Breaking a leg and being too drunk for sex…these couples had weddings from hell

With the average UK wedding now costing a staggering £30,000, every couple hopes for a day of wedded bliss when they tie the knot.

However, over a third of Brits say they regret their wedding with one in ten saying bad weather ruined it, according to a poll by Instaprint.

Another ten per cent say they were too stressed, seven per cent say they got too sozzled and six per cent admitted their nuptials were boring.

From the groom who broke his leg to the bride who got blind drunk, three couples share their wedding day regrets with Claire Dunwell and Lynsey Clarke.

Jessica and Ieuan

FULL-TIME mum Jessica Robbins, 28, and her mechanic husband Ieuan, 25, had an outdoor wedding in March but it was battered by gales and rain.

The couple, from Ebbw Vale, South Wales – with kids Lowri, two, and Mia, ten, Jessica’s daughter from a previous relationship – took their vows in nearby Festival Lakes and had more than 100 guests. She says . . .

"We decided to get married in the same spot where Ieuan asked me to marry him. My mum was so excited and offered to pay for the wedding as long as it was on her birthday, which is in March.

"The plan was to have an hour-long ceremony, with photos in the beautiful grounds of the lakes before heading off to the reception. There had been weather warnings leading up to our big day, but the forecast would change every day, so we remained hopeful.

"But on the day, it poured down with rain. I was absolutely soaked, right through to my knickers.

"My lips were so blue from the cold, I had to put more lipstick on before the photos to hide it. The ceremony only lasted 15 minutes. It was like being in a mini hurricane.

We were soaked after gales hit our outdoor nuptials

"The gazebo we were supposed to stand under blew away and everyone’s umbrellas were blowing inside out or flying away. Some guests brought along chairs but before they could even sit down, the chairs had blown into the trees.

"Miraculously, my dress stayed clean, but it was really heavy from being so wet. I was standing in a puddle for the whole ceremony and we weren’t able to have any photos with guests like we had originally planned. Everyone was soaked and guests had to take their children and sit in the car.

"Some people went home, or back to their hotel, to get changed before the reception because they were wet through. In hindsight, we regret making the decision to hold our vows outside in March, which is notoriously up and down weatherwise.

"An indoor wedding would have been a better idea – but it was still a lovely day."

IEUAN SAID: “It was just absolutely our luck that the weather would be so terrible on our big day.

"We laugh about it now and so do our guests.

“The weather might have been horrendous, but I managed to marry the love of my life. That was the important thing.”

Mark and Stefanie

STEFANIE Harwood’s wedding day was thrown into turmoil when fiance Mark broke his leg three weeks before while playing football.

The couple, who live in Wigan, cancelled their wedding breakfast and plasterer Mark, 50, had to leave the reception early because he slipped on his crutches. Store manager Stefanie, 32, says . . .

"When I look back on our wedding day, I can laugh about it, but it wasn’t at all funny at the time. We had been planning the wedding for two years and, like every bride, I wanted it to be perfect.

"When my sister bought Mark a ticket to play bubble football for his birthday, I told him to be careful – our wedding was only three weeks away.

"Players are inside an inflatable ball and because there is plenty of padding, I never imagined anything bad would happen. But my sister called me at work and said Mark was laid on the floor waiting for an ambulance.

"When I saw the state of Mark’s leg, I knew it was bad. His shin was badly broken. I burst into tears when the doctor said we would have to cancel our two-week honeymoon to Mexico because Mark needed surgery.

"Our wedding was ruined. We were both absolutely gutted and Mark kept apologising.

He broke his leg before our big day

"We had to cancel our wedding breakfast because Mark had to keep his leg elevated and there wasn’t enough space in the room with all our guests.

"Our colour scheme was ivory and red but Mark was in a bright purple cast. He hopped into the registry office on his crutches. My dad stepped in for the first dance.

"When Mark fell on his crutches in the toilet later and bashed his leg on the floor, he knew it was time to leave. He insisted I stayed to finish the night.

"It is disappointing our wedding day didn’t go as we had hoped. We plan to renew our vows and I’ve told Mark that, once we set the date, I am chaining him to the sofa."

MARK SAYS: “I couldn’t enjoy the wedding as much as I wanted, and after planning it for so long, we both wanted it to be perfect.

“If we renew our vows, I won’t leave the house for a month beforehand.”

Itzel and Dylan

PRODUCTION assistant Itzel Rodriguez, 32, regrets knocking back so much tequila on her wedding day.

She got herself into such a state that she had to be put to bed by her husband Dylan, 38, and consummation was off the agenda. They married in Mexico nine years ago and live in Bristol. She says . . .

"We got married in the most beautiful surroundings and had planned to finish the day toasting our marriage together in our room.

"But I drank far too much and, as soon as we got back there, I passed out on the sofa, fully clothed.

"I had a couple of beers before the ceremony because it was so hot, and that was followed by wine with our five-course meal. My dad had ordered a really good tequila, too, so we opened that at around 5pm.

"I don’t usually drink more than a couple of beers on a weekend, but I was having such a good time partying, I got carried away in the moment. But the excitement meant I didn’t eat properly either.

I was a boozy bride and too drunk for sex

"When me and Dylan got to our room, he realised he had left his phone charger in the bar. I asked him not to leave me alone because I knew I was drunk, but he said he wouldn’t be long. Everything after that is a blank.

"Dylan didn’t have a room key and, when he got back, I didn’t hear him knocking. It took him two hours to find one of the hotel staff to let him in.

"I woke up the next morning with a shocking hangover. I was still wearing my make-up. Dylan was disappointed with me and when he explained how drunk I was, I felt terrible.

"I regret our wedding night was not more romantic, and it was my fault. I did make it up to him the next day."

DYLAN SAYS: “I was a bit annoyed with Itzel when she crashed out in our hotel room.

“It took me ages to find someone to let me in which was difficult because I don’t speak Spanish. The receptionist looked at me strangely because I was wearing a kilt which is unheard of in Mexico.

"We had a great day so I couldn’t stay annoyed with Itzel for long.”

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