(Closed) Give me your wedding/reception horror story…drunk guest, ruined food, etc

posted 12 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

It didn’t ruin their day, but when my FH’s best friend got married (who is our Best Woman), her Future Mother-In-Law showed up to the ceremony in a black mourning gown and full length black lace mourning veil!!! LOL – she had the classic, floor length, black lace veil covering her face through the entire ceremony.

Everytime I think about that, I thank my lucky stars for my awesome FMIL!!!

Post # 18
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

At my cousins’s wedding (who I’m not close to) The groom made a speech, which is normally fine I’ve seen it happen before, but in his speech he totally dissed the bride. They were an older couple and had been dating for about 7 years before he proposed and only did so after being forced by her parents who are ultra conservative. He said things like “And I knew she’d say Yes when I proposed so I wasn’t nervous!” It was awful. Also, she’s not very pretty and he kept mentioning  how she was an ugly ducking when she was a child, but then not transitioning into saying now she’s beautiful. And it was weird, b/c she clearly isn’t very pretty so we were all looking at each other like “What is he saying??” And to top it off he never made an effort to come over and say hello to me, so I still to this day have not met him. There were less than 100 people at the wedding!

Another wedding was beautiful, but had a big open bar and no food for about 2 hours so a lot of people were getting physically ill in the ballroom. They couldn’t even make it to the bathroom. It was really gross. The problem was, it was a destination wedding and the ceremony didn’t start until 6:00pm so all the guests were at the hotel bar waiting for the ceremony to start drinking away, thinking it would be fine since they would eat at cocktail hour. Wrong! The bride and groom wanted to save money so didn’t include any food, only booze. Bad idea! And never have a long cocktail hour with nowhere to sit, I thought my feet were going to fall off!

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I am not married yet, but I work in special events a hotel.  We do about 10 weddings or so a year.  I am usually there the day of, making sure we are on time, keeping in touch with vendors, etc.

We did a wedding for 360 guests back in October, and toward the end of the night, the brides mom hugged me, telling me what a great job we did.  She then informed me that the bride and groom were departing soon, as they were “very eager to consumate the marriage.”

Too Much Information.

Post # 20
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Oh, I’ve also been to another wedding (forgot about this one!) where the groom was less than happy to get married. I literally didn’t see him at all during the reception, he was at a different hotel bar (it was a big hotel) doing shots and smoking. The DJ had to send someone to get him to do the mother/son dance. It was very strange and awkward, I felt really bad for the bride.

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Oh man, if feels wrong to laugh but some of this stuff is too funny!  I hope the brides and grooms are over this stuff and can laugh too.  My grandmother (who is young and funny and old school italian) told me she’d like to bring a tazer to ensure everyone acts appropriately.  I was like, “yeah um gram, I’m pretty sure there isn’t going to be a need for that”.  Now that I think about it, she may be on to something there lol.   

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My parent’s friend’s daughter got married and so I went and sat with my parents and their friends… one of my parents friends is kinda creepy and asked me to dance with him.

To the apple bottom jeans song. As in, bumping and grinding with him. It was weird. And he wasn’t even drunk! He doesn’t drink!

Post # 23
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Honey bee

I was at a wedding where the bride was outside for pictures, and saw a stray cat. She decided it would be a good idea to try and pet the cat…so wrong! She was bitten and had to be taken to the hospital for a rabies shot! What a way to spend your wedding night!

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

my grandma freaked out and kept yelling to my dad and brother about who was going to clean up everything when it was done.  My brother had to keep telling her not to bother me because apparently she was going to come up to me during my wedding reception and ask me how she thought we would clean all this up.  She didn’t understand that you hire a venue for a reason and that they have event staff to clean up their own tables and paper lanterns. 

That is just one of the many ridiculous things that my grandma did that weekend.  The list could go on forever…  I haven’t spoken with her much since the wedding – she pissed me off a lot, and she made everyone else uneasy too.

 

Post # 25
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Honey bee

@amariem – your grandma sounds like my mom. She was psycho about my entire wedding…blaming me for forgetting small things, stressing me out the entire day. It was horrible!

I feel terrible for some of you brides that had to go through some horrible moments. I’m hoping you can look back and laugh now!

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My cousin’s wedding was in an upscale restaurant that had several floors/spaces for events. Some of our family members caught some girls crashing the open bar, and when the girls were confronted, they ran away to their own party in a different area of the restaurant. I guess it’s not THAT horrible, but it would make me pretty mad.

Post # 27
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Busy bee

During our wedding reception I went up to DH to ask him something about the music (which he’d done and I wasn’t very happy with). He said he had other things going on and when I asked what he told me not to worry about it, so I went back to dancing and socialising. However half an hour later I heard there was a girl who had a BLEEDING HEAD after a wrestling match with another girl. It was about time for us to leave anyway so I went into “I must leave now” mode, got the MC to announce we were leaving, got my girlfriends to rally everyone together, and we made a very hasty exit. DH asked his friends to make sure I didn’t see her (since she was one of his friends), knowing that it would upset me, but I still saw her as we left, crying with her head covered by a suit jacket like some kind of criminal.

Other guests have told us it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to, and I can laugh about it now, but FAR OUT. Way to cut my fun short, bleeding guest!

PS The girl was fine, she’d just been hit in the head with the door to the bathroom, but I think she was super embarrassed as was the other girl involved in the wrestling match!

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2021

WOW!!!

I am innapropriatly making “trying not to laugh” noises at work.

my co-workers think im nuts!

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Well, I attended one of my close college friend’s weddings a couple of years ago. The best man’s speech was so embarrassing. He was trying to explain how the bridal couple met and said “well Greg went to Lynn’s’s sorority formal, but with another girl. Shit, we no longer know who that girl was, guess she wasn’t too memorable because Greg ended up dating Lynn.”

Problem was that the other unmemorable date girl was in the crowd and the rest of us knew who she was!

 

I was also at a different wedding this summer where they served chicken nuggets (think gross elementary school cafeteria type) as appetizers with ketchup “sauce”. Found out later that this was apparently an inside joke between bride and groom, but they didn’t share that joke and never ate a nasty chicken nugget because they were off for pictures.

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

So I guess this wasn’t horrible but at my cousin’s reception, the best man was so drunk – like on the verge of alcohol poisoning, he was trying to give his speech and you literally could not understand one word. And there were parts that were apparently funny because he would start laughing really hard, and the room would fill with awkward laughs. Then, the groom raised his glass to toast, but instead managed to kind of toss it, causing it to shatter in the middle of the dance floor.

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

My cousin, who is hilarious and a bit of a drinker had one of those receptions where EVERYONE is drunk.  I was a bridesmaid and to this day when we watch the video we still can’t figure out where I was during dinner since I am missing from the head table.  Good thing too since they did a ridiculous amount of shots at dinner.  Well during the dancing portion of the reception the bride’s Future Mother-In-Law surprised the couple by hiring those creepy “little people”.  You know the ones- with the giant heads, kind of weird mascot-looking costumes.  My cousin took one look at them, made a disgusted face, and said “this better be a joke, I hate the gd little people”, left the dance floor and went to the bar.  I still snicker when I think about it.

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