Wedding Recap and Withdrawal

Stranger ruined my wedding

I spent two years planning and every spare dollar putting together my dream wedding. The venue I was in love with,  I had to book 2 years in advance. It was a gorgeous garden in a park, complete with garden house. I paid the top price to book the venue for the entire day, and to make it a private event that was closed to the public. (There are fences and unlocked gates with 'Closed for private event signs.) Our ceremony was beautiful and went as I had hoped. After, we moved into the garden house for dinner. While dinner was being served, ANOTHER COUPLE CAME INTO THE GARDENS, AND GOT MARRIED! As dinner was wrapping up and people began moving back outdoors, my priest mentioned that the other bride and groom were getting closer to where most of my guests were, doing photos. It ended up with the other bride calling my husband a pussy, and a very large feud between the couple and many members of our wedding party as the venue director arrived and escorted them out.

A lot of my guests were very riled up. And I'm still angry as hell. All that planning, patiently waiting for an available date, and another bride showed up to my wedding! Although my family and friends were very supportive, I'm still so embarrassed. On top of it being so tacky that the other bride and groom showed up, I'm embarrassed about the screaming and yelling.

I worked and dreamed so hard over this one day, and it's hard to imagine I'll ever remember it fondly. As much as I'd like to just forget, every time it comes up, I am so outraged by what this couple took from me.

Re: Stranger ruined my wedding

  • It was very rude of the couple to assume that they could trespass on your wedding space.  I am sorry your husband felt it necessary to engage them.  It would have been better to have someone quietly call the police.
    They didn't ruin your wedding.  You married your husband in the beautiful venue that you chose.  Your reception was nice, too, wasn't it?
    What they did was to act like donkeys on their own wedding day.  Imagine the happy memories THEY will have!
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  • I'm sorry this happened to you. I have so many questions though....

    - Did they actually get married in the gardens or just to take photos? So did the venue allowed another wedding or did this couple just "jump the fence" to take pictures?
    - Did your venue contract say you had the entire place booked? 
    - Had you hired security and security just missed them coming in? 

    Hindsight is 20/20 but what did you think was going to happen when a bride and groom (feeling entitled to "their day") confronts another bride and groom (feeling entitled to beautiful photos)? Heightened emotions and angry words were BOUND to happen. You probably should have had the venue coordinator go kick them out and never even got close to speaking with them.
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  • Jen4948Jen4948 Houston
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    I'm sorry this happened to you. I have so many questions though....

    - Did they actually get married in the gardens or just to take photos? So did the venue allowed another wedding or did this couple just "jump the fence" to take pictures?
    - Did your venue contract say you had the entire place booked? 
    - Had you hired security and security just missed them coming in? 

    Hindsight is 20/20 but what did you think was going to happen when a bride and groom (feeling entitled to "their day") confronts another bride and groom (feeling entitled to beautiful photos)? Heightened emotions and angry words were BOUND to happen. You probably should have had the venue coordinator go kick them out and never even got close to speaking with them.
    I think this is too harsh on the OP. If the venue led her and her husband to believe that they would have exclusive use of the area, then I don't think scolding her in hindsight is helpful.
  • Jen4948 said:
    I'm sorry this happened to you. I have so many questions though....

    - Did they actually get married in the gardens or just to take photos? So did the venue allowed another wedding or did this couple just "jump the fence" to take pictures?
    - Did your venue contract say you had the entire place booked? 
    - Had you hired security and security just missed them coming in? 

    Hindsight is 20/20 but what did you think was going to happen when a bride and groom (feeling entitled to "their day") confronts another bride and groom (feeling entitled to beautiful photos)? Heightened emotions and angry words were BOUND to happen. You probably should have had the venue coordinator go kick them out and never even got close to speaking with them.
    I think this is too harsh on the OP. If the venue led her and her husband to believe that they would have exclusive use of the area, then I don't think scolding her in hindsight is helpful.
    I know - after I wrote it, I realized it did seem harsh.

    But maybe they did have exclusive use, maybe they didn't. There isn't really a way to know without seeing their contract. That's why I asked.
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  • Jen4948Jen4948 Houston
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    Jen4948 said:
    I'm sorry this happened to you. I have so many questions though....

    - Did they actually get married in the gardens or just to take photos? So did the venue allowed another wedding or did this couple just "jump the fence" to take pictures?
    - Did your venue contract say you had the entire place booked? 
    - Had you hired security and security just missed them coming in? 

    Hindsight is 20/20 but what did you think was going to happen when a bride and groom (feeling entitled to "their day") confronts another bride and groom (feeling entitled to beautiful photos)? Heightened emotions and angry words were BOUND to happen. You probably should have had the venue coordinator go kick them out and never even got close to speaking with them.
    I think this is too harsh on the OP. If the venue led her and her husband to believe that they would have exclusive use of the area, then I don't think scolding her in hindsight is helpful.
    I know - after I wrote it, I realized it did seem harsh.

    But maybe they did have exclusive use, maybe they didn't. There isn't really a way to know without seeing their contract. That's why I asked.

    It was a fair question and I agree with you that if the venue did promise exclusive use, then its staff should have told the other couple that they couldn't use the space.
  • lyndausvilyndausvi Western Slope, Colorado
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    I always wanted a beach wedding.   When I finally got engaged I  spent 15 months planning the perfect beach wedding.     Mother nature had other ideas and I didn't get my dream wedding.

    Sure it's a little different than your situation, but the point is sometimes things don't go as planned.  Sometimes an outside influence can change things.   It sucks, but shit happens.    

      My advice to you is let it go and focus on the good things.    I look back at my wedding with fondness.   All my family and friends all gathered during a hurricane to watch us get married.  I remember how amazing my husband.  I laugh at the cake melting.  How is was my 90+ year old great-aunts last family gathering.   How after 9 years we still love each other.    Focus on what went right.



    That all said,  I also think it's a fair question to ask if you did have exclusive rights to the area.  If you did, I would be demanding compensation from the venue.






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  • climbingwifeclimbingwife NYC 'burbs
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    I agree that is sounds like the venue may have allowed this other couple in. Surely they didn't just walk in off the street with an officiant. And if that's the case, your issue should have been with the venue, and not this other couple. 

    There's nothing you can do to change what happened. Just focus on the good of the day and move forward. 

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  • I think you need to look back at the good memories and not let this ruin your day.

    However you can also find out why the couple got in on the property and look at your contract.   If you had exclusive rights and they were able to get on property I'd look into some kind of refund because the area clearly didn't provide any kind of security.

    I'm curious about the kind of space you used.   There's an old historic mansion on state property that you can book for weddings near me.   It's actually on the same grounds where DH proposed.   The venue will stay open until after the park closes but the park doesn't close to the public until sunset.  Was your venue one of these types of places?   I could see bringing in my own officiant if I was one of two people on public grounds and as long as I didn't book the mansion I wouldn't think about it.   However I also wouldn't take photos that encroached on the party of someone else.   

    A call to your venue management sounds like it's in order. 
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  • I agree that you should talk to your venue about this. Obviously we don't know all the details of your contract, but if you paid extra to reserve the entire space for the whole day (and 2 years in advance), then this should not have happened. If the venue double-booked, then they owe you an apology and probably some money back.

    If another couple just snuck into the grounds without the venue's permission, it's not so much the venue's fault, but they should've probably handled escorting that couple out of the area before things got too heated. I mean if your priest knew they were out there, surely someone from the venue should've noticed it too? Heck, even if you were both booked by the venue, the venue should've done more to prevent any confrontations or overlapping between the two events. 

    I am sorry you had to deal with this, no wedding goes perfectly, but nobody should have to deal with unintentionally sharing their venue when they paid for privacy. 

    Hopefully once you get some explanation/compensation/closure from your venue, you'll be able to focus more on all the good parts of the day. And hopefully one day this will just be a really funny story to tell your kids. 
  • The fact that this happened sucks!  Really - you're entitled to feel that way when someone literally trespassed on your event.  That said, you need to be proactive in determining that the venue didn't double-book which would be worthy of checking your contracts over.

    That said, it's like the Tony analogy of Stop and take a moment to look around the room for all the brown, look up, look down, look for the brown...  Close your eyes and tell me what's red?  The point being is you're focusing on one detail of the day that went awry instead of the million other details that went as planned and were joyous.  The best thing about the past is - it's over.  "One day you'll laugh about this" - the reality is "why wait?!?!".  How many ways can you now find ways to laugh about this situation?  On your 10th Anniversary you do not want to spend the day dwelling on this because that's wasted time that you can be smiling at each other and engaging in romantic looks instead.  That's a far more worthy use of your time and energy.  Be angry (and all other emotions you're feeling now), but put a cap on the time that you spend doing so because the value of your time is immeasurable.    
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