Wedding Nightmares

During the course of wedding planning, I’ve had several pretty intense wedding nightmares. And I’m not just talking about wedding-related dreams. I’m talking about full-blown wedding nightmares, those of the variety in which EVERYTHING goes disastrously wrong.


Image via Brides / Illustration by Edwin Fotheringham

OK, I guess none of my nightmares have been quite as bad as this image. I mean, I’ve never shown up at the ceremony sans wedding dress (phew!). Though I’ve come dangerously close to this, and most of the time my nightmares have to do with my wedding-day attire.

Here are just a few wedding disasters I’ve dreamed about recently:

  • No veil come wedding day. As you know, I’m definitely a veil bride, so the prospect of not having one on my wedding day is most certainly not OK with me. In my dream, I spent hours desperately searching for a veil without ever finding a single one. Did they all just disappear? I guess so.
  • Wedding dress doesn’t fit. To be fair, it was too big, which is a far better predicament and much less depressing than having a dress that is too small. But still, a wedding dress that doesn’t fit on your wedding day is completely useless, whether it’s too big or too small. At this point in my dream, I was also incredibly late to the ceremony, so there was absolutely no time for alterations, and so I just stood there in my giant dress and sobbed.
  • Wedding dress is stained. As I slipped into my wedding dress, my consciousness recognized the distinct possibility that I could get makeup on my dress, so I tried to be really careful. Of course, my efforts were futile, and when I looked down at the front of my dress, it was totally smeared with foundation.

My most recent wedding nightmare was particularly disquieting. The night after I made my first alterations appointment (which is this week!), I had a dream about the appointment. I was patiently waiting for my dress when the consultant told me that it would be slightly different than I remembered. I was totally confused and panicked, so she explained that the original dress was too difficult to alter, so the designer just changed the design and fabric a bit.

When I put on my dress, it was completely different. It had a ton of lace, the bodice was primarily see-through, and there was a drop waist. I basically died. I know some people like these qualities in a wedding dress, but they are absolute deal-breakers for me. And to top it all off, the fabric was this gross stretchy material, which the consultant described as a “white denim.” She went on to add that this material was much easier for them to work with and alter. I quickly dissolved into tears, completely freaking out and demanding to get my original dress back.

I woke up in a state of total panic, convinced that my dream dress was really gone forever and had, in fact, been replaced by this monstrosity. But as sanity set back in, I remembered that there is no way a bridal salon like Priscilla of Boston could ever do something this crazy. And in any event, it wasn’t worth worrying about until after I have my alterations appointment and actually see my dress.

So now that I’ve just shared my crazy wedding nightmares, it’s your turn! Have you ever had any wedding nightmares? I’d love to hear about them, if only because it would mean that I’m not the only one whose subconscious is working overtime to add additional wedding stress!


Mrs. Parasol

San Ramon, California
Wedding Date:
September 2011
Wedding in a Box ”“ All Accessories Included!
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  1. parasol Bee
    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:14 am

    @Khairing Bee: Oh my gosh, falling cake is no good! Ahh!
    @Miss Bug: That sounds terrible! And I can’t believe you’re having nightmares every night. I’m crossing my fingers I don’t reach that point–I don’t think I could handle it!
    @NYCcaliBRIDE: Haha, I love your calm dream self. I’m the completely opposite–I go crazy!
    @Chibop: Well congrats on your real marriage! So happy for you!
    @JD: Haha, very true!

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    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:18 am

    @Future Mrs. Leon: Oh no, that second one is so sad! But I’m so glad he’s been reassuring! 🙂
    @MariaPaz: Wow, I love your analysis of your dream! You’re a pro!
    @Future Army Wife: Haha, I never thought of Pnina’s dresses, but you’re so right! Only mine was way uglier than any of hers! Oh, and I can only imagine how intense sorority nightmares are!
    @Miss Teaspoon: So true!
    @Miss Kettle: Thanks for laughing with me! Although these nightmares are no fun at the time, in hindsight, they are good for a laugh!

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    kallie3000 8 posts, Newbee @ 1:25 pm

    I have definitely had a few wedding nightmares. My scariest one was it was 3:55 (wedding is at 4:00) and my matron of honour and the hair dresser and I had JUST STARTED driving to the place where my makeup and hair would be done! I woke up freaking out.

    It actually turned out to be a good dream, in that it drew to my attention my worries that my hair stylist wouldn’t be reliable enough (friend of a friend). I have since switched and haven’t had any more dreams about that 🙂

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    cucumbersandwich 604 posts, Busy bee @ 11:03 pm

    Hmmm I am trying to remember all my wedding nightmares but nothing is coming to me. Maybe there are just too many to think of. I have these all the time! I think the most recent was that I completely forgot to write our ceremony and was busy scrambling 10 minutes before I was supposed to walk down the aisle!

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    Mariette 2 posts, Wannabee @ 12:12 am

    Lol white denim i dreament my wedding dress is yellow polk adottedan i was running from door to door on a big big veneu with an umbrella, my make up turned my face purple and red, my tiara turned plastic and my veil was on a dolls haid way to small, last night i dreamt that my hair wasn’t done and had to get it done 5 min before the whole wedding when i got ther it was straight again…… araivingat the altar my hubby was wearing a short sleave shirt way to small but at least smilling….. when we get to the actual party the champagne is bubbly at all omfw these dreams are getting worse and worse i have 3 month to go……..

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    Sabrina, Guest @ 5:17 am

    My dream was about the reception hall this week I’m about to close the deal for the venue we are going to be around 250-300 so we are reserving a big hall in my dream I arrived and half of the tables where empty and nobody was dancing/drinking/having fun we where all just sitting at our tables doing nothing and that freaked me out I woke up in a panick half asleep i called my fiancé … he started laughing . This dream felt sooo real that is my worst nightmare that people won’t come to my reception ..

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