Breakups are hard...but they much harder when you break up on the day of your wedding.
During the wedding.
In front of all of your friends and family.
14 Redditors shared their stories of runaway brides (and grooms!), and how they bore witness to weddings being called off on the big day. Hey, sometimes it is just better to say "I don't."
But next time...try to do it before you pay the caterers.
1. GetLostYouPsycho's story is f*cked up. Literally.
A co-worker of the groom got super drunk, stood up and announced she'd been f*cking the groom for the past 6 months. This was right before the bride walked down the aisle.
2. hubbishobbis' teacher learned a hard lesson on her wedding day.
In 6th grade, my entire class went to our teacher's wedding.
My teacher was the bride, and about 3/4 of the way down the aisle when the groom decided he couldn't do it. He walked off to the side and at first my teacher and her father didn't notice and kept walking, smiling radiantly. There was about a minute of really solid confusion (last minute cold feet? bathroom emergency?) before everyone realized what was going on. My teacher was whisked out of the church and an announcement was made that there was not going to be a wedding. This happened the second or third week of June; she didn't come back for the last week of school. Ugly situation.
3. matafumar's customers needed a stiff one after the groom gave the maid of honor a stiff one.
I worked at a bar when I was at University. Two guys came in dressed to the nines. I asked what they were doing that day and they told me the wedding they were going to was canceled.
The maid of honour had been sleeping with the groom. One of the other bridesmaids had known about it for some time but decided the best time to tell her was the morning of the wedding.
4. doctromumbo's story is heartbreaking.
The brides' cousin had a sudden and unexpected fatal heart attack. Took the entire family a month to recover. Bride and groom had a small ceremony after.
5. caseylightning knows that a lack of socks can ruin a wedding.
I was told the bride never showed up because of someone having 'cold feet.' The worst part was I was a young kid at the time and couldn't understand why someone would break off an engagement to a person they loved just because their feet were cold. It took me YEARS to realize it's a saying.
6. ownedbydogs recalls a wedding that went up in flames.
Not called off, just relocated.
The bride wanted everything to be lit by candlelight as it was much more romantic. Well of course something (wall hanging or tapestry of some sort) caught fire, set off the fire alarm, everyone has to evacuate the church.
The ceremony was continued and finished in the parking lot with a couple of fire trucks in the background.
7. UpSideSunny know that matrimony and Jägermeister don't mix.
My best friend's wedding got called off. i was the master of ceremonies (his brother was his best man) so I was in a very unique way able to experience this beauty.
I arrived about 2 hours before the ceremony was to start to chat to the caterer and check the microphone, speakers etc. As I was chatting to the DJ and generally just checking things out I noticed every once in a while a waiter would walk by from the bar with a tray of wine, beer and shooters. I didn't think anything of it though.
As the time got closer to the ceremony at the church, people had arrived and everyone was having snacks and drinks outside the reception venue. Both the church and reception was on a wine farm, so they were right next to each other.
The bride was delayed for a long time, something I couldn't understand since she was getting ready in a guest house right there on the property.
In any event, we finally got the go ahead that the bride was on the way to the church (they conveyed her on a golf cart) so we started getting everyone seated and ready for the show.
I was standing at the entrance of the church to close the door after the bride entered so I got to see everything transpire in all of its glory.
The bride climbed off the cart and as she was walking towards the stairs with her father she tripped and faceplanted right there on the steps of the church. As this was a wine farm you can imagine that there is a lot of dirt everywhere, and accordingly her dress was filthy.
At this stage I simply thought she fell over by accident and I ran to help get her up. She just dusted herself off, said she was fine and continued in usual fashion to enter the church. It's then that my suspicions started peaking.
I noticed she was wobbling from side to side as she walked, but thought maybe she got hurt in the fall. As she started walking down the isle, however, she was stopping to greet people in the isles, making jokes, pulling faces, giving people thumb-ups etc. It immediately hit me - she was shitfaced.
By the time she got to the groom he just stood there with his jaw open. He could immediately tell what was happening. She was standing there next to him in the church right in front of everyone swaying from side to side and slurring. It was painful and cringe inducing to witness.
The best part is that she INSISTED the wedding proceed and that everything was hunky-dory. The more the groom wanted to suspend proceedings for a bit she insisted they proceed. Then she exploded at him in the church in front of EVERYONE, shouting and accusing him of ruining her wedding day and then she stormed out of the church crying and, wouldn't you know it, she bumped into a bench in the isle and went flying into the ground again. Wedding dresses are not made for running, and they are especially not made for drunken running.
People helped her up and escorted her outside. The groom also left and everyone just kind of sat there in silence. Since it was rather hot that day we told everyone to go to the reception hall and have a drink so long whilst the situation was being dealt with.
The bride had been drinking the entire day, and those shooters and drinks I saw being carried from the bar was for her and her friends in the guest house. I inquired at the bar how much the bill was prior to people arriving and was shocked to see that between her and 2 other friends, they had drunk 3 bottles of wine, 6 beers, 6 ciders and a crap load of shooters ranging from tequila to jagermeister. In any event, the bridezilla is now crying and throwing tantrums at the guest house loud enough for everyone to hear at the reception, and apparently she continued to drink some of the left overs from the previous round of drinks.
The groom came out to apologize to everyone and to say that the wedding wouldn't be going ahead, but that everyone must please eat and drink and have fun since everything had already been paid and catered for. I made the announcement and I joined the groom and his family (who had flown in especially for the wedding) for a drink and to come to grips with what just happened. Many people, especially from the bride's side, just went home.
Meanwhile, bridezilla was crying and drinking away in the guest house with her bridesmaids. After about an hour or so, with many people having left, she storms out of the guest house and cry-screams at the groom for ruining her wedding again, except this time she is even drunker. She storms off with her friends and we eventually see them climb in a car and off they went.
We finished our food and had some drinks and called it a night. I drove home with the groom and his folks, only to discover when we got to the complex where he and bridezilla was staying, that she was sitting outside at the bar right next to the complex still in her wedding dress, make-up smeared everywhere and drinking beers with her friends.
The groom phoned her father, who then promptly came to pick her up and take her home. And that is the last I ever saw of bridezilla. They tried to make things work by going for counseling and things fizzled out, mainly because she was always drunk. They had lived together for 2 or so years prior to the wedding, and whilst she did drink a lot I never noticed it was THAT bad. Meanwhile my friend informed me it had actually been a bit of a problem, but he didn't think it would get that bad. Well, it did.
The wedding photographer/videographer was a friend of ours and was recording pretty much everything, so there is still a copy of this somewhere out there. That reminds me, I should probably email him and request a copy.
TL;DR Bride was absolutely shitfaced, fell at the church, fought with the groom at the alter and then stormed off crying and screaming and then continued drinking.
8. Gibesome recalls a bride who didn't let a little medical emergency ruin her big day.
We had just finished the ceremony, and everyone was heading into the building to start dinner. I found my seat near the bride and started to chat with friends. I saw the bride sit down at the table next to me and say "I think I'm going to have a seizure".
And she did.
Fortunately, myself and a few other people had medical training and she turned out perfectly fine.
After the EMS left, she stayed and finished the night by dancing and having fun!
She actually had a history of seizures and had neglected to tell anyone or to take her medicine this week.
9. We would love to hear the mother of the groom's side of the_colonelclick's story.
Groom's Mother had painstakingly planned the wedding for months, and even spent a considerable sum on the wedding as a gift. Groom was the only straight, and youngest out of thee sons. Queue the wedding day and two flight cancellations meant the Groom's Mother would be at least two hours late, even though the catering/priest etc were all happy to wait and the Mother offered to pay the extra fees the Bride summarily declared the wedding must go on, and simply didn't want to wait. Regardless of the Grooms attempt to convince her, loudly, and in front of everyone she was adamant that She be listened too. The groom declared that if he was marrying that, then he didn't want to marry and stormed out, leaving her for good.
10. JasonOnTheBeach crashed a wedding that went horribly, horribly wrong.
I wasn't actually invited to this wedding (We used to crash a lot of weddings while in the military). Apparently the bride came from a devout catholic family, while the groom was from an orthodox Jewish family.
I didn't get to hear the initial exchange, but apparently the fathers on both sides were unhappy about the ceremony, and began to yell at each other from across the aisle. It was mostly just awkward until the bride started to cry. At this point, her father is seeing his baby girl cry at the alter, to which he blames the other father.
Fists flew, chairs turned over, even the mothers got into it (small Jewish woman are not to be fucked with apparently).
Bartender was a family friend and went to intervene. I went behind, grabbed the bottle of Jager (I was in my early 20's, don't judge), poured a glass, downed it, and got the fuck out of there.
The Asian wedding the following week was much more chill.
11. VernonDangerfield's insanely dramatic story actually has a somewhat happy ending.
So I was drinking beers on a tailgate outside the reception with the brides ex-boyfriend. He’s crying but insisting he’s happy for the bride. It’s at a pretty big hotel. Big parking lot. Lots of cars. All the sudden i see the bride b-lining (which I assume is short for bride-lining) it right at us. She’s drunk as shit and apparently pissed off. She starts blabbering about making a mistake. My friend sees this as the heavens opening up and his prayers coming true. He gets off the tailgate. They embrace and drunkenly make out. She pauses, takes off her ring and chucks it into the sea of parked cars. Says some grand bullshit about being free... and the groom wonders into the area with a buttload of guests behind him. She sees him. He’s obviously more concerned than mad about her being out making a scene. She almost immediately breaks down and apologizes through tears and snot. All of the people start looking for her ring which she’s thrown into a black car filled void. People start leaving and I’m just sitting next to my friend who’s in shock. That dude seriously thought the girl that got away from him was dramatically leaving her wedding for him and it almost happened but then it heartbreakingly didn’t. It was hilarious and also very sad.
(That marriage is still together)
12. sweet_saying_'s cousin dodged a bullet with this one.
My cousin was getting married and about 15-30 minutes before the wedding started she was told that the man she was going to marry was arrested and had been on Washington’s Most Wanted because of stuff he either did with a 14 year old or was planning to do with a 14 year old, he was like 23-26, he ended up in prison for whatever it was he did, and right after she told everyone the back porch had broke right under her and her friends, it wasn’t much of a drop, like 6 inches, but that’s when she burst out in full blown tears. It was a very awkward day and honestly if I wasn’t there to witness it I wouldn’t believe it either.
13. Galennus' story really blows.
It wasn't mid-ceremony, but I was at the reception for a coworker where he got drunk and went into a bathroom and some other girl blew him. People walked in on it and the bride saw and ... yeah it was a shitshow. It resulted (obviously) in a nasty divorce and for a while he was going nowhere fast. He has since done a 180 and is re-married to a beautiful woman and went from a fat drunken slob to literally doing marathons and mud runs on a monthly basis.
14. Renoirio's aunt came to her senses just in time.
My aunt was marrying an abusive asshole. She backed out the day of, like an hour before the ceremony started :s. Her father (my grandfather) stood on the stage and said something like "unfortunately there will not be a wedding today but you are all welcome to stay for dinner and drinks on me".
Pretty much the entire groom's side left and it just ended up being my family. Dude she was supposed to marry ended up dying of cirrhosis a few years later.