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Top 10 Most Embarrassing Wedding Mishaps

Written by: Editorial Staff

March 17, 2011
Filed Under Weddings 


A list of the top ten wedding mishapsContributed by Cindi Pearce, Top 10 Guru

Weddings can be stressful. It’s enough to turn you into a bride- or groom-zilla. Tempers flare; patience wanes; the bride wonders, at times, why in the world she’s getting hitched to this butt-scratching, beer-swilling dude and the groom wonders why in the world he’s marrying this screaming banshee that can’t talk about anything but tulle and table settings and bears virtually no resemblance to the woman he proposed to six months before.

If you manage to make it in one piece to your wedding day, bravo for you! However, it doesn’t necessarily end there. Sometimes things go terribly awry at the actual wedding. Here are the top 10 most embarrassing wedding mishaps: (Hope you are spared!)

10. Speeches

Best man speech can become a serious wedding mishap

When the best man gives an abomination of a wedding toast at the reception and everyone visibly cringes. This man is not going to get the toastmaster of the year award.

9. Spills

Spills, falls and trips are serious wedding mishaps

The bride trips and falls on her face or caboose as she walks down the aisle. Smile, pretend like you did it on purpose, get up, dust yourself off, push the veil out of your eyes and move on down that aisle toward the man of your dreams.

8. Fainting

The groom fainting is a wedding mishap

The groom (or bride) or any member of the bridal party faints at the altar. Worse yet is when the faint is preceded by vomit. Nasty, nasty, nasty!

7. Missing guests

An empty pew where family was supposed to be is a wedding mishap

The bride’s or groom’s parents refuse to attend the wedding and everyone is acutely aware of their absence. Nothing says family support like an empty church pew on your big day.

6. Too much party

Misbehavior at the bachelor party is a wedding mishap

The bride finds out that the bachelor party got a little randy and the groom slept with the maid of honor and all hell breaks loose. There is no engagement ring in the world big enough to make up for this gaffe.

5. Unexpected arrival

Giving birth is a wedding mishap for the pregnant bride

The very pregnant bride’s water breaks and she goes into labor. The vows are exchanged in the labor and delivery room. Not exactly what the bride (or groom) had in mind. Time to for the guests to shift gears and start shopping for baby presents!

4. Objection

An objection from the crowd is a wedding mishap

When someone actually responds when the minister says “Speak now or forever hold your peace,” this has got the makings of some trouble. Does this only happen on soap operas?

3. Backing out

A runaway bride or groom is a terrible wedding mishap

The bride and groom both show up but half way through the ceremony one or the other gets cold feet and runs. You know, the Runaway Bride (or groom) syndrome.

2. Raid

Taken away in cuffs from the ceremony is a wedding mishap

The police (or, worse yet, the FBI and a SWAT team) arrives at the church and arrests, the bride or the groom in the middle of the ceremony, taking them away in all the shoddy pomp and circumstance of handcuffs and shackles. Can you say hoosegow?

1. Missing

Standing alone at the alter is an unwelcome wedding mishap

When the bride or groom fails to show up at the appointed time on the appointed day, this is never a good sign. Someone’s got pie on their face and someone else has got a lot of ‘splaining to do. How low can you go? This is about as bad as it gets.


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