20 of the biggest wedding scandals

26 Apr 2017

Some of the most jaw-dropping mishaps ever to grace the wedding scene

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Even the most meticulously planned weddings can fall victim to scandal. Bride and Groom Direct has compiled 15 of the worst wedding mishaps... cover your eyes and ears.

1. Sweet like chocolate

"At a wedding I went to a couple of years ago, there was a massive chocolate fountain at the reception - which of course everyone was very excited about. However, one guest was a lot more excited than everyone else. The page boy (who was about three) stuck his whole head into the chocolate - it was like the scene from The Vicar of Dibley. I don't know whether the bride wanted to laugh or cry."

2.  Fisty cuffs

"I went to a wedding quite a few years ago, and for some reason, which we still don't know, the bride and groom started fighting – as in a proper fist fight. They had to be separated by guests and were taken outside to calm down. About 30 minutes later, they came back in and everything was fine until we were informed the police were outside as other members of the bridal party (mother of the bride and mother of the groom) were fighting and a car had been vandalised. Nobody knew what to say or do – a day that they certainly won't forget."

3. Caught short

“The groom, who’d been out the night before, kept sitting up and down and huffing and puffing. Suddenly, we heard him say "Oh crap", and he ran down the aisle towards the toilet, holding his bottom. Unfortunately, the groom had indeed pooed himself."


4. Indecent exposure

"I was at a wedding last year, taking a photo of some people on the dancefloor, and when I looked back at it I realised that one of the men had ripped his trousers and boxer shorts, there was a huge hole where his 'you-know-what', was. You could see everything."

5. Not so best man

"At a wedding in October 2016, the groom had five best men who were given their own roles to follow through the day. The 'sensible' one out of the five was given the duty to hand over the rings at the altar. When the time came, he opened up the box and both rings fell to the floor. Everyone gasped and then laughed. After a few minutes, it was found out that the rings had rolled down into some floor vents and couldn't be saved."

6. Feeling the wrath

“The bride’s mother didn’t like the groom – not one bit – and everyone knew it. So, in a bid to avoid her going to the wedding, she was told that they broke up. Somehow, the mother found out and she broke into the wedding ceremony and shot the groom in the leg at the altar.”


7. Sloppy seconds      

"The most shocking thing I've seen at a wedding is the groom upping and leaving his bride at the aisle for the maid of honour. I have since found out they were having an affair and had been for three years."

8.  Diva demands     

"One of my friends got married and found her dress, which she then took all of her bridesmaids to see. When she took them in she found a different dress that she fell in love with, which was £2,000 more expensive than the first one and asked the four bridesmaids in a message later that day if they would mind splitting the difference in the cost of the dress between them so she could have her dream dress. I couldn't believe it – and this is all on top of paying for themselves to go to her wedding in Italy, a hen weekend in Essex, and a hen night in Edinburgh."

9. An unlikely pairing

"I was at a friend’s wedding two years ago, and during a visit to the ladies, I heard noises of two people enjoying each other’s company (shall we say) and on entering the toilets it became apparent that they were at it in one of the cubicles. The shocking thing was they were shouting each other’s names.... it was the best man and mother of the bride. I got out of there pretty damn quick. I couldn’t look either in the eye after that."

10. Filled with promise

“The groom looked drunk and the bride seemed incredibly angry. Then there a woman appeared, walking around during the reception taking bets on when they would divorce. I later found out she was the mother of the groom.”


11. A bittersweet ending

"The worst thing I ever experienced at a wedding was during the groom's speech. He stood and told the bride’s family exactly what he thought of them, then ended up leaving the bride at the venue alone in bits. It was truly awful and the language was very colourful, but as he left all his belongings in the hotel, the bride opened the bar for him to pay for on his credit card before proceeding to divorce him on the Monday."

12. Ring bearer battle

"When I was younger, my two cousins and I were flower girls and an usher. We were all around the same age – five years old. My cousin, Harry, had been given the important job of the ring bearer. As the three of us are walking down the aisle to present the ring to the happy couple, my other cousin decided she wanted to carry the ring, so she started to try and snatch the cushion off him. Harry was having none of it. It turned into a game of tug of war, and my dad said that everyone found it quite cute at first – that is until Harry placed the ring in his mouth and swallowed it whole to stop our other cousin claiming it. Everyone was in utter shock. Harry and his parents had to rush to A&E missing most of the wedding, the bride was ringless and the groom was £2,000 down."

13. Brazen bride

“By the time I got to the evening reception, the bride had her boobs hanging out of her dress. Her bridesmaids were desperately trying to help her cover her modesty while she danced. Hardly surprising when they had Jägerbombs as their toast drinks.”


14. Bad bridesmaid   

"I was a guest at my friend’s wedding and during the speeches, the best man brought up one of the groom’s ex-girlfriends with a nickname... an ex-girlfriend that he had never mentioned to his wife-to-be. His girlfriend picked up on this ex-girlfriend’s nickname as it turned out to be the same nickname as her bridesmaid. Turns out her bridesmaid had had previous relations with the groom and this was a big secret. The wife confronted the husband and they had a huge argument. This ended up with the bridesmaid being told to leave and the groom continued to party at his wedding without the bride as she went to bed in the honeymoon suite."

15. Bottoms up   

"While getting ready for the wedding, the bride started to get carried away with the champagne. The drinks started flowing at the reception and so when it came time for the evening guests to arrive, the bride was in bed – drunk."

16. Photographer fail

“At the wedding, the photographer drank heavily, effectively ruining all the photos. The images were blurred, cut out important people, or were ridiculously staged. Maybe it was an omen for the trouble to come – they got divorced last year.”


17. Early finish

"I arrived at my friend’s wedding and turned up a little late to find the bride’s brother and the groom had got into a fight. Both had been arrested, everyone had left, and the bride was just wondering about the hotel. If only I arrived a little bit earlier."

18.  Too much information

"As a waitress, I've seen a lot happen at weddings. Amongst my favourite: the best man who got up and started his speech, which included re-telling all the details of the stag night. The bride's family had flown in from Africa (unsure of the nation); they were all in traditional dress and we were only serving alcohol to certain tables because of their religious beliefs. The poor bride was hiding her head in her hands while the best man talks about the groom climbing on stage at a strip joint and eating a banana presented by a stripper... you do the math."

19. Cutting the cake altogether

“A kid fell into the £3,000 wedding cake right at the start of the day. Subsequently, it was completely unsalvageable.”


20.  Here's to you Mrs. Robinson

"Best man (20-something) was making out with the justice of the peace (she was at least in her 50s, maybe 60s). This was bad enough as it is, but the fun really began when the justice's husband came into the reception hall and got a little ticked off. Shoes were thrown and the best man was chased away by the old man. The marriage lasted about a year… I guess it really was a bad omen."

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