The Most Embarrassing Wedding Fails Ever
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I Do Disasters1 of 11
By Natasha Burton
Few events are as meticulously planned—and rife with emotion—as your wedding day. But even the most carefully orchestrated occasion isn't safe from disaster. From fainting at the altar to bailing groomsmen out of jail, here are ten jaw-dropping tales of nuptials gone awry.
Catching Fire2 of 11
Claire Baxter, of The Wedding Company, worked a wedding where the bride and groom insisted on a heart-shaped tea light arrangement on top of their cake. The plan was to light the candles and have them cut into one of the layers, making for a great photo op. "Unfortunately, the wicks were too close together, so instead of creating a beautiful photograph, the whole cake went up in one big ball of flames," says Baxter.
For the Birds3 of 11
Releasing doves is part of a traditional Persian wedding ceremony, says Sandy Malone, Caribbean destination wedding planner and star of TLC's Wedding Island. "But when it came time for the bride and groom to release the doves, the birds wouldn't fly away. They sat in the tree above us and proceeded to poop on the altar then flew to the head table and sat, most appropriately, on the bride's plate."
Tipping Point4 of 11
During a country club wedding planned by Randi Martin of Trilogy Event Design, the bride and groom jumped into a golf cart so the bride didn't have to walk from one part of the festivities to another. "The groom over-steered on a turn and the poor bride fell out," Martin says. "She wasn't badly hurt—just a scrape on her leg that was hidden by her gown. She thought it was hilarious and showed everyone at the reception what her new husband had done to her. He was mortified."
Music Mishap5 of 11
Minister Cerridwen Fallingstar once saw a ceremony musician storm out five minutes before the wedding because he wasn't happy with the set-up. "The bride had her heart set on coming down the aisle to the traditional wedding march, but there was no music," she explains. Fallingstar's clever solution? Having guests hum the tune. "It was actually the most beautiful wedding processional I have ever heard," she says.
Taking the Fall6 of 11
After Danielle and Craig said their vows, they exited during the recessional and waited for their wedding party to follow them—but no one did. "The minister finally showed up and was shocked that we had no idea that one of the groomsmen fainted and smacked his head against the wood floor. He had a golf-ball-size welt on his forehead."
Code Red7 of 11
"Just after the bride did a fantastic job of smearing cake all over her groom, she bumped her glass full of red wine down the side of her dress," says Courtney Lutkus, owner of Simply Radiant Events. Lutkus led the bride, almost in tears, to the bathroom and got to work with a Shout wipe. (A day-of emergency essential.) "We were able to get most of the wine out," she says. "The photographer only took a handful more pictures outside where it was dark enough to hide the stain."
Faint of Heart8 of 11
"Because I hadn't eaten anything the day of my wedding, I fainted on the altar just after the ceremony while the photographer was taking pictures," says Sherry Boykin. "In their efforts to revive me, one lady brought a bucket to the altar and sloshed a rag across my face and hairdo, right before another lady squeezed a banana slice between my lips, hoping the potassium would bring me back on my feet." Not exactly picture perfect …
Slammer Time9 of 11
Hairstylist Ashley Riddle recalls one wedding where the best man went missing the morning of the big event. "After several phone calls and trying to recount their steps from the night before—there was an open bar at the rehearsal dinner—they finally traced him to a jail cell," she says. "He got in a fight at a local bar and was whisked off to jail."
Horse Play10 of 11
Another bride Malone worked with insisted on arriving at her ceremony on horseback. "She was told no side-saddle was available, so you can imagine my surprise when she arrived in a mermaid-style gown that held her ankles one inch apart." Unable to mount the horse, the bride walked alongside holding its bridle … until it stepped on her 16-foot train. "She screamed and the horse froze," Malone recalls. Finally, amid more screaming, a trainer coaxed the frightened horse to lift his hoof.
Photo Finish11 of 11
Erica Gellerman, of Style the Aisle, recalls a wedding where the couple made their entrance down a grand staircase. "The bride, trying to keep up with her groom and the music, hustled down like a pro but missed the last step and face-planted," she says. "Luckily, she was unscathed, got up with a huge smile on her face and kept going." The best part? "The photographer captured the exact moment of her fall and the look on her and the groom's face were priceless—they even used the photo on their Christmas card that year."
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