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12 Hilarious Wedding Bloopers

Wedding Bloopers

Weddings. You plan and plan and plan, trying to get every detail just right. But what happens when one of those details goes very wrong? We asked, and you answered! As these couples prove, it can be both hilarious and endearing…

“One of our guests accidentally over-served herself during the cocktail hour, became quite intoxicated and fell on top of our wedding cake while we were in the process of cutting it. It turned into the best story, which comes up during all of our friend and family get togethers.” — Caitlin (above)

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“One of my husband’s groomsmen was dropping it low on the dance floor and split his tuxedo pants. He didn’t let this wardrobe malfunction stop him from having a good time and partied on throughout the night — dancing, drinking cocktails and conversing with various moms and grandmas. By the time our reception was over, his pants had split all the way down to the cuff!” — Emily

“After my dad’s very sweet father-of-the-bride speech, he went for a hug… and spilled his large glass of red wine all down the front of my dress. Remarkably, I stayed calm, grabbed my sister and headed to the bridal room where all our stuff was stashed. Luckily, my sister had included a Tide-to-Go pen in her emergency kit, and I was back at the party before anyone could notice. Some advice to any maids of honor out there: Bring a stash of full-size stain sticks. You never know what might happen!” — Jill

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“My husband and I had an interfaith ceremony — he is Jewish and I am Catholic. We felt it was important to our families to have both faiths represented, so we found both a priest and a rabbi to officiate. One of the first things we did was sign the ketubah (a Jewish marriage contract). As our rabbi was rolling up the document to put it away for safe keeping, he tripped over the carpet. He wasn’t able to find his footing and continued stumbling across the room until HE NEARLY FELL OUT THE (screen-free) SECOND STORY WINDOW. He caught himself on the window frame, but we all nearly had a panic attack.” — Marisa

“I had a long veil, and just before walking down the aisle, a bridesmaid stepped on the end of it, pulling it clean off my head. My husband (who romantically didn’t want to turn around until the last minute) thought I was changing my mind. The priest was trying to update him and could only suggest things like, ‘She just stopped walking’ and ‘Is she leaving?’ Some guests rushed out to pop the veil back on, and I continued my walk down the aisle, where I DID marry him.” — Libby

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“We did a sparkler send-off at the end of the night. My husband and I were walking through the sparklers when we heard someone yell, “FIRE!” I turned to see one of our groomsmen stomping on my dress. I later found out the groomsmen who helped put the fire out is the same one who got a littttle too carried away with the sparklers! All in all, a day we will never forget!” — Emily

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“We got married at my parents’ home, and during the hustle and bustle before the ceremony, my mom’s mini schnauzer, Lexi, got out of the house. She proceeded to walk straight down the aisle right before I made my entrance. As everyone stood to see me, she walked back up the aisle to greet my dad and me. Everyone loved it, groom included, except for me. This was the big moment I’d been dreaming of for years! But I came to enjoy this story, as well. It’s the silly details that make things memorable.” — Kari

“My sister was my maid of honor, and we found her a beautiful halter dress. It fastened with a tied bow, but for some reason my sister asked our mom to rework the fastening into a snap closure. We all warned her this was an unnecessary and, frankly, risky change, but her mind was set. Fast forward to our reception, where everyone has entered that stage of the night where they are far too sweaty for formal wear. As my sister was dancing, the snap gave way and the top half of her dress fell down. I heard a scream and turned to see my brother-in-law red with laughter, next to a table, under which my sister was hiding. After several minutes, she rallied, like great sisters do. Our mom tied the straps firmly in a bow, and out my sister went, back on the dance floor.” — Beatrice

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“For a long time before the wedding, my (then) fiancée and I had been practicing the perfect kiss — not too sloppy where it would make relatives uncomfortable, but more than just a peck! Given all the build-up, he assumed the kiss was a BIG part of the ceremony, and would be formally announced ‘you may kiss the bride’ style. Instead, once the vows were finished, the officiant winked at me and said, ‘Why don’t you give each other a kiss?’ My husband hadn’t heard her, didn’t realize it was THE kiss, and went in for a hug instead. So awkward! It still makes us laugh.” — Nicola

“My wife and I were married on the beach. We didn’t rent a tent because it never rains in Southern California. Or so we thought. As soon as the ceremony ended, it started to drizzle. And it kept right on raining, all evening long. All the photos from our reception show people wearing their jackets like hoods and holding random items above their heads to try to keep dry. The dance floor was basically a Slip ‘N Slide. But we like to think it proves we can truly weather the storm!” — Olivia

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“We asked our groomsmen to wear grey pants, a grey vest and a white shirt. When the day of our wedding rolled around, the guys were getting dressed together and my husband’s older brother, who was also our officiant, pulled out his vest and tried to put it on. After a few expletives and some confusion, he realized that the grey vest he had ordered online, thinking it was such a bargain, wasn’t a men’s medium, but a child’s medium. He decided to cut a slit up the back to make it fit over his shoulders. Spoiler alert: it did not work. It did, however, make for some truly fantastic photos.” — Laura

“When my husband and I got married, it was important to us that our wedding feel personal. We designed our own invitations, my grandmother made homemade mints for our guests, and we enlisted my cousin to play a list of very specifically selected songs on his guitar during the ceremony. We asked him just to play the melodies. I was supposed to walk down the aisle to Cat Steven’s ‘The Wind,’ but instead my cousin began singing (loudly and with feeling) Iron & Wine’s ‘Naked As We Came.’ I specifically remember hearing these lyrics as I got closer to my husband:

One of us will die inside these arms
Eyes wide open, naked as we came
One will spread our ashes around the yard

I was laughing so hard I started crying, and could barely keep it together to get through our vows! Everyone in the church thought I was just an emotional bride with odd musical tastes, and to this day my cousin has no idea what he did.” — Kelley

Thank you so much to everyone who submitted stories on Instagram. We loved hearing them all!

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(Collapsed cake photo by Cadence and Eli. Split pants photo by Lizzie and Marco. Mini schnauzer photo by Emily Faith. Ketubah signing photo by Bright Bird. Tiny vest photos by Joann Arruda.)

  1. Clarice A. says...

    When i got married two years ago,i had my 14 year old niece as my cute ‘little’ flowergirl.She wore a white,sleeveless,poofy,midthigh length dress and matching veil with lace anklets and white ‘mary jane’ shoes.To make her cuter and more little girlish,her mom had her wear a cloth diaper with ruffled plastic pants over it under her dress.She got about halfway down the aisle and tripped and fell on the runner and went down!Her poofy dress went up some and people saw the diaper and plastic pants under her dress! It was a little embarrassing for her but she got back up and continued to the alter!

  2. Erin says...

    After our own wedding blooper, we were comforted by friends and family who shared theirs. It was really great, and this post is reminding me of that great moment of shared humor, empathy, and lightly dented pride.

    We forgot the rings! We didn’t notice until the officiant asked for the rings during the vows. We sent the best man to the back room to get them, but after he didn’t return within several minutes, my groom/husband finally decided that he’d need to go back and help look. So I was left standing alone at the alter mid-wedding. My maid of honor was compulsively asking “are you okay???” every 30 seconds. I found (and still find) the whole thing HILARIOUS and am grinning from ear to ear in the photos of the (eventually!) re-started ceremony.

    Thankfully we had live music for the ceremony, and the band started playing music when it became apparent that it would be a long interlude…

  3. Bridget says...

    We got married in a small mountain town, and took a break from the cocktail hour after the ceremony to go take some pictures up on a hill while the sun was setting.
    As we were driving back down the hill, we saw an ambulance parked outside the venue. I started to get very worried something terrible happened, and rushed into the lobby to see what was going on.
    Turns out my uncle had fainted… but this is the uncle who had spent all day drinking in the sunshine at high altitude, in and out of the town hot springs. He is notorious in our family for going too hard, and this was no exception.
    My husband was shocked that as soon as I saw it was my Uncle Michael, I said “Oh it’s just Uncle Michael” and made a beeline for the dance floor. But now he’s come to expect the same!
    (and Uncle Michael turned out to be just fine- he had drank too much booze and not enough water, as per usual)

  4. Carina says...

    We had a very traditional Jewish wedding . So my face was covered the whole time as our family and friends watched on . But after taking photos we were called over by our Rabbi and for some unknown reason we had to get remarried right there outside the hall that moment .
    So there we are a Rabbi , groom and bride with 2 witness . It was so special all of us there outside while everyone waiting for us . It was a beautiful quiet moment we never forget .

  5. Lorraine Lynn Tillotson says...

    LOVE all these funny moments charish these forever lol love the bestfriends

  6. Alanna Glover says...

    A friend of mine was in charge of pressing ‘play’ on the CD player as the bride walked down the aisle. She’d chosen ‘Runaway’ by The Corrs, but he couldn’t get the CD to skip to the right song, and after trying and failing to restart it a number of times she ended up walking down to the only song he could get to work: “I Never Really Loved You Anyway”!!

  7. valentina says...

    oh my goodness — at my wedding, we served both cake and hot apple cider with fresh cider mill donuts (yay fall in michigan!) because of the number of guests, we had both the formal, beautiful cake *and* a sheet cake. For whatever reason, the venue cut the slices SO TINY to serve to guests, and between the tiny slices and the fact that people also wanted donuts… we wound up with our ENTIRE actual wedding cake leftover at the end of the night! we literally ended the night boxing up cakes to bring back home with us. unreal!

  8. Aimee says...

    I was very excited about my veil. It was my “something old” – a beautiful, long, lacy veil that my mom wore at her wedding. I walked down the aisle with my father, and with the veil trailing romantically behind me, or so I thought. Apparently when we had started our march my veil fell out and our day of coordinator failed to stop us in time to replace it. I realized this as I was standing at the alter and saw my mom frantically pointing to her head and mouthing “YOUR VEIL”.

    The priest was giving his welcome to the church when I held up my hand and very, very loudly said “Excuse me? I need to get my veil.” To which the priest and our guests paused with confusion and then roared with laughter as my maid of honor ran down the aisle to grab (and then back up to affix) my veil.

    • Kari says...

      omg I lol’d!

  9. K says...

    I forgot my bouquet when walking down the aisle with my dad! When I realized it, he asked, “Do you want to go get it?” which was so true to his character that it made me happy. Plus the ridiculousness of forgetting my bouquet, I started cracking up! Got to the front and looked right at my mom, sister/MOH, and best friend who all realized what I’d done, and I just said, “I forgot something.” The wedding coordinator realized the issue, retrieved it,and ran up the side of the church to hand it off to the bridesmaids, who passed it up to my sister who was to hold it during the ceremony anyway. No one noticed!

  10. Jamie Y. says...

    Our reverend who is a great family friend never told said anything along the lines of “You may kiss the bride.” Instead the processional music started playing and we were ushered off the stage. All of the photos of us walking down have us just looking confused at each other and whispering (“weren’t we supposed to kiss???”) as we keep walking. It never occurred to us to just kiss and not follow directions! We later got a photo of us kissing with all wedding guests behind us and it’s a funny story now.

    • Jamie says...

      Of course I forgot the biggest blooper- our original wedding 6 months prior was cancelled due to a hurricane! It was down to the last minute and was very stressful in the moment, but we ended up having a great pre-wedding honeymoon that we were not exhausted for and the best weather we could have asked for at our actual wedding!

    • KP says...

      Too funny! I can just picture your confused faces!

  11. Jess says...

    My Dad, a short Asian man (so you can picture it), decided just as we were walking down the aisle arm-in-arm (which we HAD practised mind you!) that he was too scared he was going to step on my wedding dress to keep going, so instead of walking slowly next to me like a normal person, he took one step, waited for me to walk a few steps and then lurched forward in one giant step to catch up with me. He repeated this until we got to the front, with guests giggling and me not knowing what on earth was going on. He was then so proud of himself, and described his weird walking style to people as being like a ‘Vietnam vet with only one leg’ (I know, this is not a joking subject. And he wasn’t joking. Because, Dads). Um WHY, DAD???!!!

  12. N says...

    My dad was no where to be found when it was time for me to walk down the aisle (they had to go get him from his seat because no one told him where to go). My DJ played the wrong first dance song while all of our guests circled around us and I had to awkwardly smile until I was just like “please turn it off” haha. Things happen, but my advice to any future bride is roll with it. You don’t want little things like this that don’t really matter in the long run to ruin your mood, even for a little bit. Move on, complain about it briefly to your spouse the next day, then laugh about it!

  13. Ashley E says...

    We had a classic Catholic ceremony, the priest, the choir, a full church, the whole thing- My husband delivered his classic vows perfectly and as I was beginning mine, I started to get emotional and was so worried about ugly crying that I didn’t hear the priest say “Do you choose to honor him for the rest of your life” and my response was a very loud and dramatic, “WHAAAAAAAATTTTTTTT?????” The place erupted in laughter and have an awesome picture of us, the priest, our bridal party doubled over and our guests in hysterics.

    • Cait says...

      Cracking up 😂😂

  14. I am currently planning mine and my fiancee’s wedding! Last night I was giving her updates on the catering proposals and I blurted out “this is NOT fun!!”
    For the first months of our engagement we stressed over whether to even HAVE a wedding. We settled on a very very small celebration in a garden, thinking that our casual event would lead to a casual approach to planning… we were so wrong! Believe it or not, I was dumbfounded to realize that even though it’s only for 30 guests, I still have to make all the same choices as if it was for 200! Duh!
    Despite sometimes loathing the process and absolutely regretting our decision to put this party together, she and I remind ourselves that we need to approach the day with a realistic mindset: it will be stressful, and we might not even enjoy it! But we’re doing it for the right reasons (many of invitees expressed they’d be hugely disappointed if we had no celebration at all) and just need to get through it. Wish me luck !!!

    • Amanda says...

      Sheila – I’m engaged too, and I definitely feel your stress. One thing that I’m trying to remind myself is that we can choose our reactions and feelings, so I am going to try my best to choose to enjoy myself, no matter what happens on the wedding day – I hope you will too! (and an intimate garden wedding sounds LOVELY!)

  15. Katie says...

    Loved reading these. I laughed out loud at the kiss/hug and “Naked as we Came” story. Hilarious. When one of our very best friends got married, he had the exact same ripped pants issue as the story shared here…except he was the groom!!

  16. Kiley says...

    My husband and I agreed to do a knot tying during our ceremony, and we were so proud of ourselves for practicing in advance. When we got to the rehearsal we learned that we had been tying the incorrect knot. Our officiant had a whole speech for that particular knot, so we had to re-learn it. It was the night before our wedding so we had no time to practice, and when the moment came during our actual ceremony we both completely froze. We tried tying the knot while the officiant spoke and we couldn’t stop laughing. The officiant pulled on the knot to show how it wouldn’t come apart, a metaphor for our love, and the whole thing fell apart! We asked him for help, and he guided us through the rest of the knot tying. He worked in how in marriage it’s a sign of strength to ask for help, and we were already exhibiting it. Once we did it successfully we high fived! My parents got us a knot tying how-to kit for Christmas, so it’s something we’ll probably never live down.

  17. Jess says...

    My now ex-husband went to smash cake in my face, I dodged and it ended up in my eye. I had to excuse myself to wash my face and re-do my makeup in the middle of the reception. I later read an article that anecdotally linked cake-smashed in face to divorce. True in our case.

  18. Silly Lily says...

    We were married 41 years ago, way before couples moved in together first. A definite no-no. So we were both moving in together from our parents houses. Every single time we had been at our new apartment to paint, furnish, etc., we found a parking space right our front. Not on our wedding night, though. Our apartment was on the main street in town, not far from the movies, bars and stores……..and in total view of anyone driving by. I should also report that we had decided not to change before leaving our reception. So this is not an awful blooper, but after parking several blocks away, we ended up walking along main street in gown (with veil and flowers) and a tuxedo. We did NOT blend well with everyone else in jeans and sweat pants, as we were the only ones to look like the traveling top of a wedding cake. But we still FEEL like that bride and groom, so it must have brought us good luck after all.

    • Amber says...

      That’s amazing! How have you guys managed to keep that chemistry?

    • sily lily says...

      Not sure it’s about chemistry, really. But it’s about enduring love and (drum roll here) LAUGHTER. Even in absurd situations and we’ve had quite enough of THEM. Have you seen the French version of The Birdcage? In it there’s a really stunning line; the two men have just had a fight, and by way of apologizing, one says to the other: “I want to be buried next to you. Because you have always made me laugh”. I’ve paraphrased here but you get the drift. Can you be romantic by talking about where you want to be buried? Apparently YES. I guess the trick is knowing you want to be side by side forever.

  19. Amelia says...

    I attended my friend’s lovely wedding at a church in Paris. Some weeks later when we were chatting about her wedding, I brought up how perfect it had all been. She said, “Well….” and then listed a bunch of bloopers. The only one I remember is that she said another wedding had happened earlier in the church that day, and the people working at the church had cleaned up everything from that previous ceremony in advance of her wedding, but they’d left the giant trash can that they’d put all of those previous decorations and papers in right up at the front near the altar. So in every one of her photos from the ceremony, there is a four foot tall rubber trash can. I hadn’t even noticed on the day of, but I can’t unsee it now. In every photo she has of their ceremony, there it is, that trash can, just a few feet from the groom.

  20. Liza says...

    At our wedding, we asked our mothers to read or share something. My mother read a beautiful Mary Oliver poem and shared her hopes for us as a married couple. My husband’s mom then stood up, told some long, rambling story about my husband dressing up as the Lone Ranger as a kid, and sat right back down.

    It’s hilarious but the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree: the morning of our wedding he was writing his vows at the hotel room desk and from the shower, I got the sneaking suspicion that he actually had no idea what wedding vows should say. When I got out of the shower and found him hunched over the desk laughing to himself, my suspicion was confirmed! I said, “You know your vows are something you say to me, right? Not a speech?”

    He responded, “Oh my god, I’m glad you told me. I was writing a joke about the Gettysburg Address.”

  21. I had both my parents walk me down the aisle; something apparently the jazz club we got married in had not accounted for when creating an aisle. Within the first three steps, we realized it was much to narrow for us all to fit. As we tried to figure out how to smoosh ourselves together to navigate the walk, my dad tripped over my cathedral-length veil, causing the three of us, my husband, our officiant and everyone else to break into a fit of laughter- totally breaking the ice and easing our nerves. The walk, which was supposed to be elegant and momentous ended up with my dad walking half behind my mom and me, giggling with laughter whilst he attempted to straddle the veil and make it to the front in one piece. It was perfect.

    • Sarah says...

      It really was!

    • Sarah says...

      It really was perfect!

  22. MM says...

    My husband and his mother decided to do a walz for the mother-son dance (a dance which isn’t even a tradition in their culture- they were just doing it for me). Well, we gave the DJ the wrong song. The walz we gave him was 8 minutes long! My mother-in-law does NOT like to be in the spotlight. During the dance, she kept tripping on the train of her dress, and eventually just threw it over her shoulder, exposing her knee-high stockings. Unable to leave my seat because the photographer needed to have an urgent conversation with me about something else, I frantically gestured at the DJ to cut the song. He didn’t get the message. I was beside myself watching her sweat as the song went on and on and on and my husband eventually lost it–exploding into laughter in the middle of the dance floor.

  23. Natalie says...

    The priest called my husband ANTHONY, his name is Michael (but he was very old..the priest, not my husband), the church’s rotary telephone rang (the loudest ring you have every heard) during our vows & at the reception one of my bridesmaids spilled RED WINE on my Oscar De La Renta dress. Totally wish we would have just gone to a courthouse and had a great dinner & dancing, with only my closest friends and immediately family. Also I don’t even speak to 2 of my bridesmaids anymore! Oh well… it’s not I think about it often ;)

  24. Meg says...

    For my sister-in-law’s wedding we ordered some hand held streamer shooter things that rain confetti and ribbons over the couple as they run out of reception. It was magical for a moment but as all the guests released their streamers the couple was literally clothes-lined mid run! They got so tangled in the mass of ribbons we couldn’t free them and had to send someone off to find scissors so they could be cut out. We couldn’t stop laughing and it made for an unforgettable send off.

  25. Anika says...

    Planning my Italian-German wedding and am prepared for lots of intercultural awkwardness already. Loved these. Kelley’s story made my cry with laughter. So so funny. Hat a start to a ceremony. If any bit of nervousness was left, by then Incan imagine it was all gone (and the mascara; too. At least mine would’ve ;)

    • Anika says...

      What a start, that was supposed to read (still giggling btw)

  26. Leah says...

    I’m in the home stretch of planning my April wedding and this brought some much needed levity as I’ve been stressing over all the details! Thanks everyone for sharing your hilarious stories!

  27. Raine says...

    That last one about the song. Dying at my desk.

    • Caraline says...

      SAME!!!! THE BEST!

    • MM says...

      SAME

    • kat says...

      me too hahahha

  28. Carrie says...

    Not a blooper, but my mother-in-law definitely showed up to our wedding in a cream colored dress and a very veil-like hat. It did not go unnoticed (one of my friends pulled me aside at the reception and asked in a hushed voice, “who is that woman dressed like you???”). Years later, I’ve never said a word to her about it (I honestly don’t think it was malicious, and her outfit was actually quite fashionable), but my husband and I still laugh about it.

  29. At our rehearsal, I found out the great lawn that was to be our ceremony backdrop was torn up, brown, and muddy. It wasn’t the biggest deal, until I walked down the aisle and saw a tractor running during our ceremony! It was pretty loud, and our video editor had to hire a sound specialist to salvage the ceremony audio. I was too happy to care on my wedding day, but now I wish I had hiked up my dress and asked the tractor to stop for 15 minutes. For a city wedding, I had expected the train to go by during the ceremony but not a tractor!

  30. Heather McMuniga says...

    omg I am vibrating trying to stifle my laugh at my desk right now

  31. Mikaela says...

    10 years later, our wedding guests still like to reminisce about the dramatic ending to our reception. We rented a 50 ft long tent to stand next to the barn on our farm, named Windrush Farm. Towards the end of the evening, a storm started rolling down the valley. A huge gust of wind picked up the tent, flipped it upside-down, up and over the barn, and dragged it halfway up the mountainside. Apparently, my 90 yr old grandfather had been holding on to one of the poles and later he calmly reported the incident from his perspective. “I thought, I should let go. So I did. And there she went.” No one was hurt, just a few broken dishes. My bridesmaids all ran to comfort me but I was thrilled with the send off.

    • Hilary says...

      “I thought, I should let go. So I did. And there she went.”

      I am CRYING. This is such a grandpa thing to say!!

  32. Katie says...

    My then-fiance and I designed and printed our own wedding invitations and after they were mailed, my grandma called me to point out we had misspelled a very important word… MARRIAGE! “Why not just say ‘as we celebrate our wedding’?”, she asked. My fiance and I had spent hours tweaking the design of the invitation and my mom and I spent days wrapping each in twine and stuffing them into envelopes–yet none of us had noticed the subtle switch of an I and an A. We still wonder if no one else truly noticed or if my grandma was just the only one bold enough to say something to us about it ;)

    • My sweet but naughty ring bearers climbed a tree loaded with ripe cherries at our wedding venue. Naturally one must pick all the cherries (and after gorging oneself) look around for a nice target to see if you can gloriously smash those shockingly bright red cherries into smithereens. They found one: a pristine white wedding dress (unfortunately still occupied by the bride – me!).

      Poor little guys got put on cleaning duty by their embarrassed parents but we laugh about it to this day. One went on to play college football – I knew that by age 7 he had an excellent throwing arm and was destined for athletic greatness! Never could get the stains out.

  33. Sarah says...

    We got married on the beach in Puerto Rico during the “dry season.” IT POURED – sideways rain, chuppah flowers and rabbi blowing out to sea, torrential downpour. About three minutes into the ceremony we turned around to our guests, said “this is ridiculous” ran inside, and finished the ceremony on the dance floor. Afterwards my husband and I went back to our room to have a few minutes alone. Apparently we were gone A really long, because my friends came to find us (with cocktails because they are the best) concerned that I was curled up in a ball weeping. Instead, they found us cheerfully having a snack in t-shirts and underwear while my awesome sister dried my dress with towels and a hairdryer. The storm certainly made it memorable and we ended up having the BEST time! But yeah, have a plan for rain.

    • This was THE BEST! I love that as soon as I read ‘we got married in Puerto Rico during the dry season’ I knew exactly who was leaving this comment. (I was said worried friend with cocktail).

    • Sarah says...

      Well, this is adorable. Glad y’all have each other.

  34. Lynn says...

    Omg this reminds me of the photo I have of my husband and I walking back up the aisle after our ceremony. I was wearing a long cathedral veil and our photographer had us pause to kiss. The photo was stunning – everyone clapping and smiling – except for the one guest who was holding my veil in his hand as if he was inspecting it. Thankfully my husband is amazing at photoshop and edited that out so now one would never know, but why!

  35. Summer says...

    Hahahah omg the last one has me stifling my giggles at work. I love the phrase “emotional bride with odd musical tastes” here. So funny! At our wedding, my sweet well-meaning uncle was officiating, and we had planned every bit of his script (and the day!) except for the “two minutes of his own well wishes and advice”, which he was going to surprise us with so we were hearing it for the first time during the ceremony. Welp, 2 minutes was more like 10 and “well wishes and advice” were more like odd hypothetical situations we may encounter as man and wife such as (I kid you not!) “Suppose the groom does NOT hit his wife, he will set a great example for the future children…”. Like, what?! I don’t know anyone in our family who would ever hit their spouse, where is this random reference to violence coming from on our wedding day??

    • Rashmi says...

      ‘A random reference to violence’ is such a good name for a band!

  36. f says...

    Not quite a ‘blooper,’ but my overzealous Catholic mother-in-law invited, not one, but TWO additional priests to officiate our wedding mass… even though she knew we already had a priest who was a friend officiating! So we had THREE priests taking turns at different parts of our wedding ceremony. My husband was so upset when she told him the day before the wedding, he replied, “What is is this?! A papal mass?”

    • Erin says...

      Ha! A very similar thing happened at my brother’s wedding. So many priests!

  37. Emmalee says...

    Not exactly a blooper, but at some point before our ceremony (which was in the same location as our reception), someone apparently walked in off the street and ascended some stairs to take a (rather large) handful out of our wedding cake! (And, as we found out during our cake-cutting, the “me too” fork that matched the “I do” fork was gone too.)

    Luckily, my sister, who worked for the bakery where we got the cake, had left our getting-ready location early to make sure that the cake delivery to the venue had gone smoothly . . . and quickly found out what had happened. She ended up going back to the bakery to retrieve more icing and repairing our cake—in full hair and makeup and in her maid-of-honor dress nonetheless!

    I remember getting ready to leave for the venue when my sister called my mom to tell her about the cake fiasco. My mom was immediately panicked but wouldn’t tell me what had happened until later, when things had been (literally) smoothed over. But by that point, I was in “I’m getting married today!” bliss and everything was fine. :)

    Everyone still references our cake disaster whenever the topic of weddings comes up!

  38. Joanna L says...

    This reminds me of the great shoe incident at my wedding! My father had, understandably, one pair of “good shoes” to go with his suits. He brought them out for the wedding, and halfway through the ceremony, the soles started to crumble – they were so old! Luckily, we were outside for the ceremony, so no one noticed but our reception was inside and his shoes were toast! He borrowed shoes from one of his brothers/my uncles, and my uncle had to shoehorn his foot into these crumbling, smaller shoes so my Dad could do the ‘father-daughter dance’. Dad brought me over to the table where the shoes had given up the ghost, and there was a crumb-ly pile of ancient leather on the ground under the tablecloth. We almost died laughing. Turns out you should check on your shoes if they’re older than 10 years before wearing them again!

  39. megs283 says...

    Not huge, but the limo was parked outside my parents’ house, all the bridesmaids were already in, and I decided to go to the bathroom one more time before getting rolling. I was wearing a huge champagne-colored gown and had to sit backward on the toilet. I lifted up my dress to keep it out of the way, and when I was out of the bathroom, to my horror I realized I smeared makeup lipstick on the front part of the skirt.

    I started screaming to my mom, and she ran up out of nowhere and THREW a handful of baby powder on my dress to “cover” the stain. I can still picture the powder flying through the air, 8 years later.

    Yeah, it didn’t work. But I got a grip and realized that my soon-to-be husband wouldn’t notice the stain, probably no one else would either, and it’s all good. LOL.

  40. Jenny S. says...

    My Maid of Honor was driving me to the wedding chapel and she HIT and KILLED a giant crow with her car! We were so freaked out…It felt like a really bad omen at the time! Now, I just tell myself that it’s good luck! So, far, almost seven years later, I believe that to be the case! Also, we forgot my bouquet in the fridge at home, so we frantically cut flowers at the wedding chapel…c’est la vie!

    • Hadilly says...

      Not my wedding, but my brother’s wedding. My three children were to be flower girls and the ring bearer respectively. We live on the west coast and bought some lovely white cotton eyelet dresses at the Gap for the girls. Packed up our wedding finery a few months later and went to Maine. The day before the wedding, we drove to our hotel in Boston, leaving most of our suitcases back in Maine.

      I had asked my husband if he had the suitcase and he said yes. Neither of us double checked the contents of the suitcase.

      Well, an hour before we needed to find our way to the wedding venue, we opened up the suitcase. No white eyelet dresses. My husband frantically started trying to wash the stained pale pink rehearsal dresses so the girls would have something to wear.

      I took off. I find driving in Boston intimidating at best, but I zoomed around corners and made it through roundabouts to the nearest Gap. Parked, ran inside, and announced to the salesclerk that I needed white eyelet. Miraculously, there were eyelet skirts and shirts on the sale rack. I grabbed everything in the closest sizes, went to the cash register, and asked everyone if I could cut the line because I had thirty minutes to get to a wedding!

      Zipped back to the hotel, the clothes fit, and we made it to the wedding. Got a few quizzical looks from the bride, tried to brush it off when she inquired, but my six year old loudly announced, “Mama and papa forgot our clothes!”

      Ah, the sweet feeling of incompetence.

  41. Amanda says...

    My favorite wedding blooper actually comes from my sister-in-law’s wedding. They had a gorgeous ceremony and reception at a beachside restaurant in Mexico, and hired an officiant recommended through their planner. Unfortunately, he seemed to have brought the script from the last wedding he’d performed, without updating the names, and for the entire ceremony, he referred to my SIL’s new husband as Jason (spoiler alert: his name is not Jason). We still laugh about it at pretty much every family get-together.

    My own wedding, a true do-it-yourself affair, actually went quite well…until my husband’s best friend gave him too much good tequila. I had been wondering what my wedding night would be like, but I must say that having my husband so drunk he had the spins was definitely not what I was imagining!

  42. I love hearing these stories! On our wedding day I insisted on being the one with the rings, not trusting the best man and also wanting them photographed with my shoes and dress ahead of the ceremony. We get ready, walk to the ceremony and just as I reach my husband and the photographer captured the moment, I realised that I’d left the rings behind! So not only did someone have to run back up the street and try and explain to the Italian receptionist why she (a total random) needed access to my room, but the “first look” moment was memorialised with my face full of shock and embarrassment! The best man has never let me live it down, and the photo is proudly in the album!

  43. Jane I. says...

    This is great! The last one had me in tears!

  44. Meg says...

    One of the most important things to us for our wedding was our photographer, as your pictures (and memories!) are what you still have after the day. I arrive at our venue and am preparing for pictures, when one of my bridesmaids walks in and says, “I want you to take deep breaths, it is going to be FINE, they have a crowbar.” Turns out that our photographer’s oldish car’s trunk wouldn’t open (the lever mechanism rusted shut), which was unfortunate given that he had his camera in said trunk. Luckily several members of my husband’s family are mechanics, so they set to work trying to extricate the camera from the trunk. It was apparently a no-go with the crowbar, so the venue owner came out brandishing a SAW, and told the photographer “You gotta do what you gotta do.” Poor guy ended up sawing a hole behind the back seat of the car to reach the trunk and the camera. We had the most PHENOMENAL pictures though, despite the inauspicious start! (Still feel bad about the car.)

    • Erin says...

      “it is going to be FINE, they have a crowbar.” is never what you hope to hear, haha!

  45. Heather D says...

    I love these!

    I trotted back down the aisle and went off without my bouquet. When we pulled away from the church, our vehicle randomly made this loud, terrible squeal that mortified me! Then we were staaarving and realized we only had $2 between us (no wallets, no purse) so we went through the McD’s drive-through and bought two hamburgers and waters! Frustrations then, but funny memories now.

  46. Becky says...

    Had a transportation blooper at our wedding. We didnt arrange a car from where my MOH and I dressed to the wedding. We had some ongoing drama (so much) and last minute changes (too many) and that was overlooked soooooo I drove myself and my MOH while in my big puffy white dress in my compact car. We were running late and when we arrived…. no one was there!!! Except our awesome photographer. All my in laws had to do was walk 5 mins to the site and they were beyond late. But everything happens for a reason and my awesome husband (who brought the earrings I forgot!!!) and I had a private first photo opportunity and a moment to breathe. Everyone eventually made it and the photo my MOH took of me driving is one of my favorites from that day.

  47. Hannah says...

    We started our planning about 15 months before the big day, and both our church and our reception site had some “minor” repairs going on. We were assured that everything would be finished well before our June wedding, that the church was just getting some repairs done and that our reception hall was installing some French doors so they could offer us an outdoor reception area if the weather was nice. We were so excited because both venues were breathtakingly beautiful!
    Cut to that special day in June, and the church had scaffolding EVERYWHERE and we had to have our ceremony in a side chapel, our reception hall was still under repair and there was so much mud from the torrential downpours that day. None of the gorgeous photos I had envisioned would come to be!
    But the joy of the day and probably the stress of planning being lifted off of me put me in a very zen headspace about it all. We didn’t need the beautiful buildings – we had a great time full of love and friends and each other, and my very best memories are silly dancing with so many happy people, with the photos showing our happy faces!

  48. Angela says...

    In typical NYC fashion, a pigeon $h!t on my wedding dress while taking photos in Fort Greene Park before our ceremony. Our best man rushed to a bodega across the street for some club soda and paper towels. Our photographer caught it all on camera! These are some of my favorite photos from the day, everyone pitching in to clean off my dress – and me laughing hysterically at the hilarity of it all. Apparently, being $h!t on by a bird is good luck! So far, so good! :)

  49. Laura says...

    My husband started crying during his vows, which of course made me cry, but i really didn’t want to ruin my makeup so I tried to get it together. However apparently my “try not to cry” face just looks extremely angry, so my husband thought I was furious with him and in most of the ceremony pictures he is whimsically smiling and I look like I’m about to slap someone.

    • Sarah Jane says...

      This one just had me sputtering with laughter.

    • Jen says...

      Hilarious!

      Speaking of crying….during our early evening wedding ceremony, the hot August sun was beating in through the venue’s windows what had already been a sweltering day. My betuxed groom had a bead of sweat running down his handsome face from it being so dang hot in there. I touched his cheek to catch it, and then later heard from everyone about how sweet it had been when I had dabbed his sentimental tear.
      Ha!

  50. Elly says...

    We got married in Germany in June 2018, when the World Cup was going on. When we booked our venue a year earlier we calculated that we had a 1/16th chance of Germany being in a group stage game the night of our wedding. December rolled around, the matches were announced, and OF COURSE Germany had a match against Sweden right smack in the middle of our reception.

    I was annoyed at first but we ended up leaning into the whole thing and had them put on the game in our bar area, which we decorated with German leis and flags. It wound up being a really fun and memorable diversion — by the end of the game, the dance floor was completely empty because everyone was crammed around the bar watching. It was a nail-biter of a conclusion but Germany wound up winning and everyone went crazy! (Except for my Swedish father-in-law, who was a bit bummed out.) The pictures our photographer got of the sheer joy in that room are so special.

  51. Emily says...

    Mine is more of a honeymoon blooper but, while planning our dream (& a bit out of reach) honeymoon to Italy, I was trying to save money where I could to ensure we could travel & eat all that we wanted once we were there. I found on airbnb tons of places that ended up being SO much cheaper & with these awesome views as some of the only places still available. Me thinking this was just an awesome dream booked them right away. – Cut to, two weeks in Italy only staying in 6-8 floor walk ups the entire time LOL! It made for some funny nights coming home & made sure we worked off all of the pasta & wine we had! :)

    • Amanda G says...

      This same thing happened to us in Paris! No wonder those Europeans are so fit haha.

  52. Katherine says...

    Yes!! More of these please! We also did sparklers at our wedding but they caught my husband’s hair on fire instead 😬😂 I didn’t have a clue, as evidenced by the photo captured at just the right moment, but my mom thankfully didn’t and swooped in to put it out 😂 We also decided to light lanterns to release at the end of our wedding but after a failed practice run, decided not to. However the groomsmen thought they should anyways after we drove away. Of course it floated right into the trees & my bridesmaids all panicked thinking it would catch all the trees on fire but thankfully it started downpouring rain!

  53. Carolyn says...

    My husband and I wanted to spend the night before our wedding together, though the next day I would leave for hair and make-up, then come back to our hotel room with my friends to get dressed while he went around the corner to another hotel to get ready with his friends.

    While dressing I noticed his mother and sister taking phone calls and looking increasingly anxious; at one point his sister left briefly and came back looking more worried. Finally they had to admit what happened– when my soon-to-be husband arrived at his friend’s room with his clothes to change into, he couldn’t find the suit pants! He retraced his steps, had his family check the car and our room, and they were just totally gone. At that time they were talking about having him wear one of the groomsmens’ suits, which would have been a challenge since my husband is rather tall and thin compared to his friends. I finally touched base with him and suggested he just go home (we lived only 20 minutes away thankfully) and get another suit, and he was back just in time for a few pictures before the ceremony (and looked wonderful regardless, almost as if it was done on purpose to have him stand out from the boys).

    It was a story that all of our guests greatly enjoyed hearing, and is still something we laugh about to this day. The pants were never found– what on earth happened to them?? The following Christmas his parents gave him a set of sturdy pants hangers.

  54. Laurie says...

    38 years ago my husband and I planned and paid for our own wedding. Come the night of the reception I am in the kitchen paying the caterer. I was so distracted I wrote the amount on the name line. Void the check, rip it out and realize I am out of checks!! Send neighbor to apartment with keys to grab a new checkbook. Night ends beautifully.

  55. Morgan says...

    For my husband and I’s vows, we kind of cut and pasted together some traditional Celtic vows with some more updated, feminist wording. One of the lines, which at the time seemed PG enough, stated “I shall serve you in the ways in which you require.” At that, my husband waggled his eyebrows at me, which both made me laugh and threw me off. When our officiant recited the next line for me to repeat, I completely forgot what it was and stated “uuhhh.. sorry.. I was distracted, can we try that again?” For what its worth, everyone laughed along, and stated afterwards that the vows were incredibly “us.”

  56. Jamie says...

    I was that bridesmaid who stepped on the bride’s veil. The bride jerked and paused; I quickly rolled up the veil lying on the carpet. Then I carried the veil down the aisle.

  57. Megan says...

    The night before our 10 AM wedding, our officiant got stranded in Chicago with all flights cancelled. The earliest he could arrive was 11:30! After an hour of panic, we decided we’d have the reception meal first, then the ceremony, then the rest of the reception.

    Everyone cheered when he walked in (even though his bags were still in Chicago), and people still tell us how nice it was to meet the other guests so casually before the ceremony.

  58. Kirsten says...

    These are hilarious. Our wedding went off mostly without a hitch, except that my husbands grandfather and older uncles were seated next to the dessert table and ATE OUR WEDDING CAKE during the happy hour post ceremony. I guess they thought everything was available for snacking? I honestly found it hilarious even at the time, but the poor woman in charge of catering looked like she wanted to die when she told me.

    • Laura says...

      That is crazy! What were they thinking?!

  59. Laura says...

    Not quite a blooper, but it poured rain during our cocktail hour—fortunately the one part of our wedding that was indoors, sandwiched between our outdoor ceremony and reception. I think all of the guests were worried we would be upset about the weather, so many of them—from countries around the world—came to tell me how rain on a wedding day represents good fortune or happiness for the couple in their culture. Apparently the rain was very stressful for our caterers who were frantically mopping off tables, but for us it meant we got to share special moments with our friends who had come so far to be with us.

  60. Jessica Newton says...

    Our wedding was on the beach…beautiful…on an unusually mild June evening in North Carolina. The only faux pas I can think of was saying I DO after every.single.line. in our vows. Will you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband “I DO!” for better or worse “I DO!” for richer or poorer “I DO!” etc.!
    I guess I really DID lol…14 years and 3 kids so far :)

  61. Brooke says...

    I’m laughing so hard I’m crying!! The child size medium vest…the kiss/hug miss…and then the iron and wine lyrics —really —did me in…HAHAHA😂!!

    Thank you cup of Jo and wonderful wedding story sharers… That was absolute bliss.

  62. Jana says...

    Oh man, I forgot to email mine in! Here it is:
    We hired an officiant we found online – the top rated in our state, and he seemed great at our meetings and interviews leading up to the wedding. At one of the interviews he asked us what our favorite body parts were on each other. My now-husband and I both hesitated (what a weird thing to ask) but decided to trust the process of him getting to know us….and acknowledged we like each other’s butts.
    Wedding days comes around, I have total confidence in this officiant. And then the THEME OF THE CEREMONY is how much we like each other’s butts, with some uncomfortable jokes making the first time I met my husband’s family sound like the bad end of a booty call (pun intended). And of course, my grandmother was right in my husband’s line of sight the entire time.
    The officiant had been in a serious car accident with short term memory loss about 9 months before the ceremony so we initially chalked it up to an actual BRAIN INJURY, but then our photographer told us that he’s like this at every wedding. To this day I am stumped as to how the man has perfect reviews, on every platform, across the board.
    Needless to say, we still get a lot of butt comments from our friends and family.

    • S. says...

      THIS IS THE BEST i’m snort-laughing at my desk hahaha

  63. Thank you for this. I booked our wedding photographer today and cried some stressed and some “oh wow we’re getting MARRIED” tears. Laughter was needed!

    • GJ says...

      Standing in the hall, I was blissfully unaware our very young ring bearer had run down the aisle flailing the pillow; when he arrived at the the front of the church my (extremely sentimental) ring was gone. My husband quickly dropped down to search for it as the rest of the procession began. I entered in the back with my dad and was horrified to look up and see him on his knees. Everyone was staring at me and I was trying to maintain composure while frantically trying to figure out what to do because I thought he had locked his knees and was passing out. Fortunately he stood up, no one noticed and the flower girl found and victoriously marched the ring up to him!

  64. Amanda says...

    The person who was supposed gives the band a heads up we were arriving to our reception did not, so we made our entrance to That’s Why the Lady is a Tramp! We laughed and hammed it up!
    And don’t feel bad for our wedding singer….he was just on America’s Got Talent with his new performance act Puddles the Clown ( check him out !)
    as a solo act and not the band Kingsized that we hired!

  65. Jessica says...

    Hire a rock n’ roll DJ, get a rock n’ roll DJ – after hearing our DJ play You Make My Dreams Come True back to back, I peeled myself away from whatever conversation I was having to check what was going on at the DJ booth.

    Seems our DJ had been sneaking off to the bathroom and had gotten pretttyyyyyy high. A double dip of Hall & Oates was followed by silence, which was followed by the DJ passing out on the sound system in seemingly slow motion – much to the horror of everyone.

    After our groomsmen came to the rescue and put him (rather forcibly) in a taxi, we were all treated to a rotation of bridesmaids, groomsmen and even a bridal DJ set – the photos we have are now priceless!

    Just thankful it was 2017 and not 2002. Thank goodness for Spotify :)

    • Sarah says...

      Omg!!! This is an absolutely amazing story. That sounds like such a memorable wedding! I love it.

  66. Brittany says...

    Summer – it’s like you stepped into my sister’s brain! I think she was thinking ALL of those things at the same time. Her face in that photo says it all.

  67. L says...

    Totally second that sparkler story! At our wedding we had planned a sparkler goodbye, but it was pouring rain when we left the party so we ran the gamut of a “sparkler tunnel” crammed onto a narrow wooden porch. The sparks from the sparklers actually gave me (tiny, only slightly painful) burns on my arm and dress. And, someone said later that there was a small fire in a trashcan started by one of the sparklers that was conveniently extinguished by a bottle of wine. It was definitely one of the more memorable and exhilarating parts of the evening and in hindsight we are really lucky we didn’t burn the whole porch down. Note for those planning sparklers: have a back up plan and have a bucket of water handy :). However, the photos taken during that point of the evening are some of my favorites. Everyone has huge smiles and looks of “I can’t believe this is actually happening right now”!

  68. Jessi S. says...

    Just after graduating from college, one of my best friends asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding. Her maid of honor was my childhood best friend and she was responsible for coordinating making sure all of the bridesmaids ordered the specific grey bridesmaid dresses the bride had chosen for us.

    On the day before the wedding, I picked up the MOH to head to the bridal luncheon. When I hung up her dress in the backseat of my car, I died laughing….I bought the wrong shade grey bridesmaid gown.

    Oops.

    After calling every Nordstrom in the state, only to find that they didn’t have what I needed, I called the company directly and they kindly overnighted me the correct dress free of charge. The wedding began at 2pm and my dress arrived just before noon. I was so scared to tell the bride on the day of but when she found out why I couldn’t get dressed early for photos, she couldn’t stop laughing. We still talk and laugh about the story to this day.

  69. Kristie says...

    I love wedding blooper stories! I had so many bloopers, I don’t even know where to start! Here’s 2 notable ones:

    A month out from our wedding my then-fiancé and I were practicing the I do’s and the big kiss… he was rather enthusiastic in the kissing part and head butted my mouth, cracking one of my front incisors in half! I was laughing in shock holding half my tooth in my hand! Thank god for a good dentist!

    We had our wedding in a gorgeous country vineyard, and halfway through the reception we had a blackout! My husband is an electrician, so he couldn’t rest until the power was sorted. The rest of us continued to chat and dance by candlelight. After everyone had gone home later that night, a fire engine arrived to fix a giant power pole that had fallen down. My husband disappeared to see what they were doing, so I walked up the hill to our cabin. My wedding dress was trashed from dragging in the dirt, so I decided to strip on the verandah before heading into bed. As I let my dress fall, the power came on with blinding light of a thousand festoon bulbs! The whole vineyard was lit up like daytime! And it was at that moment that the fire engine with a full crew drove up the hill toward the cabin… to see me with my headlights too. My husband was still nowhere to be seen, so a whole crew of firies saw me naked before my new husband did!

    • Justine says...

      OMG! That would make a great scene in a movie :-)

  70. Valerie says...

    For the bride and groom’s first dance the band played “The Green, Green Grass of Home,” a song about a man about to be executed the next day.

    • Isabella says...

      Oh, weeping with laughter!

    • amanda says...

      also, just depressing in general as a song!

    • jane says...

      O man, unless that was requested by family as a joke, I would require a refund from that DJ. That’s just seriously hostile, jokes aside. I mean, I ‘get’ it and haha and everything but, NO. No one needs that type of sexist ‘humor’.

  71. Olivia says...

    Bloopers make for the BEST stories! We had dear friends to officiate, one of whom suffers from severe situational anxiety. He was too nervous to eat that day and locked his knees. Fainted mid-ceremony! Luckily it was at the start of a (really) long poem and before a song, and his partner had the next lines. He came back, didn’t miss a line, and finished the ceremony. Ten years later, it makes me feel so loved that he did something so uncomfortable to support us. And our anniversary is a nice occasion to remind him about taking a wicked digger.

  72. Lacey says...

    We had to catch a flight after our wedding reception, so our planner was given strict orders to wrap things up at a certain time so we could change and get ready to leave for the airport. She did her job so well that when a lady lingered well after the fact and asked to give a gift to the bride and groom, the planner told her no and inadvertently made my now MIL cry! Oops!

    I gave major eye rolls re: my MIL not planning ahead but found the whole thing quite funny at the same time…. and yes, my MIL did end up getting the gift to us. :)

  73. Lauren says...

    One of my dearest friends, M, planned a honeymoon in Vietnam. On the weekend of her wedding, overwhelmed by the inevitable pre-shindig entropy, she fixated on YouTube videos of travelers who’d gone to the sites she and her husband-to-be planned to visit and had, well, gotten attacked by monkeys. Monkey lands on tourist’s head and swipes his sunglasses, tourist tries to retrieve them: is bitten by monkey. Tourist offers banana to monkey, seems to pull it back: is bitten by monkey. You get the idea. M was worried that something like this would happen to her, and I observed that it seemed the through-line was that if a monkey wants something, you should let the monkey take it.
    As the ceremony approached and stresses accrued – the groom somehow left his rehearsal-dinner pants in New York, we needed crayons for the kid attendees at the reception, the makeup guy made a bridesmaid look like Wolf Blitzer (in fairness, he was Wolf Blitzer’s makeup guy), &c – wonderful M, who just wanted everyone to be happy, started to freak out. After various attempts at soothing fell flat, we arrived back at our YouTube conversation: M, I said, let the monkey take it. Reader, she listened.

  74. K says...

    We got married at the little red chapel in Yosemite Valley in May. We only invited our immediate family (and my best friend), so we were a very small crowd – that was made larger by the last minute addition of a coyote who randomly strolled in to join our photos. Best photobomb ever!

    • Mrs D says...

      Wow, truly laughing out loud! Loved the cake mishap (and the lovely wording; “accidentally over-served herself”) and the veil on fire. Cracking up!

  75. Alexandra Schwabe says...

    Ahahahhaha Naked as We Came was our first dance song! We picked it because of those lyrics–the idea of one of us dying with the other feels right. It was also short and melodic and easy to sing along to and rare, and I smile and feel so calm whenever I hear it now.

    • Liz says...

      I second this! It was the song we walked down the aisle too because it is so beautiful and such a romantic sentiment. I think the lyrics are so meaningful!

  76. Lisa says...

    That last one has me laughing out loud at my kitchen counter.

    Kind of like Damn You Autocorrect but live and with a soundtrack.

    • Joanna says...

      Same here, I’m crying out laughing at that one! 😂😂

  77. shannon says...

    The dress on fire picture is priceless. Clearly no one in the photo has noticed the flames, but I bet two seconds later everyone’s faces looked completely different as they realized what was happening 😂

    • megs283 says...

      I KNOW!! I noticed the same thing. It should be titled “The Moment Before Everyone Realized!” Also, that awful first kiss…LOL.

  78. Tracey says...

    If you’re an amateur photographer tasked with photographing your cousin’s wedding, do not, I repeat, do NOT, wear your beautiful pleated silk dress – the one that looks like Marilyn Monroe’s famous windswept dress. The reasons should be obvious, but in case they aren’t. Those dresses do in fact pick up with the slightest breeze (so dreamy) and when you’re outside at the river and your hands are occupied with a camera … (less dreamy) my skirt was well and truly over my head, I’m talking belly button on full show, head trapped in an upside down umbrella of skirt … right before they kissed.

    See also: hire a professional.

    • Tk says...

      Bahahaha oh my goodness i am cackling so hard at that imagery! Bless your dedication!

      Ps: i hope you had decent knickers on that day.

  79. Nicole says...

    I got married on a farm near my husband’s family an hour outside of Seattle, where I lived. My mom and brother made my wedding cake the night before the wedding at a bakery in Seattle and then stayed the night in my new apartment. Meanwhile, I was staying in a hotel near the venue with my bridesmaids. The morning of the wedding, as we were getting everything at the venue ready, I asked where my mom and brother were. I had noticed my fiance pacing outside on the phone quite a bit. Once they arrived I learned that since they were unfamiliar with my apartment they had parked their car in the wrong garage and it had be TOWED overnight. Add to this that my brother was also a groomsman and had left his suit in the car in order to change at the venue. It says a lot about my family that the first person they called for help was my husband. It says a lot about my husband that he was able to get someone to pick the cake up from the bakery, and someone else to take my family to the tow lot, and someone of a similar size to my brother to scrounge up a white dress shirt, jacket, and tie that at least semi-coordinated with the rest of the party and all in time for photos before the ceremony. This could have been extremely stressful, but instead it was just something to laugh about and also make me feel so incredibly proud to marry such a wonderful partner.

  80. Laura says...

    This was so fun to read… Our wedding went off without a hitch this past November but I *do* remember the unusually dramatic snot string that streamed out of my husband’s nose — seemingly in slow motion— during my vows. I nearly fainted holding my laughs in!

    • Jess says...

      This made me lol — thank you for the laugh!

  81. CB says...

    After my dad gave me away and was walking back to sit down, he tripped over my veil and basically pulled my head backwards while it came off of my head and everyone gasped. Someone quickly grabbed it and threw it out of the way and we carried on. I know he was so embarrassed that we never brought it up afterward!

  82. Jess says...

    If the couple is married by the end of the day, the wedding was a success.

  83. Sasha L says...

    I thought I could foresee the disasters, lol, I could not. We deliberately withheld the invitation from my notoriously late mom, and told her the wedding was an hour earlier. Totally worked, and she was 15 minutes late for the hour early. Ha. I win. I insisted on only one keg, knowing exactly how my hard drinking family behaves at weddings, see below. And I ordered plenty of cake, hearing of a recent wedding where (gasp), they ran out. We had resorted to a plan b after a highly recommended jeweller messed up my custom ring. I took a deep breath and declared it doesn’t matter.

    We had an evening outdoor wedding, early July in Montana where the sun doesn’t set until 10. So lovely, except every afternoon thunder showers roll through. So photos were just a blur of my veil and very long hair blowing across everyone else’s faces, while we got pelted with rain. The photographer tried again, just after the ceremony, when the sun came out and it was lovely again, but by that time my stinker nephew had ditched his little tux for shorts and a tee and refused to tell his mom where the tux was. So wedding pics either look like they were taken in a hurricane, or with an adorable little ring bearer very informally dressed.

    More disasters, our DJ cancelled the day before the wedding.
    Our officiant called me the wrong name throughout the ceremony (he was very sweet, and very elderly and hard of hearing too).
    Our little flower girl tripped on her dress as she walked down the aisle, face planting in tears, only to be revived by mom and a delighted audience, to finish her walk.
    My brothers and Dad tapped the keg before pictures (don’t judge, Montana wedding and my family are basically hill billies), and the booze was GONE before the ceremony even started. Without alcohol or music, and because we weirdly decided to open presents at the wedding (to placate our two year old flower girl niece), half the guests left before we even cut the cake. And we ended up with so much leftover cake.

    Oh well. Disasters must begat luck and happiness. Celebrating 25 mostly disaster free years of bliss this summer. And that cake was so delicious, eaten by handfuls, on our camping honeymoon ♥️

    • Lorena says...

      Laughing so hard my morning coffee blasted out over my bagel …this sounds like my dad’s hard-partying-not-to-be-trusted-if-they-smell-booze-a-mile-away-but-hilarious side of my SoCal family -Best story ever.😂❤️
      PS we LOVE Montana!

  84. K says...

    My brother also had a pants splitting mishap at his wedding! We were at photos in between the ceremony and reception, and the photographer had us all do a fun jumping photo. She managed to capture the very moment he was in the air and his pants split wide open! Luckily the suit rental company wasn’t far so they drove him a new pair, and the photographer was able to photoshop the tear out of the photos… except for the one photo, she knew we’d all want that one action shot. :)

  85. Nina Nattiv says...

    I’m crying laughing at that last story!

  86. Hannah says...

    We got married last year and decided to just get ready at home together, since the ceremony was pretty low-key and my husband has social anxiety (didn’t want him to have a panic attack on the day!)
    To combat his nerves, as my daughter and I were in hair and makeup, husband-to-be decides he wants to WASH HIS CAR. Yep. Two hours before we need to leave.
    After driving around for ages, he can’t find a car wash that’s open because it’s the Easter long weekend. So he decides to go to Kmart and purchase more car washing supplies and do it himself.
    He’s outside, happily scrubbing away at his tires and I’m yelling from inside the house: “babe, we are getting married in 40 minutes and you are washing a car in your pjs!!!!”
    Our kid thought it was the most hilarious thing ever, as did the makeup artist.
    Life continues to be amusing with this doofus.

    • Laura says...

      I love it! Hopefully he came to his senses and got ready.

  87. Kate says...

    I’m getting married in 3.5 weeks and this is the perfect post to read at this stage! Anything that goes wrong will hopefully be a hilarious story later. Thanks for sharing.

    • Christy says...

      Congratulations, Kate, and I hope you get some truly good stories on your wedding day! :)

  88. Kate says...

    When I was 22, my friends got married, and they asked me to sing at their wedding. I sang one song and they hired a woman to play the keyboard for my song and then sing and/or play the rest of the songs. I spent the entire lengthy outdoor ceremony (in August, in full sun) turning pages and holding music for her. By the time we got to the song for the unity sand ceremony, my arm just got slightly tired, I let it rest on the keyboard, and immediately hit the automatic beatbox button. I scrambled to hit the button again to turn it off and OF COURSE hit a button that turned on a funky samba beat. No one remembered my beautiful rendition of “That’s How You Know It’s Love,” only my beatboxing.

    • Jess says...

      OMG I looooooove this story. What a fun, unique, spontaneous thing! I’m sure it made everyone smile. :)

    • michaela says...

      I am dyyyyyyying. Literally trying not to laugh out loud at my desk!

    • Em says...

      This is AMAZING. LOL-ing so hard right now picturing this :) :)

    • Katie says...

      I laughed out loud at this story and totally would have laughed if I were there in person too. This is fantastic.

  89. Tabitha H says...

    These stories are all so good! There were several mishaps at my wedding…
    1) the wedding coordinator the church insisted I use yelled at me during the rehearsal (I said “I think we’re doing X” and she yelled “At this point we don’t *think* we *KNOW*” and I was just like it’s a figure of speech, lady! And I’m pretty stressed rn so please don’t yell at me!)
    2) my bridesmaids BROKE MY BED the night before (8-9 girls sat on corner and the leg buckled! I asked my Dad to fix it, thinking if it wasn’t a 5 minute fix I could just put the mattress on the floor. Cut to 1 hour later, my Dad has alllll of his tools out and is insisting he can fix it, while I’m crying that I just want to sleep because I was totally exhausted! I left a teary voicemail on my fiance’s phone and I’m pretty sure he thought I was having second thoughts when he heard it the next morning!)
    3) The morning of, my bridesmaids were late, so I was in a panic that they’d gotten lost or were in a car accident. Luckily they were fine! It turns out they were just at Starbucks!
    4) When I put my dress on, my Mom noticed that the skirt was extremely wrinkly because the bridal store hadn’t steamed it (even though we paid for that) so my Mom steamed each layer of the A-line ball gown… with me in it.
    5) Then we discovered that Men’s Wearhouse gave one of the groomsmen the wrong suit, so it was a different shade of gray. Someone asked me “What do you want to do??” and I said, “Get married???” Honestly as long as he had clothes on I didn’t care what color they were.

    When I type it all out, it sounds like a hot mess of a day (and it was definitely stressful!) but now we have the FUNNIEST wedding stories! And some really sweet memories too – like my surprise when I started tearing up when my Dad walked me down the aisle, and my husband beaming the whole time! And my cousin (the flower girl) running up to supervise us cutting the cake. And everyone blowing bubbles as we ran out of the church to the getaway car! And we ended up married, which was the most important thing!

    • Sure, surely you were up to your neck in How Many Shades of Gray jokes?

  90. Heidi says...

    I was at a wedding where the bride’s mother, who is a talented artist, had painted the couple’s monogram onto an aisle runner at an outdoor on- grass wedding. They tasked the wedding planner with going to the front of the ceremony area and unrolling it to welcome the bridal party and reveal this beautiful artwork.. The wedding planner went right up to the front of the aisle, and in what was supposed to be a very poignant, sweet moment, she bent over and in doing so, kind of lost the waistband of her pants and flashed her leopard print thong underwear and upper butt area to every single wedding guest. It was truly remarkable. We still laugh about it!

  91. Katie says...

    Our fun wedding story involves a 100-deg day and a limo fire.

    After the wedding ceremony, but before the reception, our bridal party piled into the limo to drive around town and take photos. However, the 100-deg day was made hotter by the limo’s broken air conditioner. To save our makeup and deodorant for the reception, we ended the photoshoot early and headed back. As we neared the hotel, we heard our photographer yell, “GET OUT! The limo is smoking!!”

    We’re still not sure exactly what happened, but the thankfully the limo driver handled it and we walked the final block back to our hotel. As part of our wedding package, we had the presidential suite, so we were very happy to say that everyone in the bridal party got their own dedicated AC vent for the hour and we were reimbursed for the limo expense. Overall, it made for a great story to tell at the cocktail hour and our wedding photographer joined us in the hotel room to capture our impromptu hangout.

  92. Emma says...

    I’m a rather scatterbrained and, quite frankly, lazy person so my incredible mother planned our wedding for us. It was at a beautiful, historic hotel in Cape May, NJ in late September. My mom and I have very similar taste, so for the most part I let her have free reign over the planning. However, when she suggested that I arrive to the ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage, my answer has a firm, emphatic “absolutely not.” That is, until she was completely crestfallen and I gave in. On the day of the wedding, the carriage arrived a little early, so rather than just circle the block, my mom and I did a little tour of Cape May in the carriage to keep me out of sight of the wedding guests before the ceremony. Everyone we passed yelled out “Congratulations!” and “You both look beautiful!” and “Best of luck to you both!” as we drove by.
    Weeks later when my wedding photos arrived, we saw that the back of the carriage had a huge, ornate Just Married sign on the back.

    • Megan says...

      TOO GOOD I am dying, Emma!! 😂😂😂

    • K says...

      Oh my God, I’m laughing out loud. That is hilarious!

    • Lacey says...

      Oh my gosh. This is so good.

  93. KK says...

    I kissed my (soon-to-be) husband right when I walked down the aisle! I was absolutely giddy to see him, so I didn’t think twice when I went in for the kiss … until I saw the startled look on his face, followed by our guests chuckling with delight. Our officiant said “Well, that’s a first!” and then proceeded with the ceremony. When it was time for us to kiss at the end, he said “You may now kiss … again!”

    • Megan says...

      I did that toooo! Didn’t think twice about it

  94. EJ says...

    Laughing out loud at work! Here’s my blooper..
    Upon reaching my now husband at the end of the aisle, after the formal “giving away” by my parents, I was so full of emotion that turned to him and mouthed “i love you!” and went in for a small kiss (nothing crazy!). he DODGED out of the way and yell-whispered, “no kissing until the end!” as if it’s some marriage ceremony rule. everyone laughed. i blushed to my toes and we got on with it. now it’s a funny story that he dodged my kiss at our actual marriage altar, but at the time i was mortified!

    • KK says...

      Glad I’m not the only one who had this instinct! My husband couldn’t quite dodge in time though, ha! :)

  95. Allie says...

    My cousin asked for “greens” from her florist and ended up with an array of flowers SPRAY PAINTED NEON GREEN. She about lost it but some creative bridesmaid ended up scrounging up actual greens the morning of the ceremony – fortunately the wedding was on Oahu, so there were lots of plants around:)

    • Laura Greenwood says...

      This killllled me!

    • Amelia says...

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA

  96. Lauren E. says...

    That last one cracks me up!! I’ve heard that a lot of people choose weddings songs based on the lyrics in the chorus, and realize later the lyrics in the verses are anything but romantic.

    The only hiccup at our wedding was that the 5 person band showed up with an entourage. We live in New York but got married outside of Rome, and never did a site visit so we had to just keep our fingers crossed on a lot of decisions. We hired a band who only charged us $500 to play from 4PM til midnight, and they showed up to our Airbnb wedding venue with roadies! So we have a strange group of about 10 people wearing street clothes in the background of all of our reception photos. But the band was AWESOME and in hindsight, it’s pretty hilarious.

    • Kat says...

      Bahahaha!! I’m dying! That is so funny!🤣

  97. Faith says...

    This is an amazing compilation of stories! The photo of the cake blunder is hilarious—I love that you can see the wine glass in motion. :D

  98. Katie says...

    I nearly peed myself when I saw the bride with her dress on fire. Her expression!!!

  99. Joanne says...

    I love these stories! I think that moments like this can make the day even more memorable.

    My younger sister, aged 9, shielded our first kiss with my bouquet. She was very kindly holding it for me during the vows, but flung it up as we leaned in, as someone had previously told her that kissing in church isn’t allowed. She wanted to “protect our modesty” so that we weren’t embarrassed! The photo now makes me and my husband laugh every time we see it, and it showcases my bouquet beautifully :)

  100. Alexan B. says...

    As my fiancée and I plan our own wedding and figure all this out, this post has given me hope that it’ll all work out in the end.

    • LeighTX says...

      As long as you’re married by the end of the day, it has worked out. :) All the rest is just frosting on the (hopefully upright) cake. In thirty years that day will be a hazy memory, because all the really important things happen afterward. Best wishes on your marriage!

  101. Brittany says...

    Aaaah! I’m dying over here. That first story is my sister! Jo – you have to know the level of excitement we both have right now. We just spent like ten minutes shrieking over the phone that her story and picture got featured. We’re like giddy school girls. I just ran to some girlfriends in my office with my laptop to show them, haha. So fun! Oh, and the cake story from Caitlin’s wedding is totally one we talk about to this day. We all still can’t believe it happened! That and “front zip girl”… which is another story for another blog post.

    We love you Jo and Team!

    • Summer says...

      Brittany, I love your sister’s face in that picture! She’s like, “Okay. That just happened. Should I laugh? Cry? Cut a b**ch?”

    • Erin says...

      All the facial expressions in that photo are priceless.

  102. Tess says...

    After the wedding ceremony and pictures, I walked into our venue for the reception and admired the floral centerpieces (I wasn’t there when they were delivered that morning). Suddenly I noticed that for some inexplicable reason the water in all the glass vases was dyed a hideous dark green. I freaked out, because I thought that’s all anybody would notice, but no one has ever mentioned it, so I guess no one really thought it was as bad as I did. I still have no idea why the florist decided to do that – to hide the flower stems??

  103. Cate says...

    These are all so good! My dad drove me up to the ceremony in a vintage triumph. We beat the photographer there, so she asked that we back up and drive in again. To all the guests though, it looked like I had changed my mind and was driving away!

    • Meaghan says...

      My husband and I had our wedding ceremony at the top of a mountain overlooking the Blue Ridge in Virginia. We “centered” the ceremony next to this giant boulder, standing just in front of it. My dad officiated and gave a great opening speech… and then suddenly it was my turn to speak with my vows. I was incredibly nervous and felt like I would start crying from nerves. Just then, our dog – a sweet yellow lab who had been charged to the custody of one of our good friends during the ceremony – broke free of our friend’s grip and came ambling up to the boulder. I thought it was really sweet that he was coming up to join us for the ceremony but right when I thought he was going to sit next to my husband… he lifted up his leg and PEED on the boulder right in front of the entire wedding. He even looked back at the crowd and made eye contact with a few people. It was amazing and hilarious – the entire wedding party of 120 people started cracking up and I immediately felt completely at ease and ok to say my vows, figuring I couldn’t top that scene so all I needed to do was say words. I’ll always be grateful to our dog for breaking the tension of the wedding and bringing it back down to the fun event that it should have been. And amazingly, no one got a picture of this! Later, our dog was also the only guy to be kicked out of the wedding for poor behavior when our caterer approached us, saying that a “very sweet but persistent yellow lab in a bow tie” kept entering the kitchen tent and trying to snag food. We escorted him off the scene and gave him a good pat on the head for all his efforts that day.

    • Meaghan says...

      Didn’t mean to post that as a response! Sorry!

    • Christina says...

      A vintage Triumph! I love it! That’s what I’m hoping to do for my wedding day; my fiance’s dad has a beautiful white TR250. but I’m not sure my dress will fit – haha!!!