I’ve been to weddings where an element of the wedding or reception was pretty blah, such as unclear directions to reception site, poor officiating, long wait between wedding and reception with no refreshments, having to wait a long time for food at the buffet to be refilled, no dancing, bratty kids, chamagne for only the head table, (I don’t mind a dry wedding, but I felt it was rude that they did a champagne toast without allowing their guests to participate), not enough seating and/or no seating charts so our family had to split up (not all the same wedding!), but only one that the whole thing just kind of sucked.
First, the officiating was terrible, (the above referenced wedding where the officiating was poor had nothing on this lady!). Seriously, she used the phrase “passionate love” like fifty times, first referencing “Song of Solomon” and how it’s a beautiful story about “passionate love” and then proceeding to use the term repeatedly…I wanted to punch somebody. Also, one of the comments she made I found amusing because the groom had been married previously, (nothing against getting remarried after divorce, it was just the context of this comment, though I can’t remember what exactly she said).
Then at the reception, the DJ had the music so loud that we had to shout to hear each other at the same table. Guy showed up in a beer shirt and shorts, (though that was hardly the bride and groom’s fault). Bratty kids messing around on the dance floor, including while the bride and groom were trying to have their first dance, (again, not really their fault the kids’ parents didn’t get their children under control). I remember there were a couple other things that bothered me about the wedding, but I don’t remember what they were now, about four years after the fact.
The best part about the wedding, though, is that it was about six months or so before our wedding, so we got lots of ideas of what NOT to do, (and one idea of what to do: their groomsmen and ushers had different colored shirts, which I thought was awesome).