6 Wedding Day Problems Brides Faced (And How They Fixed Them!)

Ceremony & Vows

We've all received this warning: Something will go wrong on your wedding day. But these five brides handled their wedding day disasters like pros. Here's how.

"I insisted on having a trolley to transport our guests to the ceremony and reception. Of course there was traffic, and the trolleys had a huge delay. The trolley was late to pick me up and I was going crazy. Lucky for me, my bridesmaids are the best. One was willing to kick people off the trolley to make room for us so we could arrive on time! To save my face and not anger my guests, another bridesmaid had her boyfriend offer to take the guests to the ceremony. My bridesmaids saved the day, and I arrived on time despite the extra 250,000 people in the city. Needless to say, choose your bridesmaids wisely — I definitely did." — Michiel

"My DJ decided to play the song to which I was supposed to walk down the aisle for my bridesmaids. The best wedding advice someone gave me had been, 'something will go wrong on your wedding day, so remember it is your day and don't sweat the small stuff,' and I kept that in mind when he played my song early. I decided to not let this ruin my day, and I gave him a signal before walking down that aisle to play it again!" — Stacy

"One of my bridesmaids showed up late on my wedding day! She made it in time for the ceremony, thank goodness, but she missed all of the group pictures before the ceremony, and was not in any of the getting-ready shots. We fixed the problem by taking additional group pictures during cocktail hour. I was sad to miss most of cocktail hour, but it ended up working out. I was so nervous before the ceremony that in most of those pictures I looked too stiff and posed. But after the ceremony, the group pictures with my bridesmaids were more relaxed and natural and fun. I will treasure these pictures forever." — Adina

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"When our white limo pulled up and the rear passenger door was opened, we could see the entire inside was covered with confetti. No one had cleaned the limo from that day's morning wedding! I was wearing a white lace gown — and there was no way I was riding inside that limo. So, my two matrons-of-honor and I rode to my wedding in a blue limo. What a letdown!" — Martyne

"Our problem was rain, and that's an understatement because our wedding venue was flooded just an hour-and-a-half before the wedding was supposed to begin. If rain is lucky, my husband and I should play the lotto more often. We kept calm, and when we saw the radar was moving the storm away from us, we kept on trucking. We decided even if everything went wrong on our wedding day, we were would be just as married as if everything went according to plan. The bridal party wiped off chairs, guests hung out for an extra 30 minutes, and the show went on." — Michelle

"When our flowers didn't arrive on time, we had to get creative with our pre-ceremony photos. How, exactly, to avoid looking awkward for your bridal portraits without a bouquet? My photographer had me twirl and use my veil, and even pulled a lime off a tree at our venue to pose with in place of my bouquet. At the time, it felt a little silly. But some of these photos ended up being my favorite, and we wouldn't have gotten them without the mishap." — Kristen

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