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The 15 worst experiences wedding planners have ever had

The 15 worst experiences wedding planners have ever had

Written by Katie Byrne

Real-life wedding organisers have shared their craziest experiences on Reddit...

When Reddit user badedum asked users to share their most embarrassing wedding stories earlier this week, the answers came. In the thousands.

We've picked out some of our favourites below - make sure you check out the original thread on Reddit here.

The question: Wedding planners of Reddit, what did your worst bridezilla/groomzilla do?

"A bride once called having a melt down because her friend got engaged as well and was planning to get married in the same year as she was... Apparently it was her special year and not just a day. She threw a huge fit that this girl was only getting married to "steal her thunder"... Yes, because no one else can have a life at the same time as you. Her friends date wasn't even in the same month or season. Hers was in October and her friends was in June.... Brides sometimes don't think rationally." - sillykitty1990

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"Friend is a photographer. Does weddings. Got punched in the face by the groom because the groom decided that the photographer was "taking too many photos of the bride."
Weddings seem to bring out the worst in humanity." - BannedFromAlamo

"I'm not a wedding planner, but I do work in the industry and my friend is the wedding planner I'm telling this story about.He is a good looking, straight male that has an amazing eye for design and detail. He can do everything from wedding dress design and execution, flowers, you name it. And his services are not cheap. He had a bride who called him up a few days before her wedding and told him she couldn't go through with the wedding because she was in love with someone else. The conversation went something like this:

Bride: "I can't marry him, I just don't love him anymore, I think I'm in love with someone else!"

Him: "What do you mean you're in love with someone else!? Your wedding is in 5 days!"

Bride: "Well.... I'm in love with you. You just GET me! I've never met anyone else like you!"

Him: "...Do you know how much your parents are paying me to get you?!"

She ended up getting married 5 days later and it was never mentioned again." - ClassicJenny

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"My worst bride was an Ivy League educated shrink. She tried to play head games with absolutely everyone involved in the planning of the wedding. Frequently had fits. She and I butted heads because she wanted a carpet running straight from the bottom of the stairs to the doors of the chapel. I told her it wasn't possible (they didn't line up). She kept on asking me if I was sure, even after I showed her exactly what I meant. She narrowed her eyes and told me she thought I had a problem with the truth. She was very controlling with the groom as well. I remembered their names and looked them up on Facebook a while back. They're divorced and he appears to be happily remarried." - cfvh

"My sister is getting married on Friday. She threw the ring at her fiance yesterday and stormed off down the street barefoot because she asked him when he was picking up some decorations for the wedding and he asked when he should. I guess she took that as, "I don't care about this wedding or you. Your decorations are stupid and you look fat"." - NoIdeaWhatImEvenDoing

"My mom worked in a bridal salon when she was in college. Sizing was a nightmare. Sandra came in to try on gowns. She tried on the large sample dress, had it pinned to see how it would look on her if it was her size. She said this was it, so my mom took her measurements, and figured out what size she needed to order. My mom told her her dress will be a size 8 based on her measurements; Sandra threw a fit. "That's impossible! All of my other dresses are size 4! I have been a size 4 since I was 14. I am not an 8! Order me a 4!"

My mom would explain how sizes vary from designer to designer and that, while she may be a 4 normally, with the designer of her dress her measurements are considered an 8, and it's just a number, and if it's too big it can be taken-in but a 4 couldn't be taken-out... Sandra took none of that. Despite all protest, she demanded a 4. A couple weeks before the wedding her size 4 dress arrived. It wouldn't zip (duh). Bride had a meltdown. Mom had to apologize and reorder a larger dress at the bridal salon's expense." - fieldofdaisies4


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"I had one horrific couple that didn't care about anyone. The groom was 30 minutes late for the ceremony, but it was no big deal, because the bride was 2 hours late. After the ceremony, we had to shorten cocktails to make up for lost time. The couple got wasted in their limo, and both ended up falling asleep. They were both so late for their own reception, that I had the venue serve dinner without them. Their parents were furious. The brides parents left early, and the couple didn't arrive until 11 at night. Half of their guests left before they arrived, and they yelled at me for allowing dinner to start before their arrival. (This was a 400 guest wedding) I had a really high strung groom who yelled at a one of his young guests (the kid was 12) for sitting out of his assigned seat, and told the kid and his parents to leave. Later at night, the brides father (who was single) made out with one of the bridesmaids, and the groom punched him. We had to call an ambulance, and the groom was arrested." - Toronto_Planner

"I work as a Hotel Manager and we see bridezillas all the time. The worst was when a bride was so upset that she couldn't fit all of her bridesmaids on one shuttle back from the reception (they took two vans on a 10 minute trip back to the hotel and it only seats 12) that she tried to physically assault the driver. He left her on the side of the road when she tried to bite him. The kicker? When the groom found out and came to get her- she was acting so crazy he went to pick her up with her parents and when they found her trudging back down the highway and heard her sh*tty attitude they left her there too. " - m30w7h

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"The bride that decided the morning of her wedding, that she just hated her dress, and expected me to fix that for her. She had seen pictures of Gwen Stefani's wedding dress, and wanted me to either dip-dye her David's Bridal Clearance dress ombre pink, or just procure a couture dress for her. When I told her neither was possible, she screamed,"What am I even paying you for?", and threw her shoes at me. She did eventually get married in the offending dress, but looked miserable the whole time." - casinogirl2001

"Working at a venue for a two day wedding (they'd basically rented out an entire hotel) and they had ordered a lot of food with catering. Way more than they would ever eat over those two days. The bride (and her mother) seemingly worked in shifts to ensure that none of the food that was taken away or uneaten could go to the staff. She would follow waiters taking away trays to the kitchen and watch as we put them into storage. At the end of the whole event, she ordered the staff to throw away all the remaining food (we're talking about A LOT, at least £4000 worth) whilst she watched. I don't ever remember seeing the groom." - mongrelmanners

"The groom got mega plastered and smashed a bottle of cognac on the dance floor and literally tried to set in on fire. The function supervisor tried to tell him very politely that he couldn't and he got a it upset about that and started screaming "this is my wedding and if I want to burn this place down I will" cops were called." - unverifiedscrobbler1

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"I had a bride announce her pregnancy at the reception...and proceeded to get trashed. The groom and her parents kept taking drinks out of her hand and she kept slurring "yeah, like I'm not going to drink at my own wedding". I finally convinced her to switch to vodka sodas so she wouldn't stain her dress and she drank club soda for the rest of the night and was none the wiser." - dangernj

"Just worked a wedding this past Saturday. They had booked for 100 people. When they gave me the guest list (I work at a country club with a security gate so we need everyone's names so they can get in the gate) there were 117 people. I told them that I would have to charge them for 117 because that's how much food we would have to prepare. Cue annoyed phone call from the bride being all "every time we talk to you it seems like there are more charges." Well yes, but every time you talk to me you add something, like guests or bar packages." - measureinlove

"We had one groom who was an hour late. His bride laid down on the floor, pulled the back of her dress over her head, and started singing nursery rhymes to herself until he could be located." - bebomochi

"My most recent bride was having what was obviously her second or third wedding. She kept trying to use everything for free, even though she had signed a very specific contract that stated what she could and could not do. She pitched a fit over that. Then, on the day of the wedding, she threw a nuclear meltdown fit when her bridesmaids got tired of taking photographs after three hours and went somewhere to get warm. She started screaming at the photographer that she was going to keep taking pictures and to hell with all of them." - okthisistheplacetobe

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