A wedding day is a very special occasion for a couple to celebrate their love with family and friends. As a guest, there are a few unwritten rules that everyone should be aware of, things like not wearing white to clash with the bride or making a self-involved announcement.
However, one fuming bride had her big day completely squandered by the groom’s best man, who decided to steal the spotlight and leave the newlyweds in the shadows.
The rattled newlywed took to the Internet to see if she was overreacting to how her wedding day unfolded, but the consensus quickly became clear: this best man is the absolute worst.
A woman turned to Slate’s advice column, “Dear Prudence,” to seek an outsider’s opinion on the events that took place on her wedding day. The story quickly went viral and people began chiming in with ideas on how she should get revenge.
Prior to getting married, the bride and groom already had a child and moved in together. While it’s not the traditional order, the couple wanted to wait until they could have a celebration that truly meant something to them.
“We’ve done really well for ourselves and finally reached a point where we could afford a huge blowout wedding to celebrate our lives with everyone we know and love,” the woman wrote to the Slate advice column.
However, her wedding day took a wrong turn worthy of a record scratch sound effect when the groom’s best man, John, decided to make an announcement of his own during the ceremony.
“John stopped mid-ceremony to propose to his longtime girlfriend, “Jane,” and reveal her pregnancy,” the seething bride explained. “I couldn’t even hear the vows my husband wrote or the rest of the ceremony over the noise of Jane’s happy sobs, her very surprised family who were also guests, and people seated nearby congratulating her.”
If the double whammy of an announcement wasn’t bad enough (and during the ceremony too!), John’s show-stealing news ended up plaguing the rest of the night.
“Even the videographer cut to [Jane] frequently during the ceremony, and you can’t hear anything over the chatter,” the woman wrote.
The woman explained that she’s in no way an attention hog and wouldn’t have minded if John proposed following the ceremony, but the best man’s eclipse of her wedding day was far from over.
“When John gave his toast, he apologized for being caught up in the moment, and then proceeded to talk about he and Jane’s future with nary a mention of us,” the woman added.
Just like that, John and Jane became the couple of the evening, not the actual bride and groom. To make matters even worse, John asked the band to play a special dance for just him and Jane on the floor.
“My husband has joked that he’ll resume his friendship when John and Jane give him a $40,000 check for ‘their half of the wedding,’” the woman wrote.
While she admitted that mutual friends thought John’s actions were rude, she explained that many think they should just get over it. She concluded her story by asking, “Do you think John’s behavior warrants the end of a long-term friendship, or are we angry over nothing?”
Luckily, the Internet was on this enraged bride’s side and the story quickly started gaining attention. Many people came forward to propose their own ideas of how this bride should get revenge at John and Jane’s inevitable wedding day.
Most of the time people’s advice is to play the nice card. But, overall, the Internet wholeheartedly agreed that in this scenario, revenge is a dish best served cold.
A couple’s wedding day is something they really can’t get back, which is why the consensus is aimed at trumping John’s aberration with something even more ruthless on his big day.
While we may never get to know how these newlyweds decided to even the playing field, it’s safe to say that John and Jane are in for a few wedding hiccups.