was probably my least favorite. 

One of my cousins had dancers join the reception and everyone loved watching them preform! I think it added a level of energy to the floor and was very memorable 🙂

Another wedding had a carnival themed reception for adults only and they rented a ton of rides. The bouncy house got very popular towards the end of the night as did the giant foam pit! It was certainly different but the large guest count seemed to help make it a bast. 🙂 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

BWLE:  This story is bad/funny.  We went to a wedding where during the reception the entire party took a dance break and went outside to light off Chinese Lanterns…. yeah well the Chinese Lanterns hit bushes, trees, the roof of the venue and almost burned everything to the ground.  I’m sure the bride HATED it while it was happening, and everyone there was a little nervous, but looking back it is hilarious!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

BWLE:  I really love candy buffets! They may not seem that unique since they’re so well known but I’ve been to so many weddings and only one had it!

I don’t like when there’s nothing to do. One I went to, we waited between the ceremony and the reception. It was a dry wedding, there was no music and no food all we did was wait and it was boring.

Post # 6
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Worker bee

BWLE:  I used to work weddings in the summer as a caterer and I got lots of good tips for when it’s my time (or yours!). 

1)pass late night snacks. our most popular were mini-cheeseburger sliders and white truffle fries. the white-truffle mac and cheese bites were also a huge hit. people still like greasy drinking food when they’re in formal-wear!

2)have drinks and fans available if you’re having an outdoor ceremony. Lemondade and cucumber water were the most popular

3) SCHEDULE YOUR TOASTS!!!! SERIOUSLY people. do not let the people giving toasts decide when to do so. If you’re having a seated meal, it could mess up the service time. it happened 2-3 times when someone got up to give  a toast just as the main course was going to be brought out and after the long, rambling toast, the food was cold and there was no time to re-heat all 200 plates. 

4) flip flops are great for the proud ladies (we know who we are) who wear heels even though we KNOW we will want to kick them off after an hour of dancing

5) give a list of under-age people to your caterer and let them know where they’ll be sitting. minors WILL try to get drunk at your wedding, and unless you’re okay with that, the caterers are not usually in the habit of carding at the table (for wine) though the bartenders do usually card at the bar. 

6) Sparklers look GREAT in pictures, but they are also highly flammable! one bride’s thin lace veil caught on fire while running under the bridge of sparklers extended by guests. be careful!

 

I have seen a TON of crazy things

There was the 50 year old woman in a VERY tight dress trying to grind on the dance floor who ended up splitting her dress right up to her lower back while she was in the middle of a dance circle….awkward.

there was the old woman who was climbing the stairs to the on-site bathroom trailer (with flushing toilets, sinks, etc,) and she lost her balance (she was very tipsy) and fell backwards off of the stairs in a spread eagle back into the grass… also awkward

Finally, my favorite, was the estranged FOB who threw a fit that the bar was closing at the end of the wedding (also, when the venue had to legally close the bar) after we had held it open an extra 30 mintues for him. He screamed to the whole crowd about how he was paying for this and we would do what he said. He was NOT paying a dime for the wedding. Our manager stepped in to try to appease the man and he punched him in the face and fled the scene. The manager pressed charges and the bride was mortified. Keep your relatives in check people!

 

Also, for the mordily curious, there were no last minute no-shows or left at the altar jiltings during my 3 years working with the company! YAY weddings! 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

 

Payless:  I just attended a wedding this weekend where the officiant kept trying to be funny. Most of his jokes were sexist and some even implied that he wanted to have his way with the bride. It was totally awkward and you could tell the groom HATED him for it.

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