A wedding is supposed to be a joyous occasion where family and friends come together to witness and celebrate the love between the bride and groom. While everyone closely involved with the wedding planning are hoping for the day to go by smoothly, there’s a chance that something horrible or dramatic can happen.
There are so many different scenarios and dramatic incidents that could happen at a wedding that everyone in attendance will remember for a long time. Regardless, anything that can ruin a couple’s wedding is both horrifying and shocking.
All of the wedding horror stories listed below are incidents that were witnessed by guests, family members of the bride and groom, members of the wedding party, wedding planners, and/or staff at the reception.
Now, with all of that being said, take a look down below and read these 12 Wedding Horror Stories That Will Totally Shock You:
1. The One With All The Dramatic Twists:
“My fiancée left me for my maid of honor on our wedding day. She later had the nerve to ask me to be in their wedding! In a horrifying twist, my ex-fiancée ended up leaving her for one of her own bridesmaids! She then came to me a month later saying she was pregnant with his baby.”
-jharker81300 told BuzzFeed
2. The Wedding With A Drunk Grandma:
“My grandma got sh*tfaced at my sister’s wedding and went and cut the cake with her credit card. It was horrible!” She adds, “It’s hilarious now, especially since that marriage was kaputz. But when it happened everybody was mortified. Good ole grandma!”
-wineandcatlady told easyweddings.com
3. Drama Happening Before and During The Wedding Ceremony:
“My husband and I attended an outdoor wedding at a public park in town. When we arrived the police and coroner’s van were there, surrounded by the wedding guests. Apparently a homeless man had sought shelter behind the lattice surrounding the bottom of the gazebo floor and had DIED several days before. It was June in Missouri and the stench was horrible! So…they proceed to move the wedding to a field on the OTHER side of the park, and although everyone was shaken up they decided to proceed.
The preacher was in the middle of the vows and one of the groomsmen interrupted and said, ‘John, I’m sorry but you can’t marry Sherilynn. I love her and she’s pregnant with my baby.’ Wow. Then the groom proceeds to yell at his bride (not)-to-be that she was a cheap whore. Then one of the guests STANDS UP and yells at the groom, ‘Serves you right, you bastard! You’ve been screwing my sister for a year!’ Yep”
-Sarah Taylor told BuzzFeed
4. The Wedding Crashing Ex With A Song:
“My friend was about to get married and when the priest said, ‘Speak now or forever hold your peace,’ some girl, [who] I think was one of the groom’s old girlfriends, emerged from out of the curtains. I should mention she wasn’t even invited, and I can see why now. She started singing a fucking song about how he shouldn’t say yes and instead run away with her. “WELL, HE FUCKING AGREED! AND IN SONG AS WELL! They had no shame; they planned out their escape, too. They just sang in front of the entire party that they would meet each other at the back door and run away together. “The poor bride just sat there crying. I felt absolutely terrible for her.”
5. A Bridezilla Story:
“A bride once called having a meltdown 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 friend’s 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.”
6. The Bride’s Phone Went Off In The Middle Of The Wedding Ceremony:
“When my sister got married, I was tasked with holding her phone. My dress didn’t have pockets, so I put it down my bra. I forgot to turn it off, so right before the pastor said, ‘Speak now or forever hold your peace,’ the church filled with the spirited voice of Lady Gaga: ‘WHOOOOOHOOOHOOOOHOOO!!! CAUGHT IN A BAD ROMANCE!!! Whelp. All eyes were on me as I grabbed her phone out of my boob and said, ‘Err, someone is trying to get in touch with you.’ Everyone laughed and thought we planned it. Yeah, not so much.”
-Bethany Anne told Buzzfeed
7. The Bride Accused The Staff of Stealing Her Gifts:
“Bride asks for money only as wedding presents. During dancing, she sneaks over to the basket full of the envelopes and opens them up, counting her take. It’s less than she hoped, so she calls the police, gets the DJ to stop the music, and accuses the waitstaff of stealing her gifts. Lines up the guests, asks each one publicly how much they gave her. Screams at the police when they arrive to do something. Sues the restaurant, or at least was threatening to when I stopped working there.”
8. The Time The Best Friend of The Groom Got Drunk:
“My husband’s best friend was so drunk during our reception that he was walking around with his d*ck out! Most everyone saw, including my grandparents. Luckily, I didn’t. He was embarrassed the next day.
He just got engaged, called my husband and said, ‘Hey man, you can totally pull your d*ck out at my wedding. I won’t be mad.'”
-Bianca Penaylillo Caruso told Buzzfeed
9. Is it a Wedding or a Birthday Party?:
“A friend of ours brought a ‘plus one’ who had her birthday that day. She asked to put candles (that she brought) on the wedding cake and have the wedding party sing happy birthday.”
10. The Fat Shaming Bride:
“My sister-in-law asked me to be a bridesmaid. She asked each bridesmaid what size dress to order. Since I had just had a baby three weeks prior, I was nervous to answer because I was still losing weight. So I measured myself and according to that I was a 6, and I told her to order a 6 and I can always alter it if I need to if I lose weight. I also gave her the option to let me order it closer to the wedding date. She said, ’Oh honey, I am a size 6. That’s sweet you think you are still a 6, but you’re not, my dear. I’ll order you a 10.′ After having my self-esteem crushed I bailed on being a bridesmaid and showed up to her wedding in my size 2 dress. Don’t call your bridesmaid fat and just let her order her own dress.”
-Erin told The Huffington Post
11. The Wild Wedding On A Boat:
“At my aunt’s wedding, the grandchildren of the groom were pole dancing. The groom’s daughter was cheating on her husband in the bathroom, and the bride cut her matron of honor in the face while cutting the cake. Best of all, we were on a boat so there was no way to leave! Once the boat got to shore we were sure to run off first!”
-Jadiem told BuzzFeed
12. The Upstager:
“I was at a wedding about 10 years ago and the bride did not get along with her brother and his new girlfriend. During the reception, the girlfriend grabbed the microphone and gave a speech, then made the brother get down on one knee, and she proposed to him. People booed, then it got really quiet and the bride rushed to where the situation happened and said, ‘No one gives a f*ck because this is my fucking day,’ and everyone cheered.”
-Teresa Phipps told BuzzFeed