Wedding vendors share the most outrageous things they’ve witnessed on the job
Weddings are a time of great emotion and often large amounts of alcohol. The result? Some outrageous behavior displayed by newlyweds, bridesmaids, groomsmen or guests – and wedding vendors get a front row seat.
Photographers, pastry chefs, coordinators, decorators and dressmakers in the industry have seen it over the years. And as another wedding season draws to a close, we asked them to spill the tea and share their most memorable stories.
The one with the disappearing groom
“The groom kept disappearing throughout the wedding day. The father of the bride picked on him and thought he was sneaking off to drink, but he was actually having an affair and Sneaking away to call his girlfriend! The newly married couple broke up within weeks. Very sad!” – Anon photographer, South West England
A flying cake and pantless groomsmen
“A groom dropped the wedding cake while carrying it into a hall. Luckily the bride was also the baker and managed to fix it before the first dance!
“At another wedding, I was taking pictures of the wedding procession and the boys all pulled their pants down – much to the mother of the bride’s amusement!” – Stephanie Cronin, Summers Photography, Berkshire.
Double deception with a pooy ending
“At a wedding we had booked our professional babysitting services and when my team arrived at the wedding venue we noticed a lot of whispering amongst the guests and very awkward tension in the air. We Found out later that the night before the groom had had an interlude with the bridesmaid…the bride was made aware and the wedding went on as normal!
“I also remember the ecological wedding. It was in the countryside. Giant teepees erected, one for the kids and a giant for the wedding all went well and the kids loved it and had a great time and soon all were asleep. Our company was offered some great food – delicious curry followed by chocolate mousse. Then we needed the toilets and after following the markings and a flowery route, I came to make compost toilets with sawdust and a small shovel to cover the inevitable!! – Stephanie Wallis, founder of Safe and Sound Event Childcare, Hertfordshire.
Some NSFW Alliances
“One couple went for plain wedding rings and she had ‘CU*T’ engraved on the inside of her wedding ring and he had ‘CO*K’ engraved on his. They were very quiet, well-behaved people, so it seemed a bit out of place but then they said it was because they had a pact that they wanted to shock their grandkids one day and thought it would be a good way to do it…when they will inherit the rings! Harriet Kelsall, from Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery, Hertfordshire, Cambridge and London.
A red wine disaster
“I saw a bride get so drunk on red wine that she was sick all over the dance floor in front of everyone during the first dance, including her own children. She had to be taken home by taxi! – Anon photographer, South West England
The Snow Angel (very messy)
“The night was approaching and my team and I were looking for the bride so that the newly married couple could enjoy the latest song. When I opened the door to the children’s room, I was greeted by a tidal wave of what looked like snow?! When I walked into the room, I couldn’t believe my eyes – the entire floor of the room was covered in a thick layer of little white polystyrene balls – the contents of giant beanbags! Down and behold, I found the bride lying in the center of the room, making snow angels, laughing her heart out.
“As funny as it was at the time, it then took over three hours to clean up after everyone left…” – Melanie Helen, wedding planner at Cranberry Blue London.
Are you a wedding vendor with a scandalous story to tell? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we might add your story to this article.