(Closed) Stories from the Hive: Worst Wedding Disasters

posted 2 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 2
177 posts
Blushing bee

A friend’s SO called off the wedding 2 weeks before and she and her fans had already paid for everything. Gown, venue, cake, everything. Can’t get any worse if it never happens and you lose the shirt off your back in the process.

Post # 3
2807 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

My officiant was over an hour late.

I was ready to go, and not sure what the hold up was. My brother took me over to the bar, and ordered four shots. He told me there was bad news, and that he wasnt telling me until i took two shots. I spewed out a few WTFs.. and told him to tell Darling Husband to find a replacement.

 DHs cousin was ordained on the internet, and was going to step in. I had a copy of the ceremony in my email, so he was going to read it right off my phone. He’s a rather colorful fellow, who had showed up wearing mustard colored dress pants, a red shirt, and a hot dog themed tie. He told me later that he planned to take the tie off. 

The officiant did show up… He walked down the aisle just before me. 

That wasn’t all though. 

We were having a unity ceremony, where you saw a log in half with a large crosscut saw. Darling Husband and I had been practicing for weeks, to make sure we had a good motion down. We went through a winded explanation and set up…. Only my Dad who was in charge of the saw, forgot it. 

And then it poured, and everyone got soaked. Of course if the officiant had been on time, we all would have been spared. 

It was such an absolute mess, but it is one of the reasons why I am so happy we opted for a videographer, because it is hysterical to watch. 

…..The officiant later went on to lose our marriage license.


Post # 4
3772 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

My first wedding was supposed to be at sunset on the golf course over looking the canyon west of our town. Mind you, this is a very dinky town in the middle of the desert… so… We get all the chairs and flowers and altar set up in the afternoon and just as people are about to start arriving my dad looks to the southwest and yells “everyone get inside, NOW!” Have you ever heard of a Haboob? Well, my wedding was totally destroyed by one. A giant wall of sand (think the movie ‘The Mummy’) blew away all our chairs and flowers and everything. We had to run into the tiny proshop of the golf course and stuff everyone in there and get married inside. People couldn’t sit down because most of our chairs got blown away and there were too many people to fit in the little building.  My wedding party couldn’t fit down the aisle 2×2, so they had to walk single file. And my Mother-In-Law wore black and sat in the front row and absolutely howled the whole time. I was 19 years old and 6 months pregnant and not prepared for any of this sh!t. Then right before we were supposed to cut the cake I got sick and had to run to the bathroom and never even got to eat my cake. It was absolutely ridiculous. My mom burnt me a CD (this was all the way back in 2000 lol) that had a song called ‘White Trash Wedding’ right after and she just thought it was hilarous.  I wasn’t amused. 

Post # 5
334 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2022 - City, State

My sister’s officiant passed out from being drunk half way through her ceremony. He claimed to have the flu, but we found out the truth later on.

Post # 6
7421 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

 My friends had a backyard wedding and their 70-lb Boxer was their ring bearer and while everyone was greeting the newlyweds after the ceremony, their ring bearer doggy took a huge dump right in the middle of the tent where dinner was being set up.

Post # 7
2055 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Another drunk officiant story here–he was fine when we arrived at the venue. One hour later, he was obviously drunk and was slurring his speech. He really screwed up the beginning part of the ceremony. He pretty much got the vows right. I was just glad that he signed the paperwork correctly. I looked over his signature to make sure he managed to fill it out right. 

Post # 8
546 posts
Busy bee

I got a call from my hair/makeup guy two hours before I walked down the isle, saying he wasn’t going to be able to make it in time because he had went to a karate match in a different state that morning… So the only place that could get me in such short notice was a JC Penny salon. The only stylist available was a Puerto Rican lady who spoke zero English and instead of moving the chair down kept pushing on my shoulders to try and wanted me to slump in the chair while she was doing my hair. So I don’t get what I want because there is no time to curl it and the lady isn’t understanding a word I say. She puts my veil in, I go to get up and somehow it rips almost completely off the comb. I had to wear my friends foundation that was too orange for my skin Bc this guy was supposed to provide everything, and I totally forgot underwear. 

Still the best day of my life 🙂

Post # 9
1450 posts
Bumble bee

We had our reception held downtown.  It happened to be down the street from an area where a lot of homeless people would hang out in a nearby park.  Anyway apparently two of the homeless men got into it with each other and one cut the other ones ear off and ran down the street bleeding in front of all of our wedding guests 🙄.  

Post # 10
987 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Whih the wedding being 14 days out… I can’t bring myself to read anything on this thread but I feel like I should.. in order to maybe try to prevent something… but my anxiety is through the roof already.. so I just can’t..😣

Post # 11
1994 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My only issues were minor in comparision to these, but still funny to me. The first was that I accidentally walked down the aisle with gold safety pins visible in my train. The alterations lady had marked the bustle with gold pins so that my mom and sister would know where they were, and they were supposed to take them out right before the wedding. We all completely forgot, so in the middle of the ceremony my sister goes to adjust my train and sees them. She apparently considered taking them out right then, but decided not to (lol). Overall not a big deal.

The other thing I only found out years later. My mom’s best friend is blind, and was allowed to bring her seeing eye dog. She let the dog off the leash during the ceremony, and the dog was circling around behind us the whole time trying to find a place to poop. Thankfully she never pooped, but a lot of my guests were just watching her and waiting for it to happen. I kind of wish my friends never would have told me this.

Post # 12
587 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Hoo boy … Hate to say it, but mine may qualify. First thing: I ordered my dress online, received wrong dress, wrong color, wrong style, and wrong size even. Tried to contact the websites customer service, to no avail. I had NO. DRESS. two days before. Second thing: paid a crapton of money on a customized-specific cake, to be picked up day-of. Cake looked like something my baby sister could have put together. The colors were not the way I had asked, and the fondant was a really horrible slap job. Third thing: in laws were to pick up rental tables and chairs, only to get lost and be late. Ended up using picnic tables instead. Picnic tables. Fourth thing: apparently venue would not allow my string lights to be hung, their only specification was no nails in the wood, so I went out and bought a bunch of outdoor command hooks that would cause zero damage and leave no residue. But nope, those weren’t good enough either. We ended up just looping the lights where we could, but this was NOT the look I had been envisioning. Fifth thing: WAY less people ended up coming than we thought, and our rented space was much too large, it just looked empty and sad. Okay, at this point, I may as well just stop listing all the things that went wrong. The boutineers and corsages were forgotten in the hotel fridge, the tablecloths that were supposed to be white/ivory were basically yellow. Our photographer for some reason thought it was for 2018, not 2017, so literally days before, we had no photographer. One of my bridesmaids didn’t show up, my centerpieces were not put together right because we were short on time, everything ended up running about an hour behind. It was a disaster. I have no clue how I got through the day, and if people hadn’t traveled and taken time off work for everything, I completely would have canceled. 

Post # 13
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

My mum missed my ceremony.  She had recruited some friends to help her with the wedding hall that day and they bailed on her, as a result she was held up for quite a while, rushing and still not dressed when we were on our way.  She rushed home to change but forgot her house keys since she was driving a rental for the day.  She was locked out of her apartment, until she got some reliable friends to bring her house keys.

She finally got changed but arrived about 10 minutes after the ceremony was over.  I was really emotional walking down the aisle, but I held it in.  I was angry that the friends who had let her down still had the nerve to show up to the ceremony while my mum was missing.  I’m an only child and my mum is a single mum, she’s not going to have that moment back.  She feels terrible about it to this day and I just hug her and tell her not to feel bad, it’s not her fault.  I had the perfect wedding because of her.  Luckily, my mum’s friend recorded the ceremony and mum watched it like 100 times after.

Post # 14
475 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

So my sister’s wedding was at our parent’s farm, just like mine will be this summer. My mother was an organist for many years and the minister from my mother’s church was marrying them. During the reception, he disappeared for a while and guests were asking for him to talk and thank him for the service, so my sister went to go find him in the house. She found him alright…having sex with a high school friend of hers on our piano. A married man who presided over their vows broke his own vows not even an hour later on our freaking piano! 

It completely ruined the rest of her day for her and she states that she can’t remember what her flowers looked like now, but she’ll always remember the sight of that. 

To make matters worse, he had the gall to come back to the house a week or so later and ask my mother not to say anything about it so that he wouldn’t lose his job. He acted like the victim at their church and because she wanted to remain anonymous to their church goers, she had to listen to everyone bemoan whoever had accused him of doing something wrong, thinking that surely there had to be a miscommunication based on how he had spun the story. Long story short, he lost his job, was divorced by his wife, and has since left the country. (He is originally from another country and moved back after everything was settled.) 

It won’t ever give my sister back her wedding day, though. 🙁 

Post # 15
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

singingbee5 :  That may be the best one I’ve ever heard. I hope history doesn’t repeat itself. 

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