I went to a wedding once about ten years ago where it was…tense.
It was pretty obvious no one was having a great time, the families didn’t necessarily like each other and it was just kind of a drag all around.
What a bummer!
But, it happens from time to time…
What’s the worst wedding you’ve ever been to?
Here’s how AskReddit users answered that question.
1. Didn’t last long.
“Was a guest of friend of the bride, did not know anyone attending. Very expensive over the top place, several hundred guests of this very Italian wedding.
Maid of honor grabs mic at the cocktail hour begins her speech, rambling, d**nk. Quickly devolves to stating the recently deceased mother of the bride was against this wedding and that’s basically what k**led her. Plus Vinny will never give up prostitutes. She is tackled by several people and dragged away.
The happy couple is separated and divorced within a year.”
“Groom got so d**nk the night before he couldn’t make it to the altar at the ceremony.
They still had the ceremony with only the bride and her party, plus one of the groomsmen, who apparently didn’t get wasted. Everyone there was shaking their heads the entire time. The groom did make one singular appearance for a few seconds at the reception. He looked like a zombie and was wearing street clothes.
And this was no trashy wedding. The bride was a professional dancer for a major label pop star, so that gives you an idea of the type of people that were in attendance. 200 plus people at the ceremony alone, probably double that at the reception.
They divorced within 6 months.”
3. A little hot in here.
“The bride’s father was 45 min late to walk his daughter down the aisle.
While we were waiting the air conditioning broke in the venue. It was over 100 degrees outside and humid AF. The place was overcrowded. You could barely move without bumping into someone else and in the heat that was extra miserable.
I guess the air conditioning problem had also affected the refrigeration or something because most of the food was spoiled. The only food on the buffet was salad, spaghetti and rolls. Not enough to feed even half the guests.
Most people left after the first dance. Two of the brides aunts fainted.
The bride and the wedding planner were crying.”
“It was a big wedding, over 300 people.
Turns out the bride had been having an affair with her cousin’s husband. The cousin had known for a little bit, but waited until the wedding to go table to table letting everyone know the bride was sleeping with her husband.
Poor groom was blindsided. Worst part was his father in law was well off and opened up a restaurant for him. Well, he lost his wife and his restaurant.”
“I went to a wedding where the bride and groom bought the wedding package on Groupon. Which is fine, why spend a fortune for one day?
But I guess the venue thought they could cut some corners. So they stuck us in a room that smelled so strongly of cat urine some people immediately left. The only drinks were those from a vending machine.
It was next to an airport so every time a plane took off the ceremony had to be paused because you couldn’t hear anything. And the day after the event, every single one of us had food poisoning.”
“This was one I worked at. After the ceremony, right at the start of the reception – photographer was taking ‘jumping’ photos of the bride and bridesmaids, so they were all jumping in the air while wearing heels.
Bride landed and dislocated her knee, then passed out and kept going in and out of consciousness. We called an ambulance who turned up and fixed her knee etc, but she wanted to continue with the wedding.
She then had the first course of the meal and threw up down her dress, and had to sit with her mum in another room while everyone else danced etc. Felt so bad for her as she spent the rest of the evening crying.”
“We attended a wedding for family member who didn’t have a lot of money. It was hosted at an inexpensive venue but was nice.
My heart broke when only a third of the people invited showed up. You could see the hurt in the couples face. They came up to our table and said do you have any friends in (city, we lived an hour away)? They had all this food for 100 people but only 30 guests.
They were willing to have complete strangers come down just so their money and food wouldn’t go to waste. We hadnt handed over our card with cash inside yet so my husband hit the ATM and added another $100.”
“It definitely got tense.
Started with the best man/groom’s brother just absolutely roasting the bride and her parents. Basically called them gold diggers and stuff in front of several hundred family and friends.
Then they cut the cake. Apparently, the groom was told under no uncertain terms not to shove cake in her face. Well, he did it anyway and she stormed off, not to be seen for 20 minutes.
Reception went on as planned, she got wasted and I’m told she passed out that night in the middle of the street while still in her wedding dress. Pure class.
They’re divorced now.”
“I was invited to the reception of one of my good friends.
They had been courthouse married for months and living happily. When I arrived at the location and saw the big crowd I knew something was wrong. Friend’s wife is prone to panic attacks and is extremely agoraphobic to the point of breaking down and crying if she is overwhelmed.
Immediately call friend and ask what’s going on and if this was okay. Turns out friend’s parents invited everyone possible to be there without my friend knowing. After I sent him a picture of the crowd, him and his wife thought it would be better to go on a second honeymoon than have a reception.
He sent a message apologizing to all those his wife and him invited and telling them to leave without telling his parents. Parents had a meltdown as we left.”
10. That’s bad.
“I worked on a tropical island off the coast of Queensland, Australia.
Loads of weddings happened there. Most days there’d be one or two. One day this grooms party comes through my bar. They’re on the bucks party thing before the wedding the next day. They’re pretty drunk at 4pm. I figured they started early and would finish early given they have a sunrise ceremony (worst idea in the world, FYI).
About an hour later they’ve left and gone to another bar on the island. Then the brides party comes through. Equally s**tfaced.
I finished work at 9pm then came back 3 hours later to work in the night club. I get in at midnight. Start pouring drinks. It’s busy as f**k with like 250 people in the club. Around 1am the groom and bride parties roll in absolutely destroyed. They look disgustingly drunk. I’ve no idea why security let them in because I wasn’t serving them.
They left about 45 minutes later.
So, roughly, they’d arrive back at their hotel rooms around 2am with the expectation that the bride and her party need to be up at 4am for hair and makeup to be done in time for a 715am ceremony. They all decide “we’ll just stay up all night and keep drinking until the wedding!” At this stage they had to have been drinking for 15-18 hours.
Anyway, ceremony time rolls around. She can’t walk down the aisle, which is on the beach, in her heels so she tosses them off. Groom and all their friends are drunk as f**k and can barely stand. They try to say their vows but the celebrant can’t understand them so she isn’t leagally allowed to marry them because they’re too drunk to consent to marriage.
Whole wedding is canned.
A simple wedding, like the one they had, for the wedding party and 20 guests cost $35,000. So they wasted all that money to be told “sorry, you’re d**nk. I cannot legally marry you.”
11. This is insane.
“This was around 2009. On the second day of the wedding, the bride went swimming in the ocean. It took place in Tenerife.
She swam out too far and was basically ‘lost at sea’ for 9 hours or so. She eventually found her way back but was in bad shape. Everyone was panicked the whole day and thought she drowned. By the time she got back, she wished she had.
Her husband found her phone and read a bunch of messages supposedly from her aunt (but it was quickly clear from the s**y content it wasn’t her aunt at all, she had been having an affair with the best man for apparently years).
They got an annulment shortly after. 60,000 down the drain. One of the most opulent weddings I’ve ever been to.”
12. Holy sh*t.
“I was studying photography and used to act as an assistant to a well known wedding photographer.
Went to a couple’s wedding. He shot digital and I shot black and white film. Spent all day with the couple from 9am through till 2am the next morning when we left. I could see how genuinely in love they were. It was only a day but I got to know them quite well and really liked them both.
The next morning, I get a call from the photographer and his voice was shaky. He explained that the groom had been m**dered that night after the reception party. Three guys had broken into their bungalow to steal wedding gifts. The groom got out of bed to stop them and they executed him in front of the bride. I was in shock for about two weeks.
This story was in South Africa if that helps explain how or why this happened. The next weekend, the photographer and I went to the bride’s house to present her with the photos. We’d worked together to get the job massively accelerated so she had the photos of her husband. We did it at our own expense and didn’t charge her a penny for the day or all the prints and album. Sort of the least we could do.
Because my photos didn’t matter as much, I’d been able to simply capture those natural moments between them, rather than staged wedding photos. So they had the normal album pics but also about 150 snaps of just them being a couple. She was in tears from the moment we arrived till we left a few hours later.
She was a shadow of the women I’d met only a week earlier. That s**t still haunts me.”
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