(Closed) What’s the WORST thing you’ve witnessed at a reception?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

At my cousin’s wedding, an elderly guest choked on her food. She also had a heart condition, apparently, and lost consciousness. Some thought it was a heart attack…whatever it was, she wasn’t breathing and it was very scary. Luckily, a doctor, nurse, and EMT were also guests…they did CPR on the poor woman, and then the ambulance came, and the stretchers and all. Definitely sombered things up & definitely a "worst case scenario." Can you imagine? No one really felt like dancing and boozing after that. 

The guest turned out to be ok, luckily.

Post # 18
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

The worst I’ve witnessed was sadly, at my brother’s wedding.  A female guest of my sister-in-law decided to toast the new couple by saying how she wished my sister-in-law had married her brother instead of her new husband (my brother).  Throughout her ramblings it became evident that she has had a crush on my sister-in-law for years.  It was very awkward.

Post # 19
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Helper bee

There had a been a bat problem that year. Outside the venue there had to be over a HUNDRED of DEAD bats. I was a flower girl in the wedding. Their marriage didn’t last very long though.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill

Hmm, I’d have to say it was at a close family friend’s wedding (he was the groom).  The bride’s brother was one of the groomsmen.  Anyway, they had to delay the ceremony by at least 30 minutes while the groom walked his soon-to-be-BIL around the block of the church a few times… because he was drunk.  Before the CEREMONY.  I was so embarrassed for him!

Post # 21
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Bumble bee

I went to a wedding where the groom’s mother had too much to drink and came to our table asking us if we were the caterers when clearly we were not dressed in any way like caterers.  I could tell she had too much to drink, but I was completely insulted by what she had said. Needless to say, we left a bit early.

Yet it didn’t help that the reception was done on a person’s driveway where it was so cold that the person next to me had lips that turned blue despite the heat lamp she sat next to.  I’m not sure if it rained, but it was cold and windy.  That’s all I’ll ever remember about her wedding.

  

 

Post # 22
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2003

In a friend’s wedding that was taking place outside, we waited for over an hour for the bride to show up. Everything was in place, the groom, the officiant, the musicians, but no bride. It was very warm, people started whispering… She finally showed up, no explanation, with a somber expression and went on with it like nothing happened.

The marriage lasted less than 6 months – it turned out she was having second thoughts on that day due to an affair she was having… with one of her future sister-in-law’s co-workers!

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Franciscan Gardens

I’m absolutely dumfounded that anyone would go and actually cut the cake before the Bride and Groom cut it first! I’m even more shocked that guests then proceeded to partake! Clearly these guests have never BEEN to weddings before!  I can’t say that I’ve witnessed anything so horrendous, but I will say that if my FH smashes cake in my face we’ll be headed straight for an anullment~! lol

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009 - University of Michigan Union

I have witnessed some realllly bad toasts. From the best man and maid of honor! Lots of them were inappropriate, and some were just super boring and seemed to last forever!

Post # 25
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Im even ashamed to say it was my aunts wedding(if thats what you want to call it). Well any way my aunt got married 2-3 yrs ago and she did the back yard bbq reception. Nothing worng with that with the exception that people were dresses in jeans and racing t-shirts some even in filthy work clothes!! they had a decorated arch which they stood by  as the minister was doing their ceremony all the guys were smoking,cussing and yelling like it was a sporting event. Horrible, i couldn’t even imagine doing anything like that but the back yard bbq’s are the way may family seems to go. So needless to say when i went to book my venue for our reception the cook is a good friend of the family. He asked me what i wanted and i said not a (blanks wedding, my aunt) and he said oh you dont want them their standing in their racing t-shirts drinking till they fall over. I laughed because he was not even present for the wedding but he knew it was a disaster. Oh and her cake all the ppl threw it around at each other and not even a 1/4 of it go eaten.Boy will they be surprised at my formal wedding. They wont know what to do sitting around tables with real linen,good food and no racing on tv..lol

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

oh wow, that’s funny with the guest eating the cake first, wow!

 

hmm they should ban kids from the garter and bouquet tossing, feels a little sick if they catch it

 

so funny, with the dad eating a slice out his kids cake, that’s so cute, a grown man who can’t resist cake

 

Post # 27
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

BOREDOM and Lack of Planning! Waiting 2 hours at the reception hall for the bride and groom to even arrive….starving guests!!! Just tell us when it starts and we will show up, but don’t tell us "immediately following" if "immediately" means 2 hours after the ceremony ends!

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I witnessed a "Best Woman" reasurring everyone they had never hooked up.  I don’t care that she is married now with kids, It was very suspect for her to toast to her best guy friend and joke that they had never hooked up!

 Oh, and I was at vietnamese wedding and over heard someone say "just to think, 30 years ago, I was shooting at these people".  I wanted to throw up and be moved to another table.

 

Post # 29
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Helper bee

 

I wasnt there but my best friend went to a wedding 2 weeks ago and when it was time for the bride to throw the bouquet everyone got in line.  She threw it and an older woman went to catch it and to be funny the brides sister bumped her with her hip so she could catch it.  Turns out the other woman fell after this ‘hip check’, broke her eye socket, needed stitches in her mouth, and was carried out on a stretcher! 

Post # 30
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Helper bee

I actually pictured my (rotten) nephews and neice sticking their dirty gross fingers in my cake. I told Fiance that if ANYONE touches OUR cake before WE do (love the all caps, no? ) I will have them removed, and then I’ll cry! LOL

I didn’t witness this but at my cousin’s wedding his Dad (my Uncle) got WASTED and was in an accident on the way home (totaled his car). Luckily he was ok, and learned from it and doesn’t drink anymore!

I’m TERRIFIED that some of these things will happen at my wedding – I’ll break down in tears like the little girl in Problem Child at her birthday party when the naughty boy throws all her gifts in the pool! 😀

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I was just in a wedding in december. The bride’s dress was cream. The MOB’s suit was ALSO cream.

 

Weird.

 The worst though is an experience that my mom told me. She went to a wedding of one of our cousins years ago. The FOB got incredibly drunk at the reception, and knocked over the cake entire table with the cake on it!

 No wedding cake there. 🙁 

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