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Definitely, my most memorable wedding-reception moment came
several years ago. I was at my cousin's very high-class, about 150 guest, church
wedding. Being that cousin "G" and his now-wife "L"
are conservative people -- L being from a strict Dutch-Reformed family and
G from a Reformed family -- this really was a family-oriented evening wedding
with the reception immediately following, in the church's banquet hall (and
you'd never guess it was a church banquet hall, either; so absolutely
Well, because G and L had virtually all their family members
and quite a few close friends present, that meant "Granny F"
was there. (Granny F is the groom's grandma.) This was not a
buffet, mind you, the caterer had waiters and waitresses serving and tending
to the guests. And after dinner, as one young lady in a black and
white uniform was carrying away stacks of plates in a small plastic bin,
Granny F caught sight of something beige and leavened on one of those
plates. Being that she is quite the cheapskate, Granny F just couldn't put
aside her cheapness for ONE night, at her grandson's long-awaited wedding
reception, a classy affair, at that, to let one of those rolls that she didn't
even have to pay for go to waste. So what does she do?
Granny F stops the girl carrying the dirty dishes back to the kitchen -- and
asks her if she could take those leftover, uneaten and partially eaten rolls off
of other people's plates!!!!
Let's just say, Granny F made a killing in rolls off dirty
plates. She was seen, after the incident, proudly hoarding her rolls as
best she could. To this day, G's family has never let it die -- it quickly
becomes the topic whenever we reminisce about G & L's wedding. Always
good for a few laughs!!
A girl my husband works with found her "dream engagement
ring" and told her boyfriend to buy it and propose to her. He wasn't
impressed and refused - partly because they hadn't agreed to get married, and
partly because he'd have to go into debt to buy the ring. He's a City
trader, but this thing cost tens of thousands of pounds. So the girl
buys it for herself, going hugely into debt for it! She wears it on her
ring finger, but it's not her engagement ring any more. Since she bought
it, she's found another "dream ring" for the boyfriend to buy, which
she'll wear over the top of the first one to "bling her finger
up". He's still refusing though. This was just funny, but
my husband only knows it because she told him in all seriousness that he didn't
spend enough money on my ring and obviously didn't really love me! The
whole office is laughing at her by this point, but she's standing firm.
She said if her boyfriend doesn't go into debt for her ring, it's not expensive
enough and she wouldn't accept it!
My cousin refused to have her bridal shower in the
air-conditioned, spacious, furnished (it has a kitchen area too),
inexpensive-to-rent-for-the-day "Club House" at her maid of honor's
condo. Instead, in the dead of Summer in Mississippi, she opted for a
sweltering, cramped, miserable "par-tay" in someone's car port where
people waited and sweated for over an hour just until she GOT THERE. Her aunt,
who is quite elderly and in a wheelchair, had to sit in the hot car port for the
whole time, and her maid of honor almost passed out from heat stroke. Bridezilla
complained that there wasn't any music, it was too hot (no kidding?), and barked
at people to get her water. I wanted to slap her!
My boyfriend's brother is a sweet boy, and he started dating
"LuLu" about 9 months ago, after they ran into each other in a
shopping parking lot. They apparently had 'dated' back when they were teens, and
now decided to try again. (I later found out this was one date that bro couldn't
even really remember). Cut to two weeks later and "Lulu" is a constant
fixture in the house, mostly because she gets my boyfriend's mother to baby-sit
her child for her (this isn't necessarily tacky, since BF's mom is willing...but
not to the point LuLu takes her generosity).
At this point in the 'relationship' she is telling Bro they
are in love, will be together forever and training her daughter to call him
daddy! The whole family give bro weary looks, but we decide if he wants to be in
the relationship, that his choice right? Apparently it's hers.
Cut to 3 months later. She decides they are moving in
together, which they do. Now, I'm not saying Bro didn't agree to move out, but
he...really never said anything verbally. She just said "WE ARE MOVING IN
TOGETHER." and they did. Flash forward another to current time and I get
word from my boyfriend's mom (she and I are super close) that Bro and LuLu are
ENGAGED! Engaged?! I ask. BF's Mom gets really quiet and explains that Bro just
kind of blurted, "By the way, Lulu got her engagement ring this
morning" before hanging up with BF's mom. I gasp: "When did he
ask?" And she says "He didn't. She bought herself a ring off
of ebay." After I pick my jaw off the floor, I confirm. No, Bro NEVER
ASKED. SHE went out, BOUGHT a (fake) ring (she thought was real) and is now
parading around, saying they are engaged! BF's Mom even sat Bro down and said
"Are you happy? Is this what you want?" and he couldn't even say he
was! So now, there is awkward silence every time LuLu mentions "The
wedding" to Bro's family.
I am seriously dreading this 'wedding' and wondering if it'll
even happen! The sad thing is, I think it will.
A few years ago I worked at a local bar/restaurant. The
owner and the bartender fell "head over heels" and decided to get
married. Out of the kindness of my heart I volunteered to make the
invitations for the wedding. I purchased all of the stationary and
embossing items to make the invites look nice. It was requested that I
list a "cocktail hour" on the invitation. The reception was to
be held at the bar/restaurant that the groom owned.
At the reception I went to the bar and ordered a soda (I was
pregnant), I was absolutely horrified when the bartender said "That'll be
$1.50," you could have knocked me over with a feather. I had no idea
that it was a total cash bar! The drinks for "cocktail hour"
were also charged for. How could you put "cocktail hour" on an
invitation and then charge your guests. Most weddings that have a cash
bar, it is the establishment that is profiting from the sale of drinks, but when
the reception is held in your own establishment and you are charging regular
menu prices for drinks, you are the one gaining the profits! I could have
understood them limiting what could be ordered (i.e. beer and wine) to keep
costs down, but charging me for my soda was an absolute outrage.
Most people from the reception were just as angry as I was.
Not only did you give the couple a card with $100 (in my case) but they were
making approximately $1.50 off of every drink that you had that night. To
make matters worse, it was not a first wedding for either one of them. My
theory on having a reception for a second or third wedding -- do it right
or don't do it at all! Also, no Thank You cards!!! Would I have
expected anything less?
Okay...first of all, my husband's best friend Mike announced
in December of 2006 that he and his girlfriend, Denise were going to get married
in May of 2007. Little did they know my husband and I were planning on
getting married in March of 2007 and his OTHER friends were getting married in
April of 2007. Since they were the ones to actually announce it first, but
to get married last out of all of us, they said we're all copying them and that
they "set a trend". But they don't realize that people have been
falling in love and getting married for thousands of years...they didn't start
Denise has been going out with Mike for 4 years and have
lived together for 3. Denise was supposedly the popular one in high school
while Mike was the geek. Knowing he works hard and was smart with
computers, she decided to 'stay' with him because he could and now is,
making a lot of money (Yeah, sounds like a movie).
So while Mike is at work, she hangs out with his friends, Travis and Ben, and
goes to movies and lunch every day, while she is supposed to be at school.
So now that she's got Mike paying for everything and making
money, she all of a sudden became really mentally twisted. They turned
Buddhist and got into Yoga and she's taking French and is trying to be
'sophisticated'. But if anyone knows where XXXX,XXXX is... know there is not one
drop of sophistication to be seen and she's a fake. My husband
and I just had a beautiful wedding paid for by my parents. Denise knows
that my husband, Jason was never interested or really cared about wealth or
fancy stuff...but when he married into my family, she got jealous. Two
weeks after we got married she came to me and said, "Since you're invited
to our ceremony, the least you can do is take me to get my hair and make-up done
in the morning of my wedding." That wasn't all,
she knows my parents are well off and like to share it, so not even knowing them
or my parents even caring who Mike and Denise are, she asked me if it would be
weird to invite them to their ceremony and reception. I flat out told her
"Yes, it would be."
AND I also forgot, they weren't even going to invite Jason's
mom. Jason and Mike have been friends since they were 2, so you'd think
that his mom would be invited over mine. So the point of this paragraph
is, Denise only wants to invite my parents because she thinks she can get a
couple hundred dollars out of them.
Now for the gift registry. Mike and Denise have been
living together now for 3 years, like I said before.
They...HAVE...EVERYTHING! Seriously! Without Mike knowing, she went and
registered at the three most expensive places, scanning over $27,000 of stuff
she 'needs'...like 3 different wine racks and coolers,
electric tea kettles, lawn mowers, weed whackers, 6 oval platters at $150
each...it's ridiculous. We called Mike the other day and apologized for
not being able to buy anything for their wedding, because we can't afford
anything and he was confused. HE HAD NO IDEA WHAT SHE HAD DONE! ...because
she knew it would make him mad. Now the word going around the
neighborhood, and everyone who has seen the lists, is that seeing what's on her
list is pointless and is keeping everyone from buying her anything because it's
all over $100 each.
This Friday is her bridal shower. Randi and Kelly
(just got married) are good friends of Mike and Denise too, but they aren't
invited to the ceremony, only to the reception. Neither are the two other
friends Ben and Travis, whom she hangs out with all day, everyday, only me and
Jason are invited...RUDE. She expects Randi and Jason's mom to come to the
shower to bring her useless, expensive gifts, but not to
the ceremony. She's getting married on a freakin' farm...how expensive and
sophisticated is that?! It doesn't cost money to have people stand around
to watch you get married...especially at XXXX Farm.
We can tell Mike is a little embarrassed of getting married to
Denise because it was only supposed to be in a courthouse and very under the
table. Their relationship just sucks and Mike knows it. I feel bad
for him sometimes because Denise turned this into a big embarrassing event.
But he's almost as dumb as she is for staying with her. Now she's
spending all of his money driving around, taking Ben and Travis out to lunch
everyday, buying stupid stuff for the wedding and not even giving Mike the
respect or the time of day. In the meantime of her planning this wedding
she has said several times that 'when she meets a handsome, rich guy, I'm
leaving you.' What an interesting couple.
Greed makes the world go 'round.
I am getting married in June of this year, and we are inviting
many of the dealers from my fiancé's store (he rents booths to them and has
known many of them for years). Well, my story regards one of those dealers who I
will refer to as Amber. My FH and Amber did not really get along well in the
past, and now I know why.
I was looking for a part time job just for the weekends (I am
a full time college student), and Amber told my FH that her husband, who I will
call Ike, runs the maintenance staff of a sorority house. They got me a job
working there (just doing light clean up so the weekday people didn't have such
a mess to come back to). Anyway, we decided that, although Amber isn't our
favorite person, this was so nice of them that we should invite her and Ike to
our wedding. That's where the trouble starts.
I called Amber to get her mailing address so that I could send
her an invitation (this was before invitations had been sent out...A and B lists
are just plain wrong). When I asked her, she gave it to me, then said, "Do
you have my mother's address?" WHAAA??? Her mother's address? Why would I
want that? I don't know her mother. I'm not having a family reunion for her.
Whatever. I took her mother's address because my FH said he knew her and she was
nice. There's room for one more, and I haven't finalized anything with the
caterers or anyone as it is still far enough off that I have left myself a
little wiggle room.
But that wasn't the only incident of her incredible rudeness.
I didn't really like to talk about the wedding at work as I knew it was too late
to add the 15+ workers at the house and their spouses/dates, etc. If people
asked me about the plans, I would certainly tell them, and if I looked
particularly tired from being up half the night making favors, and they asked me
why, I would tell them. In general, though, I tried to stick with the safer
subject of how school was going or what their kids were up to rather than hurt
anyone's feelings. This is necessary background to let the reader know that the
other employees definitely did not feel that they were or should be invited (as
I have only known them for approximately two months and have neither the room
nor the money to add them onto the guest list now); they were nice to me, but we
hadn't know each other long enough for socializing outside of work.
So one particularly busy Saturday (it was a party weekend on
this campus), Ike called in Amber's niece to help me with the cleaning. We
walked by the office door, and saw Amber in there, then stopped to chat. Somehow
the topic of my bridal shower came up, and she said - in front of her niece -
(and I quote), "You know, you really should invite all the girls who work
here." To which I replied as tactfully as I could, "Well, I don't
think it's polite to invite people to the shower if they aren't invited to the
wedding, and we really can't afford to invite anyone else to the wedding."
And then she had the nerve to act way too maternal - her replies from that point
forward were basically geared to make me feel stupid, like she knew etiquette
and I didn't (even though she said she agreed with what I had said, she said it
as though she had come up with it and I was in the wrong for even thinking she
meant I should invite them to one and not the other).
To sum up: she claims to be etiquette conscious, but tries to
invite an extra 30 or so people to my wedding and shower (which is, by the way,
being hosted by someone else, so that's not even my call - um, and the guest
list is about 15 people, so she is trying to double it???). She tried to make me
feel bad for inviting the people I wanted to invite to my wedding. And she did
it in front of one of the people I hadn't invited (because I don't know her).
I'm beginning to hate this woman, and will enjoy watching her flesh separate
from the bone and char in the deepest parts of etiquette hell.
This person had been comforting a distraught friend who was
watching another friend's daughter while Mommie went to a wedding.
Well soon after Mommie left the daughter got sick, and
revealed that she'd already been vomiting the night before and Mommie had told
her not to say anything because she was afraid the friend might refuse to take
her. Which would be perfectly understandable since the friend had a little girl
of her own at home who could easily become sick as well.
The friend tried to call Mommie, but, surprise, surprise, she
wasn't answering her cell phone, so she had her husband take their own daughter
out to keep her away from the house and did her best to take care of the sick
That evening there was still no word from Mommie who had also
been gone two hours past the time she originally said she'd be home. The friend
noticed that the little girl, who was still feeling quite sick, was showing
signs of dehydration so she took her to the emergency room.
At the hospital the doctors agreed that the girl was
dehydrated and that she had done the right thing by bringing her in. At this
point Mommie finally got the messages that had been left on her voice mail. She
then showed up at the hospital and proceeded to make a scene in which she told
the friend that she had overreacted and was being "selfish". That's
right she called the person who she had tricked into watching her sick kid
Luckily, the doctor then took over and managed to distract
Mommie long enough for the friend to sneak away.
I couldn't believe how someone could not only have so little
regard for the well being of their own child, but also show such complete
disrespect for a friend by knowingly exposing her and her entire family to
We were attending a wedding reception. The groom
dramatically dipped the bride and they French-kissed for a very long moment…I
do think he swallowed her tonsils….After which the bride turned to the
best-man (whose wife was very pg) and said, “Bet you’d like some of
A couple years ago, my husband & I attended a friend’s
wedding. The reception started about 4 hours after the ceremony ended, and
it was about 45 minutes away from the ceremony and the area which we live.
The bride had blocked off hotel rooms at a local hotel for the bridal party and
guests, so we decided that we would rent a room for the night. After
checking in, we went down to the lobby bar and had a drink with the bridal party
and some friends. We took the shuttle provided to the reception, had a
great time celebrating with our friends, and the reception ended around
midnight, so we took the shuttle back to the hotel. We decided to change
into some more comfortable clothes, and then head back down to the lobby bar
where most of the wedding party was headed.
While walking down the hallway to our room, we saw that there
was a wedding reception going on at the hotel where we were staying. In
fact, when we came back to the lobby bar, we could hear the reception music
because the room was adjacent. We peaked inside, just out of curiosity,
and it was obvious the night was winding down for them. There weren’t
many people left at the reception, maybe 15-20 including the bride & groom.
We stayed in the lobby bar for about an hour or so, and then decided to head up
to our room for the night. What we saw next, I will never forget.
We turned the corner to the elevator bank, and that bride was
sitting on the floor, leaning against the wall. She was completely wasted.
There were puke stains on her gown, and she wasn’t quite passed out, yet she
definitely wasn’t awake either. Her groom was trying to get her on the
elevator so he could get her to their room. We offered to help. The
groom lifted one of her arms around his shoulder, while my husband did the same.
As they lifted her up to drag her onto the elevator, her strapless dress came
down to her waist. Basically, I got quite an eyeful of what only the groom
should have been seeing that night! We got them to their room, and offered
to call an ambulance, in case she had alcohol poisoning, but the groom declined.
I was worried about her, and went back to the hotel room about 20 minutes later,
but I could hear the two of them arguing inside. At that point, I just
decided to leave them alone. What a way to begin your lives as husband
Our Wedding went very well and everyone had a great time.
Not long before we were going to leave, our friend (the photographer) and her
husband (one of the Groomsmen) pull us aside and tell us they have a surprise.
They proceed to tell us they have a hotel room for us. This may sound
nice, but my husband has a bad back and we have a special mattress at home so
he can actually move when he gets up in the morning. We had told
everyone before the wedding that we wanted to spend our wedding night at home.
I was extremely upset, but didn't want to be bitchy so I said
ok. I should have put my foot down, but they had already told my
husband's uncle and cousin that they could stay in our apartment. My
husband wasn't feeling very good at the time, so we figured we would just go
along with it.
Our friends drove us to a hotel. We got our key and
proceeded down the hall.
There was mold on several of the walls and a few exposed pipes.
The room itself was ok, until we sat down on the bed. The mattress was
covered with plastic. We joked that they probably rented the rooms out
by the hour.
So I went to the bathroom, the light on the ceiling was
leaking. We just gave up and went to sleep. So much for our
wedding night. The next morning we checked out as soon as we were
This is short and not so sweet. My Brother in law had a friend
"Dave" who was getting married. Him and my sister were invited to
attend a very nice wedding with a reception to follow at a very nice hotel. The
moment arrived and the bride appeared to walk down the aisle, and what was she
wearing? The dress she had worn in her first TWO marriages. Yup, and she had not
even had it cleaned in between. I mean the hem was filthy and frayed, the bodice
had spots and water marks where she had apparently tried to wash something off.
Not to mention the sweat stains under her arms. Now what on earth could she have
been thinking. She apparently mentioned at the reception how she felt she had
really gotten her moneys worth out of her dress. Tacky, tacky, tacky!!!!!!
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