Thursday, June 6, 2013

things that went wrong

In honor of our anniversary, I thought I'd share some of the [tons of] ridiculous things that went wrong immediately leading up to/on our wedding day.

[1] The two weeks leading up to our wedding I had a horrendous upper respiratory infection that, in turn, exacerbated my asthma in the worst ways. I had to use a nebulizer multiple times each day and night to get through it. The icing on the cake was when I found out I had strep TWO DAYS before we were slated to get married. Still recovering on the wedding day itself, I was exhausted by 8 pm and ready to leave the reception to rest.

[2] The night of our rehearsal we had to stop at the reception venue first to drop off a ton of stuff. We had our entire wedding on a budget of approximately $5,000, so our venue was a community center and we were able to buy all of the beverages, make the centerpieces, etc. to save money. After unloading everything there, my dad's van wouldn't start. We weren't sure if he would make it to the actual rehearsal, but luckily, he did!

[3] On the subject of cars that wouldn't start, the day of the wedding Jon's aunt (who is an incredibly talented hair stylist) did my hair at my parent's house. She was the last to leave for the church... and her car wouldn't start either! She didn't have any of our cell numbers to turn back, so her daughter had to come from their hotel about 20 minutes away to get her!

[4] One of my biggest fears was the sound not working at the church. This happened to two of our besties at their wedding and I lived in fear of it. The wedding party walked down the aisle to 'Such Great Heights,' I walked down to 'You Have My Attention,' and we left the church to 'When We First Met.' If you know me at all, you know how hugely important music has been in my life and the thought of our wedding not playing out to the soundtrack I had in my mind for ages was devastating. Naturally, the day of, the sound system wasn't working. Luckily, my friends and family knew I would have gone loco if I had found this out so they kept me blissfully ignorant while they arranged for our friend, Cameron, to hold a microphone to a boombox speaker with our CD playing. Bless all ya'll!

[5] We wanted our wedding to be as early in June as possible to avoid the heat because the church we got married in didn't have air conditioning. Naturally, it was hella humid and hotter than the face of the sun that day. Our guests were champs and dealt with the discomfort gracefully.

[6] The unity candle! *shakes fist* The dag unity candle wouldn't light for us. However, since we are totes on the same page, we locked eyes and put each of our candles right next to each other in front of the unity candle. #candlepwnage

[7] It started raining the second we got into our topless getaway car. We ended up just doing a lap around the block and headed back into the church.

[8] Wedding cake debacle v1.0. Jon's middle name is Paul and usually when he meets someone new he will introduce himself as Jon Paul. In a further effort to save money on our wedding, we did a very small tiered cake and asked for a sheet cake to use to feed most guests. This is how the baker decorated our sheet cake:
Ladies and gents, meet our best man, Paul. Don't worry, Jon took care of biznass.
We never planned on guests seeing this cake anyway, so it wasn't a huge deal and made for a great photo opp!

[9] Wedding cake debacle v2.0. Meet cake topper Jon & Danielle:
We had arrived to the reception hall early so we were there when the baker came to drop off our cake. At one point she meanders over to us with an uneasy expression and holds out her hand. What was in her hand, you wonder? Cake topper Danielle's head. "Um, I accidentally broke this" and walks away. Thank God my mom is crafty and hadn't yet arrived from home--she brought super glue with her and put my head back on when she got there. LITERALLY!

[10] During the reception, the police showed up. Turns out, someone had smashed windows and grabbed the GPS out of the cars of our wedding photographer and one of our sweetest and kindest friends, Tessa, in the parking lot. Someone noticed and called the police who had to come into our reception to find the car owners. We felt terrible, but both victims didn't let the unfortunate event affect them!

[11] The caterer ran out of food. It's seriously a blessing that I didn't know this until a few weeks after our reception, otherwise this is the one thing that went wrong that day that would have pushed me over the edge. Three years later and I'm still salty about it.

For us, it didn't matter that all this stuff went wrong throughout the day--we actually look back on these things with fondness. We were finally married and that was enough to keep us smiling through it. That being said, if I could go back and change anything about that day, the only thing I would have done differently was spend more money for a better caterer. That, and quarantine myself the entire month before our wedding.


  1. Oh my word! I can't believe all those happened!

    1. It was pretty ridiculous, but each time we just kind of laughed because these things tend to follow me around in life...

  2. You know what is so funny, though? I was there - IN THE WEDDING - and I barely remembered ANY of these things! When I think back on the day it was happy and beautiful. Even the rainstorm for the pictures seemed to make it even more special.

    1. Aw thanks love! It was definitely special and also so 'us' for everything to implode ;)