The reception turned into a nightmare

Sometimes the very best planning still won’t prepare you for trouble. I thought my fiance and I planned our wedding with every detail and issue in mind. We knew it was going to be a strange wedding with social distancing and masks, but we weren’t going to let anything stop the plans for our big day. Our friends and family went into quarantine for two weeks before the wedding, so we could lower everyone’s exposure during the ceremony and festivities. I was happy that everyone came to the wedding wearing their masks, and people didn’t mind sitting far apart during the wedding. In fact, things were going even better than we expected until the reception started. We sat down to dinner and a few minutes later, the ceiling was in the middle of the dance room. I heard a crack and a pop, and then the entire ceiling, drywall, and pieces of ventilation equipment came crashing down to the floor. The pieces of drywall missed the head table by five feet. My dad jumped up from his seat and started yelling and screaming. The event planner came running into the room with a very surprised look on his face. The entire reception was ruined due to a leak in the ventilation system. We had to eat buffet style in an adjacent room and it wasn’t decorated with our beautiful wedding flowers and ribbons. My new husband and I found out that the ventilation system was the reason for the crash. Built up condensation causes the ceiling structure to cave. The owner of the venue apologized and refunded all of our money.


HVAC worker