FOR FUN: Crazy/weird/funny wedding planning stories

posted 3 years ago in Beehive
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I had a photographer send me a price list with hazard pay on the list of costs. When I asked why I was told it was because I was getting married on a farm. The photographer studio is in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Chicago. Needless to say I found a more reasonable person to be my photographer.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

Omg thats so weird!!! Poor you! I’ve been lucky to not get super crazy vendors, however my problem is that we’re getting married in a small town, so all the vendors know my fiance’s family, so it’s hard to say “no” to ones we’re not wanting to use!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Oh that’s so weird. I honestly would’ve felt very uncomfortable going to a vendor’s home by myself. She didn’t have a studio? So creepy.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

We went to see a venue that looked absolutely beautiful – we met with the lady who ran the place on her property – and she kept talking about all the money they had put into the place and that’s why the price was so high. She mentioned a bride had wanted to sell liquor at her wedding and so an inspector came out for the liquor license (she said she prefers clients to have an open bar),  when the inspector came out – things weren’t up to code, so they got shut down and all the problems they ran into while getting it up to code  she had weddings booked, but had to call the bride to tell them this, 2 weeks before hand … . It was terrible by the sound of it.  Fiance and I tried to leave multiple times.. but she just kept going on and on … the venue would be nice with some decore (and it is now up to code!) but she totally changed our opinion. She even mentioned sometimes they get noise complaints from the neighbours.  Too many red flags, and the cost was insane for just a barn with tables + chairs. Unprofessional – you don’t tell a possible future client the problems you’ve had. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

underblueskies1016 :  I’m glad she was just a creepster and not a killer lol. But please meet in a public space next time if they don’t have a professional setting of their own. I had a videographer that wanted me to meet him at his home but I talked him into meeting me at a Starbucks. Glad I did because he seemed really off to me and didn’t really have a portfolio despite just graduating for photography and having been a freelancer for 5 years. Everyone I know who went for anything art related had a good sized portfolio upon graduating. Just seemed odd.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Honestly, that photographer sounds like a lot of the vendors around here in Northern Wisconsin…

Our weird experience came from touring our venue, which is a historic hotel/mansion/whatever on a lakeshore. The maintenance guy gave us a tour, and the dude was lacking professionalism. He was older, really funny, but also pretty grumpy. He spent the entire time telling us what could go wrong and adding really inappropriate comments in between. (Which Fiance and I found hilarious. FMIL? Not so much.)

“This is a small town. If you light this place on fire, we likely won’t have anybody to put it out so don’t do that.”

“See that dock out there? Last year we had a 30-person wedding stand on it while the photographer tried to get a picture. It collapsed. I just welded that thing back together. Don’t be a dumbass like them.”

“The owner of this place is like 60 and has a 28 year old wife. He’s my hero.”

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

underblueskies1016 :  The only one I’ve encountered so far is one of the DJs I called. His pricing was cheap compared to some others in town, but figured I’d give it a shot to talk to them. When I called, he basicaly read all of the info that was on their website, including “We do an awesome extra for all couples of having a “Chicago Bulls Style” grand entrance” Um, sorry, but that is not unique, and not what I want. Anyways, he bragged about a few other “additional” things that he does that none of the other DJs do, and they were all very standard things (introducting the wedding party, getting a list of songs from you before hand, uplighting at an additional cost, etc). The kicker was when he told me something that really was unique about him apart from other DJs – he told me he does not support the downloading of illegal music, so, to show that he does not download illegally, he subscribes to a service that sends him 20 new CDs every month and he DJs the old school way, with a 5 disc CD changer….. Yeah, I’ll pay the extra couple hundred bucks.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

underblueskies1016 :  I contacted this really well known DJ who also did my brothers wedding and he said he wanted to come out and see our venue because he’s also doing the lighting and drapery and stuff and wanted to see what all would be required before quoting his services. Well we get there and the lady who rents it out (it’s a forest preserve and she’s just a volunteer that lives in the house nearby that shows people the barn and gives out the contracts and all that) unlocks it and decides to stay to answer any questions. Well about 5 minutes in they start being mouthy towards eaxhother and then literally bicker the whole time!! Anything from where the food will go, to whether or not I should open any of the barn doors they bickered about. At one point the lady was joking about how she encounters more momzillas than bridezillas and the DJ went on about how he NEVER encounters either of those (yeah frickin right….he’s done thousands of weddings) because if you just cater to them and do what they want then there’s no need for them to be bride/momzillas. I will say it was mostly the DJ who was being snarky, the lady was just saying what works and doesn’t work due to experience with past weddings there. It was so unprofessional but the DJ company is awesome and is exactly what we’re looking for so we’re just making sure to request a different DJ for ours. 

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’ve got two, both involving venues. I spent a lot of time reaearching venues online. I found a barn that looked really nice; it was completely open with solid hardwood floors, as stated on the website, and the wooden walls were a dark reddish-brown. The website also said the barn had been renovated. So I set up a meeting to see the venue. My fiance and I arrived and no one was there. We wait 20 minutes, owner hasn’t shown up. So I call her ans she says she forgot what time we were meeting, she’d be there in 10 minutes. Meanwhile, she’d have her father, who lived a two minute walk from it, would unlock the barn so we could look around. He comes out and unlocks it, scowls at us and asks who comes out so early to look at a venue. It was 11:30 am. So we gp inside and it looks nothong lile the pictures. Instead of hardwood floors, its concrete. The open floor has numberous columns, taking up so much space that a dance floor would not be possible. The kitchen area lacked the appliances it claimed was inside. There was one, single toilet bathroom, we were told there were 2. There were no rooms to get ready, as was advertised. And the ceremony area, which was outside, was right next to a road, as in 10 ft away. Fiance and I spent 20ish minutes looking around and waited another 15 for the owner. Basically, we were there for an hour and she never showed.

The second venue was also a barn with an outside ceremony area. The grounds looked as described and the owner was friendly. The problem came at the end. Fiamce and I still had 3 other venues to look at, but the owner wanted us to book and sign a contract right away. He was so insistent. We made it clear that we were looking into other venues before deciding. He spent longer trying to force us into signing a contract than he had showing us the venue. We finally get out of there and agree we don’t wamt to use him because of how pushy he was. Two weeks later, we decide on a venue (a historic inn that better suited us and the style we want). This guy has emailed me EVERY day asking about a contract. So I ema back that we had decided on another venue. He said he understood, bit continued to email me 2-3 times a week for 10 months before giving up. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Not really crazy but a caterer I emailed with said, “You do need to hold your erection with a deposit though.” I’m guessing she meant date, LOL. It made me laugh for days.

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