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It’s the stuff of movies; just as the bride and groom are about to become husband and wife, the priest poses that question:
“If any of you has reasons why these two should not be married, speak now or forever hold your peace.”
There’s dead silence as tensions rise before out bursts a high school sweetheart/scorned ex lover/no-nonsense mother-in-law who jumps up and yells “I do!”
While rare, surprisingly this does happen in real life too. On a Reddit thread, people shared their own cringeworthy stories of wedding objections.
1. Brent-ing my heart.
“I was at the wedding with my then-girlfriend; her sister was getting married. At the moment in question, this guy I recognised from various parties and events stood up and said—this is as best an approximation as I can deliver, given that it was 17 years ago—’Lisa, I love you and I’m sorry that I never told you. It breaks my heart to see you marry him, when I know that our lives would be better than anything you’ve imagined with him. Brent, I’m sorry for saying this, but it had to be done’,” wrote one Redditor.
“He left in tears and more than one person was upset about it. The ceremony went on, but the tension was incredible.” (Watch: People share their biggest regret about their weddings. Post continues after video.)
2. The Ex-Files.
“I was not present but a few co-workers were at a wedding in the late ’90s where a groom’s ex-wife raised her hand, said ‘I object’, sobbed, and hurried out. They said the wedding continued as if nothing happened.”
3. Nature calls.
“The best one I have ever witnessed came at my best friend’s wedding. None of us really liked the woman he was marrying but at this point we had all just decided to let him do it because he wasn’t listening to us anyway,” wrote one Reddit user.
“We get to the day of the wedding and we are all standing there watching (I was the best man) and the preacher gets to the part ‘Speak now or forever hold your peace’… and at that moment lightning struck outside and knocked the power out with a large BOOOM.
“We all stood there in stunned silence for a moment and asked him if that was proof enough for him. It wasn’t and he married her anyway, was divorced within a few years.” (Post continues after gallery.)