Post # 1
For me, it was probably my dress, but it was only a big deal to me. I picked it up the day before the wedding and SHOULD have tried it on one more time before I left the seamstress, but I didn’t because I was in such a hurry. It fit great the last time I tried it on and they were just making a couple tweaks. Well, the day of my wedding, the straps on my dress were not sitting right and kept falling out from underneath the lace. I cringe because I can see them in some of the pictures. The lace on the top of my dress also kept turning in on one side. I’ve had several people tell me it’s likely nobody else noticed, but that is the thing that bothered me most looking back ..though I tried to ignore it at the time and just have a great time. (Look closely below…)
A couple of other things — the venue was late getting the food out. Like a half hour late. And the cake was delivered about 5 minutes before the ceremony started (ceremony and reception were all in the same room) and was supposed to be half chocolate/half vanilla. It was only vanilla. At least it was pretty though.
Overall, it was an amazing day and for the most part, everything went smoothly.
What about you? What was the biggest thing that went wrong?
This topic was modified 4 years, 6 months ago by ElleWoods.
Post # 2
I tripped a little on my dress lol
Post # 3
Aussies: Walking down the aisle?
Post # 4
The power went out at our reception hall on a hot July day. Darling Husband and I were going around to visit tables, and some of our guests complained to us that they were hot. It was only off for about 45 minutes, and there was nothing the hall could do because the power in the whole neighborhood was out. Lucky for us, it happened at the most opportune time- dinners had been cooked and dancing hadn’t started, so it didn’t cramp our style too much. I think the guests were more rattled about it than Darling Husband and I were! Now it’s a funny story to tell.
Post # 5
I paid for a “PA system” for our iTunes wedding.
PA, meaning “public address”…figured there would be a microphone. Nope.
No microphone for announcing or toasting, but we managed!
Post # 6
My rentals for tables and chairs were supposed to arrive at 8am when we got there so that we would have them for hair and make-up but they didn’t get there till 10:30, we ended up dragging in some dirty picknick tables and blue 50 gallon yard waste drums that were in the park and made it work. I put my big panera breakfast spread on the floor and we ate sitting crosslegged on the concrete, not exactly the picture perfect breakfast/mimosa bar with table cloths and carefully chosen chairs I had planned but oh well!
My flowers also weren’t what I asked for/expected. My planner used to work for a florist so I showed her pictures of everything including the mercury glass jars I wanted for the aisles and the low cylinders for the tables. We had also agreed on 13 centerpieces since that’s how many tables I needed in my original estimate and that’s what went in the floral contract. I would up with taller centerpieces with a smaller, simpler bunch of flowers than I wanted and mason jars for the aisles (I wanted to stay away from anything explicitly rustic/country-i.e. burlap & mason jars), which were not the mercury glass ones I specifically asked for before I got the quote. My guest count dropped after I got in RSVP’s so I only had nine tables of people so she only brought 9 centerpieces which peeved me since I felt like I paid for 13 and didn’t even get to keep the vases. I had counted on being able to put the exras on the buffet and cake table so flowers are the only thing I really wish I’d picked someone else for.
Post # 7
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
ElleWoods: We forgot to plan lighting for the dance area (outdoor DW), and the photographer pulled ME aside to ask about it. Um, lady, ask ANYONE ELSE but the bride and groom. Both sets of parents were less than 10 feet away. I just told her, “I don’t know” and turned away to continue my conversation with someone else. I may have been a bit rude, but really, please don’t stress me out about something silly like lighting on our wedding day (at the last minute when it was too late for me to come up with a solution).
Thankfully, my dad took care of it and got the venue owner to track down a light. The only other thing (I recall) that went “wrong” was we were meant to get married under the blooming cherry trees, but the blooms were gone by the time we got there. No matter! I used leftover flowers and twist ties to affix them to another tree under which we married, instead. I was a little disappointed at first, but I took care of it and was pretty happy with the outcome.
Post # 8
Not my wedding, but I was just talking with a coworker about doing all my own wedding flowers and she laughed and said, “well, at least you’ll know you’re getting the right ones!”….then told me about how on her wedding day, her flowers weren’t delivered to her venue at the time they were supposed to…someone called the florist, who told them she was on her way; she showed up five minutes before the ceremony with another bride’s bouquets (as in…wrong types, wrong colors, wrong structure/arrangement). With no time to do anything about it, they just decided to go with the flow. The florist came back right after the ceremony with the right arrangements and swapped them out. She said it really wasn’t a big deal and they were laughing about it later at the reception because they’re sure that some bride whose wedding was later that afternoon has no idea that her bouquet was in two weddings that day. 🙂
Post # 9
We forgot to put decorations out on the arch and chairs! My mom was havign some health problems so we totally forgot to make/plan for any. I miss them in the pictures. But what are ya gonna do. We also did not put any on the stage as we planned. This is what happens when the women run late and your dad is in charge. Our DJ who came with great recomendations was kinda lousy too. But that just meant we could get to the after party sooner 🙂 I honestly look back on my day and I’m just happy I had all the family and friends there and we all had tons of fun.
Post # 10
Darling Husband stepped on my bustle and ripped it not one but TWO different times while dancing on the dancefloor! LOL Thank God for our DOC who sewed it back both times, don’t know what I would have done without her! Also our 3 year old ringbearer fell and broke his elbow a week before the wedding so my cousin had to cut the sleeve of his tux so his cast could fit in it, haha. Overall nothing major.
Post # 11
I hired a cellist and pianist for the wedding (the cellist was a family friend and the pianist is her friend). She is a little flakey but I thought nothing of it. Come to find out, they ddin’t get together to practice so, even though the music sounded good, they played the ENTIRE song that I walked down the aisle to. Instead of finding a way to just end the music when I reached the front, they played and played and played and played. I laughed while I was standing up there because it was just ridiculous how it kept going. I laugh now but really wish I would’ve just had CD music play haha.
I also regret my attitude earlier on in the day– it was raining and my photographer insisted on tons of pictures outside of just me. I was so irritated because I did not care about bridal pictures at all. My dress was wet, muddy, and really heavy. I started feeling sick and became a whiny asshole. I wish I could go back to that hour or two and just tell myself to suck it up. The pictures turned out nice but, my god, who needs that many pictures of themselves??
Post # 12
Our venue forgot to put food out during cocktail hour, they only had drinks. As a ‘sorry’ they didn’t charge us for cocktail hour drinks. Somebody also stepped on my bustle and it broke halfway through the reception. I had an emergency kit with giant safety pins to fix it, but somehow it never made it from the church to the reception. Most of the train was still up, so it wasn’t a huge deal.
Post # 13
- Wedding: November 2014 - Figtree Resturant Byron Bay
Nothing drastic went wrong at all.
Only two things come to mind which was the venue didn’t follow the seating plan and kind of put everyone anywhere, even our parents weren’t seated together luckily we noticed it and quickly swapped them all back around.
My husband and I have done the dirty dancing lift for as long as we have been dating and not once has he ever dropped me. We literally finished our dance five minutes before we were performing it and i wanted to practice the list one last time so we did it on bitumen and he dropped me flat on my head, had bleeding elbows and i am going to say mild concussion but we were to full of life to worry about it too much! When we think of it now we cannot help but laugh!
Post # 14
RAIN!! It rained all over our gorgeous garden ceremony venue.
Luckily we had plans in place in case of rain (change of venue) so we just had to make the call early on our wedding day and it was fine. Yeah, it’s not how I thought it would look but in some ways, it was better. We didn’t have many ceremony decorations because we thought the garden would be enough (and we had plastic garden chairs indoors!) but it was fine. Of all of the things people commented on, they were most impressed that our backup option was so nice.
Other than that, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Post # 15
On the actual wedding day the things that went wrong:
My hair stylist did not do my hair the way I wanted and she took twice as long as expected which left me with under 20 minutes to do my makeup, get dressed, and get off the cruise ship to meet the limo. Needless to say I was feeling the pressure.
Said hair went flat within an hour, $155 down the toilet right there. I was not happy with it at all. I ended up brushing it out by evening as I had not packed a curling iron for the trip and was unable to fix it myself.
I had spent a great deal of effort trying to communicate with the destination florist about exactly what I wanted for flowers. I wanted peonies, succulents, blue thistles, anemones, blue berries, and scabiosa pods. I was very clear that I did not want nor like white roses and I did not want them in my bouquet. When I saw my bouquet, it was 80% white roses, plus silver brunia, a couple peonies, blue thistles, and some type of wildflower that was not requested. No succulents, anemonies, blueberries, or scabiosa pods. Not to mention the bouquet was not the style I had wanted either. I wanted it to be looser with draping flowers and greenery. Instead it was a firm ball of damn roses. I spent over $250 for a bouquet that I really disliked. But I just went with it as it was too late to do anything.
All of that stuff thankfully was superficial and besides the hair and flowers, we really had a great time on our destination elopement!