17 most outlandish wedding stories revealed

07 Sep 2016

Wedding blog Bride & Groom Direct has unearthed 17 of the most outlandish wedding stories and requests

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Wedding planning can bring out the best and worst in people, and when a bride starts making ridiculous demands a bridezilla is born. Similarly, a groomzilla can also rear his ugly head when the pressure of his wedding day takes over. And it doesn't stop there; the mother of the bride, best man, bridesmaids and even the wedding guests can all go ga-ga when pushed to the limit.

Wedding blog Bride & Groom Direct asked people to tell them the most outrageous wedding day stories and requests that they had heard or been privy to, with interesting results. Here are the top 17:

1. “One bride insisted that all bridesmaids had the same size dress. Sadly, all the bridesmaids were very different sizes!”

2. “I used to work at a hotel which accommodated weddings. The best man got drunk and threw up on his suit before they had a chance to take any pictures, so he asked me to swap suits with him."


3. “I was put in a brown bridesmaid dress (brown!) after being promised it was bronze. I was the youngest bridesmaid by a mile and at 12-years-old, self-confidence was at it's all time low. When I walked down the stairs I was greeted by my mum, who simply said, "You look like you've smeared shit all over yourself"." 

4. “The bride requested everyone to slow-clap her entrance as she walked up the aisle and then continue slow-clapping throughout the entire ceremony.”

5. “I went to a nudist wedding – they said before we got there that you didn't have to worry about being nude, so I went fully dressed. There was a mix of people and it was pretty odd being stood in a suit next to someone who was completely naked. One of the most uncomfortable moments of my life.”


6. “I do wedding hair at the weekends and one bride once asked me to style her dog's hair once I'd finished hers (the bridesmaids had to do their own hair!)." 

7. “I used to be a wedding organiser and, during one ceremony, the only thing that the groom insisted upon at the wedding was that he cut the cake with a sword.”


8. “The bride's mum was a politician and refused to attend unless people sat in their political parties. There was genuinely a part where you needed to show which party you wanted to sit with. It's one of the maddest things I've ever seen.”

9. “A groom once requested that all men wear dresses and girls wear suits (yeah, that’s not happening).”


10. “My sister-in-law asked her bridesmaids (me included) to gain 5-10 kilos to make her look better in comparison. None of us did it – especially since she outweighed the heaviest of us by about 20 kilos anyway, so I doubt it would have made her look any different. She was super serious and threatened to replace us all if we didn't agree, but luckily, my significant other managed to talk her down.”

11. “I’m not a coordinator but I’ve worked at a venue that had weddings every weekend. It was located about 15 minutes from a large international airport, which was very convenient for guests but a big problem for one of the brides. She told the coordinator to make sure that no flights would be passing overhead during her ceremony. "Okay, so, we'll just call every airline and have them delay all flights for you?!". Crazy.”

12. “My father is an alcoholic, as well as being borderline white trash. I was required to wear board shorts and a mesh tank top to the affair. My father's new wife was in a bikini, and my father was also in board shorts. They step into a whale-shaped kiddie pool to recite their vows, then just when I thought it couldn't get any weirder, they asked all of their children (me, my sister, brother, and soon-to-be step-brother) to step into the pool with them.”


13. "The bridal party consisted of 20 people – 10 bridesmaids, 10 groomsmen – and we were basically the unpaid wedding staff; we set up, and completely decorated the venue for a 200-guest wedding. The bride and her super-controlling mother followed us around, correcting absolutely everything we did. Why? The bride and her mother didn't want to pay the venue staff who would normally do this. What did they spend the budget on instead? Six wedding dresses. Yes, throughout the course of the very long wedding ceremony/reception, the bride changed into all six."

14. “The bridesmaids had to coordinate their heel heights so they would all appear to be the same height. My friend was 5ft 2" and the tallest bridesmaid was 5ft 9". She wanted my friend to wear 7-inch stilettos – for an outdoor wedding. The bride also expected all her bridesmaids to abstain from eating until after the wedding was over so there were no unsavoury stomach bulges.”

15. "Not the official planner, but the bridezilla pulled the 'love card' and demanded that her fiancé rent a massive equestrian park, with stables, vast fields, riding rings – the whole nine yards – for their wedding day. The only problem was, a massive rainstorm rolled in, and they only had one small building to cram into. Oh, and did I mention her several dogs? They all pissed and pooed inside, all over the velvet carpet; one even pooed while they were walking down the aisle.”


16. “A friend was mad because a few days before her wedding there was a terrible flood in a South American country, which somehow ruined her chances of being able to get just the right colour flower for her centrepieces.”

17. “This bride's soon to be in-laws are a pretty large family, but only the guys were allowed to be in the wedding. The women were just supposed to hang out and do nothing while the wedding party paraded around town all week. The bride emailed a dress specification to all the ladies: gold/taupe family colours only, must wear floor-length dresses, can be shimmery/sparkly/sequinned, no mermaid style, no colour blocking, and try to stay away from lace. I should note that these women given the strict dress code were not in her wedding party at all, but were guests.”

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