wedding day horror stories

Wedding Horror Stories

When you think about all the work that goes into preparing a big event like a wedding–coordinating the florist, baker, entertainment, venue, small children, friends from different circles, and of course, the family–it’s no wonder things often go wrong. While small mishaps can turn into silly stories to laugh about later, it’s the big ones that truly test your ability to stay graceful in any situation. So try to remain calm on your big day, and in the meantime, be thankful that you’re likely to come out ahead of these unlucky couples:

The Homemade Bridesmaid Dresses

An ambitious DIY bride decided she was going to sew all her bridesmaids’ dresses by hand. Since the girls lives scattered around the country, they would send the bride their measurements, and the bride would ship them the dresses to see if they fit. That was the plan, anyway. It turned out, however, that sewing eight dresses by hand takes a bit longer than anyone was expecting. There was no time to try the dresses on before the wedding.

Worse yet, as the bride finished the last dress late at night and laid them on the kitchen table to admire her handiwork, she awoke in the morning to find her cat had urinated on each and every one. Franticly working against the clock, she scrubbed the dresses and shipped them to the bridesmaids… not realizing that damp, compacted material doesn’t fare well on cross-country voyages.

The result was that the bride had eight smelly bridesmaids in moldy, safety-pinned dresses surrounding her at all times… and yes, the bride had severe mildew allergies. There wasn’t a single photo taken where she didn’t look like she was about to sneeze.

The Fountain Ruined the Party

You’ve heard stories about mothers of the bride who want their daughter’s wedding to be perfect. This particular mother had her heart set on a multi-tiered chocolate fondue fountain. It didn’t matter that her daughter didn’t care much for chocolate. It was the most extravagant touch she could imagine, and therefore, the dessert table had to have it.

On the day of the wedding, after a lovely ceremony, the newlyweds followed their guests to the wedding reception. Everyone was all smiles, and even the weather was cooperating beautifully. The dessert table was laden with platters of strawberries, bananas, cookies, marshmallows, and other sweets to dip into the chocolate. There was only one problem, though: the catering company had delivered a fountain of cheese.

As the families gathered around to take their photographs with the happy couple, the mother of the bride was conspicuously absent. The wedding photographers politely waited for her to show up, but she never did. When the bride finally located her mother an hour later, the sobbing woman was in her car in the parking lot and refused to unlock the door to speak with anyone. She remained there the rest of the reception, and as a result, there is not a single photograph of the bride’s mother in the wedding album.

If Something Goes Wrong

Remember that your wedding is about the meaning of the day, not the spectacle. Ten years down the road, you won’t remember the exact shade of the ribbon on your wedding bouquet, but you will remember the important parts, like the joy you felt saying your vows, and the look on your parents’ faces as they sat proudly in the front row. You’ll remember how your best friend’s speech made you cry. You’ll remember departing for your honeymoon hand in hand with your new spouse. So, when little details don’t go exactly right, remember to remember the important parts, and let the rest go.


Lisa is a special needs teacher and a hugger. She always makes time for everyone and lightens up everybody’s lives with her presence. When she is not chasing her students around the yard, she finds time to write about what she truly loves, and you guessed it, its people and relationships.