Wedding disasters

Hi,

I'm a journalism student working on a feature piece for weddings and was wondering if anyone has any wedding planning or wedding day disasters that they wouldn't mind sharing.

 

 

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 2:09 pm
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 oh i have tons.

the first is a true story of how my parents got engaged 43 years ago.  my parents met in college.  my dad was older by a year, but an underclassman cause he was in the navy in the Vietnam War.  my dad grew up singing with his siblings at local churches, revivals, weddings etc.  he was in the navy choir, and he took a lot of music related classes in college too.  he got asked to sing at weddings a lot.  one summer my dad's singing group he was in at college got asked to sing at a wedding.  the bride asked that the group wear navy suits.  dad brought mom along and when they got to the wedding the bride handed the group brown ties.  they looked awful with the navy suits.  the bridesmaids were all upset because their dresses had just gotten finished from the seamstress that was making them.  it was an hour before the wedding and they hadnt tried on their dresses yet.  before the wedding party went down the aisle, ushers went to the front of the church to light the candleabras.  they walked back down the aisle and realized they had forgotten a few candles so they had to walk back up and light those too.  then the ushers used this cart that had the aisle runner on it.  it was suppose to make it easier to roll out the aisle runner.  the wheels of this cart hadnt been greased in a long time, so it squeeked all the way down the aisle.  the bride and groom decided to write their own vows.  the bride did a great job remembering her vows.  the groom forgot his, and he didnt have them written down.  the bride remembered what he was suppose to say, so she would whisper a line and he'd say it and then whisper another line and he'd say it.  at the end the bride had planned to have a recording of her old pastor praying to bless their marriage and end the service.  the officant forgot about the recording, so as it was playing he was praying too.  then everyone went to the reception.  receptions in those day were very small and usally consisted of punch, wedding cake, nuts, cheese, after dinner mints, and maybe a small veggie tray with dip.  no one had made the punch, so everyone had to stand around and wait.  the wedding cake was on display and the bottom layer looked great.  the middlel layer had a crack through it, and the top layer was leaning like it was getting ready to fall off.  when they left the wedding and were on their way to my mom's house dad turned his head toward her and said,"why dont we get married."  mom was not thrilled.  she made him pull over and get down on one knee.

 

my brother's best friend got married a few years ago.  they didnt have a lot of money, so they asked that in leu of gifts some of their family help with wedding related things.  a lot of their family chipped in and bought the food for the recepetion (afternoon) and cooked or made the rest.  they invited pretty much their entire church to attend plus family and friends that didnt go to the church.  this was a wedding in august in sc and the bride and groom chose to have the groom and groomsmen in morning suits.  do you have any idea how hot that is.  with heat index it is usually over 100 in sc in august.  they had someone that wasnt going to charge very much do their wedding photos.  this person must not have done wedding photos before, because she had no clue what she was doing or how long it would take to do the photos.  the wedding party was suppose to be at the church and dressed like 3 and 1/2 hours before the wedding so they could get all the pics done before the wedding.  the photographer used up all that time.  when the wedding was done, she said she still needed to get some pics.  so she held up the wedding party for another hour getting pics then.  there must have been 150 people at the wedding and the reception hall they chose to have the recpeption in could seat maybe 40 at tables.  there were these smaller side rooms that wedding guests had to find tables and set up and locate chairs and put around the tables to eat or just find a chair to sit at and eat with a plate of food in their laps.  all together there where 4 rooms that had guests in it.  the reception was at their church, but that church is fairly small and doesnt have a wedding coordinator on staff.  so they didnt really know how many people could sit comfortably in the fellowship hall.  they could have set up some tables and figured it out for themselves, but they didnt take the time to do that.  it ended up that several guests left the reception before the bride and groom ever made it.  this is why i went with a location that had a wedding planner on staff that knew the number of people that could comfortably sit at tables.  and also why i went with  a professional wedding photographer who has done tons of weddings.  she also happens to be a friend from high school.

at 2 other weddings the same problem happened.  btw these are all baptist weddings where they dont have dancing.  the bride and groom sat down at the dinner reception to eat the food and so many guests walked up to them to congradulate them that they never got to eat.  both couples had to have to go boxes taken out to their car so they could eat the food back at the hotel.  that is why i had an announcement made before the wedding party was introduced at the reception that the bride and groom will be walking around to every table to talk with their guest after the dinner is served.

it feels like i have some more.  i will mull it over, and if i can think of them i will post.  if you have questions about previous stories just ask.

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm
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 i thought of some more.

this next story is about a pastor's daughter.  he wasnt the pastor of some big church where the pastors actually make pretty good money and live in nice houses.  it was an average church where he made an ok salary.  when his only daughter got engaged she wanted to have this nice wedding and invite the entire church.  they didnt really have a lot of money.  in order to give his daughter everything she wanted, he took out a 2nd mortgage on their home.  the bride wanted all her friends to be bridesmaids.  the groom didnt have a lot of friends.  the bride didnt want the front of the church to look lopsided, so she made the groom find more groomsmen.  he ended up just asking men from the church that where close to his age. (my brother was one) the bride asked me to cut the wedding cake.  i agreed.  the caterer came up to me when i first started cutting the cake and said those pieces are too big.  this cake isnt big enough for the number of guests and you need to cut them smaller.  she showed me the size of cake i needed to cut, and i went to work cutting the rest of the cake.  by the end, there was a ton of cake left over because the stupid caterer made me cut the pieces rediculously small.  the sad ending to this story is that the pastor died a year later.  because of the 2nd mortgage on the house the widow couldnt afford the house they had lived in for like 20 years.  so she had to sell it and move in with her newlywed daughter.

i was at a wedding when i was young that stood out cause the ceremony was 2 hours long.  the pastor gave a sermon in the middle of the ceremony that was over an hour long.  soooooooo boring.

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 3:41 pm

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