14 People the Worst Wedding They've Ever Been To

"The best man forgot the rings in the limo and the groom cursed him out at the altar in front of the rest of the wedding party."

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1. “I don’t want to wedding-shame people who really tried their hardest, so I have nothing bad to say about most weddings I’ve been to. But I did get invited to one that was technically a nice wedding, but I was such an obvious afterthought and only felt obligated to go because it was my boss’s wedding. I just had a really boring time because I didn’t know anyone else there and obviously got placed at the random guest table.” — Brian, 28

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2. “I guess in the grand scheme of things, it’s not that bad, but most of the wedding party was noticeably drunk, especially on the groom's side. Not to point fingers, but apparently the bride took way too long to get ready, and the venue was just handing out mimosas and drinks like candy. So the vows and speeches had a bit of a slur to them and everyone was a bit giggly. It was funny and even kind of cute at first. But it also made everything take so long. And the parents on both sides were mortified.” — Matthew, 29

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3. “OK, I actually have a really good one. I was at a wedding where the bride legitimately didn’t show up. They waited for a few hours. Hours. It’s honestly like in the movies where everyone is just sitting around murmuring about rumors they heard. If you think that’s awkward, it’s even more awkward when people start to leave before there’s even official word. If I recall correctly, everyone knew she was OK and had gotten cold feet or whatever. After three or so hours, everyone was allowed to eat and enjoy the buffet and food that was meant for the wedding. But it was still an awful wait. Weird ending to the story, she and the groom moved past it and got married a few weeks later, but just a small quickie wedding since they had already blown all their money on the real wedding she skipped out on.” — Sara, 27

4. “I feel bad because this wasn’t anyone’s fault except for the kitchen staff at the venue, but almost all the guests wound up with food poisoning the next day. They got married a couple hundred miles away from our home town so most people had hotel rooms but were supposed to leave the next day. The hotel was pretty booked up so some people had to drive home like that. Luckily a friend of mine managed to keep his room and a few of us crashed there. It sucked.” — Will, 31

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5. “I once traveled cross-country for a wedding of a once-close, now-distant-ish friend. It apparently was well-known to all the bride and groom's closest friends that the bride and the best man used to be a thing, but when the best man gave a 20-minute speech starting with, 'Well ... I fucked her first!' it came as a shock to the rest of the room. Not much applause for that speech, but the rest of the wedding went on as planned. So, uh, yeah!” — Jess, 26

6. “I was at a wedding where the priest mistook the groom's last name for the entirety of the ceremony, calling his family the 'Goldbergs' instead of the 'Goldmans.' This was especially awk as he announced what an honor it was to marry the pair, whose priest he had been since they were kids.” — Rachel, 28

7. “Overall, it was a great wedding but the speeches all went on for way too long. Before dinner was served, we had to sit through not one but two maid of honor and best man speeches, the father of the bride and the father of the groom. Then both moms came up individually and the friend that introduced the two of them also got her own speech. None of the speeches were overly long individually, but it was still way too long to be sitting there politely thinking about food.” — Jake, 30

8. “I have no complaints about the wedding itself. That was all fine. But a friend of ours got married to someone we knew was constantly cheating on her. We think she knew too but didn’t want to admit it, since there was plenty of evidence. I think she’d even caught him red-handed once or twice. It just made us all sad to watch what we figure will inevitably be a divorce.” — Amy, 29

9. “I hesitate to call this ‘worst’ because of the circumstances beyond anyone’s control, but the bride’s uncle had a heart attack that morning and was in the hospital. He wound up being OK. I want to get that out of the way now. But it was awful to obviously watch everyone go through the motions of this wedding while at the same time being worried about their relative.” — Pete, 28

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10. “I was in a wedding party where the groom’s brother (and best man) forgot the rings in the limo and he cursed him out at the altar in front of the rest of the wedding party. The whole thing lasted five minutes, maybe. Very awkward to sit through.” — Rich, 29

11. The wedding was in May and they were getting married in this beautiful old church. There was a heatwave though and it was like, high 90s out of nowhere. It’s sweltering, and all the guys are in suits. The church was so old it didn’t have air conditioning and the place was packed, which didn’t help.” — Keith, 27

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12. “This might not count because technically this wasn’t the fault of the wedding or anyone involved. But I flew to a destination wedding and had my suit all packed up. I wanted to bring it as my carry-on just to be safe, but I was told the bag was too big and that I would have to check it. I tried to talk my way out of it, but the airline wouldn’t let me. Of course, they wound up losing my bag. I got it back, but not until after the wedding. I was worried I’d have to attend the wedding in shorts, but luckily was able to cobble something together with a dress shirt and slacks that other people happened to have on hand. Still, I spent my whole time there on the phone trying to get something decent so I didn’t ruin all the wedding photos and I didn’t really get to enjoy myself.” — Josh, 28

13. “I went to the wedding of an old family friend that I still kept in touch with, but not that often. It was a bit of a surprise but we still had lots of mutual friends so it wasn’t crazy. Absolute bridezilla, though. I was honestly taken aback at how many times I heard her get huffy with staff and family and anyone in the wedding party that wasn’t at her beck and call fast enough. At one point, right before she was set to walk out, you could hear her screaming outside at her own mother over something. I don’t remember what. But it wasn’t like the place was that big and she was just on the other side of the doors, and it was just not a good look.” — Emily, 27

14. “I went to a wedding where the groom called everything off at the altar because he found out the bride was having a yearlong affair that morning and I guess wanted to have this big, theatrical revenge moment. But it was a big church and it was really though to hear what was going on, honestly. It was just obvious to people who weren’t up front that he was mad. Anyway, I still got some free shrimp and a glass of champagne.” — Ethan, 27

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