1. Went to a co-worker’s wedding and the maid of honor objected and admitted to being the other woman and that the groom had been cheating with her for months. The bride left in tears and the groom immediately tried to get with the MoH, but she told him she wasn’t gonna hurt the bride further and that he needs to screw off. The bride is doing much better and is now a manager here, and I haven’t heard from the groom in over a year. The MoH and bride are on speaking terms, but I don’t think their relationship is gonna ever be what it used to be.
2. Groom’s dad interrupted the wedding to ask the bride’s father whether or not she was truly a virgin. Then he went on about how he didn’t know anything of the wedding and blah blah blah. Truly weird and embarrassing. I was there with an ex-boyfriend.
3. The best man at my step-sister’s wedding did this. It happened at the rehearsal the night before. It was a very large wedding and the rehearsal was bigger than a lot of weddings. The minister was going over the vows quickly while giving instructions on what to do. When he said something about objections the best man interrupted saying he had to put a stop to this. He was in love with the bride and was sure she felt the same way. My sister and everyone else was horrified. It caused plenty of chaos and confusion. As far as I know after that neither the bride nor groom ever spoke to him again.
4. An ex telling the bride he still loved her. Super super awkward. He got kicked out, and the wedding continued, but it was pretty messed up and put a real damper on the day.
5. One of my friends interrupted his cousin’s wedding to come out of the closet. He couldn’t understand why people were so pissed at him.
6. The father of the bride had been pretty absentee after her parents divorce. He had re-married and gotten into the Christian Science religion and they were both pretty terrible. The new wife was not invited to my friends wedding but the father came and it seemed like he was there to be supportive. He stood up during vows and proclaimed my friend was ‘a bitch just like her mother’ and the groom ‘ should get out while he can because my friend was a soul leeching succubus’.
7. My wife drug me to a wedding that I did NOT want to be at years ago but I’m forever grateful that she did because I was able to witness one of the greatest spectacles of human drama that has ever taken place. This was like an episode of Jerry Springer mixed with Cops. Bride’s LOVER spoke up at that moment and yelled, “I’ll be god-damned if I’m gonna keep my mouth shut and let you steal my woman, you sorry piece of shit!” This deranged old redneck proceeds to come at the groom WITH A PISTOL threatening to shoot him if he doesn’t give her up. It wasn’t a huge wedding, maybe 40 or so people but every single one of them went screaming and running and maybe 2 people stayed and called the cops. I grabbed my wife’s hand and we retreated outside to watch the rest of the scene unfold from the church window.
8. I attended a wedding as a guest of a family member and when the pastor said that the doors busted open to the sanctuary and a man appeared and started to say, “I do!” but two huge ushers, one who was my date quickly grabbed the guy before he could say anything but “uhhh” under the arms and literally lifted him up off the floor and carried him out. The wedding continued as normal.
Turned out the guy was the ex of the bride. Strangest sight I ever saw.
9. I heard of a wedding in which a guy ran in, told the bride that the groom was actually already married and had his madwoman wife (and the objector’s sister) locked away in his attic. So they all went to see the crazy wife and proved she existed, but she later died in a house fire that left the groom blind and the bride still took him back. Wild.
10. Not at a wedding but at a funeral…
A young man, mid twenties had passed away rather suddenly in some sort of accident. His wife of a year or so and their respective families and friends are all in attendance as they are getting ready to lower him into the ground. The pastor dude asks if anyone would like to say anything further and another woman in her early thirties stood up. She began to tell everyone in attendance about how much pain she was in over the loss of the love of her life and that the two of them were meant/going to be together and now they can’t. Yup, the poor wife had to find out about the cheating at the funeral.
11. I was working at a wedding when I was younger. I was running the bar at the reception, which was very close to the hall the weddings were at.
We were told that the reception would begin around 4pm. It was already about 3ish and I was packing fridges, the usual bar man things, while one of the male guests was still sitting there drinking.
I asked if he was not joining the reception, to which he replied something along the lines of “when I have the courage”.
He downs his drink, and leaves. 10 minutes later he’s back, looking extremely disappointed. Guy orders a drink, and less than 30 seconds later another guy who’s dressed extremely well (turned out to be the groom), walks in, punches him in the back of the head, and leaves.
This dude just picked his drink up and sipped it further.
I eventually found out that this dude, had downed his drink, walked into the receptions down admitted to sleeping with the wife on her hen night, and again the night before the wedding. He was never invited to the wedding, he just felt the groom needed to know. So he found out where the wedding was, suited up and dropped the info mid-ceremony.
12. My sister was mad at me because we didn’t give her a chance to object. My wife an I got married in a Judges chambers with a court clerk and bailiff as witnesses. When I made the announcement to my family, my sister got mad. She wanted to be there, especially when it came time for an objection. I asked why she would object to my wedding. She said any woman stupid enough to marry me deserved the warning. I don’t talk to my sister anymore.
13. About 5 years ago, a coworker of mine invited all of us to his wedding. He was a great guy but none of us had ever met his wife. Seen pictures of her and he always said nothing but good things of her.
Fast forward to the wedding, it was an incredibly nice one, looks like they paid quite a bit for it. Everything was going smooth and I was having fun and assume so was everyone else. Anyway, now they’re both at the alter or whatever looking deeply into each others eyes and smiling and when that line comes of ” speak now or forever hold your peace” i get anxious but nothing EVER happens. So right as soon as the anxiousness faded away, THE BRIDES MOTHER STOOD UP AND OBJECTED. Blurted some shit about how she doesnt want to continue their family with a man like him ( he was black she was white). The bride to be cried ran off. Wedding went fucking silent. Brides dad took the mom and ran after the bride. The groom stood there incredibly awkward. He may or may not have achieved actually leaving his body. Anyway, the groomsmen took him away. I left because it was too weird. Apparently, the reception went on. They did not get married that day. But ended up together anyway privately, and surprisingly work wasn’t weird. He laughed about it. And they are happily married.
14. The groom himself. He just stood up there and started crying and, in front of everyone, told the bride that he’d fallen out of love with her a while before but he didn’t know how to break it off. It was extremely uncomfortable, they both stepped out, and ten minutes later came back out and got married, because she’d apparently told him she was pregnant. They’re still together, with three kids, and I’m not sure about the husband but I can confirm that the wife is having an affair. Neither of them are happy, but she has a comfortable life and he doesn’t have the spine to leave.
15. Bride’s enemy in the back said she loved groom and wishes he’d marry her and not “the slut.” Brides father gets up and yells at enemy and ask who invited her. Then enemies father gets up and yells that groom invited them. Then bride starts arguing with groom. Then everyone starts arguing with everyone. Meanwhile I went to the cafeteria area and see other people sitting at tables by themselves. I sat down at a table and start eating cake when crowd of people walk in still arguing. Then I walked over to lonely person at table introduce myself and the two other lonely people came to same table. We ate lots of cake and talked.
16. Witnessed this a few months ago. Random guest stood up and proceeded to basically declare his love for the bride and pour his heart out, saying that it should’ve been him up on the alter that day. Whole room went dead silent. Bride went red with embarrassment and groom went red with anger. Best man promptly called for DJ/MC to start playing music.
17. When my father married his second wife, her father sat backwards in the pew to protest the wedding.
18. At my cousin’s wedding about 15 years ago, her fiance’s mom was really drunk and got up at that point in the wedding and began a rant on how much she hates my cousin and how her son deserved better and started swearing at her.
People tried to stop the mom and take her away it was super embarrassing, but her son told them to stop and let her finish. He said she should be allowed to say how she feels, but whatever she had to say didn’t matter because he loved my cousin and was going to marry her no matter what.
Not sure what the relationship with that mother is like now, not that close with them, but they are still married and have a really cute kid so they were definitely good for each other.
19. I drive for Uber part time and I once picked up a runaway bride. She entered my car sobbing making the situation extremely awkward. When I asked if the groom was coming I was offered 20 bucks not to speak to her. The entire ride to the airport was her crying and cursing at someone for objecting.
20. Was at a friend’s wedding. It was being held outdoors.
It had been sunny and hot all day up until the wedding. Some dark clouds were rolling in.
The ceremony began and when the minister asked the infamous question, lightning struck a tree about a kilometre from where we were all standing.
They got divorced less than a year later.
21. Groom’s brother took that opportunity to punch the bride’s brother in the face and start a fight. My husband and I felt the tension the second we walked in. No one on the grooms side liked the bride’s family and when he punched her brother it caused a huge mob fight. We left and didnt get to see what happened but a friend told me that the cops came and had to break them all up. Wedding ended that night but they still got married then divorced 6 months later.
22. Yeah I saw it when one of my friends got married and his ex girlfriend showed up who he had sex with three days before the wedding.
I was his best man and I was stood there like you foooking idiot dude.
23. I witnessed an almost objection. I offered to be my ex boyfriend’s plus one to a wedding between the woman he broke up with me over (but never got with) and the groom. He was still in love with her, but one of her best friends and went. He got really drunk, told me he was planning to object but I talked him out of it (or so I thought). Later when there was a chance to object, he started to get up but I pushed him back down with a hand to his chest. Pretty sure a hand full of people noticed, including the bride. She looked at him for a second, but couldn’t read her expression and no idea if it meant anything. It was never addressed later AFAIK. This was a over a year ago, bride and groom are still together. No idea if they’re happy. My ex boyfriend and friend is getting over her slowly. Though I really wonder what would have happened had I not stopped him, both the drama that would have ensued because of an objection and if maybe there could have been something between them. Btw, I still have feelings for him.
24. My mom invited an ex she was still rather close with to her wedding and he stood up and yelled “I object!!”
Little did everyone at the wedding know, my dad had gotten rather close with him and paid him to stand up and object just for the shits and giggles and he bursts out laughing.
My mom didn’t find it as funny and it really started their marriage off on the right foot.
25. I was one year old when my mom married my stepdad. During the objection portion, I yelled, “STOP!” but no one listened. They divorced six years later. I told you, mom. I fucking told you.
26. At my own wedding. But not in the traditional way. We were getting married along a river at the end of summer and tons of wake boarders and boats were out. I was a ball of nerves and the ceremony felt so serious… when all of a sudden some dude bro on a boat blasting music screamed, “Don’t do it bro!!” And sped off.
It was actually hilarious and made the rest of the ceremony a lot more fun. My husband and I cracked up even though his brothers looked like they were about to jump in the river after the guy!
27. I went to a wedding when I was 5, it was between my Older Brother and his fiance. Anyways, they said the whole “speak now” speil and right before he was done little 5 year old me said “I OBJECT!” And everyone turned to me. I was dead silent because I didn’t know what would happen. My dad asked me “Well, why do you object?” And I said “I did not know what would happen if I did” and I was promptly seated.
28. I was best man at a wedding and the grooms older sister decided to play a joke and stood up and said “I object” then started giggling. Groom’s mother stood up slapped her told her is was not an appropriate joke and told her to go home. This mother still refuses to talk to her daughter 4 years later.
29. Nobody had said “speak now”, but the grooms ex still decided to get up and scream that he was her soulmate, that she forgave him for “this whole thing”, and that they should leave now because he’d proven his point. By breaking up with her, five years earlier, falling in love, and holding a wedding.
I ate so much cake and got so drunk at that wedding. Meanwhile everyone else was screaming and throwing shit. Good times. The bride was my boyfriends ex. No idea why they invited us.
30. A wedding I was at, one guy got up and pledged his undying love for the bride, followed by four or five others objecting for various reasons including one guy’s love for the groom. By the second or third objection, though, it was clear that the whole thing was a clever ruse. I found out later that it was all set up by the bride as a prank on the unsuspecting groom and family and friends. It was pretty hilarious!
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