Married People Share The Most Unexpected Thing That Happened During Their Wedding.
It's the day you've been musing about your entire life and meticulously planning for down to every last detail your wedding day. However, no matter how much planning you do, there is still the unexpected that can throw your whole special day for a loop.
Here, people share the most unexpected thing that happened on their wedding day.
1/24. You will be probably be too pestered by others to actually sit and eat your meal.
My wife had boning (support structure) in her dress and it was uncomfortable for her to sit in and eat. We sat down to try and eat and her aunt and grandmother came over and were pestering her to see if everything was going fine. My wife was already irritated from trying to sit in the dress and now her family wouldn't leave her alone for a minute. So I said, "Let's go to the other room and eat." and we grabbed our plates and went to the dressing room. I unzipped her dress so she could slouch and eat and we lounged around for about 20 minutes watching college football.
That 20 minute break was just enough for us to take a breath and relax before going back to the party. My wife wasn't irritable anymore and she and I both had a great evening after that.
2/24. The real wedding reception starts when all of those relatives you didn't really want to invite anyway go home and you're left with just your friends. You just raided the leftovers, and the DJ still has an hour that you paid for. He's blasting a song that would have given Grandma a heart attack, and someone is drinking straight from a champagne bottle because they couldn't find a glass. You lost your tie long ago, and your wife just changed out of her dress. Finally, after all the ceremony and tradition, it is your night.
No one is going to give you unsolicited marriage advice, and you already forgot that offhand comment someone made about the food. It'll hit you then, through the exhaustion and merriment. You're married now, and for tonight at least all is right with the world.
3/24. If you're the groom, make a point of telling your bride how beautiful she looks. You'd think it'd be something that will come naturally, but that day is so full of stress and events and tons of people, you need to make a point of doing it so it doesn't slip your mind.
4/24. At the reception, MOMENTS after getting married (whether you have kids together already or not) someone WILL ask when you're having children, or if you had a short engagement they'll ask if the bride was pregnant.
My sister dated her high school sweetheart for 8 years before they got engaged but once they were engaged they did a 2 week engagement and got married at a courthouse on 11-12-13. EVERYONE freaked out and asked if she was pregnant. No, she just wanted that date.
I got married after a 2 year engagement and was asked "why don't you have kids yet" uh.. we JUST got married, like 30 min ago...
5/24. Guests not adhering to the RSVP. Like bringing extra people instead of the agreed upon number. Which in turn brings about shortage of seats and of food.
Some weddings i've attended had the couple request the guests to not bring kids.
6/24. Something WILL go wrong. It is unavoidable. The car that was supposed to drive us away from the venue after the reception didn't show up.
You gotta just roll with it and realize that the only thing that matters at the end of the day is that you are married to your best friend and love of your life.
7/24. You will not remember any logistical details after the fact.
Did you tip the caterers? No idea.
Did you give the marriage license to the officiant? Uhhhh.
Basically, have other people in charge of ensuring each of those things gets covered because even if you make it happen, you won't remember and will scramble around for days after trying to get everything straight.
I have deadly allergies. The only time I'm more than 3' from my Epipen is when I'm in my apartment. No idea where it was that day. I vaguely know I'd planned to have it on hand on the day of, but I didn't have any idea where it was.
8/24. White dress + anywhere = stains. Bridesmaids, bring chalk. White chalk. Cover any smudge of makeup from Granny's hug or that little bug that got squished with a little bit of chalk. I've used this so many times I bring chalk to weddings even when I'm not in them.
Also, fully expect at least one person you didn't invite/ RSVPed no and showed up anyway/ said no date, brings date to come to the wedding. Most catering options will let you round the number up to the nearest five without too much cost. It's worth it.
9/24. The biggest thing I can think of is don't feel pressured into having sex that night. After the wedding you will be exhausted and most likely will have to spend 3+ hours pulling your wife out of her dress and all the shit she will have in her hair. I pulled pins out of my wife's hair for a crazy amount of time after the wedding. for the love of god if your taking a flight the next day for a honeymoon don't have it be early in the morning. Get some really good sleep that night and then go full crazy on your honeymoon.
10/24. Someone who said they would not be at the reception will show up. Make sure you either have a place ready or have other contingency plans. Also, something weather related will probably go wrong, because the universe has a weird sense of humour.
In my case, our dog bit my thumb to the bone about 20 minutes before I had to leave the house. Blood everywhere. Loads of fun.
11/24. Remember to choose bridesmaids and groomsmen who can discreetly handle awkward situations for you. My friends got married recently and my girlfriend and I were both in the wedding. Just like any wedding, things went wrong the day of, but we were able to take care of all the problems without the bride and groom even noticing.
12/24. Bad weather, misbehaving children, illness in the wedding party, the building engineer forgetting to turn on the air conditioning, pictures taking longer than expected, wedding guests coming with children when there is no child care available. I've seen all of this at other weddings -- my wife is a professional event planner and made sure none of that happened (or mattered) at ours. I recommend hiring a planner if you can afford it, they've seen it all and can anticipate problems.
13/24. You will forget something. Make sure it isn't the $500 cash your husband put in his rent-a-tux coat pocket.
We got it back but our best man had to drive an hour back to our hotel to drop it off.
14/24. You will be super busy, take a moment and just you and your SO go stand in the corner of the reception hall and just look at everything. Take it all in because it will fly by and you will barely remember it.
15/24. The day is going to go fast. Really fast. Give serious consideration as to how much money you really want to spend on something that's going to seem like it is done in three hours.
Very very glad me and the wife changed our plans to a budget wedding. The second we canned the free bar, a lot of our relatives were suddenly "busy" on the day of our wedding and couldn't make it. Very glad I didn't spend thousands on a free piss-up for those selfish wankers.
Instead, we asked permission for family members who donated for the wedding, to let us re-name it the Baby Fund. This allowed time off work with no worries about drop in pay due to maternity/paternity leave. Money much better spent in my opinion.
16/24. Someone might try to steal your thunder at the wedding, for example someone declaring their pregnancy or engagement, to make the day be a bit more about them than you. Then a lot of the focus on YOUR day will push over to other people. There's not a lot you can do in this situation aside from try not to invite the jealous centre of attention types.
17/24. You will have drunk relatives at your wedding. It will be awkward, and it will most likely cause a scene.
If you don't serve alcohol, you will probably still have a drunk relative at your wedding.
18/24. Your until now quiet and sociable child will decide that on this particular exact day that hanging out with Grandma is no longer something they really really enjoy but something that they really really hate and will scream bloody murder about at the loudest possible volume for several hours unless they have the undivided attention of their parents
19/24. My advice for this is to mentally prepare any child who is going to be part of the wedding. Stress to them how long it's going to take, how they are going to have to be good and quite for a really long time. Pick out a treat or series of treats to give them throughout the event. Show them the treats (like small toys) and tell them that for every part of the event that they are good they get one of the toys. Even small children will understand if things are explained to them.
20/24. The most unexpected thing for us was our families hitting it off. My husband's conservative American family and my ultra-liberal British family getting blind drunk and laughing at outrageous jokes was delightfully unexpected!
Point being, you probably don't need to worry about your family. They want to have a good time and celebrate with you!
21/24. Know that, 10 years from now, the unexpected things will be the ones you will most remember, that youll look back on fondly or laugh about. Leading up to the wedding all the focus goes into the small details. But years later? I dont remember what our centerpiece looked like, or what font we chose for the program, or what song played when we came into the reception. But I do remember when one friend threw a cream pie in the other ones face. Or when our DJ tried to play the whole Thriller album straight through. And countless other strange/funny things.
Its going to be a wild day; dont stress, just soak it all in and enjoy it.
22/24. If you are from a family that drinks semi-regularly:
It doesn't matter what you promised yourself, you WILL be a little hungover the day of your wedding. People will ply you with drinks at the rehearsal and there will be a party afterwards with your wedding party. You'll be so happy to see everyone and so anxious about the big day that you won't realize how much you're drinking, and you probably won't even feel that drunk. But drink a few glasses of water before bed because you're going to have a headache for your 9 AM hair appointment the next day, and your skin better look good.
23/24. Your priest may be bitter over her 3rd divorce and spend the entire ceremony making "jokes" about how horrible marriage is, try to convert your friends into Christianity, and lecture you on how as a woman, you now "work" for your husband and must obey him in every way.
My mother-in-law picked the priest. I had no idea she was like that.
24/24. Everyone thinks the bride is in charge, but really the photographer is. My wife and I got dragged around all afternoon by ours. When all the pictures were done and he left, we could finally relax and enjoy the party.
"It wasn't me!"
There's not much you can do when the righteous fist of the law comes down on you. Call it a mix-up, or call it a mistake, if someone's pegged you at the scene of a crime there's not much you can do but trust the justice system to prove you innocent. However, that's a gamble, and just because you've been given a "not guilty" doesn't mean the effects won't follow you for the rest of your life.
Reddit user, u/danbrownskin, wanted to hear about the times when it wasn't you, seriously, it was someone else, when they asked: