It was definitely unforgettable. It was during the summer on a 90+ degree day outside with no fans or tents. There was a little dock in the middle of the swap where the bride and groom walked out on to for the ceremony and all the guests sat in a circle around them in the beating sun. Besides the heat, swamp=bugs, I had so many bug bites by the time we got home.
My advice: make sure you have plenty of shelter from the sun if you have an outdoor wedding. Everything, minus the buffet line, was uncovered. We left early.
My bestie wedding ended up being during a national disaster. Her wedding venue was flooded and under water , myself and her other MOH were dealing with road closures and couldn't make the ceremony (when they found an alternate location morning of), bakery for the cake was flooded, no wedding cake. Groom went shopping for his outfit at Walmart after the rehearsal dinner.... wedding was beautiful, bride was all smiles, in the end they were married with one heck of a story!
Last summer I went to a dry wedding of this really young couple. They tried to have games and no one wanted to play anything because everyone was sober and pissed off. At dinner everyone was talking about how young they were and how disappointed they were to not be able to have a glass of wine with dinner or to toast with. Also, there were five MOHs and they all did a toast. With water because it was a dry wedding and they were underage. Some people left before dinner was served. Most people right after they finished. The room was more than half empty by cake cutting. And because no one wanted to dance sober, everyone left before any sort of dancing really got started. The bride went off crying because she paid all this money for a DJ but her reception ended hours early because she hosted such a terrible party. It was pretty horrible.
@Bethyonce I can tell you that the second I saw someone with a slice of cheesecake instead of a cupcake looking one I literally RAN from the head table to where they were displayed and snatched the uncut one from the table and put it in the fridge out of sight. At least they only cut one?
ETA: FH told me that it was hilarious to see me really suddenly jump up from the table and run out of the room in my bridesmaid dress
@Beut now that story is something that needs to be shared on every dry wedding thread. Maybe real life examples are what they need to get them to see the light.
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I hate these threads, because they freak people out....honestly. And Jordan, since you're new here? You probably haven't read a lot; horror stories pop up here all the time.
Generally, horror stories come from the same sources....
Dry weddings and cash bars
Lateness and timelines gone awry
Stupid decisions based on "it's my day!!!!!"" whether that includes long gaps, hiking to a remote location, sky diving ceremonies, expensive dresses for giant bridal parties, non-pro officiants, dictating dress codes, no food at meal times or self catering.
I may have posted about this over the summer, but my friends had an open mic for speeches. This was at the insistence of brides parents (who were paying for a good chunk of the wedding). Each set of parents give speeches, which is fine--it's their kids. Then MOH and best man speak. Then 2 other siblings speak. Each of these speeches are short and sweet. 3 minutes for the siblings and MOH. Parents about 5-7 minutes, but they're the parents, so they get more leeway. After the 6th speech, everyone has finished their dinner and people are ready to dance at this point. We've endured about 35 minutes of speeches at this point.
Then the DJ announces an open mic and says anyone else can give a toast. So an uncle gets up and rambles about how happy he is to be there, and how he knows they'll have such a great time on their honeymoon, and how he visited that place on vacation 15 years ago.
Then another aunt comes up. She has several pages of typed remarks. And she's holding it super close to her face as she reads. She is rambling on and on about how the bride and groom are different but similar and therefore are a perfect pair. Not really making much sense. At this point, I leave to use the restroom. When I come back 5 minutes later she's still going. Every time she paused for breath or to turn a page, people tried to clap real loud so she'd get the hint to stop. That doesn't work. Then the bride's brother goes up to her and says "Thanks Auntie for your lovely words!" She proceeds to read. Everyone in the room is clearly zoned out, checking their phones, and also really uncomfortable that the aunt is making this spectacle. Finally one of the groom's brothers basically yanks the microphone out of her hand and says, thanks so much and the DJ swoops in to collect the microphone. It was so awkward to watch.
Afterwards, the bride and groom admitted that they didn't want open mic but her parents insisted on it. and they really resented that the aunt hogged the microphone for over 15 minutes.
I went to a self-catered backyard marriage celebration. I remember the BIL of the bride sweating to death over the grill - yuck.
No assigned tables so I almost missed getting to sit with FH.
Buffet line was crazy, so we skipped waiting for our table to be called because we were HANGRY due to the fact that they had a fucking 3 hour cocktail hour with hardly any food. Dinner went an hour past when it was supposed to start too. Uughhh
@T-rex you are kidding right?!?! Did you leave as soon as you found out you had to sit inside?
Last wedding I went to FH was asked to be a stand in groomsman last min, they only offered super cheap champagne, self catered and grooms mother got so shit faced on the cheap champagne that she felt me up. Also no music post 1920 was allowed and the bride cried when the teens at the wedding got a hold of the iPod
My best friend hired a friendor photographer, who agreed to do her wedding at half the price she usually charges. She locked the camera in her car as soon as she got to the reception venue and misses the first two hours of the reception. My friend has no pro pictures from half of her reception because of this.
Drove 10 hours for a NYE wedding. In NC. In 30 degree weather. In a tent with heaters that gave out. And a cash bar, beer and wine only. Didn't know so we didn't have any cash, wasn't on the invitations. Talk about pissed and wanting a few *free* shots of tequila.