What’s the Worst That Could Happen?

Wedding nightmares are apparently a pretty common phenomenon with stressed-out brides near the end of their engagement.  Night after night, the frazzled bride’s subconscious plays out every possible scenario of things that could go wrong on The Big Day, from the slightly improbable to the completely absurd.  For some brides, this serves merely as fodder for a funny story over coffee with a friend, and for others, it convinces them make sure they are prepared for the worst in the off-chance that the dreams are their third eye seeing into the beyond.


Emma Thompson as Professor Trelawney // image via Stellar Path

I have yet to fall victim to these sorts of nightmares. Sure, I’m crazy stressed out about all things wedding right now, but my stress originates mainly from The List and from rational fears, such as the worry that I won’t be able to finish everything on The List. I haven’t quite ventured into the territory of the myriad of other things that could go wrong.

This weekend, Mr. Potion and I made the trip down to Blacksburg for my friend (and bridesmaid) MrsF’s wedding. You may have heard that a slightly interesting series of thunderstorms made its way across the state and the rest of the East Coast on Friday, causing minor problems along the way. The wedding reception was supposed to be held at the Blacksburg Country Club.


image via jrandlesley.com

Like millions of other Virginians, guess who didn’t have power on Saturday?

Now, never fear—this story has a happy ending. Turns out the country club did some leg work and called up The Inn at Virginia Tech to see if they could hold the reception there, with the country club staff doing the work.


image via The Inn at Virginia Tech

The Inn was cooperative, and the phone call that the bride received the morning of her wedding was not “So…what do you want to do now?” but instead, “We have a back-up plan!” Apparently, the bride originally wanted to host the reception at The Inn anyway, so everything worked out for the best.


the happy couple, thankful to be dancing in an air-conditioned room // {personal photo}

Of course, as Mr. Potion and I are the next in line to the altar amongst our group of friends, dinner conversation at the reception began with the question, “So, Miss Potion, what would you have done if this were your wedding?”

We all generally agreed that I would’ve freaked out, spent most of the day crying and sent out an announcement to the guests generally stating, “Just kidding, we’ll try again next week.”

Thus began a rousing game of Let’s Name Everything That Could Possibly Go Wrong on the Potions’ Wedding Day.

Let me tell you—this was a super fun game. It’s my new favorite game. I’m pretty sure I won. I mean, I’m the only player who nearly hyperventilated and tried to change the subject several times before announcing rather abruptly that it was time to go dance. And I’ve found myself practicing my skills at this game by making my own list of disasters in my head and freaking out about them.

Want to play?

Things That Could Go Wrong on the Big Day

-the Atlanta airport closes, and a majority of our out-of-town guests can’t get to the wedding at all, including the groom

-a hurricane tears its way inland and destroys the reception site

-the kitchen at the reception site catches fire and the entire place burns down before we get to eat any cupcakes

-my dress catches fire while being steamed/pressed and I have to wear jeans instead

-I never actually find a good pair of shoes to wear and just go barefoot

-all of my hair falls out and I have to wear a wig even though I am so very against using extensions

-the invitations don’t get sent to the printers on time so they get mailed out late, and by the time people receive them, they’ve already made plans for November 10th

-my fabric flower boutonnieres/corsages look stupid and everyone refuses to wear them

-a bridesmaid forgets to order her dress and has to wear jeans instead

-the florist covers the church in $1 million worth of white roses and when I can’t pay in full the entire parish brings a lawsuit against us

-the sound system dies at the reception site and I have to sing loudly, or else there will be nothing to dance to

-my makeup causes an allergic reaction that doesn’t show up until after months of use, and on the morning of the wedding my entire face is red and swollen

-the photographer wrote down the wrong day and doesn’t show up

-something is wrong with the seafood in the po’boys and every single guest is struck with immediate, violent food poisoning, causing them to vomit all over the dance floor

-they run out of Maker’s Mark before I get a drink

-the sound system works just fine, but the only music my computer is capable of playing is the Nyan Cat song on a loop for four hours and we can’t make it stop

-I receive the Blood of Christ at Communion and proceed to spill it all down my front

-the ring bearer does indeed throw his little book down the aisle, and while we’ve thought ahead and not actually given him the rings, it knocks over a candle on the altar, sending the whole church up in flames

-my dad decides he knows what’s best and will be driving us to our honeymoon and then back to NOVA, rather than letting me drive my own car

-Mr. Potion farts really, really loudly when he’s supposed to say “I do”

-I come down with laryngitis and am incapable of saying anything, much less “I do,” but I mouth the words anyway. Years later, the topic comes up in the form of a funny story in an audience with the Pope and he declares the marriage invalid because I never actually made any vows. Mr. Potion is so horrified that I had never realized this was the case and so decides to not re-marry me officially.

-Mickey and Minnie actually accept our invitation, show up at the wedding and terrify our two tiniest attendants (my baby cousins). They proceed to shriek in terror for the entire Mass, refusing any comfort, just standing in front of the altar rigid in shock and wailing at the top of their lungs.

*Phew* I’m really good at this game, y’all. It’s actually quite fun. At least I’m laughing at the ridiculousness my imagination is capable of instead of sobbing in the corner in sheer despair.

Your turn! What are some absolutely terrible things that could happen at your wedding, probable or otherwise?


Mrs. Potion

Herndon, VA
Wedding Date:
November 2012
An Invitation Sneak Peek
Gallery of the Day
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  1. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:51 am

    bahahahahaha This is the best game ever! My favorite was the florist bringing a lawsuit against you because she used $1,000,000 of flowers. hahahaha Most of my nightmares revolve around me not having appropriate attire. I had a dream a couple nights ago that my mom forgot to order a part of my outfit and that I didn’t have my hair done. But now I’m worried about the power going out!

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    best10612 231 posts, Helper bee @ 10:55 am

    I have all sorts of vendor fears from photographer to reception venue to wedding cake maker

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    Lone Star, Guest @ 11:05 am

    WHAT A GREAT VENUE! I couldn’t even read the rest of the post, I was so in love with the venue’s response. Love that.

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    Lone Star, Guest @ 11:06 am

    p.s. The main thing that went wrong on our wedding day was after multiple conversations with our florist about how much we HATED tall centerpieces and didn’t want them, every single centerpiece was extremely tall. Oh well.

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    Jenni, Guest @ 11:09 am

    I love this! I can’t decide if my favorite fear involves a farting groom or the always-terrifying Mickie and Minnie Mouse!

    You’ll be fine! Don’t freak yourself out… worrying about stuff that you have no control over will only drive you crazy. Good luck!!

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:20 am

    OMG, I’m sorry but this is SO funny! Hopefully this won’t happen Miss P.

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    Beltacular 51 posts, Worker bee @ 11:20 am

    I actually am planning a wedding in VA and was looking at venues the Saturday after the storm hit. It was really interesting to see which venues had planned ahead for these sort of disasters. Def a check in the plus column!

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    anemonie 1578 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:21 am

    This reminds me of Miss Wizard (now Mrs) declaring that she is terrified of bugs climbing up her dress during her wedding and biting her legs. The things brides think of while they’re worrying about what could go wrong!

    My FI and I are convinced there’s going to be a freak snowstorm or some other ridiculous wedding pattern during our outdoor, October wedding. I’m also pretty sure I’m going to trip down the stone steps at my ceremony (two down at the aisle entrance and up 5 more to get to the “altar”). I’m not going to see the reception room before our introductions, so I’m really hoping our florist isn’t a no show and everything I drop off the morning before will actually end up where it’s supposed to.

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    ashleighxcult 173 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:53 am

    I’ve only been engaged for 5 months (with 11 months left until our wedding) and already I’ve been plagued by three “wedding nightmares.” I hope this is one of those “get it out of the way early” things :(

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    cbl, Guest @ 12:13 pm

    We were married on the 23rd and live in the DC area. We came back from the HM the night the storm hit, and we could help but think that if we had gotten married only one weekend later how screwed we would have been. Church and hall had no power, caterer had no power, and a massive downed power line was right in front of the hair salon. *phew!*

    I also worried about spilling the wine on my dress at our mass. Thankfully I took a very, very careful sip!

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 12:37 pm

    Mr. D actually came up with a whole spiel about this yesterday — something to the effect of, all the hotel rooms get booked by the Prince of Wales (what?!), we get a freak snowstorm, my mom’s yard turns into a sinkhole, etc. etc. etc.

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    MissCarolyn 68 posts, Worker bee @ 12:37 pm

    The only thing that really went wrong on our wedding day is that my husband got laryngitis! He barely croaked out our vows, but he did it. Thankfully the rest of him felt fine, so he was able to enjoy himself the whole day. We have a pretty good story about our wedding now!

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    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 12:51 pm

    Haha you definitely thought of every worst case scenario!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:01 pm

    Oh, this is too funny, the things we as brides worry about :) Glad to hear there was a happy outcome for your friends’ wedding, those storms wrecked major havoc around here!

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    ebats 49 posts, Newbee @ 1:22 pm

    this is the best. my favorite is that running out of makers mark = wedding wide vomit party.

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:13 pm

    Hah! Omg girl you seriously have an imagination.. at least you are able to laugh about some of it!! I got food poisoning back in January and one of the first thoughts I had was “wtf will happen if I get this on my wedding day?! That’s it! Not eating!” …And yea. It was kinda in the back of my mind for the next six months!

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    ticket 501 posts, Busy bee @ 3:18 pm

    I love your imagination so much. Try to use it for good and not evil. <3

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    turkey 654 posts, Busy bee @ 5:54 pm

    Maybe putting all these “bad case” ideas into the universe will = no problems at all!!

    I am so happy that MrsF’s story had a happy ending. Her original venue deserves some MAJOR kudos for their reaction to the situation. You too often hear horror stories during weather issues like you mentioned (last summer’s hurricane, etc)…but this was a great one.

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:10 pm

    I think this is a fantastic way to express your stress. When you realize “the worst” that CAN happen, everything that COULD happen within the realm of possibility seems like much less of a problem!

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    Miss Ariel 83 posts, Worker bee @ 8:55 am

    First how awesome that the venue was able to come up with a back-up plan and that it all worked out.

    Second my biggest fear is that there’s a hurricane the weekend of our wedding and that my friends and family for California won’t be able to fly in, or maybe worse will be stranded here. And there’s really nothing I can do to keep that from happening.

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