You know they say to be prepared for at least one thing to go wrong on your wedding day.
A late floral delivery, a snagged pantyhose, or a flower girl gone rogue.
But usually they don’t say that fire will be involved. 🙂
One of my favorite bridal shower gifts was this –
The Happy Hubby and I were engaged for well over a year, so you can bet I couldn’t wait to finally get the chance to light this baby once our wedding day arrived.
I set it on the dresser in my room and enjoyed its sweet fragrance while I bustled around getting dressed (actually, my maid of honor was yelling at me to get dressed while I sat on the floor in my pantyhose and a blue oxford eating a bagel. Priorities.).
I finally finished dressing and putting my makeup on about the same time the photographer arrived.
He immediately started snapping pictures and asked if I could ‘reenact’ my getting ready process.
I’d never had someone follow me around actually wanting to take photos of me, so I gladly allowed him the pleasure of documenting the ever-important lipstick application.
I hammed it up – giggling like a teenager and sending coy smiles in the direction of the flash.
But as I leaned over the dresser I sniffed something a little bit more alarming than anything Yankee Candle has ever sold in their stores.
I looked down just in time to see that my sacred candle had burned a special little Wedding Day hole in my veil!
My first thought was to cry.
I mean, I loved that veil! So pretty with tiny sparkly rhinestones all over.
My second thought was, “Holy cow, holy cow thank you, Lord that my whole highly flammable hair-sprayed head didn’t go up in flames.”
I mean, I could have been walking down the aisle looking like something on the menu at Char Hut.
My third thought was, “That’s kind of funny.”
And I threw my head back (in the opposite direction of the candle this time) and laughed.
Really, I didn’t go all bridezilla.
You see, the Happy Hubby’s and my union was such a long-anticipated, joy-filled, prayed-over occasion that nothing, not even permanent burn marks in my white headpiece, was going to rob me of the excitement I felt in soon becoming my man’s forever lady!
I was itching to tell the Happy Hubby about it (as he thinks I am the master of living in a state of oblivion), but we had promised not to have any contact with one another until we saw each other coming down the aisle.
So you can bet that the first thing out of my mouth as the Mrs. Happy Hubby was pertaining to my fried veil.
He laughed about it, too.
Guess that’s why we make the perfect ‘match.’ 🙂
Do you have any Wedding Day Disaster stories to tell?
Happy Burning Your Wedding Veil-ing!
Our car (with our rings and all of our centerpieces and favors– and luggage for our honeymoon) was stolen on the morning of our wedding.
after we left the church for our honeymoon, my parents loaded up the presents from the social hall to take to their car. the wind was blowing fiercely as it often does in Las Vegas. Cards that weren’t attached well to the gifts began blowing off. My mom gathered them up and put them on the ‘card less’ packages. She never told me. I wrote thank yous and no one ever told me I thanked them for the wrong present! That was 50 years ago and we still wonder about that.
My sister was going to take my car to our hotel after the wedding (mom had rented us a limo so we could ride out in style). Hubby saw my keys sitting on the counter and thoughtfully grabbed them for me, thinking that I had just forgot to put them in my purse. My sister had to pick us up from our hotel and drive us back to the church so I could get my car!
My hair stylist burned holes in my veil while doing my hair, but my bridesmaids didn’t realize it until we had got back to my parents house to get ready to leave for church. Luckily my mom is a seamstress and made my veil, so she quickly repaired it with left over tulle netting she had. Needless to say, at the time I was so upset but thankful we fixed it.
We were at the hotel getting ready the morning of the wedding. I am very tall & had the bright idea to hang my wedding dress on the fire sprinkler on the ceiling of the hotel room. I thought only heat or smoke would activate the sprinkler…boy was I wrong!! Sprinkler went off, dress, shoes, bra, etc were soaked. Hotel couldn’t turn the sprinkler off so we waited for the fire department to come. They eventually turned it off. Room was entirely flooded. Family & friends dried everything with hair dryers & it ended up a wonderful wedding day. Crazy day!!!!
What a cute bride, Fairy!
Our “disaster”- We had an appointment with the photographer at the beach ceremony site an hour before the ceremony to take pictures, so that we could get all those beautiful pictures while hair was still nice and not wind-blown. Of course, we were running late. All my bridesmaids were ready to go. I was getting my hair done when they left.
I came into the room where we were dressing – it was empty except for my dress. I started to slip into it and realized that there was no way I could button myself up because of the corset design of the dress and um, I had gained a few pounds after I bought the dress (long engagement). It was going to be a tight fit.
I looked out the window. ALL the cars were gone, except for my future brother in law, waiting to drive me to the ceremony. Having Paul help me would be very awkward. In despair I yelled out loud, “Who is going to help me with my dress!!” A tiny voice answered, “I’ll help you!” My six year old sister, Darleen, my flower girl, had faithfully waited for me when everyone left. With grit and determination, that tyke squeezed me into my dress and buttoned me right up! – Though neither of could find my wedding jewelry, so we left without it.
Waffle Wedded Wife… Contagiously hilarious wedding video in my email this morning
I am laughing about as hard as she was!! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Matt & Dana Clark
this sweet story makes me love you even more!! i didn’t know you then- but these pictures are so fun for me to imagine you:) (we got that SAME candle & i did the same thing!! minus the fire:)
i have to say as stunning as you were (that dress is just spectacular- fit for a fairy!!:) i think that today – 2 kids & many trials later- you are even more beautiful my friend.
hugs to you -& i will be thinking of a story- i might have literally blocked them all out!:) haha
So thankful that you were not hurt! You have such a beautiful heart . Blessings!
Small, yet memorable. We handed out bubbles before walking out to our limo so people could send us off in a sea of bubbles. We had attached little cards with our name and wedding date to “cutesy” them up a bit. It wasn’t until we had passed them all out and hubby and I were waiting to walk to the limo that we realized my mom had typed up our name with my MAIDEN name (which was Roach…so I was a bit happy to have a NEW last name)! So instead of reading Ryan & Becky Nicholas, it read Ryan & Becky Roach.
The funny thing is, my mom, myself, and all my bridesmaids had tied the tags on about 150 bottles of bubbles without ANY of us realizing the mistake! Becky Roach just sounded right, ya know? After 23 years of hearing that? It seemed right. =)
Do Not Disturb
We had a couple fluke happenings but no disasters. Thanks for sharing though as it made me reminisce on some of fun moments of the day that I don’t often think about.
I was married in July of 2004 in Puerto Rico. I was very excited about an outdoor wedding. I didn’t anticipate rain. Although we waited for the rain to stop in order to begin the ceremony, I didn’t realize that the ground would be so muddy! As I walked down the isle my heels kept getting stuck into the ground. Needless to say my white gown was full of mud right up to my waist line! All my pictures needed to be photoshopped in order to make my dress look white again. I must say surprisingly (the control freak that I am)I didn’t freak out. We still laugh about it till this day.
On our wedding day I forgot to bring my hubby’s ring, it didn’t hit me until we were at the alter!! We had to have the best man run off and get them, he finally found them after dumping the contents of everones purses:) to my defense it was the bridesmaids job to grab them:) but over all we had a wonderful wedding and are happily married now:)
This is why I love your blog- you are very real and not afraid to let others see! Thanks for the refreshment!!!
Do I, not sure exactly where to start. I shall start with the celebration of the much anticipated and exciting ceremony of getting dressed. It took place, at the time, at a very very close friends house. All the girls gathered there hours before the wedding to do our hair get dressed and have loads of fun. We were having so much fun that nobody was paying attention to the time and all of a sudden it was pandemonium. One by one the cars starting pulling away from the house and everyone was leaving for the wedding. But alas, guess who got left behind, yes that’s right, the bride. This was long before cell phones, so I had to wait, with tears in my eyes and anger in my heart, until someone remembered to come back and get me. I was an hour late to my own wedding. My poor husband to be thought that I stood him up at the altar. But all went well, the ceremony was beautiful and then there was the reception. We like all couples had our favorite tunes picked out, our song that we picked to dance to for our first experience as husband and wife and so on and son on. But alas, the DJ got sick and sent his friend to cover for him who didn’t have any music. Our friend saved the day and went home and brought back his giant (I mean big giant speakers) and played some crazy music for us that night. But I must say, I wouldn’t have changed anything. We learned early on that life is really unpredictable, we new then to hold onto each other for the wild ride that was ahead. As always thanks for sharing.
Ok! My wedding is on 18 May 2013… no candels will be lighted on! Sure! XD
LOL, and then I proceeded to wear said burned veil as my “something borrowed” for my own wedding a year later. It really was that pretty. 🙂 Good times.
Laura Lee Groves
Oh, Julie — it was a truly MAGICAL day and you were simply bee-yoo-ti-ful! (and I didn’t even notice)
Beautiful pictures, too. I still remember that cake! And the tables for the kids!!
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