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 70 weddings were canceled (or put off), just keep reading.
70. The Younger Brother Will Have to Do
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.’
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.
69. With the Maid of Honor
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.
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.
68. Tense At the Head Table
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.
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.
67. Almost Stuck with A Nightmare
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. I got reeeeeaaal close to being stuck in that nightmare. I am thankful every day that I didn’t go through with it.
66. Already Married
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…
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.
65. The Bride Objected
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.
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.
64. She Never Came Back
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.
Everyone was completely shocked as it had not been one whole day of married life. He returned to the marital home alone.
63. A Mess Of A Wedding
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.
The bride then vomited everywhere and the bride’s father ran up and knocked the groom out cold. All the guests left awkwardly afterward.
62. “The Groom Can’t Get Married. He’s My Husband”
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.”
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.
61. Oh, I Had to Go to Prison
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.
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.
60. Ended In My Favor
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.
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.
59. Canada To New Jersey
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.
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.
58. A Special Announcement
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.”
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.
57. A Good Excuse for Not Showing Up
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.
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.
56. We’ll Just Break Up Later
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.
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.
55. She Wasn’t As Fun
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.
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.
54. Hurry, Eat As Much As You Can
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.
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.
53. All Over A Spilled Drink
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.
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.
52. A Wedding That Didn’t Exist
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.
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.
51. Karma Strikes At the Altar
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.
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.
50. Caught In the Act
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.
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.
49. Didn’t Sign the Paperwork
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?”
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.
48. An Epic Game of Guess Who
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?
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.
47. Forgot to Log Out
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.
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.
46. How Was That A Good Idea?
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.
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.
45. I Had to Break The News
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.
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.
44. The Heart Attack Stopped Him
My friend was getting married, and the man she was marrying had a heart attack literally right before the ceremony, after everyone had arrived.
Of course, everyone was shocked, but they got married shortly after at the registry office, so it was still a happy ending, I guess.
43. A Potential Immigration Crime
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.
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.
42. A Sudden Realization
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.
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.
41. She Had the Decency…
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.
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.”
40. An Unexpected Find
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.
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.
39. The Groom and Who?
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.
It turns out she caught the mother of the bride, that’s right — her own mother, and the groom sleeping together.
38. The Groom And Who? Part 2
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.
She found out where the bachelor party was and wandered in to find the groom making out with none other than the best man.”
37. Why Get Married?
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.
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.
36. Let’s Go, Anyway!
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.
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!
35. No Refunds
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.
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.
34. He Didn’t Stop
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.
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.
33. The Start of Something Great
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.
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.’
32. Caught in Several Lies
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.
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.
31. I Froze
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.
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.
30. Almost Her Reality
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.
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.
29. Dodged A Bullet
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.
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.
28. A Simple Reason, Really
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.
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.
27. An Awkward Reception
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.
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.
26. Still Got the DVD
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.
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
25. In the Habit of Not Showing Up
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!
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.
24. They Understood
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.
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.
23. Over At the Reception
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.
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.
22. Sorry, He Couldn’t Make It
The last wedding I went to, the groom was drinking lots of bubbly with his friend in the back room right before the ceremony.
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.
21. She Can’t Handle His Controlling Behavior
Not me, but my boss. She was only 20, he was 24. A few days before their wedding, he demanded her to deposit several thousand into his bank account which he claimed he would transfer into a joint account. She asked why he needed the money, since they were going to be married in five days. He just repeated the request. When she refused, he started arguing with her. For her, it was the final straw. He would make unilateral decisions without her input. He had already decided after they got married they would move to Florida, he never once asked her if she wanted to go. (She didn’t.)
Ultimately, she didn’t want to put up with his controlling behaviors. It dawned on her that if this was what he was like before the wedding, he’d only get worse. It took a lot of guts to cancel the wedding. They already had the catering hall booked, the meals and flowers ordered, the dress made, relatives coming in, deposits placed, but luckily her family supported her.
20. What A Scandalous Woman
I was invited to a wedding of a guy I was buddies with from college. Like a week before the actual wedding, we all got emails that it was canceled due to “unforeseen circumstances” and how sorry they were to everyone, that you’d get a full refund from the wedding hotel if you were booked there, etc. I didn’t really care because I was planning on turning that weekend into a full week to visit/stay with family along with being there for the wedding. While back in town I was having drinks with some friends, one of whom was going to be in the actual wedding as he knew the bridge/groom a lot better than me. Basically what happened was that months ago the bride during her bachelorette party got hammered, and blew some guy in the middle of a club and videotaped it, she then posted it on Facebook. So the groom sees this and starts calling her, so she leaves and gets in a car to drive home and gets pulled over for a DUI. During the arrest, she attacked the officer (I think she bit the person that was handcuffing her).
I figured that was why he called it off, but turns out they were still together, and it was only called off because her court case finished and she was sentenced a couple of weeks before the wedding and I guess the attorney couldn’t get her more time before she had to go to prison (not sure if she was taken on the spot or had to report). So the whole family was still planning on having this wedding just hoping the court case would take long enough that she could get married. She ended up serving like 7 or 8 months, got out and they did get married, to which they had some informal party at a restaurant they rented out. I was invited, but I didn’t go. The day after their reception thing. the same friend who told me about the original cancellation texted me and said that the bride got hammered, started a huge fight in which she threw a glass at the grooms dad, stormed out and apparently took someone’s keys from the valet, crashed their car like a mile down the road which caused an injury to a pedestrian. I think she ended up doing a few years in prison.
19. It’s The Best Time To Spill The Beans
I worked at a bar when I was at University. Two guys came in dressed to the nines. I asked what they were doing that day and they told me the wedding they were going to was canceled.
Turns out the maid of honor had been sleeping with the groom. One of the other bridesmaids had known about it for some time but decided the best time to tell her was the morning of the wedding.
In 6th grade, my entire class went to our teacher’s wedding. My teacher was the bride, and about 3/4 of the way down the aisle when the groom decided he couldn’t do it. He walked off to the side and at first, my teacher and her father didn’t notice and kept walking, smiling radiantly. There was about a minute of really solid confusion (last minute cold feet? bathroom emergency?) before everyone realized what was going on.
My teacher was whisked out of the church and an announcement was made that there was not going to be a wedding. This happened in the second or third week of June; she didn’t come back for the last week of school. Ugly situation.
17. Everything Was A Hoax
Not a wedding I was attending but my friend had told me about it… The ceremony was never called off but in fact, the bride and groom had decided not to get married but didn’t tell their guests that. So my friend was telling me how this couple were having problems before the wedding. He would say going to their house was just awkward and that they would always complain about each other to him. On the day of the wedding, everything from the outside looked normal. The bride and groom seemed like they were genuinely happy but the bride and groom had decided not to actually get married.. i.e. never went and got a marriage certificate so it was basically a fake wedding. They had a ceremony where they exchanged “I DOs” but it wasn’t actually real. Guests brought gifts and everything for the couple and they just cashed in and went separate ways afterwards.
My friend said he found out months after the wedding that the whole thing was just a hoax and how they weren’t giving any gifts back. I know it wasn’t really called off mid-ceremony so much as the bride and groom secretly decided to call it off but thought the story was wild enough to share on this thread.
16. Never Break A Promise
My mom’s friend was dating a man with a drinking problem. When he asked her to marry him, she said she would marry him if he will never drink again. He agreed to give up alcohol for her. The night before the wedding, his friends threw him a bachelor party with alcohol and he drank.
When he walked down the aisle he was staggering a bit and she noticed. “Do you take this man to be your lawful, wedded husband?” She answered, “No, I don’t.” They paused the wedding, went to the back with the priest for a counseling session. The priest came out and sent all the guests home.
15. Money Is More Important To Him
My fiance broke up with me a week before our wedding. He had recently set up his own company and, apparently, if we got married, I would automatically own half of it. I repeatedly told him I wasn’t interested in owning any of it and that he should ask his accountant if there was something I could sign about this. I have no idea whether he actually bothered to ask the accountant anything, but the whole marriage/business thing was so abhorrent to him that he thought it better to cause me pain by saying he didn’t want to get married anymore.
I think it’s the difference in our priorities that hurts the most. He is the most important thing in the world to me and I want to be as “tied” to him as possible. Obviously, to him, the money from his business is more important than the person he’s shared 5 years of his life with.
14. Never A Priority
My ex-fiance broke up with me over the phone on Christmas Day one month before the wedding because I stood up to him (he wouldn’t keep our Christmas plans when his mom told him he had to spend it without me). I almost called it off a little while before that.
He didn’t make me a priority. He told me I would always be second to his parents and brother. Yeah… Almost getting married at 21 was a bad idea. We don’t speak anymore. It’s definitely for the best.
13. Me Vs. Alcohol
I called my wedding off a few weeks before. My fiancé was an alcoholic and I kept thinking he would change…the night I ended it he had promised me he would never drink again.
Not even twenty minutes later, he was slurring his words. I told him the wedding was off and it was Rehab or we’re through…he chose the alcohol. I’m happy though because I am currently with one of the nicest guys ever (who doesn’t drink) and we’re getting married in May.
12. Once A Cheater Always A Cheater?
My fiancé called off our wedding two weeks before the date. Turns out she had been having an affair for several months and was too guilt-ridden to follow through.
Fast forward a few years, we have worked everything out, plan the wedding again and it’s everything I ever dreamed it would be. Two weeks after the wedding, she says she doesn’t love me anymore. We’re currently in the middle of a divorce. Everyone is losing their minds. Screw marriage.
11. It Just Didn’t Feel Right
I called my dad right before my ex-fiance and I were supposed to go pick up our marriage license, four days before the wedding. I have no idea to this day how he knew that I was having second thoughts. We didn’t talk about anything on the phone that would have even hinted at my hesitation.
A few minutes later, right before we were walking out the door, my dad came by the house and took me outside and basically told me that it was ok to wait if I was having second thoughts, and there was no need to rush into anything. I started crying and realized that he was right; the whole marriage situation didn’t feel right. I talked to my ex and we decided to postpone the wedding and ended up breaking up a few months later (for different reasons). Thank god for a father’s intuition.
10. The Snake Friend
After a day of trying on wedding dresses, me and my maid of honor met my family and hubby-to-be at my brother’s house for dinner. While showing a picture of myself in a dress to my mother, which was on my best friend’s phone, she gets a text message from my fiance. This is odd because I can see him in the next room and I can see my friend in the kitchen. I read it of course and it’s a huge confession from him to her, addressing how they had fooled around a few weeks ago and he was really regretting he hadn’t taken things further with her. He had NO idea I had her phone in my hand.
I simply stood up and walked the 10 feet to him, held up her phone and looked him in the eye. The look on his face was priceless, and when I could speak I and my entire family let them both have it verbally (we’re black, so you can imagine that was quite the showdown). Needless to say, I don’t speak to either of them anymore.
9. Talk About “Sins Of The Father”
A wedding I was at was canceled mid-ceremony. The grandparents, all of whom were Holocaust survivors, and who had never met each other before, were to walk up the aisle. The groom’s grandparents walked up first, followed by the bride’s. It was while she was halfway up the aisle that the bride’s grandmother got a good look at the groom’s grandfather – and started shrieking “KAPO! KAPO! KAPO!” while shaking and trying to run. Kapos, for those who are unaware, were prisoners in the Nazi concentration camps who received privileges from the SS guards and served as enforcers for them. They tended to be very brutal, which the SS encouraged.
Put a bit of a damper on things, obviously. The grandmother was taken out to calm down, and the grandfather was pretty shaken up, too. They decided to have the wedding another day, but the bride believed her grandmother, the groom believed his grandfather’s denials, and they ended up splitting up. Nothing was ever proven one way or another.
My dad called off a wedding before he met my mother. He was with this woman that really pressured him into getting married. Basically she just started wedding planning without a proposal. And my dad let it go too far.
One night, she and her mother were discussing what food was going to be served at the reception. So they asked my dad what he thought. “Roasted chicken or beef?” To which my dad replied, “I don’t care which one you’re having, because I’m not going to be there.”
7. “If You Want Kids, Don’t Marry Me”
My wife’s cousin had been dating this guy off and on in some capacity for almost a decade. We were all kind of surprised it took them so long to finally decide to get married. They had planned a destination wedding and a bunch of the family had bought their non-refundable tickets. (We hadn’t; not enough cash.) Now, my wife’s cousin has always wanted to have kids. I guess her fiancé didn’t know that or they hadn’t talked about it too much.
And a few months before the wedding, he told her something along the lines of, “If you want kids, don’t marry me.” So she didn’t. Since it was so close to the date, all the people in the family that had booked tickets and taken time off work still used the plane tickets and hotel rooms and tried to make the best of it, but I imagine that the time down there was a little tainted by what the trip was supposed to be.
6. Still A Mystery
My sister broke off her wedding minutes after she said I do, the wedding’s reception dinner that was supposed to take place later that day was called off and guests left after my father announced it, why she did it is still a mystery. The reason she gave us is that she didn’t feel like marrying him anymore, I was still young at the time so after they exchanged the ” I DOs” I went playing with my friends only to see people leaving with an expression of “aw” in their faces.
According to stories I’ve heard from some cousins, her fiancé said something to her that totally shifted her mood that day, although she didn’t show it, she went inside and called dad and told him to call the wedding off. We don’t talk about it anymore, I still wish I could know what happened exactly that day.
5. With The Bestfriend And The Cousin
I called off my wedding four days before the big day. Two of my bridesmaids (my best friend since high school and my cousin) got into a huge fight because they found out that my husband-to-be was sleeping with both of them.
It was cheating within cheating and was easily the most surreal and heart-breakingly awful experience of my entire life.
4. The Freaking Lies
The LIES! Oh my goodness, the lies. Here’s some background: My fiance had baggage. I knew that. As in, I was going to be ok with becoming a stepmom to 3 children, a daughter-in-law to two crappy parents and sister-in-law to a crazy mess of a woman, and knew that I would be bringing home the bacon. I even bought a house that would be big enough to house him and the three kids. But he told me he never married his baby-momma, and that he would leave my house at night for occasional night shift work as a cop. I asked to see the court decision regarding the kids, just so I knew what was going on…. he kept the first page from me, that read “Divorce Decree.”
So when his parents made a “second marriage” comment, I was thrown for a loop. This was a pretty big thing to keep from your wife-to-be in 6 months. I told him to leave, and he swore up and down that was the only thing he lied about. I called his “employer”, and it turns out he’s not a cop either. So I have NO IDEA where he went when he left the house that I was paying for, and I immediately went to get tested. Yea, the freaking lies.
3. Glad She Gave The Ring Back
My wife-to-be decided she was still in love with her ex. I had her call my mom and my grandma to tell them she was calling off the wedding. She did it and then proceeded to drive 3 hours to see her ex, who then told her he didn’t want to be with her.
At least I got back the ring I gave her… I proposed with the same ring my grandfather proposed to my grandma before leaving for WWII.
2. Not Ready To Commit
My wife’s cousin broke it off with his then-fiancée because he wasn’t ready to commit. They had been engaged for around a year and were having a destination wedding in Alaska. Families from all over the US were on their flights a couple of days before the wedding when we all got a text from his father. It just said that the wedding had been called off and please pray for the former fiancés.
Most people just went to Alaska anyway and made a vacation of it but it was 3 months ago and it is still a crapshow. A whole year of engagement and he waited until 3 days before to call it.
1. It Was “Too Much” For Him
Not me but happened to my cousin. Her groom-to-be called it off when he was trying on the tuxedo about 2.5 weeks before the wedding. At that moment he decided it was too much for him.
Mind you, they had purchased a home together and were living in it already. It was not a pretty picture for all involved.