I think I’ve been to enough weddings at this point to say that a couple of them have been less than stellar.
But I’ve never been to one that spun out of control or was so depressing that it was obvious no one was having a good time.
But there’s still time for me to experience one of those!
AskReddit users talked about the worst weddings they’ve ever been to.
Prepare to be depressed…
“I played a wedding where as we started playing the set, everyone ran outside and nobody was to be seen for the rest of the night.
I originally assumed it was because nobody liked us but the bride came in afterwards and said there was a huge fight involving multiple members of both families and everyone basically went home upset, injured or in a police van.
We couldn’t stop playing since we were payed and it was our job, and the only person watching was the d**nk uncle dancing on his own asking for requests we didn’t know.”
2. That’s too bad.
“My parents rented the observation deck on the Hancock building in Boston for their reception. Tallest building in the city, beautiful view.
My dad pored over historic weather charts to figure out what day was statistically most likely to be nice out. Day of the wedding comes and of course, thick fog unlike anything they’d ever seen before. Couldn’t see a thing out the windows of the room they had picked specifically for the view.
Worked out well though, they were happily married for nearly 30 years before cancer took my dad’s life a few years ago.
There’s one other funny anecdote from that wedding: The wedding was held in Kings Chapel, which is an incredibly historic church here in downtown Boston that’s somewhat of a major tourist attraction. To close that on a weekend afternoon for a wedding, it turns out, was not very expensive.
The tourists waiting outside to see the church didn’t know that, though, and someone started the rumor that my parents were incredibly wealthy, maybe even Kennedys. As a result, there were tons of people taking photos of them when they left the ceremony. Not sure if any of them ever figured out that my parents were most certainly not rich or famous.”
“When I was 6 or 7 I went to a cousin’s wedding. Everything was fabulous for little me, so much sugar everywhere, basically Heaven.
The reception was in a big community center that was reserved for the occasion. Went to the girls’ bathroom, passing by the men’s room to see my uncle on the floor. Went back to the main room to tell my dad my uncle was looking weird. Well, uncle had a stroke and had d**d.
The bride spent the rest of the afternoon crying, and everyone except close family left.
Bright side is the mariage is still going strong 20 years later, despite what happened that day.”
4. The golf cart incident.
“I work at a golf course with a lot of history behind it. We do wedding venues inside the clubhouse and the actual ceremony is held outside by the historic water fountain and large pond.
First problem was the weather. I live in the high desert and it was very warm. A solid 90 degrees that day and it was also pretty windy. So everyone’s outside, no umbrellas, no ezups.
The next problem, and probably the worst, was the golf cart incident. The bride and groom wanted to “ride into the sunset” on one of our golf carts. Drive around a little bit on the golf course. To be fair, it is beautiful on the course during sunset. However the cart had somehow gotten a nail in the tire, tire went flat, battery on the cart went crazy and the cart ended up freaking out. It came to an complete stop from 15mph to zero.
The wheels and mechanisms locked up, almost seizing. Both the bride and groom (fairly overweight mind you) both fell out and rolled over a few times. They were totally okay, just a few bruises and perhaps a bruised ego or two. So retrieving that cart was fun.
And last but not least, the power inside the clubhouse went out to do the high winds. There was no after party available. Only the cake was cut, hardly any food was given out. Yeah, not a great day to cover for someone on your day off.”
“Leading up to my friends wedding his father had been battling cancer after a terminal diagnosis.
And it was touch and go whether he would be well enough to attend the wedding, in the end he was too unwell to attend despite wishing that he could.
Just as we got to the wedding reception my friend was informed that his father had just passed away. It was devastating.”
“A big reception filled with a huge buffet, every type of food you could imagine, and a free bar.
They had booked and paid for 250 evening guests. But 30 guests turned up, at most. My heart broke for this couple. A massive beautiful converted barn, loads of food and drinks, great music – but no guests.
At about 10pm (the venue was licensed until 11pm) the buffet food had barely been touched (the few who were there ate – but it hardly made a dent as it was planned for soooo many more people), I asked the mother of the bride if she wanted me to cover and refrigerate the untouched food so the new couple could take it home and her response of “Oh no, there are still alot of people coming” was the most awkward I’ve ever felt in my life.
No more guests showed.
There was a flash of car headlights in the distance about 10:30pm and the bride BEAMED when she thought it was late comers arriving.
But no, it was just taxi’s arriving to pick up the few who were there.
It’s the only event I have ever done where we didn’t have to kick people out of the venue. At 11pm, the place was empty. In a nutshell, brides parents paid for the day and the happy couple had zero control over their guest list.
Her parents invited all their ‘friends’ to the evening function but in reality, it was just associates they wanted to flex on – resulting in no one giving a s**t about an invite to a wedding where they didn’t know the bride or groom. It was basically just a networking event for the bride’s parents.”
“Very beautiful wedding in a huge barn at this apple orchard. They must have spent a ton of money on the decorations and catering because it looked like something out of a magazine.
The ceremony was great, the flower girl did her thing, the vows got everyone choked up. Everything seemed to be going well. Not even 15 minutes into the reception the mothers of the bride and groom getting into a full out brawl, hair pulling, red wine being thrown.
Their sons jump in to defend their honor, chairs start being throw, tables are flipped, parents are grabbing children and running for their lives. The bride and groom are horrified and leave immediately and head back their honeymoon suite.
My fiancé and I left after this as well but we herd from some other friends that most people ended up staying and getting wasted at the open bar on the bride and grooms dime. Apparently the fight started because one of the groom’s sister complemented the bride’s grandmother’s dress.
The bride’s mom though she was being sarcastic and called her a b**ch, then the drama ensued. Mind you they had all been pregaming the wedding pretty hard.”
8. Not a great time.
“My dad and stepmom’s wedding was awful.
For context, her family was terrible on both sides and she basically ran to my
father to get away from it all when she was 15. Bigger problem was, my dad was 26, also a**sive, and just a real s**tshow of a person.
On my father’s side of things, he hated his mother and blamed everything wrong in his life on her (as he did to most women in his family, later doing it to my stepmom). So the wedding was doomed to be terrible.
It started when my stepmom was walking down the aisle. She’d reconnected with her father in the last year and had recently been in a fight with her stepfather, so it was just her dad walking Her. There was a branch in the way (outdoor wedding) but he pulled it out if the way for her.
As she thanks him, he lets go and flings it back into her face and literally collapses laughing. She awkwardly chuckles, no doubt knowing he is going to get mad at her if she shows she’s upset, and the day continues but she’s visibly upset.
After the toasts, some people didn’t drink the champagne that had been set out. The one thing she had asked of her mom was that she not drink — she was even given sparkling juice rather than champagne. So while stepmom is changing into her reception dress, her mom goes table to table pounding down all of the al**hol she can get her hands on.
A cousin of mine who doesn’t know what’s happening starts chanting “Chug! Chug! Chug! Chug!” and stepmom walks back to her mom downing the last one and denying everything. Cousin slips out the tent once he realizes what’s going on and leaves the two alone to argue. Stepmom comes out crying a few minutes later, goes back to her car, and doesn’t come back for a good 20 minutes.
While all of that is happening, grandma pulls up and starts cursing out my dad for a ton of s**t, including marrying a kid (stepmom was 25 at this point) who she hates, not letting her invite a friend to the wedding, and him owing her a bunch of money. Dad tells her to f**k off and she leaves.
Then my dad got mad at my stepmom for being gone so long, accused her of either “being a baby” for crying or of lying and cheating on him. So she sat down on the fringes and tried to not cry and also remain visible to my dad for the next several hours.
They may have been dating for 10 years, but the marriage only lasted 6 months.”
9. Uh oh…
“I was best man at my sister in laws wedding (stepped in for the brother of the groom, that’s another story entirely).
For a whole year of planning all the bride (SIL) wanted was a dove release while they said handwritten vows to each other. Very small, non denominational (most of the family are atheist anyway) wedding.
Day arrives (early summer) and something is off with the bird handlers. They show up a bit late and are sourcing help from the wedding party to get everything in line. When the time comes to say their vows I help the handler carry the chest with the doves in it over to what is to be the altar where the bride and groom are standing.
Vows are just about wrapping up and the handler gives ME the signal to open the chest. I open it and see 20-30 D**D DOVES IN THE CRATE!!!! I immediately close it to try and limit who knows what happened. Too late. The look of horror on her face was all that was needed.
We spent the next few hours trying to cheer everyone up but by the end of the reception the entire wedding party had organized and filed animal cruelty complaints on the handler. It was all anyone could focus on.”
10. Bad timing.
“The mother of the groom was an al**holic for many years. She decided to quit drinking cold turkey a few days before his wedding.
During the reception, she had a seizure and was taken to the hospital via ambulance.”
“The wedding was at a state park that’s famous for its giant gorge/waterfall.
I don’t know whose idea this was, but someone suggested a photo overlooking this gorge and everybody was game.
The wedding party went around a stone security barrier and the maid of honor literally fell off the cliff to her d**th. It was like 500+ feet.”
12. I want to see it!
“Attended a wedding reception and was seated near the cameraman.
An aunt of mine was sitting closer to the camera and spent the evening commenting and gossiping about everyone, and much of it came out on the video.
The cameraman was great, he did two copies, one edited and the other no holds barred…The unedited version is the stuff of legend.”
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