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

posted 12 years ago in Reception
Post # 122
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I went to a wedding where they had beta fish in bowls as the centerpieces.  Two tables decided to have a beta fish fight other by fishing out one of the betas out of the bowl (a girl actually put her arm elbow deep down in the fish bowl) and put it in with another fish in another bowl (betas apparently kill their own if they are in the same bowl). Then they proceeded to take bets on whose fish would win.  There was 30+ people crowded around the tables for the “show”.

Nothing happened, thank goodness.  After about 10 minutes, someone fished out one of the betas and put it back in its own bowl. 

This was all during the first dances.

Post # 123
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

i went to a wedding where the brides father was drunk before dinner was over and while we were all eating, he got hold of the microphone and sang a song.  He then continued to tell everyone how much he loved them and then was dragged off the dance floor as he lost his balance.

the Bride and her family were actually laughing and smiling while this all happened.  i think i’d be a little embarassed if my dad pulled that.

Post # 124
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I was at a wedding where during the boquet toss a girl jumped then dove onto the floor as pieces of the boquet were flying all over.. I think she even rolled around on the ground yelling in excitment that she had got it. It was weird.

At my wedding the pastor who I have known since I was 14 decided to add in to his little talk about us that my new husband is much better than all of my previous boyfriends (of which there was only 1). I almost killed him on the spot.
Needless to say I sent him a very long email explaining my anger. I am getting over it. .

Our DJ decided to give us advice (trying to be funny) before our last dance…
1. Don’t go to bed angry, stay up and argue all night.
2. I can’t remember…
3. May all your ups and downs be between the sheets!!!! WT??

The he proceeded to play our last dance song… God gave me you for the ups and downs!!!! lol. It is kind of funny.. but his comments were really unessesary, and kind of ruined the song for us.

That is all I can think of for now.

 

Post # 125
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My sister told me this one from her own friend….

So my sister’s friend got married about 10 years ago and told her that her Brother-In-Law (her husband’s brother) took all the money from the card box and went to the casino and spent all their money and never paid it back.

Needless to say they have quite a strained relationship due to that incident.

 

Post # 126
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

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@tritaratops:  the beta thing is probably the worst thing i’ve every heard.

Post # 127
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

At a cousin’s wedding a few years ago her brother’s girlfriend at the time (now wife and mother of three) got completely intoxicated.  She ended up dancing on her table in the middle of the wedding tent and taking off her panties!  Priceless. 

Post # 128
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Just remembered.. at the same wedding that the drunk guy tried to pull down the tent that the reception was in, there was a woman in her late 40s who was recently divorced and highly intoxicated.  She was dressed very provocatively and by the end of the reception she was dancing with my 85 year old grandfather… GRINDING on him!!!  My grandmother had passed away about 3 months before that wedding.

Post # 129
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Ugh – at my reception over last weekend Hubby’s 30yearold cousin and her (ahem) “college roommate” sat with their 7yrold hellion nephew and threw lemonheads at our other guests pegging them in the back of the heads during horsdorves and drinks hour. Then the cousin and her “college roommate” decided to pour more lemonheads into a glass of water and gave him money if he would drink it and throwup on people. Seriously, I can’t make this stuff up.

The icing on the cake: The cousin RSVPd at 3pm on the Friday beforehand by sending her Dad to our BBQ and having him tell us she was coming and bringing a COMPLETELY uninvited friend. I kept the peace by offering the seats that were available by someone else not coming, and even went as far as to approach their table and offer my brother in law’s meal since he came down with vertigo in the 100degree heat and didn’t want to eat. When I saw the mess I bottled it down, smiled through, but in my fantasies my earrings came off and my fists went flying at their smug faces.

Post # 130
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

OMG, these stories are sooo hilarious and awful!

This is a ceremony, not reception, story… of which I am the perpetrator. At my aunt’s wedding, she asked me to play the flute as she walked down the aisle. I was probably about 15, and I’d been taking lessons for a couple of years but was so incredibly nervous that I started playing WAY before I was supposed to. It was an outdoor wedding, and as soon as they started rolling out the aisle I panicked and just started playing! Of course, this means I finished the song early but I just looped it… I must have played the entire song at least three times total. And to make matters worse, I sweat when I get nervous (lol, gross) so my lips kept slipping off the flute and I would have to pause in the song every few seconds to readjust the flute.

I was so afraid that I’d ruined the wedding, but guests kept coming up to me all night and telling me how good I was. Either they were really nice or really drunk, LOL! My cousin flat-out told me that I sucked!

(Oh, and I later found out that I played the WRONG SONG. Turns out that when my aunt asked me to play the song, she was thinking of a different song that happened to have the same title! Luckily she wasn’t mad!)

My other cousin, who is the same age as me, was the videographer for the wedding, and (to my IMMENSE relief) the video came out with no sound!

Post # 131
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Worst and most sad thing I have even seen at a wedding was last fall. Very close family friend- like a grandfather to the bride a heart attack and passed away at the reception. It was devistating. There were seveal health care professionals in the room, but we couldn’t bring him back. My best friend was the MOH  and he was her grandfather and I had to tell her that her father was giving CPR to her grandfather. I cry everytime I think about it.

Post # 132
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

My mom was at a wedding last year where the groom’s uncle was officiating the ceremony (I believe he’s a reverend at a very strict church). The bride and groom already have a child together who was about two years old at the time. Apparently the ceremony started off fine, but then all of a sudden the uncle started going off about “FOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRRRNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNIICAATTIIOONNNNN!!!!!!” over and over again, saying how it’s a woman’s job to please her husband and how the groom needed to keep an eye on her because women have a propensity to be dirty and unkept and stray from their husbands!!! Apparently it was a good 5-10 minutes of this kind of talk. Oh my gosh can you imagine?! I think he also made some comments about sex before marriage, etc which I’m sure was a direct punch to their having a kid already. I’m so glad I wasn’t at that wedding. I can’t imagine how embarrassed the bride and groom must have been.

Post # 133
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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@bakerella: Wow! And since the officiant was an uncle, that’s just coming out and hating on the kid. As a child of two teenagers who was made fun of when she went to church, I’m just appaulled that this happened by a family member. I also had our Moose out of wedlock.

P.S. I love this thread and hope that I won’t be posting about our wedding and my Mom getting into a fist fight. *fingers crossed that it won’t be a repeat of another family gathering*

Post # 134
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I was a bridesmaid for my friends wedding a few years ago. Both the bride and groom are religious and the reception was filled with their church friends and mostly family. The reception was at a nice venue inside a building that’s surrounded by a small garden/patio area. Right after the dessert was served, there was a bit of dancing and then some sort of commotion outside.

The groom’s cousin’s cousin (under age) apparently got hammered and tried to start a fight!!! He was yelling and stumbling, throwing his hands up like he was in some sort of Jerry Springer episode! I could not believe it! Especially since it wasn’t even dark out yet, we have no idea how he managed to drink so much in such a short amount of time (without being seen).

Number 2 would be the time my family and I were invited to a close neighbor’s son’s wedding at an upsale hotel. It was a formal dinner. Somehow a bunch of people showed up without RSVPing and the hotel had to literally place tables outside the hallway to serve them! (The hall was already at max capacity!)

Post # 135
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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@bakerella: Wow. The word “fornication” never fails to make me burst out laughing/make me think of that crazy Westboro Baptist Church lady. Girl is obsessed with fornication.

How terrible for the bride and groom, though! Did they really have no sense that was coming? I can’t imagine how that must have felt. I would have decked the guy with all the “women are inherently dirty” talk.

Post # 136
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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@Edina: I know!!! And seriously, my mom talks about it every chance she can get because looking back on it now, it’s pretty funny, but at the time, she was pretty shocked. But could you imagine that’s the only thing people remember from your wedding?! Your crazy uncle doing a ranting sermon on fornication?! Ridiculous!!! Poor people though, they had all the money stolen out of their cardbox at the reception as well. It was a wedding fail start to finish and all of it out of their control. So sad.

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