Earlier this week, we talked about appropriate attire for a wedding, and that got me thinking about all the crazy, unexpected, jaw-dropping things that happen at weddings. Thing I’ve seen. Things I’ve heard about. The kind of stories that keep brides up at night. Because let’s face it, outside of the Jerry Springer show and a Wal-Mart Black Friday sale, weddings can really bring the crazy.
Here are just a few stories collected from my own experiences, stories that I’ve heard in the past and some from friends who were kind enough to respond to my G-Chat requests.
The Bride who routinely called her Maid of Honor at 3:40 in the morning to ask inane questions like whether the silver ribbon or the platinum twine would be better for the menu cards. The MOH eventually turned off her phone, and the Bride switched to email.
The Bridesmaid who decided to leave the reception before the cake was even served to attend a party in a nearby city because a guy she wanted to hook up with would be there. I’m sure the man who she brought as her date was about as amused as the Bride.
The Mother-of-the-Groom who showed up for pre-wedding photographs in a blush-colored dress that had the same neckline and pleating as the Bride’s gown. She was convinced to change prior to the ceremony.
The Bride whose wedding day behavior was so out of control that her Father, a Baptist minister, actually slapped her, like in a cartoon, to snap her out of it.
The Groom who lost the rings between the hotel and the church, so the Happy Couple said their “I dos” with bands made from York Peppermint Patty wrappers and Scotch tape.
The In-Laws who announced at the post-wedding Bon Voyage brunch that they were getting a divorce. They assumed that their brother, the Groom, would be grateful that they waited until after the ceremony, his feelings did not match their expectations.
A newly-minted Husband and Wife post their wedding photos to a shared Picasa account so that their friends and family can see them. A few weeks later, several photos turn up on a popular humor website. Why? The background of the photos contained images of two people having very acrobatic sex on a hotel balcony visible from the couple’s wedding venue.
But my favorite crazy wedding story has to be this one, thanks TF:
Instead of speaking from the heart about love and commitment, the Maid of Honor regales the assembled guests with insights from the bridal party message board. The Groom found out that the Bride put nearly $7,000 on her credit cards to pay for all the wedding extras that her parents wouldn’t allow. And the Happy Couple discovered that more than half of the people in attendance had taken bets on how long the marriage would last with the median guess being 17 months. Five years later, they are still married.
So what crazy wedding stories do you have to share? I want to hear the good, the bad and the truly, unfathomably ugly.
(This post is not meant to cheapen the majority of weddings that go off without a hitch and lead to happy, successful marriages. I just thought it might be fun to hear from the former brides, grooms, bridal party members and guests who have a funny story to tell. Just a tip, if you wouldn’t want the Bride/Groom to read the story here, don’t share or be vague. This is the Internet, after all.)