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At Elite Marquees, we know that planning your big day can be considered a stressful affair. 

But with so much to think about and organise on your big day, from time to time, things don’t always go according to plan. 

We recently had a look around the web for some examples of wedding day horror stories from wedding Vendors and some of the big days that they’ve worked on – from mothers of the groom interrupting first dances to brides assuming they didn’t have to pay for decorations, it’s safe to say things don’t always go according to plan.

‘The bride expected us to pay for her decorations’

“There was one bride who was under the impression that we would be paying for the decorations out of what she had been paying us. We informed her that, while we could handle those directly if she wanted, she would still have to cover the cost of anything we had to purchase. She was so angry, demanded a full refund, and actually contacted her family lawyer.”

‘The couple hadn’t paid for their reception’

“Once the ceremony started, we headed over to the reception hall to oversee the setup, only to find out that the couple paid the deposit, but never paid the balance – about half of the total cost (around £22,000). The catering hall was refusing to hold the reception until they got their money in cash. The older brother tried to help us by trying to get money from relatives, but they were obviously short of the sum needed.

“When the couple arrived, the groom, the brother, and our main wedding coordinator met with the manager and they basically offered their money box, along with whatever payment they were able to round up to hold as ransom until they made the payment. The reception went on as planned, and once everything was set, the team broke their main work rule and had a strong drink.”

‘The bride forgot her shoes – and made the ceremony two and a half hours late’

“There was one wedding that we were working on, but the brides mum was insisting that everything had to be right on schedule no matter what. But about 45 minutes before the ceremony was supposed to begin, a bridesmaid grabbed one of our staff in a panic and told us the bride forgot her shoes. She told me that the bride absolutely needed her shoes.

“As a wedding planner team, we talked to the bride and told her that no one would notice if she didn’t wear her shoes. The bride didn’t agree and made an uncle drive and get them. It took him about 2.5 hours to get them. The whole time, we were trying to convince the bride to start the ceremony and she refused.”

‘The bridesmaid was a nightmare’

“One wedding the maid of honour wanted to control the formal portraits, told the main photographer how to do her job, freaked out at the caterers because the cake was late even though they weren’t connected to the bakery at all. Later, she told one of the other bridesmaids she should have lost weight to fit into her dress better, and was really just an all around bitch who stressed the bride out all day long.”

‘A guest got locked in the bathrooms’

“We had a drunk guest get stuck in the bathroom, and because the doors were from the 1920s no one in the building didn’t have a key. Other guests started to take videos of the situation, so I had to get security involved – alcohol had impaired a lot of their judgements and they were being rude!”

‘They couldn’t agree on a colour scheme – and then didn’t get married’

“Young couple comes into my bridal shop and is picking stuff out. The groom is pretty blasé about it all, and the bride isn’t happy about this attitude. When it comes to picking vest styles they get into a huge argument right in front of me and my colleague. Eventually the groom throws up his hands and says, “if we can’t decide what colours then we just shouldn’t get married!” And walks out the door and leaves in his car. The girl starts crying in our store while we are just bewildered. My colleague asked if she was OK. She walked out the door crying, and we never saw them again.”

‘The priest was an hour late’ 

“The wedding day comes and everyone is seated in the church. We are outside with the bride doing the final check, with the church doors closed as she prepares to walk in. Except no one knows where the priest is – he can’t be found inside the small church. It turns out, he thought the wedding was actually an hour later than it really was. As he rushes to get to us, and the harpist continues to keep everyone occupied, we realise that while we were figuring this whole thing out, no one bothered to clue in the groom, who was just standing alone at the altar.

Looking for help with your big day?
Elite Marquees has a dedicated team with many years of experience. We have fantastic relationships with many wedding venues and vendors throughout the North West in beyond. Which allows us to make sure everything goes right for you and your partner. 

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