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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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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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So your big day is almost here, and your wedding flowers have been delivered! Now what? Receiving and preparing your flowers is another big step in your final wedding preparation countdown. Whether you chose to purchase beautiful bulk flowers for your own special project, or professionally arranged bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnieres, or corsages, you want those gorgeous blooms to stay looking their best. Flowers are one of Mother Nature’s best creations, but they do benefit from some TLC.

Here are some great tips for ensuring that your flowers will look stunning and fresh on your wedding day.

Firstly, it’s important to remember that your bulk flowers have come directly from the farm. Chances are they have traveled a fair distance, and they will need a good drink so they can perk up. They many not look at their best right away, but don’t panic–this is normal.

box2Another general tip to recall is that exposing flowers to warm environments (outside, hot room in the house, etc.) will help flowers open up and bloom, but if you like the way they look then try to maintain them. Placing them in a cooler environment will slow down the opening process. Your choice of temperature ultimately depends on the timing of your delivery and the big event.

Flowers in wedding bouquets and centerpieces will also benefit from water and care. If you follow our tips, you’ll see what a huge difference an overnight can make!

For Bulk Flowers:
1. Remove flowers from the box.
2. Keep protective wrapping on the bunches or stems, but remove any netting from around the blooms.
3. Remove any foliage that will be below the water line.
4. Get a bucket and fill it with three (3) inches of water. Add the flower food. Use warm water for roses, and room temperature water for other flowers.
5. Cut one inch off the ends of the stems. Cut on an angle, and place the stems into the water. Allow the flowers to hydrate for at least 12 hours.
6. Remember, the optimal temperature for flowers is 40 degrees F (4.5 degrees C). If you don’t have access to a cooler or a fridge, put the flowers in a basement or a cold room.
7. Avoid direct sun and drafts.

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After the minimum 12 hour hydrating period:
1. Remove any remaining protective wrapping.
2. Farm-packed roses usually require removing two or three of the outer guard petals for a fresh, manicured look. This is normal! All the roses you see in a florist shop window have had outer petals removed.
3. Re-trim stems daily as needed for optimal flower development.

BunchesDirect Lavender Roses

BunchesDirect Pink Asiatic Lilies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunrise Bridal Bouquet

 

For Bouquets:
1. Remove the wedding bouquets from their box.
2. Remove any cellophane wrap.
3. Remove the green foam from the bottom of the stems and rinse them off thoroughly.
4. Trim 1/4 inch off the stems in the bouquet, and place into a container in one inch of water.

Perfect Daisy Bridal Bouquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trinity Triumph

Centerpieces:
Most wedding centerpieces arrive arranged and ready to place into your container of choice. To keep them looking their best, follow steps 3 and 4 from Bridal Bouquet care.
If the centerpiece was packed in a plastic container with moist floral foam, follow the advice of your florist, but these generally should be kept in the container they were shipped in and the foam kept moist until you are ready to use.
When you are ready to place them in their containers, remove foam, rinse stems, and cut them to your desired length (stand up the arrangement alongside your container for a good gauge as to how much to cut off).

Hint of Pink Boutonniere

Corsages & Boutonnieres
Mist the blooms with some water, place in a covered container or a bag, and place into the refrigerator until ready to use.

Follow these tips (or assign a friend, family member, or bridesmaid to do them) and your wedding flowers will be looking at their peak beauty for your wedding day. Enjoy!

 

 

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Your wedding is very special event, not only for you and your Future Husband, but also for your parents and future in-laws. Parents can be a huge source of support, from financial to emotional to decision making. But, let’s face it, not every parent is unconditionally supportive. Even in the best of circumstances, wedding planning can ratchet up your stress level. When you add some opinionated and overbearing parents into the mix, things can get especially tense. Some parents go overboard, want to plan the entire event start to finish, or have definite ideas on “the fact” that their way is the right way, and your way is not good enough. The very people who love you the most can end up adding to your stress as opposed to diffusing it.

Here are some ways to manage overzealous parents, which will help you stay sane and avoid jail time:
1. Set boundaries as early as you can. Remind yourself that you are the bride, and ultimately it’s your day. Any final decisions that you and your FH make are precisely that: final. It may be difficult to shift to a more adult relationship with a parent who was always used to calling the shots (may we say “bossy”?) but now is the time to start. However, while it’s okay to voice your own opinions and desires, try to do so in a calm and respectful manner wherever possible. Tears, guilt, and hurt feelings are not conducive to family peace (or a good night’s sleep); these are the people who love you most, and with whom you will probably be interacting with for years to come. If you need to disagree, do so privately. It will only get worse if you are giving FMIL a severe piece of your mind in front of the photographer, the cake decorator, and all the bridesmaids. If you have an issue, find a quiet spot and a calmer time, later, to talk things out.

2. Create lists and assign tasks. Give your parent(s) a task that you are okay with. This way they feel included, involved, and cared about. You can save the bigger and more critical decisions for yourself and gain additional help for the myriad of smaller tasks that still need to get done. Perhaps the parent could be assigned jobs like welcoming the guests, selecting the music for the parents dance, or coming up with the first pass at table seating assignments. Another great way to involve them is to let them help with some DIY projects (trust me— you will welcome the extra hands as the days count down).

3. Diffuse, distract, and breathe deeply. Just because your Mom or your FMIL voices their opinion doesn’t mean you have to agree, or let it get to you. Practice saying things like, “thanks for the advice. We will definitely consider that.” Or, “I hear what you’re saying and I appreciate the input. FH and I have decided…” If there is drama, try your best to ignore it (…this is where the deep breaths might help. Also see point number 4 below.) If you focus on all the small things and the nitpicking, you might go cray-cray.

4. Get help. Perhaps you can enlist a bridesmaid, sister, aunt or cousin to help you manage the interactions (or keep the problem parent busy and away from you, if it comes to that.) Don’t be afraid to ask for help in managing a stressful relationship.

5. Take breaks when needed. Go for a walk or a drive. Go out with friends and do non-wedding-related activities. Go to the gym. Get a massage, or even better, a couples’ massage. Do anything that you enjoy, that will distract you from tension. You can’t be in planning mode all the time.

6. Remember the big picture. The important thing is that at the end of all this, you will be married to the person you love. You will be starting your life together as a team and, with hope, all the drama will be behind you. And it never hurts to recall that in many ways, you are lucky to have parents who are there for you.
Best of luck and try to enjoy the planning, as well as your special day as it unfolds!