Weddings can be an incredibly stressful time, so the occasional wedding disaster is to be expected. With all the planning, expenses and expectations, there is so much pressure on your big day to be just perfect. Alas, as Murphy’s Law states, if something can go wrong, it almost certainly will. From wrong names said at the altar to food poisoning from the main course, here 9Honey speaks to brides and guests about their worst wedding disaster.
Lauren has been to a few weddings in her time, for couples young and old.
During the nuptials between a “mature aged couple”, Lauren says the priest made a very unfortunate slip-up.
“They were in their 50s — he was divorced and they got married in the same church and had the same priest as his first wife,” she explains.
“So we are in church with him and his second wife about to get married and the priest says the first wife’s name instead of the new wife!”
It’s straight out of an episode of Friends — but the bride simply had to laugh it off and get on with her wedding day, Lauren says.
Recent bride Jesinta had a few issues during the planning of her nuptials, and also on her actual wedding day.
“Things you shouldn’t say – ‘You haven’t said hello to my sister yet, it’s so rude, she flew from WA for this’, literally within the first two minutes after getting up from the bridal table for the first time!” Jesinta raged.
Not only that, the stressed out bride-to-be struggled to get in touch with her photographer just weeks out from the event.
“My photographer/videographer that had been booked for a solid year in advance was not responding to emails I sent at two weeks out, but I was receiving (clearly) automated emails from them asking if I needed anything from them,” she explains.
“We fired them literally one week out and secured a whole new team.”
Ally was looking forward to her wedding day when she and her fiancé visited the venue for a menu tasting.
She was shocked when the entire place had been changed and renovated without her knowledge.
“We walked into our wedding venue on the night of our menu tasting (three weeks before the big day!) to find the space had been renovated and certain aspects had been changed/removed,” she says.
“Probably a first world problem in comparison to others… but it felt stressful at the time. I had been sold a totally different dream, which felt like a tough pill to swallow at the time. It was difficult to come to terms with my vision changing.
“Biggest changes were the furniture and the bar (it was totally removed so we had to hire a freestanding one but initially they were saying no one can use it and it’s table service only).”
Tegan’s wedding upset took place during the groomsman’s speeches.
The blushing bride had been looking forward to hearing a sweet message about love — but it was something else entirely.
“Our best man shared the story of my husband’s first kiss during his best man speech. I was furious. He’d made a few politically-incorrect comments prior to it, which I was already annoyed about,” she says.
“Then he came out and spoke about my husband’s first kiss. I was sort of like, save it for the bucks or even when we’re at a party? We had all of our grandparents there and I was just cringing in my seat, I was so upset.
“I never confronted him, I don’t think there was any malice in it. He was trying hard to be funny and it just wasn’t working.”
“Not my wedding but my friends – I was Maid of Honour and as I was buttoning her dress, her mother, who divorced her dad 7+ years ago, walked in and goes, ‘You don’t have to marry him, I wish on my wedding day someone told me I didn’t have to marry your father’.”
Everything went smoothly at Jessie’s cousin’s wedding. But the real disaster occurred on the trip home.
“Everyone who had the lamb got food poisoning! My dad had to pull over on the highway to vomit!” she remembers.
“The family called the venue and they said, ‘Oh dear… thank you for telling us, have a good day.”
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*Some names have been changed