Guest-induced frustrations are almost a rite of passage for couples planning a wedding. Whether it’s colleagues who bring their kids without an invitation, overbearing uncles, or distant cousins who insist on being served vegan wedding cake – it seems that almost everyone who’s planned a wedding has their own story about over-demanding guests.
But those regular irritations pale in comparison to a new series of true wedding horror stories. The anonymous anecdotes, listed on online forums Reddit and secret-sharing app Whisper, detail bridal party meltdowns and guest misdemeanors so bizarre, we wouldn’t wish them on any bride.
We’ve rounded up a few of the cringiest wedding tales for your reading (dis)pleasure. They’re uncomfortable to read, but look at it this way: At least they make your own wedding guest dilemmas look trivial.
1. The one where the bride’s brother took sibling rivalry to the next level.
“My brother proposed to his girlfriend at my wedding. They tried to convince the pastor to marry them that day,” wrote one Reddit commenter.
2. The one where a bridesmaid declared her love for the groom.
“My mom's best friend (and maid-of-honour) showed up the day of my mom's first wedding with her head shaved. Apparently, she was in love with the groom and this was her silent protest,” wrote one Whisper user.
3. The one where the best man ended up in hospital.
“At the reception after the wedding, the best man who had been drinking heavily, decided in his drunken state that he wanted to get some sleep, and crawled under the bride’s car to do so,” wrote one Reddit user. “The bride, not knowing he was under there and not being a drinker, was going to give someone a ride down the street to where they were staying. And yeah, obvious where this is going. The best man lived but the reception came to an abrupt ending as most of the wedding party spent the rest of the night and next day at the hospital.”
4. The one where the caterer forgot to read the fine-print.
"Catering never showed up, everyone was hungry. Also the fireworks show that night was cancelled for the first time for whatever reason...", one Reddit user wrote.