April 25, 2007 12:34pm CST
Having attended a lot of weddings in my life, I was just thinking back to some of them, and was remembering one in particular. Five years ago this summer, one of my stepsons, was getting married. Everything was planned down to the last detail. An outdoor ceremony had been planned, and was to take place at my daughter-in-law's family farm, which was quite a few hours drive away for quite a few friends and family members, including the wedding party. The rehearsal was scheduled for the Friday evening before the wedding, and we were gathered together awaiting the arrival of some of the bridesmaids, groomsmen etc. We were to have our dinner before the rehearsal, and everything was prepared. The bride to be, and others, including myself, started to get 'anxious' when one carload of people didn't arrive. After what was an agonizing wait, a phone call was received to let us know that their vehicle had broken down enroute, and they were stranded out in the middle of nowhere. We finally went ahead with the dinner, while the minister (who'd volunteered) drove off in search of them. He had some difficulty in pinpointing their whereabouts, and by the time they got back, it was 'very' late. To make a long story (shorter), we ended up having our rehearsal near midnight. There were no outside lights available at the location where the wedding was going to be, so several people ended up shining their car's high beams on the spot, so that the practice could take place. The mosquitos were out 'in full force,' and I still have a clear image of one of my other stepsons (not the groom) running around spraying everyone with insect repellant. The next day when the pre-wedding photographs were being taken, the bride was getting dressed, and to her 'dismay' she discovered her brand new shoes had been left back home (hours away), and she'd brought an empty shoebox with her. She ended up getting married in a borrowed pair of sandals. To top it all off, the groom's black socks went missing, and his brother was running around at the last minute in search of a pair. Do you recall any 'wedding disasters' that caused a wedding that you were in, or attended to 'stand out, in your memory.' Please share your stories with us. Thanks for your responses.
• United States
26 Apr 07
My sister's wedding! I would never forget it. It was held here in the US and all my relatives flew here to grace the event (I was even bridesmaid). It was a garden wedding. Nobody expected bad weather. When the entourage left for an hour to have pictures taken, little did we know that the heavy typhoon had already damaged the garden, and have overturned the big tents. When we were about to get near the garden on our way back, we could only say, "Oh no!". One tent even flew and landed on the neigbor's lawn! The guests apparently ran to the house for safety (good thing it was my brother-in-law's house) and started eating there. It was terrible but we all had a good laugh afterwards.
• United States
25 Apr 07
As a former wedding photographer ( I'm male), I've gotten my full share of stories and nightmares, some of which will be appearing here as stories for the MyLot family... "Here comes Da Broad!" will feature just what happens when the Bridal Party stays up all night, doing shots of Jack Daniels and chain smoking Camels and trying to figure out which dress is which, because the gowns came with no lables on 'em... "Tweety Bird Explodes!" will be about a very buxom, blonde who gown "self destructs" at the very moment I'm taking the Bridal Party Portrait. "Guess Who's Marrying My Daughter?" will be about the intriguing results of two ethnicly different families who are meeting each other for the first time, at a wedding! "Right Cross, Left Hook!" will be about Fisticuffs at the Wedding Reception! and "Please don't seat me near the Large, Single Lady" which is what happens to me almost every darn time I take one of these jobs! :) There are more, lots more but I want to see what everyone else has too say! :) Good One! :) Expert Village for you! :) http://www.expertvillage.com
26 Apr 07
That must've been a really interesting vocation. As you can see, I don't have a lot of responses here yet, so am still looking forward to anymore I receive. The ones you're planning on sharing, sound great, and I'm sure will be a very fun read. Thanks so much for your response, and your encouragement re: my topic.