It's an universal fact of weddings, it seems: Something will happen on your wedding day that will cause you (justifiably) to freak out. Here, six brides share what that something was, and how they handled it.
Our ring bearer and flower girl wouldn't walk down the aisle.
"Our flower girl and ring bearer, who were young kids, got shy and didn't want to walk down the aisle, so their mother had to walk them down. But this all took so much time that by the time I started walking down the aisle, the song had ended! I was supposed to walk down during this special crescendo that would really make an impact and be dramatic and instead the song literally ended as I walked. I was very upset at the time, but got over it very quickly. There was nothing I could do and reacting would make it worse and more embarrassing." — Lauren
My dress never arrived.
"I was holding a destination wedding in Japan, and my mother was bringing my wedding dress with her when she traveled. Unfortunately, she wasn't able to make it on time and so, my dress didn't make it to me on my wedding day. Thankfully, in Japan you can rent your dress from the venue, and my hotel had a massive bridal salon in the lower levels. The morning of my wedding, I went to the bridal salon and was able to pick a gown, have it altered, and delivered to my suite two hours before my wedding was supposed to begin!" — Dorian
I didn't have my bouquet for my bridal portraits.
"I really wanted navy berries in our flower arrangements, and because our florist's wholesaler doesn't supply them, she decided to hand-paint berries navy so that we could still get the look we wanted. She was so sweet to do this, but she worked right up until the last few hours painting and drying berries — and because of that, we didn't have our flowers until we arrived at the church. So, for my bridal portraits, we had to get really creative so that I wasn't just standing there empty handed. Luckily, our venue has a beautiful green house and a lime tree, so I posed in front of it and even with a lime! In the grand scheme of things, as long as you're marrying your best friend, nothing else matters. And as weird as those photos felt, they're some of my favorites." — Kristen
The car service drove off with our rings.
"I ordered car service for my parents and sister to come to the wedding before it started. But my dad left the rings and our important wedding papers in the car, and the car drove away! Luckily, my parents were able to call the car service and get the car to come back. But moments like those really make your heart stop!" — Lauren
Our DIY cake didn't turn out how we planned.
"My fiancé and I decided to bake our own wedding cake for the reception. Neither of us are master bakers but we figured that if we simplified the whole cake business to just a layer cake and 300 cupcakes, it would be manageable. In the weeks coming up to the wedding, I baked dozens of cupcakes and froze them, planning to defrost and then decorate them on the morning of the big day. I also practiced making the cream cheese frosting a number of times, so I had no reservations to making a huge batch early in the morning and quickly piping it onto the cake and the cupcakes. Except that my mother bought the wrong kind of cream cheese, and the result was me crying on the kitchen floor covered in white, extremely runny cream cheese frosting. I had worked so hard for weeks to make this perfect and now there was no time to experiment with trying to fix this disaster. All the butter and the cheese were used up and the cupcakes were just muffins without the frosting. That's when my knight in shining armor mounted his horse — read: my fiancé got in the car — and drove to the nearest store to buy about 12 cans of prepared cream cheese frosting. I still wasn't happy with the fact that our cake was not entirely handmade by us, but all involved vowed to keep the source of frosting a secret." — Zuzanna
My soon-to-be-husband botched his big day look
"On my wedding day, my soon-to-be husband went to a barber shop to trim his goatee and mustache. There was some kind of miscommunication, and the barber shaved his face completely. I had never seen my husband without facial hair — until our wedding day as he walked down the aisle towards me. I was shocked and almost didn't recognize him! I took a deep breath and married this 'stranger' anyway. It took a while to get used to his new look, but now we're living happily ever after." — Kristen