WORST thing that happened on your day? Big or small!

posted 2 months ago in Reception
Post # 76
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Newbee

@bluejellyfish  Have the option where you have to sign for the package especially such delicate items. USPS is not always forthcoming with their deliveries, and I too have to be on top of them with my tracking, ensuring someone is around and on the phone if that package do not arrive when it said it will. ETSY is very good on deliveries, it USPS where the issue lies. I pry that the rings are enroute to you and they get their soon. Reach out to the manufacturer and let them know what is taking place since it was mailed. Blessings, all will turn out fine.

Post # 77
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Newbee

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@DrAtkins:  That much of been a sight to see. embarassed After all they both choose the same guylaughing

Post # 78
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

Ours was a pretty good day! 

We chose a day in July, when usually it doesn’t rain. Then we had the rainiest summer in ages- I was so nervous. Driving over, we saw dark clouds but it only sprinkled a little right before we started. Due to that, our harpist took her harp back to her car so it wouldn’t get damaged, and switched to the keyboard. It was windy so not sure how much everyone heard of our vows, but didn’t matter!

My biggest regret was not hiring anyone to clean after. My family thought it would be manageable but they spent the last portion of our wedding just cleaning instead of relaxing. So I completely regret that. We also got pushed into having a Dj last minute. My husband was worried he wouldn’t know anything about good Mexican dance music, but the company assured us he was great. Uh, nope. Nothing at all, so my husband’s family didn’t really dance. He actually didn’t even speak spanish, so announcements were all in English. He was kind, but we would have been better off having one of my husband’s brothers run the playlist they were putting together and announce things occasionally. The Dj was like $500-$700 too. So if I could do it over, I’d have no Dj but yes to a cleaning/setup/serving crew!

Another regret was I did not get to eat any tacos. We had a pizza food truck and a taco guy. I got my pizza and it was great but the tacos were all gone by the time I made it over there. Alas!

I also have a near-miss story. My husband’s dad sometimes lives and works in other states, like Texas or Arizona. We had no idea if he was even going to make the wedding. He hopped on a bus the day before and made it out! After we had our ceremony, my husband and I drove ourselves to the reception location. It was during that drive that he mentioned his dad was going to stay in our hotel room that night, on the couch in the little front room (the bedroom closes off completely). I was surprised, to say the least! Immediately I was thinking of how I had *just* said my vows before hearing this. I then suggested my fil could stay with one of my husband’s brothers. Apparently they hadn’t thought of that! My husband said that was a better idea and it was all arranged and we got to enjoy alone time in our hotel that night… phew! I’m sure most brides would find that story terrifying, I now just think it’s funny!

My husband also almost took on a car project on our wedding day (he often does side work on Sundays). We were running errands and he suggested the upcoming Sunday to the guy needing help, as he was free. I was like “uh… no, we’re getting married that day” and my husband was like oh shit, right! And tells the guy “sorry… I actually can’t. I won’t be here, I’m getting married that day.” The other guy thought that was hilarious. My husband can be really absent-minded about plans, but this was a new level for sure!

And finally, not on our wedding day, but my husband’s car broke down on the way home after our rehearsal dinner. I was staying with my family the week before our wedding, and he had to have a tow truck come!

All of the little issues did pale in comparison to all the great things that went right, however! We’ll be married two years this summer. 🙂

 

Post # 79
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Newbee

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@calireaming112:  If you have those details in your contract, reach out to her and get some of your monry back, because she did not give you the services you paid for. Blessings

Post # 80
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Newbee

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@amongclouds:  WOW!!! I love this thread, even though I ensure many of these mishaps are avoided, you never hear about all of the, so its great to read these experiences to add them to my list for my team. Some are so hilarious, but you dont want it happening at any wedding you are executing.

Post # 81
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2021 - Smoky Mountains

Just got married this past Sunday.

 

1) we got married in a National park. The location of the ceremony/reception actually had NO cellular coverage, and for some reason my in laws didn’t arrive when expected. Two hours into the day with no word from them, my now husband got into our car to go find them. It was a very windy day, and it turns out that a large tree branch fell on my in-laws vehicle as they were driving to the cabin. We are *so* fortunate they are okay, but they were rattled and their new car now has a huge dent in it.

2) florist did not provide some of the floral installations that we paid for, and the floral was underwhelming / not what was expected. She also did not come to set up the florals– she sent me a text the night before to explain that she double-booked herself that weekend with our wedding and a personal commitment that she needed to be at, so it was up to our Day Of Coordinators to set up all the florals and try to work with what she had provided to them the day before

3) As part of tradition, I had a vintage Irish linen handkerchief in my dress pocket for luck. At some point during the day (likely running around outside for the outdoor photos), the handkerchief slipped out of my pocket and was lost. We have checked every box of decor, checked with vendors if it ended up with them accidentally, went back to the wedding site the day after and re-traced our steps — but could not find it

4) The violinist and audio person sent me messages the night before the wedding (9:30 pm) telling me that 60% of the songs I requested they play (which I requested weeks before) were not really doable with solo violin. I told them to just choose some songs (at that point I had no energy to come up with new requests) and found out later they used YouTube for backing tracks, as a family member mentioned how weird it was to hear “Don’t forget to like and subscribe!” at some point as the wedding procession occurred. 

5) the wedding had to end early due to circumstances beyond our control. The cabin (built in 1928) lost power around 7 pm during the reception (while my husband and I were out getting photos), and because of the location and time the Day Of Coordinators explained there was only about 45 minutes to get EVEEYRHING packed up and out of the cabin before it would be completely dark inside. So our guests (family members) had to quickly get everything thrown into whatever boxes they could find as fast as possible and loaded into vehicles 

6) the aforementioned photos: it started to rain on us cutting our outdoor, Smoky Mountain photo opportunities short. That night (after 10 pm) there ended up being a huge storm that cut out power in most of the area actually

7) personal photo regrets: I regret not getting more  “bridal portraits” done, no detail shots of the rings and wedding jewelry (no time to set it up properly), and that I got basically NO photos with my veil (which I wore for the ceremony). The day moved too quickly and having to re-do my eye makeup because I cried ate into a lot of my photo time. My husband, however, got some amazing shots of him so at least we have those

 

now… obligatory wedding photo to wrap up my List of Grievances lol

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Sugar Beekeeper

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@mnk88:  

What a beautiful shot!

Post # 83
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2021 - Glacier National Park-Montana

This moment is what the wedding was all about!  Congratulations you were beautiful bride!  What a setting!

Post # 84
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2021 - Australia

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@mnk88:  oh wow, what a day. But, you look beautiful and you can see the love between you in that shot. GORGEOUS dress and what a setting. Also, I know you weren’t all that happy with the flowers but I think your bouquet is really pretty – so to an outsider who didn’t know what you picked, it looks beautiful!

Post # 85
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

Our DJ told me explicitly that he only took cash. I was the only one in that conversation, and I was like “okay I’ll get $700 cash before the wedding no problem”

WELL I TOTALLY FORGOT. Dude, if you are the sole responsibility for something super important, GET SOMEONE ELSE IN CHARGE OF IT LOL 

I was such a spaz leading up to my wedding. 

Anywayyyyyyyy my uncles all got together with $700 cash at the end of the night and my husband wrote several checks to repay them all, but I was on the verge of tears the whole time. It was so embarrassing. 

That is by FAR the worst thing that happened on the big day. Everything else was perfect other than the best man not really understanding what a speech was and did a simple toast while my Maid/Matron of Honor did a real speech and then the best man was really embarrassed XD

Post # 86
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Worker bee

Church double booked…. we had it booked first and even offered to try and change but couldn’t with our reception hall.  Priest gave other bride my phone number and she was harassing me for weeks.  Priest agreed to let her have an earlier wedding (we were Friday at 6:00 and priest gave her 3:30). No biggie.  Limo broke down on way to the church and when we DID get there, all of my guests were just standing outside.   People start pouring out of the church, followed by….. the other bride after our ceremony start time.  Priest was furious… she intentionally told her guests 5:00 ceremony so it cut into our ceremony.  Honestly, once they left, our guests got in, and the bagpiper started playing, it didn’t matter.  Makes a funny story.  But, thankfully we got married right after Easter so we didn’t need to decorate… we decided to keep the gorgeous flowers they already had.  

Post # 87
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I was so late to my ceremony (not due to me) that there was no time for myself and the bridal party to take photos. 6 years later and the only photos I have from my wedding are sadly from the photo booth at the reception. 

Post # 88
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Newbee

My veil actually caught on fire during the ceremony and was put on quickly and a bit singed but it was okay. Later on in life two of younger sisters wore it so it wasn’t so bad.  Also my Mother-In-Law cried a lot but not in a good way and mY Brother-In-Law girlfriend made a scene at the reception a.so crying as loud as possible bc she was upset it wasn’t her wedding . It was frustrating but whatever

Post # 89
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Blushing bee

I absolutely loved my wedding. It was perfect! People still tell me it was the best wedding ever….it went on late into the evening, we took a horse drawn carriage ride to the hotel where we spent our wedding night. The caterer had sent a basket of food and a bottle of champagne to the hotel and we stayed up even later on our little balcony eating wedding cake and drinking champagne…we crashed around 1am. About 5 hours later, there was a knock on the door and I figured it was room service with breakfast in bed, but noooo. It was my MOTHER!! She barged in with OUR breakfast tray and newspaper, sat on the balcony, blahblahblah, drinking coffee, more talking…OMG!! 

Post # 90
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Blushing bee

Oh, not my wedding, but my sweet friend’s wedding: beautiful old church with an outdoor waterfront reception. About 200 guests. Bride is out on the dance floor in her beautiful white wedding dress and some random dog covered in mud happily runs through the reception tent, jumps on the bride, shakes off and throws mud everywhere, then darts off into the night again! The bride and everyone else just laughed. 

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