A long drive from ceremony to reception. And of course the waiting forever for their arrival.
I agree about the long drive between ceremony to reception. I went to a wedding once where the two were about an hour and a half apart. So we drove the hour and a half up to where the ceremony was to take place and the bride was one and a half hours late! We barely had time to get back to the city where the reception was taking place because of the long delay.
A big gap is definately annoying if there is nothing planned for the guests. I mean, we had 2 and a half hours between at our wedding, but we had stuff for the guests to do, dancing entertainment and food. I attended a wedding years ago where the guests went outside the church to throw birdseed at the happy couple before we all headed to the reception. We didn't know that they were going to take an hour and a half to take pictures inside the church while we all waited in the hot sun with handfulls of birdseed. Lame.
Running out of food sucks too. I was MOH for my BFF's wedding. She planned a mid-afternoon wedding and tried her best to let everyone know it was heavy hors d'ouerves and cake only... and to eat lunch before you arrived. It didn't really work. So, after the ceremony, the DOC mistakingly let all the guests into the room where the food was too early and the guests ate everything before we were finished taking pictures. Thankfully my DH stole some veggies and dip for us. But, it was a long day with gurgling tummys.
Not having an MC or knowing what the heck is going on. Just sitting waiting. That's a Jack Johnson song, no?
Being put at a table where you know no one! I went to a wedding on Saturday and I knew about 6 or 7 people there, and was hoping to be sat with them. I was sat at a table where I knew no one, it was kind of sad!
that's my only gripe about weddings actually - is being seated at a table where i dont know a single soul - those times however - it's the "wives' or gf's table" of the groomsmen...and i was the "+1" of a groomsman...
other than that - i'm just excited someone thought of me enough to be invited - bad food, warm beer, suckass parking, those things dont matter really... i love weddings for the love and joy, not all the other stuff...
oh that and loooooong speeches from drunk gm or moh
Overly drunk guests being loud and obnoxious. I have seen many a wedding ruined by someone getting too tipsy and starting fights with their significant others or friends - and these were black tie formal events! My brother and law and his ex girlfriend for one. At our wedding, we served limited drinks and kept anyone we knew who was going to cause trouble out of the picture altogether. Although this is sometimes hard to avoid, especially if they are close family.
Another thing that kind of irked me at my friend's wedding was that they didnot have enough soda and water to drink. Everyone got one tiny glass and it was gone with the wind. Worst thing was, only half her expected guest list even showed up, so they should have been set. I think if you're going to have family or friends help with the wedding, you should be able to rely on them. If there are any doubts, find someone else to help with heavy tasks and leave the simple stuff to the flakey people. :)
Drunk GMs and gross food