20 Wedding Guests Who Completely Ruined the Big Day

Weddings are often seen as the epitome of love and celebration, where couples embark on a journey together surrounded by the warmth and support of their loved ones. However, as these anecdotes illustrate, sometimes unforeseen circumstances or unexpected guest behavior can turn what should be a joyous event into a chaotic affair.

In the first scenario, the bride’s father-in-law’s missteps during his speech serve as a reminder of how alcohol and past relationships can cloud judgment and lead to awkward situations. Despite the significance of the day, his inability to remember the bride’s name underscores the strain that family dynamics and personal history can cause wedding celebrations.

Not only have people said inappropriate things during their speeches at other people’s weddings, but they’ve also done weird things to ruin their family members’ big days. Some netizens have confessed how they or people they know have ruined some people’s special moments.

A couple’s wedding marks the beginning of a new chapter in their lives. It is a day when they celebrate their love surrounded by their loved ones and hope that their wedding will be one of the best days of their lives.

However, sometimes things don’t go according to plan and the celebration doesn’t live up to the couple’s expectations. Often some guests spoil the wedding by doing something unexpected. Several people on Reddit shared how some people ruined wedding ceremonies and what happened afterward.

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1. My father-in-law

I got my name wrong

u/[deleted]: My father-in-law repeatedly used the name of my husband’s ex-girlfriend in his speeches and in conversation with me.

His wedding toast was full of ramblings and stories about Mark and Alyssa, their budding romance, and how adorable it was. I’m not Alyssa.

Alyssa was his high school girlfriend.

His parents divorced when he was young. He was on alcohol and I met him twice outside of our wedding. When he was 12, he didn’t see my husband much. He was not in touch.

We dated for about seven years before we got married. My father-in-law should at least get my name straight.

2. The reception desk turned into a mess

u/Enjolras1781: My friend got married and decided to have a private ceremony but an open reception in a huge hayloft in Vermont.

They invite a large number of people and over 300 show up. It’s a predictable apocalypse from 10 am to about 6 am

in the afternoon when everyone is seriously drunk.

People walk in and out all day with four permanent groups; immediate family, friends of the bride’s sister from college (m

women’s studies major and model UN team), the groom’s home friends (who are all either farmers or ranchers), and the bride’s friends (guys I came out with, many interests, but a mutual love of poking things with sticks).

There are minor arguments between housemates and college buddies, but it’s a drunken fire party in the middle of nowhere, so some yelling and heated ideological disagreement was expected (and encouraged by many; “he called you a feminazi, are you going to sort it out?”) but it came to a head when the heated discussion turned to a girl who had been hit with a hot coal shovel.

Total chaos, multiple calls to 911, police cruisers from three different departments and several others

ambulances later we were ordered to split up.

The problem was that we were all drunk and rowdy, so after a few arrests and a stern reprimand from the police, we put a few people in bed well over the legal limit and sent a lot of dodgy people home.

What about the girl hit by the shovel?

The guy had no idea it was a recently used coal shovel and wanted to spread some dirt on the girl.

He’s a vet and he pulled her away, apologized profusely, and had her fixed within an hour. The EMT didn’t even bother to remove the bandage.

Unfortunately, you can’t undo 15 almost simultaneous calls to 911. They both stayed overnight because they couldn’t drive, and we found them in the same sleeping bag in the morning.

3. Mashed potatoes

u/Cant_Spel: My brother had an exciting toast at our wedding. He’s a really super friendly guy that everyone likes. He continued to drink and as his best man speech began, he thanked everyone for attending.

He also had to thank the grandparents for attending and “doing what they did” (indicated in air quotes) so that our parents could be there.

Next was a thank you to the parents for what they did so that we children could be here. Then he mutters, “God bless the mashed potatoes!” and drops the mic and stumbles off the dance floor.

We had a good prime rib meal and some of the best chipotle mashed potatoes ever. The entire reception burst into laughter and Mom went to the cook for the recipe.

4. I saved the day

As weddings are supposed to be joyous events filled with love and celebration, it is disheartening to hear about guests who inadvertently bring chaos or discomfort to the celebrations. These anecdotes serve as a reminder that even the best-laid plans can sometimes go awry, whether through cajoling, over-indulgence, or unforeseen mishaps.

Amid the chaos and unexpected twists, however, moments of resilience and humor shine through. From the bride’s sister’s impromptu medical treatment to her brother’s cute if slightly drunken toast, there are times when laughter and camaraderie triumph over adversity.

Ultimately, while some wedding guests may leave a lasting impression for the wrong reasons, it is often the support and solidarity of loved ones that defines the true spirit of the occasion. When couples embark on a journey together, they can look back fondly on these moments and keep the memories that make their wedding day unique.

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