Horrific Stories of Super Last-Minute Wedding Cancellations

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Weddings are meant to be happy moments, but sometimes, things happen. The cake falls down, there’s a stain on the wedding dress or the groom oversleeps. But never would one expect the entire wedding to be canceled. Well, that’s exactly what happens in these stories. For one reason or the other (and most of them were avoidable) people’s specials days were ruined.

And we’ve got all the drama right here for you. If you’d like to find out why 49 weddings were canceled (or put off), just keep reading.

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49. The Younger Brother Will Have to Do

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This happened around twenty years ago. I am Indian and was supposed to get married to a guy who was a close family friend. That guy was nice and all, but on the wedding day, he ran away with my younger sister. So my entire family was very upset and claimed his younger brother as ‘compensation.’

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I got married to his younger brother. Our marriage has turned out superb, like one of those dream marriages you see on TV. But yes the marriage was an accident.

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48. With the Maid of Honor

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I 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 her.

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She told him she wasn’t going to hurt the bride further and that he needed to leave her the hell alone. The bride is doing much better and is now a manager at our office- we haven’t heard from the groom in over a year. The maid of honor and the bride are on speaking terms, but their relationship is never, ever going to be what it used to be.

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47. Tense At the Head Table

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I went to a wedding reception party that a couple threw after the groom slept with someone at the bachelor’s party the night before the wedding.

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Apparently, they didn’t want the money to go to wait, so they threw an amazing party! It was really tense at the head table, though.

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46. Almost Stuck with A Nightmare

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Ten days before the wedding, I found out he was sleeping with someone else. It took me two days to decide not to get married. Then over the next three weeks, I discovered he was a serious cheater and had been seeing other people for the entire nine years we were together.

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I got reeeeeaaal close to being stuck in that nightmare. I am thankful every day that I didn’t go through with it.

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45. Already Married

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I met a girl who was left by her fiance on the day of her wedding. He chose this time to inform her that actually he was already married and had a family…

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Obviously, he was an extremely toxic person. She was devastated as you can imagine, but it is good that he saved her the humiliation of going through the wedding and a lifetime of misery.

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44. The Bride Objected

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The bride read his cheating comments from his phone as her vows; she said he didn’t deserve her and that he needed to excuse himself from the venue. We all watched him tuck tail and leave stunned in silence.

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She then addressed his family, stating, “All of you have been so good and kind to me over the past four years. My respect and love for you have not changed. Please join all of my family and friends at the reception for a celebration of truth, love and freedom to make the right decisions even though they hurt.” His brother and two friends didn’t go to the reception. Everyone else attended and had a blast.

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43. She Never Came Back-

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My dad was the best man for his best friend of many years. The couple got married, they had the reception, and then after the reception, she left and never came back.

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Everyone was completely shocked as it had not been one whole day of married life. He returned to the marital home alone.

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42. A Mess Of A Wedding

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If I remember correctly, the bride’s best friend and maid of honor objected because she had been sleeping with the groom for many months.

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The bride then vomited everywhere and the bride’s father ran up and knocked the groom out cold. All the guests left awkwardly afterward.

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41. “The Groom Can’t Get Married. He’s My Husband”

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I was at a wedding and we had just gotten to the “if anyone here has any objection, speak now or forever hold your peace” part. A woman in the back stands up and says, “The groom can’t get married. He’s my husband.”

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It turns out the woman who objected and the groom were in fact married and tried to get divorced, but the divorce was never completed. So technically, the groom was still married and the bride was left there at the altar feeling horrible.

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40. Oh, I Had to Go to Prison

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I was sentenced to three years in prison for fraud, and we were gonna get married the day before I went in. I decided that I couldn’t do that to her and force her to wait for me when I got out.

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Well, it turns out she did wait for me to complete my sentence. We ended up getting married after I was released, and now we work at the same law firm again.

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39. Ended In My Favor-

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I used to work with a girl named Ashley. She was engaged to some guy I never met. He used to travel a lot for work, or so I was told. We became pretty close friends and a couple of us were invited to the wedding. A couple of days before the wedding, I heard some coworkers talking loudly about something terrible that happened. I went over to hear what was going on and I found out Ashley had called off the wedding. Family and friends from Utah had already flown in.

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It turns out, the fiancé was actually an awful low-life. He had no job and was stealing from her. She decided not to go through with it. Silver lining: three months after the canceled wedding, Ashley and I started dating. She told me later she had doubts about the marriage and had feelings for me. Which I didn’t know I had them as well until after the ordeal. We have been married for five years now and have a son together. When people ask how we met, we leave that story out.

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38. Canada To New Jersey

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It wasn’t an objection, but my godfather straight up didn’t show up to his own wedding. My father was the best man and everyone was coming up to him, asking where my godfather was; my dad had no idea. A little while later, dad received a call.

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He realized he couldn’t marry her and took off to New Jersey -we live in Newfoundland, Canada. It was one of the most dramatic things we’d ever witnessed/been part of.

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37. A Special Announcement

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About 25 years ago, my neighbor went to a wedding and came home to tell this story. When the pastor got to the part “or forever hold your peace,” the bride said, “Yes, I’d like to say something.”

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Then she turned around to her guests and said, “I’d like to thank my maid of honor for sleeping with my fiance last night.” With that, she threw her bouquet and stormed off. The story even made it on the radio at the time.

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36. A Good Excuse for Not Showing Up

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My brother’s friend got run over by a car at the church parking lot just before his wedding. He was heading in and the driver was busy looking down at his phone.

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He was rushed to the hospital where he underwent an x-ray and doctors tried to re-set the bone. At least he had a good excuse for not showing up.

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35. We’ll Just Break Up Later

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I know a couple who went through with the wedding but then just didn’t sign the papers, because everyone was already coming and they were breaking up amicably.

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All the money had been spent and everyone was already on their way, so they explained to the person officiating the wedding, cut out their personal vows, and just didn’t sign the papers. No one even knew that the wedding was a fake until they sent out a notice on the wedding website. They still sent thank you cards and returned all the gifts. It was surprisingly undramatic.

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34. She Wasn’t As Fun

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I got left at the altar. He had spent the previous day spending a lot of time with his ex instead of helping me set up. I yelled at him about it because he was late and hadn’t helped at all. He said he didn’t want to get married because spending time with his ex made him realize I wasn’t as fun as she was because I was uncomfortable with him doing illegal substances.

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I licked him out and still had the party. I told him to use that time to go home and pack up all his stuff. He did. Then he got into some other things and had to be sent to rehab.

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33. Hurry, Eat As Much As You Can

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This happened in Calcutta. The couple had been introduced to each other and after like six months of hanging out and getting to know each other, they got engaged. They had known each other for almost a year up to this point. The evening of the wedding, a group of people showed up and literally blocked the street so the groom couldn’t come to the wedding venue.

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It turns out, the groom had been sleeping with a female of said blockade, with the promise of getting married. Even going so far as to introduce himself to her parents and family, plan a future date for his parents to meet hers. For about an hour there was a standoff. When the information got back to the bride and her family, they called off the wedding. The guests were half in shock, half trying to eat and drink as much as they could before the inevitable cancellation happened.

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32. All Over A Spilled Drink

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The groom’s mother spilled something on the bride’s dress. The bride flipped out and cussed out the mother-in-law. The groom was in a state of shock and demanded an apology, but his wife-to-be refused.

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He walked out. The guests tried to talk to the bride and groom, but they weren’t having any of it. The wedding did not happen that day, or ever, for that matter. 

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31. A Wedding That Didn’t Exist

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It was my own wedding. I was there waiting, and my bride to be texted me letting me know that she wasn’t feeling well and that she needed to go to the hospital. I got suspicious when I noticed that no one from her side of the family had shown up.

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It turns out, they had never sent out their half of the invitations and never bothered to tell me that there was no wedding. So there I was with my friends and family at a wedding that didn’t actually exist.

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30. Karma Strikes At the Altar

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This woman, who used to come and visit my parents when I was younger, was left at the altar. She is one of those cases where you would say karma got her. This woman was a reason for so many divorces. She and her family members meddled in everyone’s business.

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If you had a fiancee, she and her cousins would make sure your fiancee dumps you by telling him lies. When she was left at the altar, it was an “Aha!” moment for everyone. But she got married to another guy a year after that.

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29. Caught In the Act

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My friend and his girlfriend had been dating for like five years, and they were going to get married. Everyone approved of this woman too, educated, smart and good-looking. The day of his wedding, he left his cell phone in his jacket in some room where the wedding was going to happen.

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Normally for an event like this, he’d be the first to turn it off and leave it somewhere, but I guess he needed to call his cousin who was late and in the wedding. When he got to the room, he found the bride hooking up with a friend of one of the bridesmaids.

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28. Didn’t Sign the Paperwork

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My friend’s “ex-wife” did this but in a very sneaky way. They got married, had a big ceremony, and then six months later, he tells me they’re “breaking up.” I said, “Don’t you mean divorced?”

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It turns out she never actually signed the paperwork. She had been seeing someone else on the side the whole time, didn’t want to marry my friend and didn’t have the heart to tell him no.

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27. An Epic Game of Guess Who

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I know of a wedding where the groom asked everyone in the room to stand up and started asking people with certain characteristics to sit down, like a giant game of Guess Who?

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He was left with eight men standing and asked them to turn over their plates and the men without orange dots on their plates were asked to sit down. He then proceeded to tell everyone in the room how his wife-to-be had cheated on him with the four men left standing. He dropped the mic and left.

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26. Forgot to Log Out

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The bachelor party was in Vegas. The bachelor hooks up with a girl and gives her his cell phone number so they can continue the party that night.

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The bride-to-be is sitting at home with the iPad getting all of the iMessages from the girl. She canceled the wedding that day.

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25. How Was That A Good Idea?

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I worked at a wedding where the couple broke up during the reception. The party was on the roof of the building, and there was a small pool.

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The groom thought it would be funny to push the bride, in her full wedding gown, into the water. It was still pretty early in the reception. She stormed out and was taken home by a friend.

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24. I Had to Break the News

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I was taken to a wedding by a then-girlfriend. I knew no one there. I was sort of just dumped with the groom and his wedding party, as my girlfriend was a bridesmaid. The groom and his buddies proceeded to have fun and just bail. Not telling anyone, just leaving.

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So here I am, not knowing anyone. I had to go to the room the bride was getting ready in, knock, ask for my girlfriend and explain to her. She and I pretty much just had to break the news. We broke up since. I had no reason to keep in contact with the bride or groom, so I have no idea about any follow-up.

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23. The Heart Attack Stopped Him

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My friend was getting married, and the man she was marrying had a heart attack literally right before the ceremony, after everyone had arrived.

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Of course, everyone was shocked, but they got married shortly after at the registry office, so it was still a happy ending, I guess.

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22. A Potential Immigration Crime

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I bailed just two days before we were headed to City Hall. It was a green card marriage. On our second date, she mentioned that her visa was expiring in six months, and I jokingly proposed to her. We continued dating, were falling for each other, and the proposal became much more real as the deadline approached. I backed out at the last minute because we just didn’t agree on a few details.

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Living arrangements and finances were easy. What couldn’t be negotiated was how seriously either of us wanted to take those vows. I wanted to at least attempt to be a married, monogamous couple. She didn’t really want to commit to that. If she falls deeper in love, great. If not, we’re just roommates. I miss her, but I think I dodged a bullet. I believe she would have vanished on me at some point, and I could be in a real jam over immigration crime.

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21. A Sudden Realization

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My dad left the girl he was with before my mom at the altar. Apparently, he was only dating her because they were in the same friend group and everyone thought it was cool that they were together, but when it got real on the wedding day, he realized he didn’t really like her at all.

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So he just got the hell out of there. He’s been with my mom for 20 some years now, so it seems like he made the right call.

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20. She Had the Decency…

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At one of my prior workplaces, a coworker in her early twenties was engaged to be married with her longtime boyfriend. She and a group of close friends went to Vegas for a weekend, and she came back to work telling everyone how she decided to call off the engagement because he wasn’t the right one for her.

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On the side, she was also telling a few close coworkers about the guy she slept with while in Vegas. At least she had the decency to call the engagement off.”

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19. An Unexpected Find

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The groomsmen went online to look at escorts for their buddy’s bachelor party. They knew it wasn’t the best idea but figured it was his last night as a single man.

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What they found instead of the group of escorts they were looking for was the bride. Yes, the bride was on the escort website; the groom ended up calling it off.

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18. The Groom and Who?

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While working the night before a wedding at a hotel, the staff and I heard a loud scream from upstairs. Cue the bride screaming and sobbing, shouting, ‘The wedding’s off!!!’ while storming out the place followed by the groom stark naked covering his nether regions with his hands apologizing profusely.

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It turns out she caught the mother of the bride, that’s right- her own mother,  and the groom sleeping together.

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17. The Groom And Who? Part 2

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A college friend was about to get married to a guy she had only known for four months. All of her friends and family tried to convince her not to do it, but she wouldn’t listen.

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She found out where the bachelor party was and wandered in to find the groom making out with none other than the best man.”

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16. Why Get Married?

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My brother left his fiance a week before the wedding. Basically, as soon as he proposed, all she cared about was the wedding. He wanted a very small wedding and she wanted a huge one. She was also VERY religious (her father is a preacher) and he was not at all.

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She told him she wanted him to become a deacon in her father’s church – and he told her no, he didn’t want to do that. Pretty much they disagreed on everything up to that point. Finally, he called it off. He said it was the hardest thing he’s ever had to do, but he knew he made the right decision.

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15. Let’s Go, Anyway!

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My boyfriend was friends with a guy who was due to get married in another country. So about fifty people had booked flights and accommodation. The night before the flight, they called off the wedding but insisted everyone go anyway as most people had used their vacation time for it.

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The bride and groom got really tipsy on the flight, which apparently was incredibly weird for everyone. They’ve been on and off ever since but never tied the knot. Apparently, everyone had a good vacation anyway!

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14. No Refunds

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One of my best friend’s wedding was canceled when he learned she slept with a stripper after her bachelorette party. Like three days after the party. My friend is happily remarried now with a kid.

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The worst part was that it was a destination wedding, and he couldn’t get a refund, so we all went anyway, and he was super depressed the whole time.

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13. He Didn’t Stop

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I was at a bachelor party in Vegas. The bachelor went a little overboard on everything and ended up running off with a prostitute. When he got back, no one said anything.

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Then he ordered another prostitute and locked himself in his room. The next day his fiancé yelled at him and the groom-to-be continued partaking in prostitutes. The wedding was off.

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12. The Start of Something Great

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We had a weekend of golf planned a couple of weeks before the wedding as his bachelor party. His fiancé dumped him and canceled the wedding. We all still went golfing and had a great time. It ended up being the first of our annual golf trips.

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We will be on our tenth next year. One of our buddies makes a giant scorecard for our trip and always has the title real big: ‘Fiancé Name memorial golf tournament.’

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11. Caught in Several Lies

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At the bachelorette party, the sister of the groom chatted with the sister of the bride. They were having just a casual conversation, but it came to light that almost 100% of what the bride had said (besides her name) was a complete lie.

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The sister of the groom called him up and said he really needed to figure out if this is right. A few fights and some long thinking later, the groom left her and left town.

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10. I Froze

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I left a man at the altar. I was in my dress and getting ready to go to the chapel when I realized I couldn’t. I froze. I didn’t love him as much as I craved the safety and security that being married would bring.

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I was fairly recently divorced and very young and scared. He eventually found a lovely woman and they are very happy together. I don’t think either of us would have had that with each other.

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9. Almost Her Reality

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One of my best friends broke her engagement only a month before her wedding after he “joked” about kicking her face in because he thought she hugged her stepbrother for too long at her mom’s anniversary party.

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People thought that she was a bit extreme, but it turns out, she dodged a huge bullet since he was arrested for assault a year later.

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8. Dodged A Bullet

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This happened to two friends I used to know. He was totally smitten with her. She was highly insecure and they used to fight a lot because she would accuse him of looking at other women.

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She’s always in a relationship and has always had the next guy lined up before she leaves the current one. Guess this time it was no different. Days before the wedding, she called it off. We find out she’s shacked up with the next one within weeks. I think he totally dodged a bullet. She’s on her third marriage currently.

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7. A Simple Reason, Really

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I was the one who was left at the altar, while she didn’t show up. Everything was normal in the months, weeks and days before the wedding. She was excited, busily planning and organizing. Then she just didn’t show up on the day.

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Her explanation was that she changed her mind. I’ve only spoken to her a few times since then and that’s the best I got out of her.

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6. An Awkward Reception

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I had a friend who called off the wedding that morning but still held the reception that evening. Apparently, the bride’s family did not approve, so they didn’t go through with it. Only the people who were invited to the small ceremony knew, so many people at the reception didn’t.

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Guests were congratulating them, and the bride and groom just pretended that they were married. They ended up getting married four months later in secret. Needless to say, the reception was awkward for those who knew.

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5. Still Got the DVD

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This wasn’t exactly an objection, but I worked as a photographer at a wedding chapel on the Vegas strip. We had a young Chinese couple come in with their friends to get married; the minister did his normal speech, but when it came down to the vows, I could tell something was wrong. The groom kept putting the ring on the bride’s finger and taking it off hesitantly.

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This went in for a few uncomfortable minutes; at one point, the groom asked the bride if there was someone else and she nodded her head. After a couple more awkward moments, the minister explained that if he did not pronounce them man and wife, it wouldn’t be legal. They decided not to get married. Their friends still bought the DVD though. That was one of my favorite moments working there

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4. In the Habit of Not Showing Up

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The groom left the bride at the altar. He just didn’t show up! He said he had cold feet. The couple stayed together and then planned another wedding. He stood her up AGAIN!

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Somehow, they stayed together, and she agreed to attempt to marry him a third time. He showed up, they wed, and have now been together for over forty-five years.

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3. They Understood

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The groom ran away the morning of his wedding day. He contacted his family after two days and told them he was in another country and didn’t want to get married yet.

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His family pressured him into marrying a woman who he’d only known for two weeks. The bride was very upset, but she and her family understood the situation and moved on.

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2. Over At the Reception

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My friend, who’s a DJ, told me this story. The wedding got all the way into the reception, and it was time to cut the cake. The groom mashed the cake into the bride’s face, and she was livid. She turned red, screamed at him, and slapped him across the face so hard it sounded like a gunshot and it echoed across the reception hall. Everyone gasped. She stormed off.

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A little while later, the father of the bride went up to the DJ and handed him $500. He said, “Listen, this marriage… is over. She’s actually left the building. But I’ve paid for this party and all my family and friends are here. I want you to finish out the night, keep the music playing and don’t mention the two of them again for the rest of the night.” He agreed and everyone had a great time.

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1. Sorry, He Couldn’t Make It

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The last wedding I went to, the groom was drinking lots of bubbly with his friend in the back room right before the ceremony.

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He could barely walk down the aisle and he passed out before they could get through their vows. The bride and her mom left crying. They actually got married for real like two weeks later and now have a 2-year-old.

Kat Begonja

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