From missing people to dress dilemmas and cake mishaps, these unlucky couples share their wedding day disaster stories.

11 Real Couples Wedding Day Disaster Stories

Wedding Day Fails and Disaster Stories From Real Couples

With months, or even years, going into preparing for your big day, you’ll likely have every detail of your wedding day planned down, right down to the last stitch in your bridal gown. From the structure of the day, to the bridesmaids accessories and the perfectly-timed jokes in the Best Man’s speech, you’ll have thought of everything.

But we all know that sometimes even the best-laid plans can go awry. We’ve spoken to real-life newly weds about their own wedding day disaster stories. From the case of the missing cake to forgetting the groom’s name, these will help you see the funny side in wedding day fails.

Online Shopping Shocker

“I originally ordered bridesmaid dresses from China because they were £70 each. However the company mucked me around too much and the dresses never arrived. Four weeks before the big day I had to find new dresses for all the girls, which proved difficult at such short notice. Luckily we all preferred the new dresses, so it was a blessing in disguise. Just whatever you do, don’t buy dresses online!” Mollie, Cornwall

No Good Comes From Snooping

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“Before he proposed my fiancé had taken a picture on his phone of the engagement ring to send to his friend for his approval, but he forgot to delete it! When I was looking at his phone I saw it, ruining the surprise… worse still, I didn’t like the ring!” Gemma, Kettering

They do Say Never Work With Animals…

“I had planned to propose at Longleat in the penguin enclosure on the weekend of my girlfriend’s birthday. I had a plaque made that read, “Will you marry me?” for one of the penguins to wear around their neck, but disaster struck a few weeks before when the penguins all caught malaria and sadly died.” Ricky, Somerset

The Case of the Missing Cake

“We ordered our cake to be delivered on the wedding morning but it never turned up! So we didn’t have a cake at all. To our horror, the cake then arrived the day after the wedding!” Karen and James, Newport

A Very British Summertime

“Our ceremony was at 10am in August in a beautiful outdoor setting, so we’d planned to have the entire day outside. We’d arranged a scenic lane walk, lawn games, a bouncy castle and a bungee run, but the weather had other ideas. From 11am the heavens opened and bombed it down for the rest of the day, scuppering all our picturesque plans. It was still the best day ever, and eleven years on we’re still happily married.” Holly, via Twitter

READ MORE: 10 Hilarious Wedding Speeches 

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Weight-loss Woes

“When I ordered my wedding dress I told the boutique to order it in two dress sizes smaller than I needed it to be. I planned on losing weight before the wedding. They didn’t think that I would lose that much though, so they only ordered it in one size smaller without telling me. When it came to my fitting the dress was huge and I hated it! I had to buy a second dress.” Zara, London

Bridesmaid Break-ups

“I originally had three bridesmaids, but the planning process was a huge eye opener and lesson in true friendship. In the months leading up to the wedding, one of my bridesmaids started dating my fiancé’s best man, which led to a whole host of problems and resulted in us falling out. On the day, I had two bridesmaids. Choose your best girls carefully – going through what I did while trying to plan the wedding was not fun!”
Vicki, Stoke-on-Trent

Delivery Dilemmas

“After searching for a perfect suit for ages, I decided to have my suit made. When it got to a week before the wedding I started to panic as the suit still hadn’t arrived. It got lost in delivery, only turning up a few days before the wedding.” Stuart, Edinburgh

Technical difficulties

“I had prepared a video to play instead of a traditional speech because I knew that I would get too emotional speaking in front of everyone. Unfortunately, there was a problem with the projector and I had to read my speech after all! It ended up being a very emotional outburst of feelings, now known as ‘the never-ending thank you speech’.” George, Kent

Gift-list Wedding Day Disaster

“Five days before our wedding day, our gift-list company went bust and £2000’s worth of gifts went missing along with it.” Holly, via Twitter

Who’s the guy?

“As well as the weather disasters, and gift-list company going bust, my dad kept getting my husband’s name wrong in his Father of the Bride speech (we’d been together over ten years), and kept calling him my brothers name instead. Thankfully my new husband took it well.

“I’m now a bridal dressmaker and tell all my nervous brides about my day and that I’ve yet to go to a wedding where everything ran exactly to plan, but I’ve yet to attend a ‘bad wedding’ either!” Holly Stevens, Wowsers in Your Trousers. 


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Ruby is Digital Editor of Wedding Ideas and the brand's sister magazines, Baby and Little London. Overseeing Wedding Ideas' online presence, Ruby covers everything from bridal fashion and beauty trends to venues, budgets and whether Brexit will affect your big day. When she's not navigating the world of weddings or scouring the internet for the latest lifestyle and beauty trends, you'll probably find Ruby trawling through the Zara sales, escaping the city for a weekend at the spa or cashing in the discount vouchers at her local Pizza Express. And when that doesn't work, she'll be parked on the sofa midway through a Netlfix crime documentary binge.