(Closed) Wedding Surprises – Share Your Stories

posted 10 years ago in Married Life
Post # 5
5920 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I am not married yet, so I don’t have any stories, but loved reading yours! That was so thoughtful!

Post # 6
1440 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had originally decided no kids for the wedding, except for family and wedding party. A friend of mine called on the Thursday because she wanted to double check her daughter wasn’t invited (she had just gone to a wedding where the daughter [who is 5] was not on the invitation, but she was actually invited). We had had some last minute cancellations, so I decided that I’d let her bring her daughter since I knew it would mean a lot to her (she lost her newborn baby boy in February).

Her daughter was the life of the party! I’m so happy that I had her come … it was great.

Post # 7
6659 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Nothing really. My wedding day was more about my guests and I sort of had the opposite happen. The biggest example is everyone KNEW I really didn’t want kids to be able to act out at the ceremony or even be present at the reception, but I gave in and allowed them to attend both as a favor to our siblings (who are the parents of the 8 children). No one tried to quiet our flower girl as she screamed through the entire ceremony and no parents made any attempt to get to toddlers off the dance floor during our first dance. It makes me really mad to this day hwo they felt so entitled to have their kids be teh center of attention when it was our wedding day and they KNEW I was already sensitive about sharing it with all the kids present.

Post # 8
7691 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

My childhood friend had a broken foot and she danced the WHOLE night with us!!

Also, we took a boat from our reception to the hotel afterwards and we ended up getting SO lost. At first it was a little scary but it ended up being an adventure and our very first thing we tackled as husband and wife~!

Post # 10
559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

It happened a few days prior to our wedding, but our amazing photographer http://www.hazeltonphoto.com emailed me to see if it would “be ok” if she brought along a third photographer. Do you even have to ask!? Of course it’s ok!!! The more the better! The third photographer is an intern and was looking for some more experience. She shot with black and white film and I am sooooo excited to see how those pictures turned out!!

Also, our budget ultimately dictated that we wouldn’t have a videographer, but I remember thinking after the wedding how nice it would have been to have the ceremony video taped, especially since my brother sang and because the ceremony ended up being one of my most favorite parts of the day. Turns out, a family friend videotaped it for us and already showed my husband’s grandmother since she was ill and unable to make it!

Truly, it’s amazing to me how well the day turned out. Of course things went wrong, or didn’t go quite accordingly to plan but, to me, the positives far outshine the negative.


Post # 11
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My DH booked a limo for us for the end of the night – even though we had planned on not using one!  I had wanted one but we decided it was too expensive and unnecessary since our hotel was 1 mile away!  He totally surprised me and I was soo happy!!!

Post # 12
1568 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Two great surprises on our day:

  • At our rehearsal dinner, our parents presented us with a photo album full of our grandparents’ and parents’ wedding photos, labeled with the date of their marriage, with an empty slot to insert our own photo at the end.
  • My husband’s parents (his mom is Polish) and our best man (he’s Greek) sneakily banded together to arrange a money dance during our reception. Apparently the money dance is a tradition in both Polish and Greek weddings. It was actually a lot of fun, people got really into it. We have great pictures of my husband dancing with my college friends (male and female), and there were a few $20 bills stuck in the jar. And one $5 check made out to us with “For: Love” in the notes line. 🙂

Post # 14
5976 posts
Bee Keeper

At our rehearsal dinner, a friend of mine whose husband had passed away in Iraq a few years ago gave us the platter to her china set that she received when they were married. It was so touching that I just burst into tears right then and there. We now pass it down to our friends who will eventually give it to her daughter when she is married someday Smile

Post # 15
4160 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@2PeasinaPod: omg that is so sweet I just started crying!!!! How thoughtful

Post # 16
2714 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@2PeasinaPod: That is so amazingly sweet.

I’m not married yet, but I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man for my aunt recently. Her hubby had the florists add stephanotis to her boquet.. She really wanted them but they were on a tight budget so she cut them out. He also hired a harpist for the ceremony (another item that got crossed off the list due to the budget). Halfway through her walk down the aisle, she realized that the harpist was there. She burst into tears and gasped, she was so happy. Haha, many of the guests probably had no idea why she suddenly started crying, but for those of us that knew it was such an absolutely sweet moment.

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