Wedding Ceremony Horror Stories

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My worst fear isn’t audience behavior it’s nausea/anxiety. 🙁

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

A quick google search reveals some crackers!

I do have a friend who has a corker of a story though…

She was good friends with her ex, who was getting married. They were getting married in his home town (the bride was from a different country). Because the bride had nowhere to stay prior to the wedding, my friend put her up in her house and showed her around town. During the week prior to the wedding, the bride also found out that my friend used to date the groom… the groom had not told the bride this. AWKWARD.

At the ceremony, the guests are standing in the church and my friend is acting as one of the groomsmen, standing by the groom. The door opens and the bride enters. All of a sudden, my friend notices that there’s something wrong with the groom. As the bride approaches, the groom grabs her hand, says “I can’t do this. Let’s run!” and pulls her towards the side exit. She was so stunned that she just went with him.

He later told her that it wasn’t because he had feelings for her, or anything like that. He just couldn’t go through with the ceremony, and she was the nearest person to grab. But I just think of that poor bride, in a country where she knew almost nobody, watching her groom do a runner from her wedding, with his ex.

*Shudders*.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’d like to think that an interruption wouldn’t be considered a “horror story”. An objection to the marriage, yes absolutely that would be a nightmare. But a baby crying or a cell phone ringing? Meh, that’s first world problems. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Rachel631:  Oh my! That really is an absolute corker!

I can’t match that for horror (and I also discount the idea of mobile phones ringing or babies crying as any sort of horror) but I do have a friend who was asked to be BM last year. What she hadn’t realised was that the bride was going to turn into a bridezilla to end all bridezillas. Despite being over 30, she decided she had to have a Disney Princess wedding and my red-haired friend was forced into a baby pink meringue of a frock.

This was bad enough but on the day, she discovered that the bride had also employed the Photographer from Hell. At one point in the ceremony she decided that my friend wasn’t in the right place so shouted “Move to the left. Now! Or I’m not taking another photograph and I’m going home right now”. Given that the Groom had also threatened to do a runner the night before the wedding, my friend said that the tension in the room could have been cut with a knife.

The day didn’t get any better, incidentally, and the pictures were awful. Princess Bridezilla then had the cheek to contact me through Facebook to ask if I could completely re-edit (free of charge!!!) the photographs and Photoshop various less photogenic members of the wedding party out.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - The Skinner Barn

One of my friends from high school had an inexplicable shotgun wedding when she was 19. They didn’t have any money and planned it in like 2 months so she just had it in her parents’ backyard. She walked down the “aisle” and just as she got to the top, the neighbor’s landscaping service showed up with all of their machines. They refused to wait until after the ceremony and no one could hear over them while they worked so my friend just decided to postpone the rest of the ceremony until after they left. After a 30 minute wait, the ceremony resumed and the dog promptly got out of his pen on the side of the house and started running around the backyard, knocking over a tiki torch. It was a nightmare. They divorced a year later so hopefully she gets to have a second wedding one day that runs a little more smoothly.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Oh, goodness. These are true horror stories you Bees have!

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

@Steampunkbride:  O-M-G. At least you gave me a good laugh with that one! Insane!

I’m dreading having my own stories to tell after the day. I have a mentally ill mother who tends to say very inappropriate things in a loud voice, for starters. FI and I are taking bets on whether it will be “isn’t love fantastic… until they get DIVORCED” or something similar!

I also have a bridesmaidzilla… long story. Her latest request is that she wants to be sat next to A and B, not next to C and D, and she won’t sit at a table with pregnant women or anyone under the age of 17. So let’s see how she reacts when she finds I had no choice but to sit her on the same table as two guests and their toddler… she’s been known to throw tantrums in public for less!

I then have some family members who are really anti-religion and are not happy about our ceremony. What I really dread is the party, where they attack the free bar. We have invited the priest to have drinks with us during the party, to thank him for his help, and these family members are known for their inappropriate conversation starters on this matter. I can just see one of them going up to the poor guy as he downs his pint, and start quizzing him on paedophile priests. It’s an image which haunts me in my dreams…

Of course, hopefully it will all go fantastically well, and people will all behave. But if they don’t, my plan is to stuff my face with all the delicious food I have either made or ordered in, and then get drunk. Very drunk!

As an aside, I just thought of two more disaster stories…

– My friend was telling me about a wedding the other day where the bride got pregnant and then decided to marry the father of the baby. She hardly knew this guy. They got pregnant right after they started dating, and she was 7 months pregnant as she walked down the aisle. All the guests told her not to get married just because she was pregnant, but she did it anyway. As soon as she said “yes”, she had a huge sobbing fit and spent 20 minutes hysterical and inconsolable!

– My stepmother once went to a wedding where the bride went missing at the reception. She eventually found her in the pagoda/summerhouse thing in the gardens, sobbing hysterically and crying that she had “made a terrible mistake!”. She cried throughout the entire reception. That marriage apparently lasted only 3 months…

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Rachel631:  I hope you have a fabulous day but please, we will need stories!

The anti-religion thing hits home a bit because I was brought up in Northern Ireland and England and despite coming from a Catholic Irish family originally, my mother managed to conceal this fact from her partner’s staunch Protestant family. At a family wedding (High Church Anglican) over here, he was heard to observe rather too loudly for comfort “That Vicar is only one foot away from being a Fenian”.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

@Steampunkbride:  Ha! I’ll share stories, for sure Wink I’m a non-conformist Christian (you know… Methodist… that type of thing) marrying into a pretty high church Catholic family, many of the older generation of which are also Irish. That’s been another challenge, but I’ve managed to get on top of that now. Hooray!

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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I was once at a wedding where the bride started a fight with the minister DURING THE CEREMONY!

He said “This reading was not discussed with the bride, but I think it’s an important lesson for them”

It was the reading about wives being dutiful and obedient to their husbands! This chick is a MAJOR feminist (single Mom, too), and was SO upset she started a fight with the minister!

There was a baby at our wedding that screamed through most of our (hour long) ceremony! I was in such disbelief that I was actually getting married, the only thing I could think was “Who is that? It’s too young to be the flower girl. Maybe Sheila? Her parents said she wasn’t coming, though. And what if her siblings are coming! We don’t have anywhere for them to sit at the reception!”

It was like a 10 minute long train of thought!

On the bright side, I work in infant care, so the sound of babies crying isn’t atrocious to me.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Although this one isn’t a horror story, it was pretty embarassing….

At one of DH’s cousin’s weddings, the bride and groom had a toddler son. He was nearly inconsolable throughout the ceremony (I don’t blame him, it was 95 degrees and an outdoor wedding. I was uncomfortable too!), then started running up to his parents in the middle of the vows, hanging on them and screaming “MOMMY!!! DADDY!!!!” every five seconds. I could tell from the bride and groom that they were desperately hoping someone from their immediate family would step forward to quietly escort their little guy out of the area for the duration of the ceremony. If I thought he would’ve agreed to me picking him up (without screaming bloodly murder), I would’ve taken him myself! The groom ended up having to hold him for most of the ceremony. 

In my family, someone would’ve stepped up immedately to escort him out!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

We had a cell phone ring and a baby go nuts but I really didn’t care. I couldn’t stop smiling during the ceremony 🙂

ETA: I don’t think that interruptions like this are really “horrors.” Annoying for sure but they didn’t even annoy me when I was getting married!

 

 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@petalpetal:  ugh.

i’ve only been to one wedding where something really annoying happened. the flower girl refused to behave or sit down, and no one bothered to control her. her mother was a bridesmaid (flower girl was bride’s niece). she is a brat, and spoiled, and demanded attention DURING THE CEREMONY and no one bothered to control her.

she ended up wandering around for the whole ceremony, talking to people, going up and tugging on the first-time officiant’s sleeve (he nervous-giggled through most of the ceremony because of this), and insisted on holding the bride’s hand. her mother didn’t bother to stop her, MOB didn’t bother to stop her….i was so annoyed for the bride.

Post # 16
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Helper bee

@Rachel631:  why on earth won’t she sit next to pregnant women?! 

I sing in my church choir, so I see all sorts of weddings. A few weeks ago there was one where several boys aged 2-4 were deposited in the crèche area, which is just off to the side where they’ve taken out a few pews. They weren’t supervised, and proceeded to make so much noise that the vows were completely drowned out. The choir is maybe 10 ft from where the couple stand, and we couldn’t hear a word. Mind you, that was the most joyless wedding I’ve ever seen – it was all round a bit weird! 

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