08/01/2014 01:56 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Musician Plays Wrong Wedding, World Does Not End

A piano player sits down at a white baby grand piano, stretches his fingers and begins to play as guests file in for a June wedding. Once the bride is ready, he plays a wedding march as she walks down the aisle. Bride meets groom, rings are exchanged, kisses and cheers complete the ceremony.

A perfect day? Almost. Only one problem....

It was the wrong wedding.

In another atrium in the same venue, a bride walked down the aisle in complete silence. The rooms were nearly identical -- same fabric-draped ceiling, same gleaming white floors, same crystal chandeliers. The weddings -- completely different. Different colors, different styles, brides and grooms of noticeably different races.


Unfortunately, one of those couples was significantly less happy at the end of the day. A groom trying to surprise his bride with a special wedding gift was bitterly disappointed, and another couple was left scratching their heads at the mystery piano man who stuck around after the ceremony to play along with the DJ.

The wronged couple told us (the team here at GigMasters) what happened. We all felt for the bride and groom. Even as we received reports from everyone involved, we wondered how something like this could go so very wrong. We advise both vendors and planners to confirm and reconfirm with each other. Both sides claim to have done just that.

But, both weddings had one thing in common: they both ended with a marriage. Kisses, smiles, and best wishes all around.

Your wedding is the official first day of your lives together. No matter what happens, the day will still go on; the bride will walk down the aisle -- whether she's accompanied by music or Aunt Clara's throat-clearing. Wedding disasters happen, but they rarely stop a bride and groom from tying the knot.

If you have a wedding mishap, don't let it ruin the first day of the rest of your lives. The bride and groom set the tone for the celebration. If you cry into your veil all night, your guests will wallow too. You can all mope over takeout any day. But today, you're buying dinner! Choose to smile, take your partner's hand, and make the best of the situation.

On my own wedding day, I had a severe case of strep throat. I could barely sip my custom white Cosmo (requested by me so I wouldn't stain my wedding dress). But when dinner was over, I kicked off my shoes, smiled big, and danced my bustle loose. It was a great party.

My illness was only revealed by our late arrival to the post wedding brunch. My groom and I were delayed because I had to go to the ER to get antibiotics. No one even realize I was sick. I refused to let this one detail derail my big day.

Every day of our lives is a gamble. It can be blissful, or it can be a disaster. Wedding days are no exception to this rule, and things may go wrong. As a bride or groom, you must hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. And if the worst does happen, consider yourself lucky -- now you have a partner to go through it with you.