- 8 years ago
- Wedding: September 2010
I’m sure I’m going to sound like a raging beotch but I have no where else to vent where people will even possibly understand me or care. LOL Please excuse me in advance.
The ceremony began at 3:00 and ended at 3:30. We had to arrive early to the reception venue though to drop off the cake that I was asked to make at the last second. No one was at the venue when we arrived, and we had to call the bride to arrange for someone to come let us into the place to drop off the cake. We then went to check into our hotel (which you can’t check into til 3pm, but the wedding was at 3pm, so we had to pay a fee to get into a room early, even though it was a ‘block’ room.)
Onto the ceremony. When we entered the church, there was no organization, no one telling us where to go, nothing. All the groomsmen were standing at the back of the church. We had to walk through the group of them, breaking up their conversations, to get to the pews. The groomsmen’s bouts were fake gerbera daisies pinned to their shirts. No ribbon or anything. The church was not decorated except for the sand ceremony containers at the front.
The ceremony was over at 330 and we headed to the reception hall, 17 miles away. We arrived at the reception area and there was a big, empty room with flourcescent lights and long tables set up with dark grey folding chairs (the metal kind). The tables had white plastic table cloths on them and bowls of peanuts were set out. A few of the ‘reserve’ tables had lanterns on them, but the flourcescent lighting was so bright lanterns didn’t really have much of an effect. The head table had a string of lights on it and vases with water in them to hold the bouquets, no other decor was in the ginormous room. The bouquets were fake though, so vases with water confused me.
At 7pm, dinner was put out. That’s right, 3.5 hours later. We sat in the venue eating peanuts and drinking punch for 3.5 hours. No music, no dj, nothing. Just people sitting around waiting. For HOURS. I can’t emphasize how awkward this was. Dinner consisted of beef on buns, potato salad, and fruit salad on styrofoam plates with plastic cutlery. It was served buffet style. The bar opened. Beer was served in pitchers by family friends walking around table to table. 18 year olds were served, and carried around their own beers all night long. That’s a whole other story.
At 7:30, the bride walked into a room of people eating. Still no dj. She walked in with the groom and photographer and proceeded to cut the cake for pictures. Then they sat down with the wedding party and ate. No one knew they were cutting the cake except me b/c I happened to be staring at them in disbelief of what was going on with their reception. It all happened in about 2 minutes.
After dinner, the entire wedding party, parents, and bride and groom LEFT. They all brought their cars to the hotel (25 miles from the reception) and took a shuttle back to the reception. They weren’t due back for about an hour. BUT – they decided to go bar hopping in the meantime with the shuttle! So it was again HOURS before they returned. And they returned more drunk than I have ever seen a wedding party. In the meantime, HEY! DJ arrives! But no music still. He sets up, then helps himself to dinner, THEN the bar, then sits around and chats with guests. Oh, did I mention he’s in jeans and a tshirt?
All in all, it was just a terrible night. The bride and groom finally returned. They fell OVER onto the FLOOR after their first dance b/c they were so drunk. She didn’t toss her bouquet till well after 1am. We left at 2am out of sheer exhaustion.
We got home this morning and proceeded to sleep the day away. What a waste of a weekend. It certainly eases my worries about ‘will people think white chair covers don’t match our dark tablecloths?’ If I learned anything at this wedding, it’s that as long as people are taken care of, full, and able to dance/have a good time, they will be happy.
Anyone ever experienced a nightmare wedding anything like this?