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Re: Best-worst wedding story
« Reply #225 on: April 04, 2016, 11:52:59 AM »
One of the worst weddings I've been to had an event that occurred because of the guests, not the couple.

The bride's family has a lovingly-held belief that it's just not a party without alcohol. To each their own, except that they also apparently have no sense of decorum.

Anyway, the set-up for this wedding was essentially two large rooms - one room was dedicated to the cake tables and the set dinner tables, and the other room held the dance floor and the bar. I kid you not when I say that it was IMPOSSIBLE to hear the announcements for the first dance, mother-son-dance, daughter-father-dance, or anything else going on in that room. You couldn't even hear the music! It was ALSO impossible to hear what was being said during the speeches surrounding the cake cutting ceremony in the second room. Two huge parts of the reception were completely ruined because the bride's extended family was very, VERY loudly taking shots the whole time.

Since the establishment did require an off-duty police officer be present at the end of the night, I wonder how many of those people got to drive themselves home. They must have been smashed.

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« Reply #226 on: April 04, 2016, 12:33:13 PM »
My cousin's wedding ... my sister's second wedding needs a 2nd post....

*The bride's niece who was around 9 years old and a junior bridesmaid/flower girl kept misbehaving during the reception.  I overheard her parents put her in her place and quit sulking over the fact she was not the center of attention, stop running around, & behave herself.  My mother told me later said she was also rude at times to my sister's kids who were 8 and 6 at the time.

*My aunt the mother of the bride who moved her only sister and her spouse, plus her 2 nieces plus my sister's then husband and kids to a back table to accommodate a  few of her long time friends instead of us sitting closer to the front with other family members.

*Several people came dressed in questionable clothes for a wedding, including a few girls if they bent over in their tight skirt or dress, you would be able to see if they had undies or not, and if so the style and color.  A few guys were were wearing cut off khaki shorts, another girl was wearing a nice dressy slightly revealing shirt with skin tight capris & high heels.  And my mother had the nerve to complain my shirt showed slight cleavage but did not fit tight and that my loose fitting black skirt was half way between my knees & ankles.

*The bride's teen step son to be (groom's son from a past teenage relationship) had to step away to vomit during the ceremony.  Rumors were going around he was allowed to have some adult beverage ahead of time underage but it was not proven 1 way or the other as the day was pretty warm outside.

*My parents who left early due to a long drive back home gave me the dirty looks when I had 1 rum and coke early on and I consumed no other alcohol after that.  They gave me the looks when I tried to get out of taking my grandma back to her assisted living place instead of them.  I ended up leaving the reception early to take her back across town then I was able to go back to the reception.

*The flower girl no older than 5 was not properly supervised by her parents and fell off a table she was either sitting or standing on and hit her head, and needed to be taken to the emergency room.  She recovered, but hopefully her parents kept a closer eye on her activities to avoid a future incident. 

Despite all of this, my cousin and her husband have been married for 7 going on 8 years in June, and have 2 good young kids plus his now adult son from the past relationship who stays with them sometimes.



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« Reply #227 on: April 04, 2016, 01:06:17 PM »
My sister's second wedding (this marriage ended in divorce nearly 5 years later) which I served as her maid of honor.  This story is part of the Ehell story archives.

*My mother kept trying to boss the photographer & those in the pics around during the after ceremony shots. Good thing she took my sister's 2 young kids (then aged 3 and 5) home for a nap between ceremony and reception to stay out of people's way & not get on my last nerve.

*My niece was seated next to her mom the bride.  My mother had the nerve to go up to the bridal party table and demand I help the 3 year old with her food even though my sister had the situation under control. If my sister asked me politely which she would have if needed, I would have helped my niece but my help was not required.  I told my mother if she wanted help I would have asked and I know better not to butt in.  A groomsman had the nerve to approach me and tell me after my mother left the table to not disrespect my mother.  I told him you know nothing of my relationship with my mother and mind his own business as I was fighting back tears & not getting angry at the same time.  I got up from the table, went to the bar, got a drink and returned back to the table a few minutes.  A few other bridesmaids and a male bridal party member changed places so I would not have to sit near the stranger who had the nerve to accost me that way.  The sympathetic bridesmaids (long time friends of my sister) knew of my relationship with my mother was not the best had no issues making the switch of seats & allowing me to vent to them too if I needed to do so.

*My mother continued to boss me and a few others around during the reception which we did not appreciate.  I just wish she left early with my sister's young kids instead of my sister's 1st ex the dad picking them up.




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« Reply #228 on: April 04, 2016, 02:45:15 PM »
I strongly dislike the cake smearing part of some weddings. It was a hill to die on for me at mine, and thankfully, DH agreed. One of his relatives suggested he smear the cake on my face, and I'm glad he did not.

This was one of the things DH and I discussed while wedding planning, and I made it very clear that this happening would totally not be okay.  Fortunately, DH felt the same way and agreed that he thought it a bad practice.

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« Reply #229 on: April 04, 2016, 03:01:24 PM »
My cousin's recent wedding. 
Held at a super nice hotel.  Overall, quite a lovely event.  With only a few odd issues (and I fully realize that at least two of the items are purely my issue) and one family thing. 

Issue one - The ceremony was in an upstairs conference room and was lovely.  Except the reception set up in the conference room directly below.  For some reason, about halfway through the ceremony, the band and/or DJ decided they needed to do a sound check and 10 minutes worth of practicing.  That we could hear pretty clearly. 

Issue two - There was an hour long "Cocktails" time. It was from about 6-7 which for many people is suppertime.  There was an open bar and appetizers.  I kind of expected something more since most people were getting hungry, but it really was basically cheese cubes, crackers, and some strawberries and grapes. 
ETA - There WAS a meal, but it was served at about 7:30.  Sorry forgot that that was where the music was too loud

Issue three - No real seating during the cocktail hour. It was held basically in the large hallway in front of the reception room.  There were high tables for standing, but only about 5.  Which there were about 100 people so some of us went down by the elevators where some chairs were to sit.  (This included my 90+ year old grandmother.)

Issue four - The music during the meal was about 3 clicks too loud for a meal.  It was hard to talk to the people around you.  (I was pretty okay with the fact it was late 80s/early 90s music.  Except for the DJ starting to play the song Jealous Again, by the Black Crows.  Had to stop it because he interrupted the last of the speeches. It wasn't played later.)

Issue five - My mom is quite petite and the chairs at both the ceremony and the meal were too tall for her to reach.  The staff fixed it at the meal by bringing her a booster seat to put her feet on.  (They were lovely and quite clever.)

The Family Issue - This may become a thing later if someone doesn't shut it down soon.  My aunt (cousin's mom) was VERY unhappy that one of my other uncles (her BIL) was not able to attend the wedding.  She has been very vocal about being upset about Uncle not being there.  (Uncle lives in same town so it wasn't a travel concern.) 
I am not saying that she isn't entitled to her feelings.  However, she confused his excuses for not coming to the wedding with the actual reason he didn't come.  My uncle's wife passed away a year ago (not quite this same month). So he has been dealing with all the grief that hits at the year mark.  The idea of going to a wedding without his beloved wife may have been too much for him to cope with.
If my aunt goes on too much more about it, it may become a THING
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Re: Best-worst wedding story
« Reply #230 on: April 04, 2016, 03:43:40 PM »
Issue two - There was an hour long "Cocktails" time. It was from about 6-7 which for many people is suppertime.  There was an open bar and appetizers.  I kind of expected something more since most people were getting hungry, but it really was basically cheese cubes, crackers, and some strawberries and grapes.

At BIL and SIL's reception, their cocktail hour consisted of beer, wine, water, cheese and crackers.  I have to admit that given the wealth of SIL and her family, I was really surprised that that was all they had for their cocktail hour (I would've thought they'd put out some fruit also).  One side of BIL and DH's family decided this wasn't enough (tacky but I couldn't quite blame them), went down to the convenience store and returned with individual beverages of their liking since none of them wanted to drink beer, wine or water (a few were kids).  Turns out there was soda because I later saw BIL with 12-packs putting out the soda (about an hour later).

SIL has a huge network of family and friends so many were invited to their wedding.  BIL has also had a history of preferring to mix with his wealthy friends rather than have anything to do with his extended family.  They had around 250 guests at their reception and started the visiting on the side opposite of where BIL and DH's extended family were seated (which was just two tables out of around 25-30 tables).  Guess which were the only two tables that got blown off from being visited because they wanted to move on to the next thing in the festivities? (and it's not like BIL is on bad terms with any of them -- he just holds his biological family in very low regard...except when he wants needs something)

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« Reply #231 on: April 04, 2016, 07:07:37 PM »
For my wedding, one of my aunts actually got in a snit because there was no motel in the town where I lived.  She complained, "There's no motel in this town!  Where am I supposed to stay?"  I explained that had she let me know she was coming I would have referred her to several motels in the adjoining much larger town, and told her where several other family members were staying who had let me know they were coming.  Since she had a history of getting her knickers twisted and leaving with a theatrical flounce I didn't want to cross her too badly, as she had brought my grandpa to the wedding, and it turned out to be the last time I got to see him before he passed away.  (Had it just been her I'd have been way more blunt, as I was in no mood to put up with self-righteous relatives at that point.) 

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« Reply #232 on: April 05, 2016, 06:13:34 AM »
My uncle's wedding (my dad's younger brother) who got married when I was 16 (but he and his wife later divorced):

*The outfit I had to wear was better suited someone who was 46 not 16 - a jacket, short sleeved shirt and skirt.  My mother picked out the worse looking items and not allowing me to wear a dress that was modest but more suited for a teenage girl.  I am glad no evidence in pictures of the outfit exists or I'd burn the pictures.

*The thing that really irked me was that my mother volunteered her family to help with the hall clean up after the wedding.  Of course, my mother was her usual bossy self the whole time and nipped any complaining in the bud real fast.  We got back to my grandmother's place as she was also mother of the groom around 2 am or so exhausted.  My mother got me and my sister up early for church around 7:15am so we could walk to the 8:00am Mass a few blocks from my grandma's house.  Trust me, my sister and I were both tired and grumpy after that.

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Re: Best-worst wedding story
« Reply #233 on: April 05, 2016, 07:51:58 AM »
^That is awesome!


My bosses daughter (in her late 30's) is getting married next month. She picked out the venue three months ahead, got a dress six weeks ahead, and has booked her honeymoon this week. Boss is helping plan and execute the small wedding, the food and to make sure the guests have what they need, so daughter and her DF can be as stress less as possible.

Daughter informs boss that her flight leaves at 2:45PM on the day of the wedding. The wedding planned for 7PM. Boss explained the difficulties with the travel plans and the wedding time.

Daughter is now getting married at 9AM. On a weekday.

Now boss just has to find a breakfast caterer that can work with gluten free, lactose intolerant and no alcohol (groom's parents are all three).

How did the Bride not notice that little time issue herself when booking the airline tickets? 

My mind boggles at leaving town hours before the wedding...

At times like this I remember: the average I.Q. is !00.  Not everyone is smart...

The bride and her groom are both highly educated and brilliant veterinarians. This just somehow slipped by.

Not everyone always uses their common sense either, lol. I know I've told it here before, but a guy I went to high school with worked at WalMart in the evenings. One night a frantic guy came in, needing a wedding cake. My friend didn't work in the bakery but this guy was desperate and begged my friend to sell him one of the decorated tiered cakes on display. My friend boxed it up for him and the guy was on his way.

The next day someone in the bakery asked what happened to the cake. My friend happily relayed his cake-selling story. ...only to be brought down when the laughing bakery worker told him that the cake he sold was styrofoam and probably several years old, and didn't he notice it was much lighter than a cake should be??

My friend's a super respected doctor in his field, lol. I hope people rib him for his cake story from time to time

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« Reply #234 on: April 05, 2016, 08:06:11 AM »
Couple of "shining" moments from my brother's wedding....

There were only seats for the immediate family (so, about 15 chairs) during the ceremony- everyone else stood on what was essentially an elevated platform and watched from there. Ceremony was held in a private home, so there were couches and chairs scattered throughout the rest of the space for comfort and relaxation during the reception, but during the 25 minute ceremony, approximately 75 people were left standing.

HC did photos before the wedding, but during cocktail hour, did a few extra before going upstairs so the bride could change into a different dress (wedding ceremony and photos gown was a beautiful mermaid trumpet gown with a sweetheart neckline; reception dress was a knee length, one shouldered/one sleeved loose white dress), leaving all guests at loose ends and making conversational efforts. Fortunately, SIL is an event planner for a swanky chain of restaurants in TheirCity, and her company catered the entire thing at cost, so there were plenty of nibbles and beverages to try out during the cocktail hour before dinner was made available.

One guest (Brother's landlord at the time, and old high school acquaintance of our Dad's), made a complete jerk out of herself the whole night.  First by showing up in ridiculously inappropriate attire for the wedding (think billed as semi black tie/formal evening attire, and she showed up in a casual "day at the beach" dress that looked like it hadn't been washed in weeks), then by haranguing SIL's assistant/coordinator half the evening when she mislaid her purse behind a sofa, practically shrieking that someone had stolen it (yes, she had too much to drink. No, her husband didn't do a darn thing to try and calm her down while we hunted for the purse so that Brother, SIL, and other guests would be able to continue enjoying the party without listening to her).

She was later apparently quite unhappy when she learned that I had a) gotten married, b) not invited her, and c) had invited another lovely lady whom she and my Dad knew from high school- said lady had been my father's grade school sweetheart, he escorted her to prom, attended her wedding 50 years ago, and he and my mom sat with her and her husband all through the trial of the drunk driver who killed their only son during his first month as a highway patrol officer.  This lady has known me since birth, and has always been a delight. The jerk acquaintance was left to stew in her own juices, though when she and her husband sent us a belated congratulatory gift card, I of course responded with a polite thank you note immediately.

The limo buses Brother had arranged for us all to take back downtown to the hotels were a bit late, but otherwise, a good time was had by all (including DH, then FH, who still giggles about some of the wedding events that weekend, but does continue to apologize to me- he had waaay too much to drink at the wedding, and while he held it in until we got to our hotel room, I did have to spend an hour cleaning him and the bathroom up and shoving him into bed. His hangover the next morning, as I understand it, was quite spectacular, and he was deliberately very very careful not to indulge much at our own wedding for fear of "facing my wrath" ;D)

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Re: Best-worst wedding story
« Reply #235 on: April 06, 2016, 08:04:21 AM »
I strongly dislike the cake smearing part of some weddings. It was a hill to die on for me at mine, and thankfully, DH agreed. One of his relatives suggested he smear the cake on my face, and I'm glad he did not.

I remember a story on the old Indiebride board- a bride wrote that one of the guests, a young but old-enough-to-know-better (like in her teens) niece I think, was really pushing the cake smashing thing. She'd been told it would not happen. So during the cake cutting, while the groom is feeding the bride a small bite as the HC had agreed, Niece runs up and does the smashing herself. Either pushes the groom's hand or grabs a handful herself, I forget, but either way it was a horrible thing to do. The bride posted pictures of the incident. I wish I could remember more about the bride's reaction in the moment, but I think she was a lot more calm and collected than I would have been. I guess fury will do that to you! There was hell to pay after the fact, though, and tears from the niece.  Boo hoo  ::)

 :o If my teenaged child had done that, s/he would be made to publicly apologize ASAP, s/he would have to pay for all damages (if any), plus all privileges from that moment would be gone. I can't imagine what was going through that girl's head.
Something me this child did not become a raging brat overnight. Her parents probably laughed (thought it was 'cute') and imposed no penalties for her ugly behavior.

For every wedding on my husband's side (no weddings on my very small side) for the last 30 years at least, aunts and moms have let it be known to both bride and groom (especially grooms) that cake smashing was Not.A.Thing.We.Do and was very much frowned upon.  :) The village working at its best.

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« Reply #236 on: April 06, 2016, 08:17:11 AM »
I strongly dislike the cake smearing part of some weddings. It was a hill to die on for me at mine, and thankfully, DH agreed. One of his relatives suggested he smear the cake on my face, and I'm glad he did not.

I remember a story on the old Indiebride board- a bride wrote that one of the guests, a young but old-enough-to-know-better (like in her teens) niece I think, was really pushing the cake smashing thing. She'd been told it would not happen. So during the cake cutting, while the groom is feeding the bride a small bite as the HC had agreed, Niece runs up and does the smashing herself. Either pushes the groom's hand or grabs a handful herself, I forget, but either way it was a horrible thing to do. The bride posted pictures of the incident. I wish I could remember more about the bride's reaction in the moment, but I think she was a lot more calm and collected than I would have been. I guess fury will do that to you! There was hell to pay after the fact, though, and tears from the niece.  Boo hoo  ::)

 :o If my teenaged child had done that, s/he would be made to publicly apologize ASAP, s/he would have to pay for all damages (if any), plus all privileges from that moment would be gone. I can't imagine what was going through that girl's head.
Something me this child did not become a raging brat overnight. Her parents probably laughed (thought it was 'cute') and imposed no penalties for her ugly behavior.

For every wedding on my husband's side (no weddings on my very small side) for the last 30 years at least, aunts and moms have let it be known to both bride and groom (especially grooms) that cake smashing was Not.A.Thing.We.Do and was very much frowned upon.  :) The village working at its best.

I hate cake smashing, I think it is juvenile (food fight) and a disrespectful way to start a marriage.  I warned DH that if he even thought about it I would go after him with the cake knife(!).  He had no problem and agreed with me.  Must be why I married him :-)

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« Reply #237 on: April 06, 2016, 08:23:55 AM »
I strongly dislike the cake smearing part of some weddings. It was a hill to die on for me at mine, and thankfully, DH agreed. One of his relatives suggested he smear the cake on my face, and I'm glad he did not.

I remember a story on the old Indiebride board- a bride wrote that one of the guests, a young but old-enough-to-know-better (like in her teens) niece I think, was really pushing the cake smashing thing. She'd been told it would not happen. So during the cake cutting, while the groom is feeding the bride a small bite as the HC had agreed, Niece runs up and does the smashing herself. Either pushes the groom's hand or grabs a handful herself, I forget, but either way it was a horrible thing to do. The bride posted pictures of the incident. I wish I could remember more about the bride's reaction in the moment, but I think she was a lot more calm and collected than I would have been. I guess fury will do that to you! There was hell to pay after the fact, though, and tears from the niece.  Boo hoo  ::)

 :o If my teenaged child had done that, s/he would be made to publicly apologize ASAP, s/he would have to pay for all damages (if any), plus all privileges from that moment would be gone. I can't imagine what was going through that girl's head.
Something me this child did not become a raging brat overnight. Her parents probably laughed (thought it was 'cute') and imposed no penalties for her ugly behavior.

For every wedding on my husband's side (no weddings on my very small side) for the last 30 years at least, aunts and moms have let it be known to both bride and groom (especially grooms) that cake smashing was Not.A.Thing.We.Do and was very much frowned upon.  :) The village working at its best.

I hate cake smashing, I think it is juvenile (food fight) and a disrespectful way to start a marriage.  I warned DH that if he even thought about it I would go after him with the cake knife(!).  He had no problem and agreed with me.  Must be why I married him :-)

We didn't do it either, though there were people trying to get us to. :) Aside from the "why would you do that?!", my shyness and not wanting to be the center of attention (even on my wedding day) was part of the reason behind it, the other was that I was wearing the most expensive dress of my life, why would I risk ruining it?