You plan your wedding down to the tiniest detail, but things can still go wrong. Perhaps a table assignment gets mixed up. Or maybe the bride goes berserk, hurls the cake, tries to bite a cop and gets tossed in jail. That’s what happened to Adrienne Samen, 19, whose Aug. 16 reception at the Mill on the River restaurant in South Windsor, Conn., was going just swell until workers closed the bar at 4 p.m. What happened next provides an excellent lesson in Wedding Dos and Don’ts:
DO have an open bar so your 80 guests can enjoy a cocktail or two.
DON’T allow your guests to steal booze when the bar closes, then make a major scene yourself. Samen admits, “I was pissed off.” Recalls Mill spokeswoman Diana Brandt: “She had to be picked up and carried out by family members.”
DO discuss the bar snafu with your new husband—Marine reservist David Samen, 21, just back from a tour of duty in Iraq.
DON’T risk giving your husband flash-backs by berating him in the parking lot, spitting on your wedding ring and smashing flower vases. “She threw one tier of her chocolate-mousse cake at the door and said awful things involving body parts she does not own,” says Brandt. Samen insists the vases fell and says she pushed, not threw, the cake. “I wanted it out of the car,” she says. “It just got blown out of proportion.”
DO dive into your husband’s arms when the feeling moves you.
DON’T dive onto the hood of your husband’s Chevy Blazer when he’s pulling away without you.
DO wave at police officers when they arrive at the scene (though not just with your middle finger.)
DON’T kick at the windows, try to bite a cop, get charged with criminal mischief and breach of peace and end up in handcuffs (the charges could mean a year in jail). “The last thing an officer wants to do is take a bride into custody on her wedding day,” says South Windsor’s Sgt. Matthew Reed. “Had she cooperated, we’d have sent her on her way. But she wasn’t willing to do that.”
DO get a good photographer.
DON’T forget to smile when you pose for your mug shot.
DO post the $1,000 bail, so you don’t spend your wedding night in the county lockup (you may wind up back there soon enough after your Aug. 28 court appearance).
DON’T have an open bar at your one-year anniversary party—if there is a one-year anniversary.