What went RIGHT on your wedding day, or surprised you in a GOOD way?

posted 6 years ago in Recaps
Post # 3
942 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I felt incredibly awkward on my wedding day. I commented to the photographer ‘I feel so overdressed!’ which was a fairly hilarious comment at the time. In the moment, it was all very surreal and seemed to go very quickly but looking back at my photos it really was the most wonderful day of my life.

My husband looked amazing and we got to walk down the aisle together. I thought I’d walk alone, to the instrumental version of Kissing You, but I forgot to mention this to the coordinator so all of a sudden we were walking down the aisle to some tune I can’t remember. For a breif moment I thought ‘this is wrong’ but then I was there with my fiancée about to get married and my heart was about to burst with excitement. It went ‘right’ because I have this wonderful photo that makes my heart flutter every time I look at it

I really wanted to get our vows recorded as we had a private ceremony but I also forgot to remind our coordinator (we didn’t pay for a videographer). I was so disappointed at first but then realised it went ‘right’ because I have these amazing photos that capture the moment perfectly. Thomas even got a photo of my vows which was my ‘something blue’. The thick Greek accent of our celebrant will always be a hilarious inside joke for my husband and me







IT was sweltering hot on our all white wedding terrace. The bar guy was trying to give me champagne but I just needed something hydrating and to Get off that cliff! It was a shame that I wanted to leave our gorgeous wedding location because I was about to pass out, but it went ‘right’ because Thomas took us here, where my husband had a blue lagoon (cocktail of choice) and I ordered an oj 🙂 it was also really nice just to hang out for a bit and cool down

I was so hot in my dress and all day wished I’d worn the cheap backup dress I bought in Athens so id be more comfortable. The decision to wear my gown was ‘right’ because I felt like a beautiful bride and even had all the locals looking at me all day which made me feel special

But the most ‘right’ part of our special day, was that I married this guy, my favourite person in the whole world


Post # 4
1114 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

What a lovely thread!  I hope as many things go well for me as they did for you ladies.

Post # 5
7773 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

The flowers!  We had a very small  intimate cermony at the Hyatt Regency and I went thru an unexpected change in my cash flow (self employed), so budget suddenly became a big issue.  The florist did an amazing job for a few hundred.  I was really pleasantly surprised.

and, OMG, the food was incredible.  They promised white glove service and we sure got it.  I still get hungry thinking about it.  I don’t remember the per head cost, but it was very affordable, probably around $50 with free flowing champagne.

Their in house event coordinator did a great job.  Overall, the flowers and the venue went smashingly well as did my MUA.

Post # 6
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

The weather was a great surprise- we were married outdoors on the harbor in the middle of July. The week before was over 100- it was around 83/85 on our wedding day and beautiful. Around 90 was going to be our cut-off for moving it inside.

There was enough of a breeze that our guests seemed to be comfortable- we made program fans, and looking at photos from the ceremony pics, it doesn’t look like people needed them.

Like OP- our first dance was fantastic- we’d taken lessons, and Darling Husband nailed it! 🙂

Post # 7
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

The weather— it totally didn’t co-operate, so we had to go with our Plan B and get married inside rather than outside as originally planned. And at first I was really upset about this, but in hindsight that worked out great, because the inside space where we had the ceremony was gorgeous, intimate, and most of all, AIR CONDITIONED!

The weather cleared up a bit later in the day so we still managed to get pictures outside, and the grey sky made a stunning background!!

Post # 8
6248 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

Actually so much went RIGHT on my wedding day that I’m still surprised.  And super relieved!

Post # 9
949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

A lot of things! Stuff that surprised me, specifically:

Formal family photos after the ceremony took something like 20 minutes, maybe 25. I was expecting to miss our whole cocktail hour, or at least most of it, but no worries!

We DIYd the flowers, and the lilies were a little busted up the day before, creased, including one in my bouquet, but the day of all the lilies had gotten even brighter-colored somehow and looked great. Actually all the flowers looked better on the wedding day than the day before, which was awesome. And weird.

In the last hour of the reception, older guests got tired and went home and I was a little sad because it seemed like everyone was leaving… But then all the younger guests (not all particularly young at that, like my parents’ age and below) broke out into an insane dance party! I have no idea what happened, I was expecting maybe a little slow dancing at best. It was amazing.

Post # 9
884 posts
Busy bee

Just restarting this thread!

Post # 10
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Me too! It might not pick up but I’d love to know!

Post # 11
2224 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Everything went “right” – it was the perfect day (and our 2 year anniversary is tomorrow)!

But what surprised me was my hair. I had a hair trial a couple of weeks beforehand, and I loved how it looked – but an hour or so after I left the trial, it started to fall down and look flat. I have relatively thick hair, so I think my hair was just too heavy – not the stylist’s fault at all.

Anyway, she showed up on the morning of and I told her that I wanted something completely different. I showed her a couple of pictures, and she took it all in stride. My hair turned out beautifully and better than I envisioned it!

Post # 12
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Gorgeous! I love your hair!!

I revived this thread because I’m just thinking about how I never dreamed about being a bride or weddings growing up , but I am LOVING it. So I’m just surprised that I love it so much. My friends and family have been there in really special ways. Last weekend I spent Saturday with my dad making a wood cake stand!! And I dunno, your friends are all excited for you and it’s super fun. 

Post # 13
1660 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

My bouquet was beautiful. I thought it wouldn’t be so gorgeous for only $40. THe photos came out amazing. I was really surprised at how well Darling Husband and I “cleaned up.” We had never been that dressed up together!! 

Post # 14
590 posts
Busy bee

Love this thread! What went right for me:

1. My wedding was projected to be a complete wash out with rain the whole week leading up to it so I was mentally preparing myself to not get those gorgeous fall photos I wanted. The day of the wedding was overcast, above average fall temps for this area and not one drop of rain! The sun even peaked out for a few minutes during our cocktail hour that ended up being able to be outside on the river! It was honestly perfect. 

2. I thought I would be a ball of nerves the whole wedding day as being the center of attention was making me anxious leading up to the big day. But on the wedding day I was only “nervous” right before I walked down the aisle. And dare I say I actually ENJOYED all the attention!? That really surprised me but I also totally loved my reaction. 

3. My bustle held up the entire night. As did my hair and makeup. 

4. My whole timeline worked out great and everything actually happened on time. 

Honestly nothing really went “wrong” on my wedding day, thank you Jesus.. LOL But those are the things that stick out to me as things that I mentally prepared myself to maybe not be perfect. 


Post # 15
18 posts
  • Wedding: April 2017

I’ll try to keep this short because practically everything went right! 

We had a venue that slept 80 people and had it both the Friday and Saturday nights- the wedding was Saturday and we had a big dinner with everyone on the Friday night, I was scared people were going to get too excited and drink too much on the Friday night but no one did

After 5 days of no sleep I was soo stressed about not sleeping the night before the wedding – I got into bed with my MoH and slept like a baby until 7.30am

The weather was freezing and windy the day before the wedding but woke up to beautiful blue skies and no wind

I just had the most amazing relaxed morning with my girls – no real stress at all just fun, bubbles, music and laughter

One of my favourite memories is the drive to the ceremony. A friend of a friend had a big old Chevrolet Impala we used and my Dad, MoH, bridesmaid, two flower girls, two page boys and I all crammed in it and the driver put Bon Jovi on which we all screamed at the top of our lungs all the way to the venue- as we were nearing the ceremony location he went to turn it down but the flower girls wanted to keep the party going so we had it cranking all the way.. so fun

My MoH gave me the best piece of advice which was to really be present during the ceremony, take on the emotion and really focus on the moment- I really took that on and I think it just made the whole ceremony very intense therefore so special

The band was so much better than I expected – the dance floor was full to the brim all night 

The bar tender at the venue was incredible – he remembered everyone’s drink orders, continually bought me drinks wherever I was in the room and was just a great guy, best of all at 1am he bought out leftovers from the Friday night dinner for us all to eat… best thing ever!! 


Just a few of my things that went right- of course the biggest thing was that I married my best friend. Anyone reading this and yet to get married, when it all gets too stressful just remember in the end it’s not about the flowers or the colour scheme or the perfect spray tan.. it’s about you and your significant other and sharing your love with the ones closest to you.. and it all goes way too quick so enjoy!! 

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