Wedding professionals reveal what they’re really paid for: tolerating insane brides and grooms.

Wedding professionals reveal what they’re really paid for: tolerating insane brides and grooms.

Falling in love might bring out the best in people, but planning a wedding brings out the absolute worst. People wrapped up in the wedding-industrial complex—from planners, to singers, to tuxedo fitters—shared crazy their scariest wedding horror stories on Reddit, revealing that not matter how much madness you see at the wedding, it gets even crazier behind the scenes.

1. Sillykitty1990's client claimed 365 days to herself.

A bride once called having a melt down because her friend got engaged as well and was planning to get married in the same year as she was... Apparently it was her special year and not just a day. She threw a huge fit that this girl was only getting married to "steal her thunder"... Yes, because no one else can have a life at the same time as you. Her friends date wasn't even in the same month or season. Hers was in October and her friends was in June.... Brides sometimes don't think rationally.

2. Groomzillas are real, and BANNEDFROMALAMO's friend has the bruises to prove it.

Friend is a photographer. Does weddings. Got punched in the face by the groom because the groom decided that the photographer was "taking too many photos of the bride."

Weddings seem to bring out the worst in humanity.

3. Tywy90's story is indeed colorful.

I'm booking a wedding at my store. Young couple comes in and is picking stuff out. As usual the guy is pretty i don't care about things. Brides are never happy about this attitude.

We go through for a bit, but when it comes to picking vest styles they get into a huge argument right in front of me and my colleague. Eventually the Groom throws up his hands and says "if we can't decide what Colors then we just shouldn't get married!" And walks out the door and leaves in his car.

The girl starts crying in our store while we are just bewildered. My colleague asked if she was ok. She said she was having someone come pick her up and walked out the door crying.

Never saw them again. Hands down a famous story in our store.

Wedding professionals reveal what they’re really paid for: tolerating insane brides and grooms.

4. ClassicJenny has the perfect pitch for the sequel to J.Lo's movie The Wedding Planner.

I'm not a wedding planner, but I do work in the industry and my friend is the wedding planner I'm telling this story about.

He is a good looking, straight male that has an amazing eye for design and detail. He can do everything from wedding dress design and execution, flowers, you name it. And his services are not cheap.

He had a bride who called him up a few days before her wedding and told him she couldn't go through with the wedding because she was in love with someone else. The conversation went something like this:

Bride: "I can't marry him, I just don't love him anymore, I think I'm in love with someone else!"

Him: "What do you mean you're in love with someone else!? Your wedding is in 5 days!"

Bride: "Well.... I'm in love with you. You just GET me! I've never met anyone else like you!"

Him: "...Do you know how much your parents are paying me to get you?!"

She ended up getting married 5 days later and it was never mentioned again.


5. Toronto_Planner has met some surprisingly un-polite Canadians.

I am a wedding/special event planner in Toronto. I own my own planning company, and I have been in the industry for about 8 years.

I have so many horror stories that I don't know which to choose.

1. I had a bride that openly spoke utter and complete shit about the grooms family (in front of his face). She would say that they were "crazy, unclassy and annoying", and come the wedding, her family was actually the hardest family I ever had to deal with, and the grooms family was absolutely lovely. On top of all this, the bride yelled at all of the vendors all day, resulting in the videographers leaving after just 1 hour of shooting, the photographer cried in the bathroom, and the groom and the brides cousins apologized to me for her behaviour all night.

2. I had one horrible bride who I planned an amazing wedding for. She raved about how much she loved the food all evening, but the day after the wedding, she wrote a bad review about the caterer on yelp, and told me she wouldn't remove it unless they gave her a discount. She's a horrible person.

3. I had one horrific couple that didn't care about anyone. The groom was 30 minutes late for the ceremony, but it was no big deal, because the bride was 2 hours late. After the ceremony, we had to shorten cocktails to make up for lost time. The couple got wasted in their limo, and both ended up falling asleep. They were both so late for their own reception, that I had the venue serve dinner without them. Their parents were furious. The brides parents left early, and the couple didn't arrive until 11 at night. Half of their guests left before they arrived, and they yelled at me for allowing dinner to start before their arrival. (This was a 400 guest wedding)

4. I had a really high strung groom who yelled at a one of his young guests (the kid was 12) for sitting out of his assigned seat, and told the kid and his parents to leave. Later at night, the brides father (who was single) made out with one of the bridesmaids, and the groom punched him. We had to call an ambulance, and the groom was arrested.


6. AnaphylacticHippo's story has the Ex Factor.

I have extensive experience as an events coordinator, including private events such as weddings.

The worst I've personally witnessed had a grooms baby mama (and ex fiancé) come to the reception uninvited. She grabbed the wedding cake, chucked it at the newlyweds, and began screaming how he was a deadbeat dad while she grabbed table wine bottles that she smashed on the ground. Everyone was stunned in shock at first, but the ex fiancé was ultimately restrained by the groomsmen. We called the police, and she was charged with assault, assault with a weapon (from waving around a wine bottle and clocking a groomsman,) and destruction of private property (both from the couple and the venue.) What a charmer. In the end, the parents of the groom asked me to arrange a lovely (and secret) private dinner for the newlyweds and their bridal party to make up for the fiasco.

Tl;dr: Psycho baby mama showed up, destroyed reception. So, not quite bridezilla, but the groom dodged marrying one.

Wedding professionals reveal what they’re really paid for: tolerating insane brides and grooms.

7. M39w7h saw a bridezilla who bites.

I work as a Hotel Manager and we see bridezillas all the time.

The worst was when a bride was so upset that she couldn't fit all of her bridesmaids on one shuttle back from the reception (they took two vans on a 10 minute trip back to the hotel and it only seats 12) that she tried to physically assault the driver.

He left her on the side of the road when she tried to bite him.

The kicker? When the groom found out and came to get her- she was acting so crazy he went to pick her up with her parents and when they found her trudging back down the highway and heard her sh-tty attitude they left her there too. x3


8. The cops are invited to the weddings at unverifiedscrobbler1's place.

1. The groom got mega plastered and smashed a bottle of cognac on the dance floor and literally tried to set in on fire. The function supervisor tried to tell him very politely that he couldn't and he got a it upset about that and started screaming "this is my wedding and if I want to burn this place down I will" cops were called.

2. It was speeches time and another wedding and bride gets up to say a few things about how her deceased mother was an inspiration to her etc. general heartfelt wedding stuff. Her father stands up after and had a few words to say. "You ungrateful little cunt, you're the spitting image of your dead mother. Never thanking me for anything. I paid $40k for this and I don't even get a mention. Fuck you and your dirt husband." Security stepped in at this point and tried to calm him down so he takes a swing at security and get kicked out. Cops were called


9. Salad dressing viscosity is important business, bebemochi.

We had a groom come to his tasting, which consisted of the least expensive (but still quite nice) menu. He immediately declared that one salad dressing was "too runny" (ranch) while the other was "too thick" (blue cheese) and it only went downhill from there. He argued about everything from the shade of the napkins to the temperature of the room. His fiancee did not care about a single thing.

Wedding professionals reveal what they’re really paid for: tolerating insane brides and grooms.

10. Okistheplacetobe's bride had a busy second trimester.

I had a bride rent our facility for her "classy" wedding. She was a Bitch with a capital B. She refused to make eye contact with any staff member, got people's attention by snapping her fingers at them, and made a complete and total fool of herself when she and her groom showed up plastered to the reception. A rumor had started to spread that she was pregnant, which is why they were getting married. She furiously denied this in a speech to everyone gathered at the wedding. The baby was born five months later, a healthy 10 lbs.


11. Madmaxine's color scheme is comedy gold.

I'm watching a shit show unfold as we speak. The wedding isn't until November, but the bride is already the most zilla of anything I've ever encountered. Hailing from the great Midwest, this bride has decided that everyone needs to fly down the New Orleans for the wedding. Her soon to be in-laws are a pretty large family, but only the guys are allowed to be in the wedding. The women are just supposed to hang out and do nothing while the wedding party parades around town all week. Not a huge deal, but still annoying to pay for a trip you can't even spend with your whole family.

But here's where it gets good. The bride emailed the dress specifications to all the ladies.

1. Blush/Champagne/Gold/Taupe family

2. Floor length dress

3. Can be shimmery/sparkly/sequinned

4. Column/empire waist/sheath shape - no mermaid style

5. No white/gray/ivory/silver

6. No color blocking

7. Try to stay away from lace

8. *See bottom of email for inspiration photos

Should I note that these women are not in her wedding party at all, but guests?

Wedding professionals reveal what they’re really paid for: tolerating insane brides and grooms.

12. Abqkat sees a lot suiting people up.

Obligatory "not a wedding planner," but worked at a tuxedo shop for ~10 years in high school, and then college. So many come to mind, many of the typical 'bridezilla persuasion,' but notably:

  • The groom and bride that (while booking their tuxedos) had an awkward moment regarding kids. He said that "aw, that'd be a nice name for a son" and she was shocked and insisted that kids weren't in her future. Awkward.

  • Recovering alcoholic engaged to a woman that insisted on an open bar, and got blackout drunk at the reception. That can't be good.

  • A groom who made more than a few "jokes" about not wanting to get married and how she's making him. They lasted 8 months.

  • A bridesmaid that continually hit on me. I was flattered, but, alas, am not a lesbian.

  • A WoW themed wedding - nothing wrong with this one, they're both lovely people and still married, I just thought that was a clever homage to their hobby and meet-story

  • A bride that was 5-months along that refused to acknowledge the bump (er, a little bit of weight gain that she'll lose by the wedding, in her words) or have her dress taken out. That was a tough one to navigate, and literally no one (her family or his included) cared at all that she was pregnant. Bizarre.

  • The mother-of-the-bride that was taking bets at the reception on how long it'd last

  • The name callers. Miserable people. Remember the birthing suite that Rachel and Ross shared with that couple? Yeah, like that.

... I have had a lot of memorable weddings from that job. Being a fly on the wall at weddings is an interesting experience!