Weddings are notoriously stressful, so you’d think that wedding guests would go out of their way to make sure that the soon-to-be-marrieds have an easy, stress-free time of it. Unfortunately, because the world is a terrible place and people are fundamentally bad, wedding guests often do just the opposite.
A recent thread on Reddit asked married Redditors to disclose the most obnoxious request a guest at their wedding had made. The question opened a Pandora’s box of Terrible Guest Stories, from encouraging sexual harassment to inviting hundreds of other guests to attempt to wrestle the decorations.
We hand-picked twenty-five of the best (or worst) stories. Whether or not you ever want to get married after reading these is up to you.
“My wife’s parents refused to pay for anything if we didn’t hold our wedding at their church. We said fine, we would pay for it ourselves. They then tried to dictate that we could not serve alcohol or have dancing at the reception. Which they weren’t paying for. We told them they didn’t have to attend if it was a problem for them.” (dameon5)
“The day before the event, husband’s grandma asked if any part of the wedding was going to be outside (it was). She asked what would happen if it was cold (in May). I told her she should bring a jacket. She said, incredulously, “But I’m 80 years old!” To this day I don’t know what she expected me to do to make the weather not chilly or her not 80.” (clocksailor)
“They didn’t attend, but my father and his wife tried to make my siblings choose between attending my wedding or going on their dream vacation. Unfortunately, my siblings are not that easy to manipulate and chose my wedding. I cut my father out of my life at that point, all my siblings followed suit within two years.” (maybebabyg)
“I’ve made this comment before elsewhere, but it’s always worth a retell. I’m a wedding photographer. Last year, the mother of the bride wanted the DJ to help her play a game at the reception. The game was this: The bride sits blindfolded on a chair, while the groom and groomsmen circle around her. She then has to feel their junk and guess which one is the groom. The DJ was inexperienced but had enough common sense to come ask for my professional opinion. I told him if he wanted to keep his job, he would never in a million years do that, and if the MOB comes back, he needed to keep conveniently forgetting about it.” (rachelmaryl)