8 Wedding Day Disasters No One Saw Coming



The truth about weddings is that no matter how much you plan, there’s really no way to script the entire day. Not everything will go as planned. Our advice: Read these wedding day stories for a little perspective, vow not to stress over the parts you can’t control, and do everything you can to really enjoy your wedding day.

Cake Crash
“Our cake table collapsed with the cake on it. Thankfully it was after we had cut it and had pictures taken of it. It fell on the tablecloth mostly in one piece and the caterer was able to salvage enough of it to serve to everyone. Everyone was saying ‘Oh my goodness, she must be so upset.’ But I just thought it was funny!”

Broken Glass
“I stepped on a piece of glass while I was barefoot on the dance floor. My husband and dad had to take me to the hospital. Luckily, when you show up to the ER in a wedding dress, they take you in right away! Otherwise I had an awesome time. We only missed the last 15 minutes of the party, and we still left for our honeymoon that weekend — with me on crutches!”

Garter Slip Up
“For some reason, my memory had it that the best man is the one to remove the garter, so that’s what we did. It was funny. Then the guy who caught it made a hilarious scene. My mother and aunt told me how strange it was that we did it that way the next day; they had never seen it before.”

Fire Drill
“During the reception the fire alarm went off. The staff quickly responded though and got it turned off. Some of our guests actually thought it was part of the song the DJ was playing and never even noticed!”

Flooded Reception
“My sister got married in a church and we did the reception downstairs in the basement. It rained all day the day before and day-of, so when we showed up to the church in the morning the basement was flooded. We had to call people so they could try to clean it up as fast as possible. We ended up moving the cake upstairs and handed people their meals on the stairs so they didn’t have to come down to the basement. The room didn’t dry until the reception was almost over!”

Accidental Unveil
“When my dad was giving me away, he stepped on my veil and it flew off my head. Everyone laughed and luckily my maid-of-honor got it back in my hair in a flash, and we started the ceremony. It actually turned out to be one of my fondest (funniest) memories from the day.”

Shuttle Trouble
“Our shuttle driver was supposed to make two runs from the hotel to our ceremony location. He left 20 minutes late for the first one, then didn’t go back to do the second, stranding some of our guests. My husband and father had to tell him to go back and pick up the rest of the guests. As a result our ceremony started late.”

DJ Dilemma
“The fuse blew on our DJ’s equipment halfway through the reception. Luckily I have awesome friends and they started a sing-a-long. Everyone got in a big circle, put their arms on each other’s shoulders and started singing Piano Man. The DJ was able to fix the equipment and the party kept going. It was pretty awesome.”

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  • 10/09/13 at 11:26

    reality check, it might happen to your wedding day :)) but you can avoid all of these wedding disaster.


  • Robyn
    10/09/13 at 03:55

    We were in the “holding room” after our ceremony while our guests went to the reception, before we took pictures. A waiter coming down the spiral staircase in that room dropped a 5 gallon pot of Queso down the stairwell, splattering all over me, my mother-in-law, and my flower girl. Our photographer was awesome and got us all cleaned up and I am STILL laughing about it! I mean, what are the odds? The Queso wasn’t even for our wedding.

  • 10/14/13 at 11:53

    It’s usually the “disasters” that set weddings apart and become the most memorable moments. Just hope it’s caught by the photographer!

  • 10/22/13 at 08:23

    Well disaster happens!! But with a big smile we can do it. What do you think about theme wedding cakes??

  • 12/07/13 at 11:46

    We had a destination wedding and got married on the beach and the reception was about a 1/2 mile away. After the ceremony, the guests were brought to the reception via golf cart. My husband and I stayed behind to take pictures. The golf cart was supposed to come back for us-it never showed. So we hiked up my dress (my husband carried half the train, I held the other) and walked through the resort! All the people we past were cheering for us as we passed.

  • 12/07/13 at 01:06

    The day before our wedding, it rained pretty hard. Our ceremony was outside, and even though the tent was set up the day before (before the rain), the grass got soaked and was soft. We didn’t have an aisle runner. So, halfway down the aisle, my shoes got stuck in the grass, so I had to leave them. I now have photos of my shoes stuck in the aisle while the ceremony continued. I have people telling me all the time that it was their favourite moment of the day!!

  • Juan Carlo
    05/20/14 at 09:51

    Thank you for the tips! I There is nothing worse than a disaster on your big wedding day. I also have an article about wedding disasters. It’s a little different than yours because it talks about other things. I think it would be complimentary to yours http://juancarlothecaterer.com/blog/5-wedding-disasters-anticipate/

  • Ashley
    07/23/14 at 04:06

    My husband’s best man forgot the rings!

    I see a groomsman take off running in the middle of the ceremony out of the corner of my eye. I was wide-eyed and confused what was going on, but too nervous to freak out! The groomsman ran back and handed the rings to the best man just in time! After the minister asked “Who has the rings?” The best man replied, “I do” and everyone laughed because a few seconds before that, he didn’t have them!

  • Dina
    09/04/14 at 05:05

    My wedding had me stranded at the end of the night. The last shuttle left at around 11pm, while I was still gathering my things and making sure all the gifts were accounted for etc. The groom and I, along with several guests were left stranded at the reception site until 1am. I was furious, tired and uncomfortable in my wedding dress all day, all I wanted to do was go back to the hotel and pass out. Because this happened last, it left a bad taste in my mouth. My groom did not do much about it and that infuriated me even more. Make sure you have reliable transportation, ladies…no one should be left stranded whether they are part of the wedding party or a guest. I am now divorced but getting married to a wonderful man next April in Jamaica (no transportation necessary on the day of!)

  • Brooklyn Bagwell
    06/19/15 at 02:49


    After reading this post, I was wondering if anyone could help me with a project I am working on.

    My name is Brooklyn Bagwell and I’m a Casting Director at Sharp Entertainment. I’m currently casting for a new series about unexpected disaster stories. I’m looking for people that have interesting disastrous stories to share with me- from a road trip nightmare to a home renovation disaster… or even a complete wedding nightmare.

    Please email me at BrooklynBagwellCasting@gmail.com or give me a call on my office phone at 212 784 7740 ext. 764

    Looking forward to hearing from you!


    Brooklyn Bagwell

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