The 6 Worst Wedding Day Disasters

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If you’re anything like me, the one day in your life where you want everything to be picture perfect is your wedding day.  Unfortunately, this is life, not utopia, and despite the best laid plans something can and usually will go wrong.  Here is a brain dump of 6 of the worst wedding day disasters I could come up with that would lead to anything but wedding day bliss.

The absentee spouse: This wedding day disaster might be the granddaddy of them all.  Obviously, no partner means no wedding!  I can’t imagine a more embarrassing – no, a more humiliating – scenario for the attendant partner.

The double-booked wedding: I would absolutely destroy the manager of my chosen venue if this ever happened to me.  If you show up only to realize there’s a double-booking in play, there’s not much you can do other than try and work with the other party or find a nice yard or alley to get married in instead!

The damaged wedding dress: Wedding dresses are expensive, mainly because brides demand perfection and will generally pay for this if they want it bad enough.  So getting your dress ripped, pulled or stained on the way to the wedding is a huge buzz kill to say the least.

The marriage dispute: You know that old wedding question where the guests are asked if anyone has any objections to the marriage?  Yeah well, I’ve never actually seen anybody take the bait on this one but I can only imagine that extreme embarrassment would ensue if somebody actually did.

The embarrassing speech: It never fails that more than a few people will have a bit too much to drink at the wedding reception.  But what if one of these people is the best man, father of the bride, or some other special person scheduled to give a wedding speech?  That’s all I’ll say about this one…I’m sure your imagination can fill in the blanks!

The allergic bride: This actually happened to a friend of mine.  We’re not sure if she ate something bad at the rehearsal dinner, if her wedding makeup didn’t agree with her or if she had a bad reaction to that fake tan she was going for, but her face looked like the planet Mars on her wedding day.  Makeup covered up about 80% of it, but still…not good!

Wow, that is quite a list!  I hope you enjoyed it!  I’m sure there are several potential disasters that I’ve missed, but these are the ones that I either have experience with or that immediately come to mind.  Do you have any other wedding day disasters?  Either those that simply come to mind or those that actually happened to you?  If so, I’d love to hear your story so please drop a comment below!


  1. Wow! Quite a list. One of my favorites (or should I say least favorites) is the groom who while consuming the buffet, manages to get red sauce or gravy all over the white tux shirt! The one thing I recommend to every groom, rent an extra shirt. Such an easy way to avoid having photos where your photographer has to photoshop out all that messy red sauce! (but your guests will still have photos of you looking like you’d been in a recent blood bath) The extra shirt is an easy fix.

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