For these 13 brides and grooms, the happiest day of their life turned out not so great.
“My friend caught it all on her cellphone. Best wedding video ever…”
My best friend’s ex was getting married to his longtime girlfriend. The new wife had two sons from a previous relationship. My friend and her ex also had two sons before they got divorced. The new wife was nice enough, but she was a bit uptight (to give you an example her two new stepsons are not allowed to call her by her name but they have to refer to her as “Miss Kate”). Up on the alter during the wedding the pastor asks the sons how they are feeling on this “joyous occasion.” The younger of the two leaned forward and said into the microphone, “I honestly don’t like it. Her sons are bullies, they make me look at naked ladies on the computer, and she hits me with a wooden spoon when I am naughty.” My friend caught it all on her cellphone. Best wedding video ever.
“It took the priest a good 10 minutes to convince everyone that it was just bad weather…”
My english teacher’s husband plays the organ at weddings. She told us that one time during the classic “is there anyone here present with a reason blah blah,” a massive storm broke out with proper hardcore thunder and lightning. The families were very religious, so it took the priest a good 10 minutes to reassure everyone it was just bad weather, and God wasn’t angry.
“The bride stabbed the groom…”
My dad’s cousin got married about 18 years ago, and at the reception, the bride stabbed the groom in the gut with the wedding cake knife. Psycho b*tch. They’re still married somehow.
“Best choice of my life…”
I left my fiancé at the alter for my ex-boyfriend who got back from Afghanistan the day before. Best choice of my life.
“All of the bride’s friends had been telling her to not marry him…”
I was a bridesmaid. All of the bride’s friends (including myself), her parents, and anyone else with half a brain had been telling her to get rid of him all along, and to definitely not marry him (no job, physically and verbally abusive). We’d given up by the time of her wedding, and I was trying to be happy for her. Instead of saying “I do,” she just looked around the room and then ran back down the aisle. We were all dumbfounded, except for her father who yelled a variation of what we were all thinking, “Thank You, Jesus Christ.”
“The bride was in the inpatient psych ward…”
I was supposed to go to a co-worker’s wedding. She had lost her mom to cancer a few years before, and then her father (who had been remarried to a woman she hated) took a turn for the worse, health-wise, a few weeks before the wedding. As the wedding day approached, she got more and more paranoid that her stepmother was trying to cut the family off from her father to get her hands on his money. By the day of the wedding, I got a call that the wedding had been called off because the bride was in the inpatient psych ward. They never did end up getting married; it was really sad, because except for being psychologically unstable, she was a really sweet woman, and her fiance was crazy about her.
“Turns out the wedding planning brought out the very worst in her…”
Flew into Atlanta for a friend’s wedding. This was pre-cell phone days. Someone came into the lobby and breathlessly said that the bride and groom got into a big fight and called it off. Sure enough, there was an announcement at the front desk the next day. Everyone from out of town sat around for two days hanging out in the hotel pool and hitting bars and gossiping. It was actually quite fun because we hadn’t seen each other in a while, so it was a college reunion basically. Finally heard from the groom a few days later when he called to apologize—turns out the wedding planning brought out the very worst in her, and he decided he didn’t want to be with her anymore. They never talked again.
“A girl stood up, talked trash about the bride and confessed her love for the groom…”
I was at a wedding where a girl stood up, talked trash about the bride and confessed her love for the groom who was an ex like 10 years ago. We all knew she felt this way, but didn’t think she would actually confess her feelings at the wedding. Maid of honor slapped her in the face and the girl was kindly escorted out.
“Turned out he was actually gay…”
I have a friend whose fiancé ran his car off the road on the way to the wedding. He may have been trying to kill himself. Turned out he was actually gay and hadn’t been dealing with it very well.
“Twenty minutes later he re-entered the church with only his tuxedo jacket on…”
I attended a wedding where the groom passed out and fell down a flight of stairs when asked to say “I do.” After coming to a few seconds later, he got a look of panic in his eyes and ran out of the building. Several people left to see what was going on and wondered if he would come back at all. Twenty minutes later he re-entered the church with only his tuxedo jacket on and his bare, hairy chest showing. Pale as a ghost, he apologized for being “too hot” even though it was the middle of winter and slowly walked up to the alter. The ceremony resumed, hairy chest and all. Weirdest wedding I’ve ever witnessed.
“As the minutes turned to hours it dawned on me that I have been stood up…”
I had a kid with a man I was dating for a while. There was an age gap (he was about 20 years older). We agreed to get married after I got pregnant and when I arrived at the register office and he wasn’t there, I tried to make light of the situation by joking about how I was the one that should be late. But as the minutes turned to hours it dawned on me that I had been stood up on my wedding day. I was devastated. Turns our he had used a fake name with me and was already married with four other children.
“Everyone went straight to the bar…”
A gal pal of mine came to work one Monday and related the events of what had been the most astonishing wedding ever. In the middle of the ceremony the bride halted everything and in front of everyone in the church she called off the wedding because the groom had f*cked the maid of honor the night before. Everyone went straight to the bar.
“The father of the bride punched him later that evening…”
A friend of mine was at a wedding in Salford (UK) and it was a pretty rough crowd. When it got to the part where the vicar asks “and do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife?” the groom looked round, shrugged and said “suppose so.” Apparently, the father of the bride punched him later that evening.