I only had one big, major thing, and then a few small things that had no real effect whatsoever.
1) The BIG problem. When we showed up for rehearsal the night before, the entire garden where our ceremony was to take place was flooded. A pipe had burst and covered all of the grass where the chairs were supposed to go in water. The sidewalk where the processional was to take place was raised a bit, so that was fine, but there were 2 inches of standing water everywhere the guests were supposed to be. Miraculously, I did not freak out. The DOC (from the venue) and venue staff assured us that it would be taken care of, and I just had to believe that. Halfway through our rehearsal a plumber arrived to fix the pipe and vacuum the lawn.
I assumed that it would be dealt with, and I did not find out about this until a week AFTER the wedding (nobody told me, didn’t want me to stress out), but when my husband stopped by the venue in the morning to drop some things off, there was still water EVERYwhere and they had just placed the chairs on the lawn anyway and said it would dry. Ummm, under the shade of the chairs? On an overcast day? NOPE. My husband handled the situation and ended up having a freakout that resulted in him speaking to the actual owner of the place, and then a bunch of the workers were out there with push brooms and fans to try and clear it. All of the water was gone, but the front w rows were really squishy/muddy and some people (um, like my family) had the hems of their dresses and their shoes ruined. I feel so bad about this still!
2) Another thing I didn’t know about until later (this time after the ceremony, during formal shots) was that my husband’s bowtie didn’t work out. This is so stupid because he spent so much time looking for the perfect one and custom ordering material and everything – I told him to practice tying it but he never did – his dad did it once at a fitting, though. In the photos and video there is a montage of people trying to tie it – my groom, his dad, every one of his attendants, my niece, the DOC, a couple of other guests, etc. Nobody could do it, and 20 minutes before the ceremony 2 of the groomsmen drove 30 miles over the speed limit to the nearest department store to buy a pre-tied clip bowtie so he would have something to wear lol. The officiant said something about almost having to start late because of it.
3) When my dad walked me down the aisle and we got up to my husband, my dad hugged him and the bloom of the flower on his boutinniere fell clean off! He still had the stem and grass part so it looked silly and during our ceremony I messed with it a couple times lol. It was really funny, though, everyone laughed when it happened. I just looked at it on the ground and said, “What! Your flower fell off!”
4) During our reception the DJ announced the garter toss and I realized I had forgotten to put them on! Luckily they were just in the bridal suite right down the hall so my Maid/Matron of Honor and I ran in there real quick to put them on.
5) We had a gelato bar instead of cake, and it was a hit. The only problem? Husband and I didn’t even get any! We were so busy and by the time we went to go get some, they had left! This irritated me because I feel like it’s really obvious whether or not the bride and groom have come to the station and if they haven’t, you should ask them if they want any! Oh well, everyone else loved it.
6) We had 3 no shows and they didn’t even say anything afterward. And they are people we are close with! Irritating.
Honestly though, none of this matters – none of it upset me on the day. The bout and garter situations were just funny, I didn’t notice the no shows until later in the evening, the gelato is no big deal, the bowtie thing worked out fine. The only thing that bugs me is the crappy way the venue handled the flooding issue. But my wedding was still wonderful!