Women Who Had Disastrous Weddings Share Worst Things That Happened (16 Stories)


Everyone dreams that their wedding day will go off without a hitch — or that any potential problems are manageable. But sometimes, truly catastrophic stuff happens.

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On Reddit, women are sharing the worst things that happened at their wedding — stuff like finding out their husband cheated on them, finding out someone was in a car accident, and finding out their Mother-in-Law wanted to see their wedding night lingerie. Yikes!

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1. Slept With Another Woman

“Getting married hours after I found out that he’d slept with another woman because at that point I felt like…I mean, what do I do? (Not get married is the correct answer but I did).” —


2. Christmas Tree

“The night before the wedding, my husband and I check into the hotel. We go downstairs to see the venue. I eagerly open the door, excited to see the ornate 12 foot tall Christmas tree at the end of the aisle. Instead, there is a cheap plastic piece of crap tree that’s like 5 feet tall with five ornaments. You see, my mom suggested my husband and I get married in front of a Christmas tree (it was a Christmas themed wedding) instead of under an archway. We loved this idea. She had me select a tree and decoration package from a tree rental company. When I called my mom in a panic asking if this was the tree she had rented, she started gaslighting me. She told me she was never planning on renting a tree. That I imagined it. That I was spoiled for thinking she would pay for that. I hung up, cried my eyes out, and called my dad. My dad ended up going to Lowe’s, purchasing a 14 foot fake tree, and decorations. He decorated it all by himself and it looked fantastic. While he was setting it up, my mom had the nerve to tell him I was a brat (and other, much worse names) and she even hinted that she did it all to ‘get back at me’ because of a petty argument we had like a month beforehand. The wedding was beautiful. Especially the tree. However, that was definitely the worst thing that happened. I think the reason being, it was a turning point. I knew my mom had issues, but I never thought she would let her issues impact something as big as my wedding day.” —

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3. Cheesecake

“We had a HUGE Italian style dessert bar served after the cake. I was to busy dancing, talking and having fun to make it over to the desserts. My mom asked if I wanted anything and she would make a to go box. I say yes, cheesecake. That’s all, just cheesecake (it’s my fav). Shortly after, my mom tells me it’s all gone. My cousin comes to tell me goodbye, holding a desert box. We chat, tells me how much fun she had, how great the food and desert was. Then says ‘the cheesecake was amazing, you should get some!’ She opens the box to show me, 4 slices of cheesecake, along with a ton of other desserts. I asked her if I could please have just 1 slice. She said ‘no, it’s mine, should have gotten to it quicker!’ I begged her and explained its my favorite desert. She still said no and promptly left.” —


4. Lingerie

“My Mother-in-Law wanted to see my wedding lingerie to make sure she approved of it. It was one of my first times with her and I was trying to please her to get in her good graces. It was all about control.” —


5. Bad Photography

“A friend showed up in a white jumpsuit. The DJ’s mics didn’t work during the ceremony, she played the wrong song for our first dance, and her reception playlist included no danceable music (there was even Blink 182). The caterer refused to put wine bottles on the tables as agreed, but put all the stemware there so guests had to bring their glasses to the bar. Our photographer’s ideas of ‘casual and candid shots of our guests having fun’ was zooming in on one person’s face in a group of 5+ with everyone else’s head shown from the back and blurred out. Every photo looked like this. Only our posed wedding party shots were usable.” —

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6. Car Crash

“My son (the ring bearer) and his dad got in a wreck on the way to the venue. NOT what I wanted to hear as I was getting 33575789 hairpins installed for my fancy updo! The stylist overheard that conversation and brought me some wine. Kid and Dad were fine, other drivers were fine, they were only a little late, and everything else went off without a hitch. But DAMN. ‘Your son got in a car wreck’ completely snapped me back to reality. The wedding is just fluff; family and marriage are serious commitments that are worth making and keeping.” —


7. Fighting With Mom

“My mom picked a fight with me at the reception because I didn’t invite her extended family but I did invite my stepmom. Family that she had only recently reconciled with and who I didn’t know. Meanwhile stepmom is a decent person who was married to the man who raised me so she’s an automatic invite. Besides I was having only 24 guests in total. My mom looked like she had a lemon in her mouth during the wedding until she started arguing at the reception. We had actually fought about this a lot during the engagement so I think she came just to make a scene. Anyways, I asked her to leave and proceeded to have a blast. I have not voluntarily spoken to my mother in thirteen years.” —


8. Dress Drama

“My husband’s father’s (who my husband was not close with) new wife who we both had met once showed up in the exact same dress as my bridesmaids. The 1 conversation I had with her I told her what they were wearing so it was very intentional. She also showed up with my husband’s mom’s fur coat on top of it. And then tried to walk in with the wedding party. I swore she was going to get jumped by my grandmother in law.” —

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9. Homophobic Priest

“We asked the pastor from my husband’s childhood church to officiate. Very old school conservative. We discussed with him what we wanted him to talk about during the ceremony, marriage being hard work, treat love as a verb, that kind of thing. What he ended up doing was speeding through the passage I wanted read, then talked for 15 minutes about how marriage is for only men and women, how we are made this way and how hormones play a part. I should add that my father-in-law, who walked me down the aisle, is gay. Well known fact. The preacher’s speech at my wedding was basically condemnation for my father in law. He was able to laugh it off, but I am still mad about it to this day. We call it the hormone speech, the one black spot on what was otherwise a perfect day.” —


10. Migraine

“I got a migraine and had to go home barely 2 hours in.” —


11. Cake Smash

“Besides the part where I was still a child? I had previously discussed how demeaning I found the cake smash. Groom agreed with me. Then did it anyway. I spent part of the reception in the bathroom crying and certain I’d just made the worst mistake of my life. I was right. He nearly f*cking killed me.” —

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12. Hair Pulling

“I had a big ol’ white train that was long enough to drag behind me on the ground, and it was beautiful in every picture, until, as I started actually walking down the aisle, I could feel it detach itself from my hair and stay at the aisle threshold. And, like, everyone’s standing up and turning around to look at me so I can’t be like HANG ON A SEC, DO-OVER, I GOTTA HAIR THING, so I just walk forward, and the train must’ve been caught on something because it pulled my head back and I am trying to walk forward and it’s pulling at my hair, and my about-to-be husband thought I was tearing up at the sight of him. But no. It was the huge chuck of hair this train ripped out of my head. As it detached from my head. Like a booster rocket. It was pretty in the pictures though.” —


13. Pregnancy Announcement

“My sister took my wedding cabin because she refused to stay at my house with the other guests, and then announced her pregnancy at my wedding…12 years later and my husband is still bitter about it.” —


14. Maid Of Honor Fail

“My maid of honor told me last minute she wasn’t coming after having to cancel the bachelorette party too.” —

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15. Bees

“Two bees flew up into my wedding gown as my Dad, myself and my attendants walked across the grounds of the venue to the ceremony area. I screamed and immediately began pulling up the bottom of my dress as the bees stung me, one on my butt and the other in a more delicate area. So there I was with the bottom of my dress pulled up over my head, with my Dad and attendants furiously looking for the culprits. To my horror, I realized the 3 photographers which were snapping photo’s as we walked kept taking pictures, although one did lay his camera down to try and help, which wasn’t great either. Everything got sorted, but I walked down the aisle and got married with half my butt and that other area burning and hurting. I sat on ice packs between dances at the reception. Sure enough when we got our wedding photo’s back for review, there were 5 photo’s of the whole wild scenario.” —


16. Fighting Photographers

“Our photographers were a husband and wife team and loudly fought the whole day. Super awkward.” —


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