The only wedding I’ve been to that I did NOT enjoy was actually the one that was the most expensive and the bride’s mother is a wedding coordinator – so it just goes to show that how much you spend does not necessarily reflect how enjoyable your wedding will be. The decor was over the top and gorgeous but that was really all I can say that was good.
The meal was 4 plated courses, and each course was 1.5 HOURS apart. There was no dancing or anything going on in between, so there was nothing to do but stand around and drink. They had an open bar, which was appreciated, but with so little food so spaced apart, there were a lot of drunk guests. The final, main course was served between 11:30pm and midnight, so by that time, everyone was so fed up that they just ate and left – many others didn’t even wait to get the rest of the meal and had already left early.
When the courses did come, they were tiny portions. There were no choices for the meal (which is fine) but there was also no other food, and the reception was in a banquet hall outside of town, so there wasn’t any way to get more to eat.
At one point during the reception, the bride’s uncle went around to all the tables to tell everyone that he was going to come back after the dinner was over with a hat to collect money for the bride and groom before their first dance, which was going to be after midnight. After reading the ‘bee, I get that dollar dances and similar things are common in some regions, but it is completely unheard of here so everyone at my table (and I would assume everyone else there) was pretty appalled at the rudeness.
My fiancé and I travelled 5 hours to get to the wedding, because we are friends with the groom, but we had met the bride a couple of times. The bride did not acknowledge me or my fiancé in any way, even when she was standing directly beside the groom who was chatting with us. That wedding was 7 months ago, and we still have not received a thank you card. We went because we wanted to celebrate with our friend, not because we wanted kudos for going, but still, they were so ungracious about the whole thing that it’s changed my opinion of them a bit.
(Also, a petty thing that irks me is that afterwards, the bride added my fiancé to Facebook but not me – I don’t know why, I don’t even like Facebook, but that just gets to me haha)