Last week, for reasons unknown to me, I decided to re-watch the movie Wedding Crashers. Do you know that movie is almost fifteen years old? I feel ancient. But I digress. As I was watching, I couldn’t decide if the premise was totally out of the realm of possibility, or if a (big-ish) wedding is just the kind of chaotic and emotional event where two complete strangers could show up and you’d never even notice.
Because here’s the thing. I have been to my fair share of weddings (maybe not as a guest, but I photographed almost a hundred of them during my short career as a wedding photographer.) And I’ve seen some shit go down. Like the time someone’s parents gave an entire wedding toast without mentioning their daughter’s new husband. (They thought he wasn’t good enough for her.) Or when one of the guests at a wedding decided to punch another at the after party, for no other reason than tequila makes him punchy. Or the other toast I witnessed where a groomsman talked at length about how hot his friend’s mom was. Or the time there weren’t enough chairs for a seated dinner, and a bunch of guests had to eat in the driveway of the outdoor venue where the ceremony seats were being stored. And all that is actually pretty tame compared to some things I’ve read.
So, since we’re headed into wedding season, I thought I’d open it up to you guys: what’s the most absurd thing you’ve ever seen at a wedding? What are your best horror stories? And if you happen to be an engaged person whose wedding is coming up:
- Don’t worry, none of these things will happen at your wedding*
- But maybe also save this open thread for later
*And if they do, you’ll be too hopped up on love to notice or care
Let’s dish: tell us your wackiest wedding story and if we get enough good ones, we’ll put them together in a roundup for when you need a reminder that it could always be worse