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When you envision your wedding day, you usually picture a relatively tranquil day. There might be a few minor snags and stressful moments, but by and large the day proceeds through its timetable of events without anything getting seriously messed up. You hope for the best and try to plan for the worst and generally everything gets done, with the result being a wonderful celebration with family and friends that ends with you blissfully married.

Unfortunately not every couple is so lucky. We’ve all seen the videos on television capturing sticky moments and embarrassing mishaps on wedding days. Sometimes the completely unexpected occurs and shoves its way rudely into center stage at your wedding. Users of the social media sharing platform Reddit have submitted some of their most awkward or horrible wedding moments, and the results are pretty hilarious. We share the top ones here.

1. “I got hypothermia during the outdoor photography and missed the reception because I was in the hospital — with my brand new wife, who was still in her wedding dress.”

2. “My mum’s best friend (and maid of honour) showed up the day of my mum’s first wedding with her head shaved. Apparently she was in love with the groom and this was her silent protest. The marriage only lasted 2 years and the groom eventually married the maid of honour.”

3. “My Dad played in a band at a wedding where the bride’s uncle dropped dead in her arms on the dance floor. Talk about bringing the party to a halt.”

4. “The only mishap at my wedding was a friend videotaped the whole thing, but accidentally used the night vision feature. The video is pretty surreal, with everything super overexposed. With my pale skin, I ended up looking like aliens.”

5. “I worked as a wedding decorator for 5 years, and while this is not my own wedding, it’s still pretty bad. Two years ago we did the decor for a really pretty ceremony, and halfway through the day we found out it was a ‘surprise wedding’. Basically, they were not engaged, but the bride planned the whole thing and the groom showed up at the golf course thinking he was just playing a regular round of golf. Nope. He walked into his own wedding, saw her standing at the altar, and peaced the f*** out. I’ve also seen weddings where fist fights break out and we’ve had to call the cops. There was another where one of the guests was smoking inside and caused a fire, causing the entire wedding to evacuate into the rainy parking lot. Those, and countless glasses of wine spilled on wedding dresses. That happens … a lot.”

6. “My 3-year-old brother got loose and pulled the fire alarm during the ceremony. They definitely got their ‘memorable’ moment.”


7. “My wife and I eloped overseas, but there was a party for family and friends when we got back. My family insisted on traditional speeches, which was our downfall. My father repeatedly called my wife by my ex’s name and had to have it repeatedly pointed out to him before he corrected himself.”

8. “Not me but my wife’s sister … Her new mother-in-law dropped dead of a brain aneurism during the best man’s toast. It was one of the worst things I’ve ever experienced. They served food for those who wanted to stay but it pretty much ended there. Sadly they never got a proper wedding reception.”

9. “When my mum and dad were set to marry (before I was born), my dad got there early to make sure everything was setup and to help with final prep of everything and my mum was sent to pick up the cake. She says that when she got to the church and saw all the cars and people, she couldn’t handle the pressure and just drove home without saying anything. Dad comes home, after the wedding had been called off due to her no show, to see mum in the kitchen eating the wedding cake. They didn’t last long after that.”
10. “I was hospitalised and in emergency surgery 3 days prior, which is only a funny hurdle that’s now a great story. As for ruined? I eloped in jeans in a bar and my mum was, and is, still pissed. No regrets except telling her when I did.”
11. “50% of the people who RSVP’d didn’t come. My brother-in-law who volunteered to DJ didn’t actually bring any DJ equipment, so our reception was powered by Pandora [a free music-listening service]. He also said he would video the ceremony and highlights of the reception but didn’t bring his video camera. My immediate family was late to the wedding, including my sister who was a bridesmaid, and my mother and father. The florist forgot to deliver about 50% of the flowers. It didn’t go great, but my husband and I ended up married and we’re still very happy together, and that’s the most important thing.”

12. “The worst thing I saw was the wedding planner showed up drunk and/or high and disappeared with the best man (brother of the groom) to go hook up. So no one was in charge and the ceremony had to be delayed while people went to find the best man. He also couldn’t be found for his speech. The DJ delayed several times.”

Laughing yet? If you need more you can always view the full thread at Reddit.

What’s your wedding horror story?? Bunches Direct and I would like to hear about it! Submit your description to [email protected] We will share the best ones in a follow-up blog and on our Facebook page. Can’t wait to read them!!

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All Wedding Photos courtesy of Nick Breedlove Photography

This month takes us to North Carolina, for an insider look at the beautiful beach wedding of Charidy and Rob! The bride is aptly named: Charidy is similar to “charity” and that’s what led to her meeting her future husband. In 2011, Hurricane Irene hit Hatteras Island in North Carolina. Charidy’s mother Linda went to volunteer in the rebuilding efforts and ended up staying. In 2013, Charidy followed her mother to the Island, and met future husband Rob at a Fourth of July picnic. The initial spark of friendship blossomed rapidly into love; their engagement lasted only three months as both agreed “when you know, you know.” How romantic!

The Outer Banks already held special meaning for Charidy. For years the family had vacationed along this beautiful coast, and when Charidy’s father passed away they gave him a burial at sea near the spot where he loved to fish. Rob is a romantic and wanted to honor this memory. For his proposal to Charidy, he chartered the same boat the family had used during her father’s burial and took her to the same spot off the coastline. (For Rob, this was the closest he could get to asking for her father’s permission to marry Charidy.) For further romantic touches he also sent loving texts and flowers to Charidy on their wedding morning (nice work, Rob!)

To announce the engagement, Charidy’s mom selected photos of the happy couple and had them made into confetti. She included the special “photofetti” inside velum envelopes and was able to create their “Save the Dates” for less than $100 total using online services. A cute idea for a smart price!

The couple chose a beach wedding. Rob had always wanted one and loves to surf, and the pair had first met at the beach. His friends and family are from the eastern part of North Carolina, while Charidy’s were coming from the western mountains, so a week-long wedding celebration was arranged. The pair rented a beach house in Corolla, NC and this is where the entire celebration took place.

 

Talk about a wonderful “something blue”- the ocean! The ocean backdrop inspired Charidy’s choice of a “wave cut” on her invitations, and the choice of blue for her main wedding color. She complemented the blue with touches of yellow.

The wedding invitations were professionally printed and cut, but the card stock, envelopes and paper for inserts, plus the wedding programs were ordered online and personally assembled. Another amazing way to cut a few costs!

 

 

 

 

 

Now for the flowers! Charidy had a vision of what she wanted, including white flowers for herself and bouquets of sunflowers with touches of red and purple flowers to create beautiful impact for the bridesmaids bouquets. Beach florists were proving very expensive (a friend has just ordered flowers for a wedding from a local florist and the cost was over $4000). The couple had heard about negative experiences with other online vendors, but Rob’s aunt Debra had found Bunches Direct and its great reviews (thanks, Debra!). Debra is not a florist but had done some flower arrangements and bouquets for family and friends and volunteered to do the same for Charidy and Rob. Amazing job, Debra!

Charidy found a photo of a cascading bouquet on Pinterest. Debra found a video on how to make one, and her mother ordered pearl and crystal picks online for a low price. Debra assembled the bouquet from white roses, white mini calla lilies, white Asiatic lilies and Israeli Ruscus. She was able to create this entire stunning bouquet less than $25! The bouquet was on proud display during Charidy’s romantic carriage ride to the ceremony.

The bridal bouquet included an origami locket with a photo of Charidy’s father in it with two charms, one saying “Dad” and the other engraved “In Memory of” as a tribute to her father. Charidy’s “something old” was a handkerchief made from a baby bonnet she wore home from the hospital, which was in turn made from a family bridal handkerchief.

We love these beautiful dresses! Charidy’s amazing wedding dress included a stitched inscription inside the lining with a personal message that Rob had sent to the dress designer! Love this amazing extra touch! She also wore a blue garter from her parents’ wedding (“something blue”). A friend had the engraved heart from the original garter engraved on its flip side with Charidy and Rob’s names and date. The bridesmaids wore gorgeous strapless navy blue dresses and pretty sandals that were perfectly suited to the beachside venue.

The beautiful and relaxed sunset ceremony took place by the beach at Sound Front, before approximately 150 guests.

Rob looked relaxed and handsome in sand colored trousers and vest, with a white shirt and navy tie. His groomsmen had no vest or tie, and wore sandals to suit the location.

 

White roses were placed on the altar in memory of Charidy’s father, with white gerberas placed in memory of Rob’s sister.

 

 

First kiss as husband and wife, just before the sunset.

The reception took place back at the Beach house, in a wonderful and relaxed celebration enjoyed by all. For the father-daughter dance, Charidy danced with Rob while photos of she and her father played on screens to the song “I Loved Her First.” There were also continued special touches to decorate the venue.

Later in the reception Charidy changed into a knee length white lace dress, to better enjoy the party. The party was so good in fact, that both bride and groom ended up in the pool!

Best wishes to Charidy and Rob! With the love and support of family and friends your beach wedding was absolutely spectacular. We know this is the beginning of many happy years together. Thank you so much for sharing your day with us!

For those of you who want to see more, click to enjoy Rob and Charidy’s complete and sentimental wedding video. All wedding photos courtesy of Nick Breedlove Photography.

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Often we get so focused on the myriad large scale plans for the wedding—the dress, the flowers, the food, the ceremony—that we may not think of personal touches to welcome the most important people at the event: your guests! Friends and family have gone out of their way to attend your special day and support you as you start a new life chapter. Making everyone feel welcomed and comfortable should be part of every couple’s list of desired goals. Here are a few extra touches to pamper your wedding guests; include as many as you like depending on your time, budget and venue needs.

1. Provide a “bathroom kit” with thoughtful essentials to make your guests more comfortable. Ideas might include bandages, makeup towelettes, a small sewing kit for emergency repairs, hair pins, lip balm, hair spray, first aid remedies for indigestion or headache, safety pins, stain remover, body spray. You can even do “His” and “Hers” versions. Your guests will love the pampering touches!

2. Set up a refreshment stand for pre– or post– ceremony with a few drinks or light snacks (such as popcorn, pretzels or crackers) that guests can sip and nibble while they wait for the big event, or for your photos to be taken.

3. Ensure guest comfort during the ceremony and reception. If you are having an outdoor wedding in cooler temperatures, consider having pretty pashminas or throws available. If it is an outdoor wedding in summer, fans, parasolas, sunglasses or sun lotion might be thoughtful choices.

4. Let guests have a say in the music, by providing them with song request cards in your invitations or DJ request cards at the tables during the reception. People are most likely to get up and dance if there is music they really enjoy.

5. Create custom coloring books for the children.

6. Provide extra welcome for out of town guests by reserving a block of rooms at a local hotel. Many hotels offer discounted rates for this. You can also provide a welcome basket in their hotel room with simple snacks, maps, and a list of recommended sights or restaurants.

7. Personalize the glasses at the reception so that guests can keep track of their beverages (and you reduce the number of glasses that you go through). Our own “Bunches Bride” did this—read all about it at Cam & Becky’s Wedding blog.

8. Provide flip flops or stretchy ballerina flats for guest comfort as they dance the night away at your reception.

9. Leave thoughtful notes or thank you cards at the guest place settings. You may not have a lot of time to visit with each guest, but this way all will feel remembered. Be sure to follow up by mailing out thank you cards that are personal and timely, right after your wedding.

10. Provide a list of cabs or driver services to ensure your guests a safe ride home, or consider providing taxi chits if budget allows.

 

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Solange Knowles, otherwise known as Beyoncé’s little sister and former Destiny’s Child singer, married video director Alan Ferguson in New Orleans last Sunday October 16. The theme was definitely “hipster-chic in white” as all guests, including sister Beyoncé, niece Blue Ivy, brother-in-law Jay Z and mother Tina were encouraged to dress in white.

After weekend events such as a group movie night and rehearsal dinner, the wedding ceremony took place in Holy Trinity Church (also called Marigny Opera House) with approximately 100 guests in attendance. Solange admits she is the one who pursued her man, saying “In the beginning, I was the one who approached him, so I have always sort of historically been one of those girls that goes after something that I’m into,” she said. “I’m not very old school and like, I’m not gonna wait on you. Wait for you to approach me type of situation.” Nice work, Solange!

Solange, 28, and Alan, 51, arrived at the ceremony not by limo or carriage, but by bicycle. Solange wore an awesome looking white caped jumpsuit. Let’s face it: this is not a look that everyone could pull off. You really have to know who you are to wear a caped jumpsuit. It is a practical choice too, however, seeing as bike riding was involved. Solange rocked it and Alan looked crisp and stylish in a white suit by Lanvin. Her bicycle (also white) was decorated with cream roses and baby’s breath for that added “wedding” touch. Alan got a flat tire en route and had to push his bike part of the way, but that didn’t detract from the fun they had.

Once at the venue Solange changed into a long caped gown by Humberto Leon for Kenzo, bracelets by Jill for Lady Grey, and Stuart Weitzman shoes. She walked down the aisle to the instrumental symphonic version of Donny Hathaway’s “I Love the Lord, He Heard My Cry.”

 

After the ceremony the sole glitch in the well coordinated events took place, when Solange broke out in hives of some kind (nerves and emotion, or food allergy?). Her sister was quick to help, and luckily for Solange the hives quickly faded. (Hives are not the accessory of choice for most wedding photos.)

Solange later praised Benadryl on her Instagram account, saying “”Shout out to Benadryl yo, lol,” Knowles wrote. “NOTHING was gonna stop me from having my mother and son dance with Julez.”

 

 

 

 

 

The dinner reception also took place at Marigny House, with a series of long tables set up for a four course meal on white linens with gold cutlery. Guests enjoyed a traditional Southern menu.

During the reception Solange performed an adorable choreographed dance with her son Julez to the song “No Flex Zone.” If you haven’t seen the video, watch it here and prepare to go “awwww, I want to do that too. Why didn’t I marry a video director?”

Post supper, the guests boarded three party buses for a trip to Esplanade Street, where they exited and danced along multiple blocks to a live band. Frankly, it looks like an awesome time and the sparklers were a festive and fun touch. The party then continued in a second reception at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

The wedding photos are amazing. Photographer Rog Walker did an awesome job of staging the participants into striking and artistic tableaus with a definite theatrical flair. The all-female family photo is particularly striking, and reminiscent of the work of Italian contemporary artist Vanessa Beecroft.

Looks like a wonderful wedding in New Orleans! Solange and Alan have a distinct sense of style and flair and an evident desire to do things their own way. And hey, even celebrities get flat tires and hives but with the right attitude (and a bit of allergy medication) the party continues. Best wishes to the Fergusons!

Love the white and cream color palette? You can order bulk roses and baby’s breath from Bunches Direct, and use the Classic White Rose or Pretty in White Bridal Bouquet for your own stylish white wedding flowers.

Classic White Rose Bridal Bouquet

Pretty In White Bridal Bouquet

 

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Kaley Cuoco of the Big Bang Theory is enjoying a rare opportunity for brides: the chance to wear her wedding dress again! Yesterday Kaley got to haul her lovely Vera Wang dress out of the closet to wear in a video promotion for her upcoming movie The Wedding Ringer.

She was a happy gal, captioning the photo on her Instagram  ‘I got to wear my wedding dress for a second time! I feel giddy! #weddingringermusicvideo @aloeblacc @verawanggang.’

Kaley, 28, married tennis player Ryan Sweeting on New Year’s Eve 2014. Their wedding took place at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in the Santa Susana Mountains just north of Los Angeles in front of about 150 guests.

The couple first shared their joy, and a closer look at Kaley’s unusual dress, on Instagram. Kaley’s strapless, petal-pink ball gown dress was an unorthodox choice for most brides—a fluffy creation of pink and white chiffon. The gown featured hand gathered detailing on the bodice, with hand applique Chantilly lace accents above the tulle and chiffon skirt. For the ceremony she also wore a nude tulle veil, also from Vera Wang.

Her wedding flowers coordinated perfectly with her dress in shades of, you guessed it, pink and white. Towering and dramatic arrangements flanked the couple at the venue. (I am loving the white branches interspersed with masses of white and cream flowers including large garden roses, spray roses and hydrangeas!)

What did you think of Kaley’s pink wedding dress? If you loved her “pink princess” look, here are some beautiful Bunches Direct wedding flower suggestions.Enjoy and happy wedding planning!

Pink Dreamland Bridal Bouquet

Love Me Bridal Bouquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Doll Bridal Bouquet

Scents of Spring Centerpiece

White Garden Roses