- 4 years ago
I was in a wedding last year where things (some very important) on the actual wedding day went totally wrong! I do understand that things go wrong at weddings, nothing can be perfect, but there are things that all brides can take into consideration when planning their wedding. Here are the facts on what happened that day last July that will hopefully help some future brides out there! Also, some may consider even more why to hire a wedding professional as well.
1. The bride didn’t eat breakfast or anything for that matter on the wedding day so when doing pictures, and wearing a 30lbs dress, she almost fainted and had to make an emergency trip to the bathroom. To boot, we only had a certain amount of time allotted for pictures at this venue and about 30 minutes of that time was her in the bathroom and trying to re-hydrate her body.
2. During the morning, when all the girls were getting their hair done, there was an annual parade that shuts down most of the main routes of the brides home town. She forgot about it so we had to add an additional 30 minutes of driving time to get around the parade which cut into our getting dressed time at the brides’ parents house. The result was a rush to get dressed, no eating the food that the brides’ mom prepped for us because we had to get pictures done, and late to the church.
3. The photographers that were hired, pretty sure not on contract either, ended up being late to the salon to take pictures of us getting ready… then proceeded to take a million pictures of the bride getting her make-up done. The rest of us had to ‘fake’ our pictures because we were all complete once the photographer showed up. The bride mentioned after that she talked with the photographers about what she wanted in terms of funny pictures and ended up only getting one or two done. They apparently forgot to write them down.
Side note – the photographers also wore regular everyday ‘mom’ clothes (no offense to moms out there… I also wear these clothes, but not to a wedding) that are worn to Walmart to grab milk. They looked very unprofessional.
4. The hotel ended up having two weddings that day – WITH THE SAME COLOURS! So when we (the bridal party) arrived, no guests yet, we didn’t even know which room was ours. There was no sign posted outside the room directing guests to our wedding, which happened to be on the other side of the hotel! One of our bridesmaids ended up having to direct all the guests because the venue coordinator was no where to be seen and when the guests started to arrive, they began putting cards immediately into the presentation box which wasn’t ours! Thankfully the bridesmaid directing the guests knew most of them that were supposed to be at our wedding.
5. On this same note, the other wedding was a cash bar. Those guests got wind of our wedding being an open bar and came to our bar (outside the main room where dinner was being served) and stole a bunch of alcohol from our bar to which the brides’ parents had to pay for. The brides’ father had to announce halfway through the reception that the guests had to tell the bartenders their name and table number in order to get a drink.
6. When picking the room, the bride and groom didn’t consider how tight all the tables would be, hence why the bar was outside the room. When the grand entrance was about to happen, the venue coordinator (finally shows up!) looked at the brides dress and said that she wouldn’t fit through all the tables. We ended up entering at the front of the room instead of the back, where everyone was looking, and just sitting down. The MC announced us later but we just got to stand and wave. NO dancing which was the original plan.
7. The priest told the bride that she shouldn’t have her daughter and nephews in the wedding because they would be a distraction.
8. This same priest ended up telling a story in front of everyone about when he met the groom… the story ended up being about an ex-boyfriend of the bride. Clearly, he didn’t talk about what he was going to say to the bride and groom… he didn’t even conduct a full rehearsal! He merely talked about the procedures of what would happen. I still wasn’t sure even on the actual wedding day.
9. The photographers set up a one-hour photobooth which wasn’t announced. Only 20 or so pictures ended up being taken… the last one of which was the bride and her bridesmaids. The groom and his guys didn’t get any.
10. The cake never got cut.
11. Dinner was late… 45 minutes late! The brides’ father had to go into the kitchen to see what was the hold up.
12. The bride received a phone call the night before the wedding from the decorator informing her that all her chair sashes were moldy because someone put them in the bag wet from the washer. The head table ended up not having any.
The reception was fun and everyone had a great time but I could’t believe how many things had gone wrong that could’ve been prevented with proper planning. Whenever I hear about a newly engaged couple who says that they cannot afford a wedding planner… I think of this day and suggest some opinions based on experience however I will not push anyone as its their day and their lives. But this day and all the things that went wrong will always stick with me and I welcome any other advice, comments, and/or similar stories from future or past brides!
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