Your wedding is supposed to be the perfect day. One that revolves entirely around you and the person you chose to spend the rest of your life with. But there's always a chance that something can cloud it. And I'm not talking about just condensed water in the sky.

Recently, Reddit user VeryVeryGeneric asked other platform users to share what was the worst part of their ceremony, and many agreed: as of this publication, the post has received over 1,100 comments, containing a lot of juicy stories that, for better or worse, they will probably never forget. Here are some of them.

#1

Mine’s actually funny! I would say it was the “worst” thing that happened but it really wasn’t that bad. We got married in a big open field under an apple tree. My uncle walked me down the aisle and we started from pretty far away, so there was a lot of open field before coming to the aisle and where the seats were. We start walking and I suddenly realize that there are crickets. EVERYWHERE in the grass. And the motion of my skirt on the grass is making them jump right onto/into it. I had several layers of English net and so I had some in between the layers crawling up toward my bodice. Thankfully I had a waist seam so they couldn’t get past that point. I had probably close to twenty in my train and ended up with one in my hair as well. My uncle and I were trying not to crack up. He just kept saying “just keep waking, it’s FINE” as I was shaking my skirt trying to walk at the same time. My bridesmaids spent a few minutes getting the crickets out of my skirt once we got down the aisle and everyone was laughing including me and my husband. They say crickets are good luck, so that’s a plus! Married two years this August.

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Ellie
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2 months ago

Oh wow I woulda freaked out.

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#2

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes Oh boy. Had a small wedding in the colorado Rockies. This one couple did all of the below:

-brought their 7 month old without asking

-drove from Texas and expected to stay with us in our home at Denver before traveling to the mountains (Estes park, about 1.5 hours away)

-they did stay with us (husband is too nice). They criticized our house (too small, walls paper thin)

- thought they could do the wedding in a day trip from our house, did not buy hotel room. My parents had an extra one that the guys were getting ready in and gave them it. Stanley hotel, $800. They didn’t offer to pay or say thanks they actually asked my dad for his credit card for incidentals

- woman wore white to the wedding

- man forgot to buy groomsmen vest. Had to go to mall day before wedding to improvise

-baby cried during service and wedding coordinator had to escort them out

- rented a cabin for the weekend for the wedding party. Lots of partying and drinking. They brought the baby without asking us and then got mad/ turned off lights when we were too loud (we paid for it btw, about 400$ per person)

-man kept knocking on our door ON OUR WEDDING NIGHT as we were having sex asking if we saw his keys

- they didn’t buy us a gift

Oh. And I found out later that the man’s mom offered to fly to colorado from Texas to babysit the baby while they were at the wedding/ cabin and they declined.

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Nor
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2 months ago

F*ck me sideways...some people's entitlement is just to much

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#3

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes My sister took my wedding cabin because she refused to stay at my house with the other guests, and then announced her pregnancy at my wedding.... 12 years later and my husband is still bitter about it.

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Nor
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2 months ago

Don't blame him

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#4

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes My son (the ring bearer) and his dad got in a wreck on the way to the venue.

NOT what I wanted to hear as I was getting 33575789 hairpins installed for my fancy updo! The stylist overheard that conversation and brought me some wine.

Kid and Dad were fine, other drivers were fine, they were only a little late, and everything else went off without a hitch.

But DAMN. "Your son got in a car wreck" completely snapped me back to reality. The wedding is just fluff; family and marriage are serious commitments that are worth making and keeping.

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Shell Shelly
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2 months ago (edited)

I like that one best - not the accident part, of course, as it's super stressful and all...but that sentence that "the wedding is just fluff". Someone wears white on your wedding? Someone made a scene? Not everything goes up to plan? It's just fluff. It's your day, absolutely - but because you just made a family, started your own story - not because you had a party. I love it :)

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#5

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes A squirrel started eating the cake before the wedding even started.

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

This is kinda cute, hope it did not ruin the mood.

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#6

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes Besides the part where I was still a child? I had previously discussed how demeaning I found the cake smash. Groom agreed with me. Then did it anyway. I spent part of the reception in the bathroom crying and certain I'd just made the worst mistake of my life.


I was right. He nearly f*****g killed me.

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Paul C.
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2 months ago

Can somebody tell my why people "cake smash". What are you? Kids? No, kids would blo0dy eat it.

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#7

DJ texted sometime DURING OUR VOWS that he wasn't showing up.


A lot of other things went wrong including a flash flood, hubbies car breaking down, my car keys getting somehow deadbolted locked inside of a hotel room that no one else was in (I still don't understand how that happened).

I had a little breakdown right before the reception because I thought I wasn't going to get my first dance without a DJ. My husband and MOH wiped my tears and we headed into the reception to find our friends DJing the reception collectively, ended up being really special and sweet.

8 years later and we joke we got all our bad luck out of the way that day, smooth sailing since 😆

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Local foodie
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2 months ago

It’s good to hear that that was all the bad luck in a happy marriage

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#8

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes Realizing I don't love him as we danced our first dance.

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Nimues Child
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2 months ago

Ouch.

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#9

First. Caterer tried to poison my flower girl and ring bearer with almonds on the hors d'oeuvre platters (I said no tree nuts anywhere due to their allergies, she didn’t care). Thankfully their mother was smart enough to keep them away. Then, same caterer put raspberries in my wedding cake (I’m allergic to raspberries, cake was supposed to be blueberry and lemon, she took it upon herself to add raspberries to the berry compote), SO I went into anaphylactic shock at my reception. Thankfully I had relatives there who are doctors and were able to administer epinephrine and make sure I could still breathe. Nevertheless, that caterer still ruined my wedding reception. I was out of commission for 5 hours that night, missed everything. Pictures ruined. It took 3 days for the swelling to go down on my face and throat. Only reason I’m still alive to tell the tale is because I had relatives present who are doctors and were able to save me. (The reception was held in a remote location in Vermont, too far away from a hospital so if it hadn’t been for my family and their kids’ epi pens (which they almost needed because of that same caterer’s carelessness with the appetizers), I wouldn’t have survived my own wedding reception).

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

I hope you reported this caterer, food allergies are no joke, there should be lawsuits and prison time. How long before the caterer kills someone?

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#10

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes We had a HUGE Italian style dessert bar served after the cake. I was to busy dancing, talking and having fun to make it over to the desserts. My mom asked if I wanted anything and she would make a to go box. I say yes, cheesecake. That's all, just cheesecake (it's my fav). Shortly after, my mom tells me it's all gone.

My cousin comes to tell me goodbye, holding a desert box. We chat, tells me how much fun she had, how great the food and desert was. Then says "the cheesecake was amazing, you should get some!" She opens the box to show me, 4 slices of cheesecake, along with a ton of other desserts.

I asked her if I could please have just 1 slice. She said "no, it's mine, should have gotten to it quicker!" I begged her and explained its my favorite desert. She still said no and promptly left.

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Ka Se
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2 months ago (edited)

O.o If I had been your maid of honour and got wind of it, I would probably have beaten the dessert out of the cousin if need be.

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#11

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes Not my wedding…but I officiated a wedding where the bride’s grandfather died in the bathroom minutes before the ceremony was supposed to start. Ended up doing chest compressions until EMS arrived and then rolled up to officiate and tell my silly little jokes while the family actively repressed their emotions - *because they did not tell the bride*.

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Vanessa Panerosa
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2 months ago

Kudos to that family for not ruining the bride’s wedding. You can’t bring him back, so why turn something terrible into an entire disaster? Good on them for their selflessness and perspective.

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#12

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes No body showed up at my wedding. Me and my husband invited over 50 people and a lot of them said they would be there. Beside the party and family only 3 friends showed up and everyone left right after the cake was cut

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P B Wilson
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2 months ago

Something tells me you need to look in the mirror

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#13

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes Getting married hours after I found out that he’d slept with another women because at that point I felt like… I mean, what do I do? (Not get married is the correct answer but I did)

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

He is a twatbasket.

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#14

My mom fell down the stairs while trying to hand out boutonnières before the ceremony and ended up breaking her foot. She toughed it out and pretended that she was fine because she was afraid it would ruin the day. It broke my heart when I eventually found out, but damn do I love my mama.

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Antonia
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2 months ago

kuddos for your mom

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#15

My tall, attractive, athletic first husband was a ballroom dancer. So our first dance at the reception was going to rock, right?

I thought I was having fun at the time, but a friend remarked years later we looked terrible. He just looked like he was showing off and it was clear I couldn't keep up. He didn't care at all about slowing down and making us look like a couple.

It became a metaphor for our failed 10-year marriage. He only ever cared about his stuff and was constantly inconsiderate of me.

My second husband is an awkward, nerdy guy, 2.5" shorter than me. But we took dance lessons together, looked good at our wedding, and had fun.

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Nicky
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2 months ago

You traded up!

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#16

My mom picked a fight with me at the reception because I didn't invite her extended family but I did invite my stepmom. Family that she had only recently reconciled with and who I didn't know. Meanwhile stepmom is a decent person who was married to the man who raised me so she's an automatic invite. Besides I was having only 24 guests in total. My mom looked like she had a lemon in her mouth during the wedding until she started arguing at the reception. We had actually fought about this a lot during the engagement so I think she came just to make a scene. Anyways, I asked her to leave and proceeded to have a blast. I have not voluntarily spoken to my mother in thirteen years.

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Kristy P
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2 months ago

My mother guilted me into inviting her best friend (my Godmother... but we aren't close) to my 5 attendee wedding. Then afterward, Godmother tells my mother she is on HER daughter's "B list" for her wedding a year later. My mom was so hurt, she pretty much stopped talking to best friend. But not after ruining my wedding pictures and marring memories of the day.

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#17

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes Two bees flew up into my wedding gown as my Dad, myself and my attendants walked across the grounds of the venue to the ceremony area. I screamed and immediately began pulling up the bottom of my dress as the bees stung me, one on my butt and the other in a more delicate area. 😳
So there I was with the bottom of my dress pulled up over my head, with my Dad and attendants furiously looking for the culprits.

To my horror, I realized the 3 photographers which were snapping photo’s as we walked kept taking pictures, although one did lay his camera down to try and help, which wasn’t great either.

Everything got sorted, but I walked down the aisle and got married with half my butt and that other area burning and hurting. I sat on ice packs between dances at the reception. Sure enough when we got our wedding photo’s back for review, there were 5 photo’s of the whole wild scenario. 😂

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Nor
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2 months ago

Some good story to tell the kids and grandkids

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#18

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes I forgot to pack my cathedral length veil (venue was destination), I forgot to carry my bouquet, there was an earthquake the morning of, my in laws watched a football game on their phones during the service, and left before the reception. The reception was cancelled because the entire staff of the restaurant we rented out had strep throat. My MOH announced her engagement at my wedding, the best man tried to sleep with a bridesmaid and when turned down, put a hammock between two trees and slept outside. Think this is all bad? Wait for the worst part of the day.

I got married.

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Nimues Child
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2 months ago

That last sentence is the gut punch.

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#19

My bridesmaids black boyfriend showed up and someone told him “you don’t belong here”

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Samantha Mix
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2 months ago

Dafuq??!!!

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#20

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes We asked the pastor from my husband's childhood church to officiate. Very old school conservative. We discussed with him what we wanted him to talk about during the ceremony, marriage being hard work, treat love as a verb, that kind of thing. What he ended up doing was speeding through the passage I wanted read, then talked for 15 minutes about how marriage is for only men and women, how we are made this way and how hormones play a part. I should add that my father-in-law, who walked me down the aisle, is gay. Well known fact. The preacher's speech at my wedding was basically condemnation for my father in law. He was able to laugh it off, but I am still mad about it to this day. We call it the hormone speech, the one black spot on what was otherwise a perfect day.

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H Edwards
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2 months ago

To be honest, they knew he was an old school conservative priest so they shouldn't be surprised.

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#21

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes My husband's father's (who my husband was not close with) new wife who we both had met once showed up in the exact same dress as my bridesmaids. The 1 conversation I had with her I told her what they were wearing so it was very intentional. She also showed up with my husband's mom's fur coat on top of it. And then tried to walk in with the wedding party.

I swore she was going to get jumped by my grandmother in law.

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Nimues Child
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2 months ago

I would have paid money to see GIL give her what she deserved.

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#22

Two months before my wedding I wound up in the burn ICU for a month. We had to cancel my shower and my bachelorette was cut short because I had a panic attack thanks to the resulting PTSD. I was on so many painkillers I don't remember much of the day itself, and I could only bring myself to look at the pictures once. Sometimes I feel like I got cheated out of a happy wedding. But a wedding is just a party, it's the marriage that is important.

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Minath
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2 months ago

I know it's not the same but they could do a vow renewal and have a great party afterwards.

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#23

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes MIL shared the news before we could.

We eloped, and didn't tell anyone until 30 mins before. We only told immediate family right before, with very clear directions not to share with anyone yet. We got married in the evening, turned our phones off, and in the morning woke up to messages from all of the inlaws (aunts/uncles and cousins). We had originally planned to do a social post within a couple days, but because she shared our news, we opted not to at all. My family waited until I gave the go ahead to share it with others (to the point my little sister told me that my dad was having a really hard time not sharing it with his brother/my uncle, but he knew it wasn't his news to share, so he didn't).

At least we know who gets any other big news last now.

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Shannon Angel
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2 months ago

Good forbid of you want them to keep you being pregnant a secret

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#24

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes My husband's mistress was there (I obviously had no idea about this until after we were married).

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

I hope you got shot of the dingleberry husband.

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#25

Not exactly *at* my wedding but it is a big part of it... so my mom is a REALLY good seamstress so I asked her if she would make my dress. She was happy I asked, I had the pattern picked out, ordered the 15 yards or very expensive silk... a few months before the wedding I asked her if I could see what she's done and asked if she needed me to try anything on, she said she wasn't ready to show me yet and said she is plugging away on it. Months go by, still haven't seen anything. Exactly three weeks before the wedding she tells me she isn't gonna have any of it done. I went to a bridal store and just bought the first dress I tried on because it fit perfectly. There wouldn't have been time for adjustments. It was pretty enough, but not what I wanted. Still, to this day I've never seen any parts of the dress she was making and I am pretty sure she never e en so much as cut the pattern out.

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Firefly
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2 months ago

So sorry. That stinks that she wasn't honest about not wanting/being able to do it. If she had given a heads up, you could have had someone else do it.

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#26

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes My time has come!

My mom got black out drunk and passed out in the bathroom. My boss had to carry her out.

I mentioned it to her a few weeks later, and she had no idea that had happened.

Still hasn't apologized for it.

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Lonecoolman
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2 months ago

SAD.

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#27

My grandma (I’m adopted) insisting my photographer take a pic of her and my grandpa and my two sisters (not adopted) without me, the bride.

Aside from that, it was a perfect day. I didn’t let it bug me at the time, but it does now lol

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Robin Roper
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2 months ago

Good Lord, that's despicable.

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#28

It was a very hot day and we had an outdoor reception. One person basically hydrated with wine and got very drunk and pretty obnoxious.

It was me.

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AsexualShrimp
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2 months ago

lol. But if you were a guest then I hope you apologized to the bride and groom.

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#29

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes My Mother In Law wanted to see my wedding lingerie to make sure she approved of it. It was one of my first times with her and I was trying to please her to get in her good graces.

It was all about control.

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

This is just weird.

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#30

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes My husbands step mother put on a ball gown for the ceremony (that we had on the beach) and then changed into a skin tight white outfit with Diamond embellishments for the reception.

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Nor
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2 months ago

EEEUUUWWWWW is my only comment to her

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#31

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes My mother in law got ten kinds of sh**ty drunk and made scenes all day and night. This included crying every single minute of the day (she looks like someone died in all the pics), standing on a chair to dance, cornering my sister to yell at her for absolutely no reason, stole almost all the centerpieces (which belonged to the venue) and calling our hotel room at 3am because my husband’s friends wouldn’t let his 16 year old sister into their hotel room party.

Basically my mother in law was the worst part of our wedding.

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2 months ago

She sounds like some one you kept from the booze.

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#32

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes My now ex husband threw me into a painting and onto the ground during our first dance. Should have known it was a sign of things to come.

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Ellie
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2 months ago

A painting?!

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#33

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes Our photographers were a husband and wife team and loudly fought the whole day. Super awkward.

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NsG
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2 months ago

If you can't be a good example, at least be a horrible warning, I suppose

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#34

Haha ohhh wheee! The best man gave a speech where he called my sister(MOH) a hoe….she was in a long term relationship for 6 years, called my other sister (bridesmaid) a “weekend lesbian” she’s out and proud. Went on about how my best friend (bridesmaid) was terrible with money. Alluded I was a gold digger while running around shooting $1 bills out of a money gun saying it was an interpretive dance of my life….this was all supposed to be a funny roast I guess but he only “roasted” the ladies. He made a joke about bill Cosby and another joke about how the previous DJ I’d secured died….🫠

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Ember
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2 months ago

He sounds like an A-hole

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#35

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes My photographer got drunk and stoned. All our wedding photos are orange and blurry so we made our photo album curtesy with the photos from good friend who had a good camera and great skills!

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Bored_Panda
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2 months ago

At least it all went well in the end…

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#36

Found out he cheated on me a week before, got married because it was too late. Had a panic attack at wedding.

Divorced/ traumatized 2 years later because he cheated again.

Should have just not have gotten married. Would have saved me bucks in therapy.

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KING ILLEGAL FOREST
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2 months ago

Cheaters never stop cheating.

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#37

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes I got stung by a bee on my ring finger 1 hour before the ceremony

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Nor
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2 months ago

Was it a sign???

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#38

My husband sat down a little bit too quickly and cracked his trousers open entirely, front to butt, while talking to my grandmother !

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2 months ago

*Nut to butt...

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#39

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes A friend showed up in a white jumpsuit.

The DJ's mics didn't work during the ceremony, she played the wrong song for our first dance, and her reception playlist included no danceable music (there was even Blink 182).

The caterer refused to put wine bottles on the tables as agreed, but put all the stemware there so guests had to bring their glasses to the bar.

Our photographer's ideas of "casual and candid shots of our guests having fun" was zooming in on one person's face in a group of 5+ with everyone else's head shown from the back and blurred out. Every photo looked like this. Only our posed wedding party shots were usable.

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B-b-bird
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2 months ago

1. omg, this is so familiar :D now I'm laughing at everything but at that time I was really frustrated (so to say mildly). we send to DJ actual songs (not the names) but actual files to play, at least 40, and said if it was not enough then please add yours of similar style. At the reception he did not play any of the music that we sent, we started wondering why, he had non of our music saved... after we literally begged him to play songs that we requested, he played 2 of them (because we asked twice) from youtube! he was cutting them short and continuing to play his favourite music. It was horrible, because guests were not following, it was not something dancable or even familiar to them, a lot of them were super outdated and culturally, language-wise not familiar. AND every freaking song he was cutting short and putting another... you know the feeling when you just just starting to get into the vibe and it cuts. Frustrating. And then the best came...

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#40

40 Wedding Horror Stories That Go From Bad To Yikes We had a little gathering in my yard for my wedding. My friends were hanging out and we were having pizza by our fire pit when my mother came out to pick up some left over stuff. She tripped in the dark and broke her shoulder, she's had permanent reduction of mobility and a lot of pain since.
My mother and I were the only two who didn't have a drink so we spent the night in the ER.
Oh and my husband is estranged from his parents so he forgot the date we picked was *their* wedding anniversary. This is after saying he didn't want to get married close to *my* parents anniversary.
Edit: forgot, I have food allergies and the catering put my allergen in the food. I decided to consume a bunch of cupcakes for dinner.

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Bunzilla
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2 months ago

What is it about caterers that so many of them just decide they'll ignore client allergens? My family has had an experience about that as well.

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