Post # 1
During the planning process, I was told many times to expect the unexpected. Even though I entered my wedding week with an open mind, things still happened that I wasn’t expecting.
For instance — almost all of my wedding related items were destroyed two weeks before my wedding by flooding. And my bouquet arrived from my florist dead on the day of the wedding.
My question is…. what happened on your wedding day that you were not expecting?
Post # 3
I’m sorry your wedding things were destroyed, I’m sure your wedding was still special though 🙂
My biggest unexpected events were:
1. Shooting one of our guests with an illegal firework. My dad had planned a firework display, however one of the guys doing the fireworks wasn’t thinking and placed the tube on uneven ground causing it to shoot into the wedding tent. Everyone was alright, thank god! It was an accident and the man who was shot was really awesome about it. It’s a good story.
2. My husband’s pal’s getting out of hand. I expected them to get drunk, but the girl who introduced us (who is engaged) why trying to get married men to take a “walk” with her- if you know what I mean 🙂 She then vomited all over and passed out. My husband and I drove her home at 5 a.m. when she woke up. She puked on my husband on the way home 🙂
3. I didn’t expect my father in law to make me to take care of my husband’s sides drunk guests/call them cabs- and am still slightly irritated he did this. It took a few hours of my time. In my family, we can handle our alcohol. And if not, we crawl into a corner out of the way and deal with it ourselves. 🙂
4. I didn’t expect to have such great memories. I know it sounds like a lot of things went wrong, but they’re just great stories to tell. It was the happiest day of my life and all of our guests had a great time. My husband and I wanted to have a wild adult party, and that’s what we got :). the things that go wrong are what give a wedding its character.
Post # 4
What do you mean that your bouquet arrived dead?!? I’m horrified by that. Was your florist not local? How can that happen?
We had a few unexpected things – the worst being that my sister/MOH ate a bad tomato or something the day before, and was not well. She spent most of the morning in bed or in the bathroom, and was finally recovered enough (I think she ate half a pack of Immodium) by 3:30 to make it to the venue – for our 4:30 ceremony. She’s such a trooper. She totally underplayed it, but I know that it was the better part of a week before she really felt all better.
My Mother-In-Law somehow managed to injure herself with the pin from a boutonierre – and bled everywhere. I was stunned at the amount of blood – it was just crazy. She then spent 30 minutes in the ladies lounge with my mom soaking her dress in cold water and drying it with a hair dryer.
We lost my father altogether right before the ceremony, and I almost had to walk down the aisle without him. It turned out he was sitting in the back row talking to some friends – so luckily the best man grabbed him and pushed him into the foyer while on his way up the aisle.
Other than that, there were timing issues, guests who did or didn’t show up unexpectedly, a friend who tripped on the dance floor and sprained his ankle quite badly, and a late night trip (by us) to Taco Bell when we realized (after getting to our hotel) that we were starving and the kitchen was closed. You know, your typical wedding weirdness. Now we’ll always think that Taco Bell is sooooo romantic…
Post # 5
I love reading these!!
@ <font size=”2″ color=”#99cc00″>maureen9004</font> Holy crap! Fireworks in your tent! That would have been amazing/terrifying/something to remember for a lifetime!
In response to suzanno… I guess my florist got my flowers the morning of the wedding and they were already wilting? She made the bouquet anyway and brought it to the church,even though she knew that there was no way I was going to be able to use it! By the time I got to the church the flowers had already turned brown…. Yeah, I don’t know what happened there, but I love telling the story to people! Plus we took some funny family pictures with the dead bouquet… It made for a really great, fun time!
I just think it’s interesting to read what happens to other people, because in the end, it never seems like a huge, big deal. Even though we freak out about things like this happening at our wedding, when it does, it usually makes for a funny story afterwards!
Post # 6
My mom has been telling a story about her wedding all our lives, which we just love. The day before the wedding, she loaned her car to my dad’s brother. He returned the car, but not her keys. No big deal, as she had an extra set. Unfortunately, she didn’t have a key to her locking gas cap on her extra set. So, with her and my dad’s mom in the car, along with their dresses, she ran out of gas on the way to the church!! And in the middle of a bridge, no less. Luckily they coasted to the bottom of the bridge (on the correct side), but then they had to walk to the church. She ended up late to her own wedding. My dad was quite upset – and so was she – at the time.
Post # 7
My mom likes to tell the story of when she was Maid/Matron of Honor in her sister’s wedding. Apparently their florist forgot to make the bride’s bouquet, and my mom’s sister said she could just walk down the aisle with ferns instead. (Hey, it was the 70s!) But my mom was so indignant that she ran to the nearest florist (or maybe grocery store?) and had them make up something on the spot. She was like, "You’re the bride! You have to have a bouquet!" That’s totally my mom in a nutshell.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
Oh goodness… well, I didn’t expect the weather to be the way it was… and it was BIZARRE.
It sprinkled lightly between sunbreaks for the ceremony, was dry for cocktail hour, POURED once we were in the tent for dinner, stopped and was dry for 3 hours of dancing, and then started to rain again once the band was done. It was very strange and emotionally dramatic weather and I LOVED it.
I didn’t expect that many of our guests who RSVP’d yes to ride the shuttle buses would instead drive, leaving us with 2 buses when we took up about 1/2 of one.
I didn’t expect many of our guests to leave when the dancing started, but about 1/3 of them did. (Party poops!)
I didn’t expect my dad to get completely SMASHED and then violently ill all over the car, but I don’t think HE expected it either (getting drunk is very atypical for him). He was having too good of a time, I think, and didn’t realize that the infusions he was drinking were straight vodka (even though we warned our guests, some of them drank them like juice!). At least he was discreet and didn’t let it ruin his memory of the night. And to my guests’ credit, I didn’t even know he was ill until afterwards– everyone took care of him.
I also didn’t expect my sister to swallow a bee! Agh!
Finally, I DID expect my wedding to go by in a complete blur, but I so wish it hadn’t! I wish I could go back and enjoy the day again, slowly this time. *sigh*
Post # 9
My mother went to a wedding a few years ago where the bride tripped on her train on the way out of the church and broke her ankle. She still told everyone to go to the reception and start without her. They rushed her to the emergency room (in her dress mind you) and everyone let her go to the front of the line. She was back within the first hour of the reception, and with painkillers on hand, danced the night away with a full leg cast and crutches.
Post # 10
I didn’t expect
- to have 106 degree heat index for my early June outdoor wedding.
- to be locked out of my venue when I arrived to get dressed (with my dress locked inside)
- the outdoor power for my ceremony DJ not to be fixed at the rehearsal and the venue not fix before the ceremony after we brought it to their attention
- my guests to all leave 1-1/2 hr early because my %^&* venue couldn’t cool the ballroom down (no one danced either)
- my 10-yr old junior groomsman to puke on the dance floor after 2 songs because it was too hot to dance
- the venue to force me to clean up that night instead of coming back the next day as previously discussed.
Mostly I was not prepared for how badly I would feel when things went wrong. I’m slowing getting over it–sometimes I can laugh about it, but being a little self-indulgent and whiny now. Sorry.