(Closed) Fainting during Ceremony? How common is it, really?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

Something I learned in speech

NEVER stand with locked knees when you’re standing up for any period of time.. ESPECIALLY in front of people (nerves heightened)

Glad he’s okay though.. lol

Post # 4
7299 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m sorry, but I laughed. I have never seen this happen, but there are A LOT of Youtube videos of it happening. Crazy! I’m glad he’s okay.

Post # 5
114 posts
Blushing bee

I’ve been at 2 weddings where it happened (I wasn’t in the party either time).  Once a Bridesmaid or Best Man and once a Groomsmen.


Both had the same reaction to the Groomsmen at your wedding.  What happened, so sorry, etc…



Post # 6
560 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Oh my gosh! I’m sooo nervous of me fainting during the ceremony. I have a history of fainting, especially if I’m really nervous, or really hot, my body just shuts down! Even if I have pain (one time I had a pretty bad stomach ache, like gas bubble from food) well I was walking around Target with my mom, and BAM! I fainted in the middle of the store!

Post # 7
2441 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

It is pretty common.  Usually it is due to being too warm and/or something to do with the knees locking while standing for long periods of time.  My son fell out on the football field.  He was in his full wool marching band uniform, was standing a long time because it was senior night, had his knees locked and had his bass drum fall with him! His band director constantly tells them not to lock their knees while standing.

Post # 8
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My sister-in-law fainted right as we had our first kiss. Our ceremony wasn’t very long and we had eaten (and not drank) all day. No one really knows what happened, but she was fine a few minutes later after she sat down and had some water.

To this day, she doesn’t know she completely passed out. We told her she just got dizzy so my brother had her sit down (we got married in a restaurant so there were tables and chairs nearby). She would feel really bad if she knew she caused a bit of a scene. We can’t ever show her the wedding video because right as we kiss, people start running around yelling for water, haha.

Post # 9
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

No one fainted during our wedding, but I’ve fainted 3 times during church before!  Because of that I was extra careful to make sure I ate before the wedding, and never locked my knees. 

Post # 10
7693 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

At a friends wedding last year one of the Groomsmen almost fainted. They had a few drinks before the ceremony and he did not drink any water that day. The church was extremely hot (no AC) and his eyes starting rolling into the back of his head. This was before the bride walked down the aisle so they took him out into an AC car and gave him water and he was fine.

I have fainted before and didnt see it coming. I was dehydrated and it was extremely hot. Even if you arent locking your knees you can still faint!

Post # 11
562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I think this happens pretty commonly. It has happened in two weddings I know of, and I live in a very small town. In one of the weddings, a bridesmaid passed out (she locked her knees and the church was undergoing some renovations so it had no air conditioning and was really hot).  Funny thing was, though, that the bridesmaids and groomsmen were staggered on each side (so it was like bridesmaid-groomsman-bridesmaid-groomsman) instead of all bridesmaids on one side and all groomsmen on the other.  Anyway, my brother was the groomsman standing behind the bridesmaid that passed out…he caught the bridesmaid before she hit the floor.  Fast forward a few years, my brother and the bridesmaid are now married (they weren’t even dating prior to the “catch” but started dating a few weeks later haha) 🙂

The other wedding I heard about was when the groom passed out DURING his vows. The wedding was outside in July (in Alabama) at 3:00 in the afternoon. He didn’t stand a chance in that black tux, lol.

Post # 12
3601 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

It was terribly hot on our wedding day and I thought I might faint during the ceremony. Luckily our ceremony was very short.

Post # 13
13095 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m sorry but I have to admit that I lauhged at your story (and I’m glad you can look back and laugh too).

I hear that it is common but no one I know in real life has ever witnessed this at a wedding.

Post # 14
33 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

This happened at a wedding we went to in October. One of the bridesmaids fainted during the rehearsal. But she was all good to go during the actual ceremony. 🙂

Post # 16
7429 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

My SIL fainted at the altar during her wedding!! She is still embarassed 11 years later.

I almost did before the ceremony, I had to hang out the front door with my dress hiked up!!

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