What’s supposed to be the most important day of your life can turn into an absolute mess. Take a generous dose of bad luck, sprinkle in some oblivious relatives, add a whole bunch of misunderstandings, and there you have it—the recipe for a perfect wedding fail!
Jimmy Fallon, the host of the Tonight Show, challenged people to share their worst wedding fails. The stories are hilarious, make us pity whomever they happened to, and act as a warning to all of us that everything that can go wrong will (probably, most likely) go wrong. Upvote your faves and be sure to share this post with anyone who’s engaged.
When you’re done with this list, you’ll probably wonder, “Thank God that’s over, I nearly lost my faith in marriage as an institution.” Well, we’re not quite done yet. There are more wedding fails to enjoy right here.
Bored Panda spoke with Sarah and Anna, Team Leaders of The Celebrant Society, to ask them about the best way to deal with difficult and unexpected situations at weddings.
"It's really important to expect that at least one thing is going to go wrong on the day," Sarah and Anna told us. "This event is the culmination of many businesses, people, family members, elements, and months of work coming together and squeezing into one 6 hour period. Something will go wrong and that's totally okay, because the end game is not to have a perfectly run event—it's to get married to your love in the same perfectly imperfect way that you live your lives."
They continued: "Of course, having a great sense of humor helps any embarrassing situation, but it's also important to remember that these are the people you love and trust the most and who know you best (or at least they should be!)."
"You're in a safe space with people who love you. If something embarrassing happens, you're in the best company to help you through it," they said that the people we love will be able to help us get through anything.
Kiki told Bored Panda more about what happened. "It was my cousin's wedding and she was very stressed that day. Her husband acted fast, probably without thinking, but somehow it worked."
"After 3 years, we are still laughing about it and yet, she's still so embarrassed (we can't blame her for that). In my opinion, a perfect wedding is a time one spends with his or her family and friends, having the time of their lives and making the memories," she told us.
"Also, I think people can't just predict the future. So if something happens, a fail as you guys called it, I think the most important thing is to smile. Just smile and laugh about it, and don't forget that it's your time and you should be happy no matter what happens."
It’s ironic that intentionally trying to avoid fails usually leads to them. It’s best to worry only about the major things you know you can control instead of trying to micromanage every single aspect of the wedding only to burn out.
The Wedding Ideas online magazine explains that there are some things that brides should do (or avoid doing). Otherwise, the wedding might take an unexpected turn. For instance, it’s vital that you set crystal-clear boundaries from the very start how much your family members—especially your parents—can interfere in the planning.
On the flip-side, it’s imperative that you involve your partner in the wedding planning. If they feel left out, sidelined, and ignored, your marriage won’t be off to a good start.
Speaking of not leaving anyone out, it’s important that you at least say a quick “hello” to everyone who comes to your wedding. Nobody needs you to be their best friend (you’ve got an eternal bonding of souls to get to after all), but your guests will want to feel appreciated.
Also, consider getting wedding insurance: you never know, you could catch the sniffles right before your Big Day and may need to reschedule.
But at the end of the day, the very best piece of advice would be to focus on the big picture. If you focus on micromanaging everything, you’ll get lost in minor details and won’t be able to see the forest for the trees. And that’s when wedding fails tend to strike! So make sure that the next time Fallon asks about wedding fails, you have nothing noteworthy to tweet back at him.