Most people love horror stories of all kinds – especially when they happen to other people. Ghost stories usually take the reign of a good horror story, but so do epic fails and mishaps on important days and events. Weddings are a great example since they are important events that take months of planning. Sometimes, no matter how much preparation took place, wedding horror stories still happen. We’ve collected some of the best wedding horror stories on the internet that will send shudders down your spine; so much that they just might make you want to stay single for the rest of your life.
Some of these stories include guests accidentally wearing the same dress, falling wedding cakes, drunk guests, and even a long-winded speech about a bride’s breasts. Grab some popcorn, sit back, and read some of the best wedding horror stories on the internet that will most definitely make you cringe. After reading these, we’re not sure we’ll be getting married anytime soon (or ever).
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The divorce rate in the US is the highest in the world, with over 750,000 divorces happening each year. Luckily, many people who get divorced do end up getting married again. Yet this Twitter user accidentally made an indirect reference to his friend’s previous marriage when he gave a speech. He said, “I was best man at my friend’s 2nd wedding. I started my speech with “welcome back everyone.” He was not happy.”
Not only did he welcome everyone to his friend’s second wedding, but he also made the bride feel uncomfortable. Now, she had to spend the rest of the day thinking about her husband’s previous marriage (via Twitter).
Being a planner for a wedding is most certainly stressful. They have to organize the entire wedding, guests, food, and location. Luckily, there are people out there who thrive on planning weddings like this Twitter user. Unfortunately, it’s not always smooth sailing. They shared their experience with “momzilla,” a mother who asked them to change the date of the wedding a few months into planning.
They said, “I thought it was kind of weird and called the couple to confirm the change. NOPE! Couple did not know anything about the date change and said to completely ignore the groom’s mom and call them if she tried to get in contact.” That’s a monstrous red flag. It was a smart move from the wedding planner to double check with the bride and groom, otherwise, there would’ve been some serious trouble (viaReddit).
Finding out someone is wearing the same dress as you at a wedding, or any event for that matter is pretty disheartening. This Twitter user shared their experience at a wedding when all three of the grandmothers showed up unexpectedly wearing the same dress. It’s one of those horror stories you hope never actually happens. Honestly, it’s quite cute, and something funnier than not. It just makes for better pictures, at the end of the day. It’s better than someone showing up to a wedding wearing white, which has happened before (viaTwitter).
This is one of those wedding horror stories you wish never happens. This Twitter user failed at being romantic. He fell over as he tried to carry his wife. All everyone could do was laugh since it was an accident. At least it was after their wedding ceremony since her white dress probably had grass stains on it. This Twitter user said, “tried to be romantic and carry my wife out of the ceremony. Luckily, this was after she said, “I do.” Now, she has no choice but to stick with him for the rest of her life (viaTwitter).
If you’ve ever ripped your pants in high school, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, just because it happened once, doesn’t mean it can’t happen again. This Twitter user said, “I danced so hard I ripped my pants.” We can all agree that ripping your pants while dancing is better than ripping your pants from falling. At least they look like they are having a good time. These kinds of horror stories are inevitable. They make us feel a bit better about our clumsiness too (viaTwitter).
Like the Twitter user above, this user shares one of the most embarrassing wedding horror stories out there. They said, “my brother really wanted to make an entrance at my cousin’s wedding. He split his pants when he tried to do a cartwheel. When he returned his rented tux, he told them it ripped when he kneeled at the altar. They believed him.” This is extremely clever, and we’re surprised by his wit. How could anyone distrust that? If only they knew the truth. He saved himself a decent amount of money with that white lie (viaTwitter).
Getting married is extremely nerve-wracking. We can’t blame the groom for his nerves. We’ve all tried to keep it cool and composed in a stressful situation before and ended up completely failing. This Twitter user shares one of their wedding horror stories and said, “I thought I was making a calm, composed face as my wife came down the aisle. I found out this was the face I made.” He was horrified. Hopefully, the bride didn’t notice their face and was too nervous herself to pay attention (viaTwitter).
If a couple can’t handle picking colors out for their wedding, then they probably shouldn’t get married. This is one of those pre-wedding horror stories that might’ve saved a lot of heartache in the end. This Twitter user shared their experience working in a store and witnessing a couple getting into a fight. Apparently, this couple walked into a store, argued over the vest styles and colors, and got into a fight. The bride ended up crying and having someone else pick her up. The Twitter user never saw them again. We can only imagine what ended up happening between the couple, but it probably wasn’t good (viaTywy90).
Mothers-in-law always seem to cause trouble. Sometimes, they’re the catalyst to the horror stories witnessed at weddings. This Twitter user shared when their MIL brought platters of food to their catered wedding reception, so “their side of the family would have something to eat that they liked.” That’s bad news. We’re wondering what their partner said about it since it’s quite rude. Luckily, it’s an unspoken rule that you don’t necessarily have to get along with your in-laws (viasdsmith987).
Another Twitter user shared one of the worst mother-in-law horror stories on this list. Apparently, their MIL wore a wedding dress to their wedding. We can’t even begin to imagine the anger and resentment they must’ve felt towards their MIL. Was she jealous and trying to steal the show? Who does that? That’s the first wedding rule, never wear white. Maybe they should take that as a red flag and get out while they can (viaAmyPennza).
We all desire that romantic first kiss, however, this isn’t always what happens. This Twitter user had their first kiss in a CVS parking lot. When the pandemic canceled their wedding in April 2020, their friend suggested they have the wedding at the location of their first kiss – a CVS parking lot – and they did. This is one of those horror stories that are so bad, they end up being quite romantic. It’s one of the most unique wedding locations we’ve ever heard of, to say the least (viaAtypical_Aly).
Measurements for wedding dresses and tuxedos are one of the most important parts of a wedding. If the tailor gets it wrong, it could ruin your entire outfit. Even though these mishaps are rare, they do happen. This Twitter shares one of their horror stories where their brother’s pants showed up eight inches too short. They’re going to remember that for the rest of their lives, and what’s even worse, is that it’s documented in every photograph. Hopefully, it’s something they can laugh about (viahallehalbkat).
Again, mothers-in-law always seem to cause wedding horror stories. Apparently, the mother of the groom showed up to his wedding in a white formal gown, with a mini veil on a fascinator, sobbed throughout the entire ceremony, and then tried to interrupt the bride and groom every time they tried to dance. It sounds like this mother has some serious attachment issues, and needs to work on letting her son go. If she’s like this at the wedding, we can only imagine what she’ll do after they’re married (viaBestpirateever).
This Twitter user shared a wedding horror story where their coworker, cousin, and aunt all wore the same dress to their wedding. We always hope people don’t end up wearing the same outfit to a wedding, and almost hold our breath beforehand. When it does happen, there’s nothing we can do except accept the situation and laugh. Maybe one of them brought another dress in case something like that happened (viaMelissaBCavazos).
This Twitter user shares one of those horror stories that make us cringe. They said, “watched in shock as my cousin and her husband’s cake fell as they cut it. They laughed and had a great reception. Years later I clicked on a link about wedding fails and saw a picture of them when it happened. They had no idea they went viral.” It looks like their fame isn’t over, yet. At least they got something out of it. Millions of people on the internet found it entertaining (viaParkviewtrack).
It’s never pleasant watching our siblings intimately interact with their partners, especially because we’ve grown up seeing them at their worst and witnessing their most disgusting habits. This Twitter user is no exception, and one of her wedding horror stories involved watching her brother kiss his new wife. Her face says it all, and let’s just say, she does not look happy (viaCodytveit).
At a wedding, the bride is obviously the star of the show. If something bad happens to the bride, it’s usually disastrous for the overall production. This Twitter user shared one of the funniest wedding horror stories on the list when this bride was swallowed by tons of birdseed as she walked out of the church. Apparently, “someone wasn’t watching how much birdseed the bridal party took.” She probably plucked bird seed out of her hair for weeks afterward. At least she was already married (viaShays151).
We’ve read some horrendous wedding horror stories on this list, but this one has to top it all off. At this wedding, the church was overpacked with 100 people and there was no air conditioning in the church on a 90-degree Iowa summer day. The ceremony lasted three hours because everyone wanted to recite poems, dinner was delayed two and a half hours, the bride fainted from lack of food, and, to top it all off, the best man and one of the groomsmen were blacked out drunk and got into a fight over one of the bridesmaids. This sounds like a complete and utter failure. If we were the husband or wife, we’d want a re-do. Let’s hope their honeymoon was better than their wedding (viaTinycowz).
It’s an honor to give a speech at someone’s wedding, which is why you need to be respectful and choose your words wisely. This Twitter user shared a wedding horror story when their nephew’s best man gave a 10-minute speech about the bride’s perfect breasts. That makes us cringe in horror. We can only imagine how awkward that must’ve been for everyone listening, and the groom especially. We’re wondering how that friendship ended up after the wedding (viaMasterJediMara).
It’s a shame when negative things happen to you at a wedding, but when it happens to someone else, it’s funnier and easier to handle. Wedding horror stories that involve humorous accidents are entertaining. This Twitter user shared, “I went to a wedding on a beach in Florida. While the bride was walking down the “aisle” a flock of seagulls flew over the audience and one of them dropped a fish head on the mother of the bride.” We would’ve loved to see that happen – from a distance. Hopefully, it didn’t leave a stain or smell on her dress (vialamlshlsh1).
A mother-in-law strikes again! Horror stories that involve irreversible mishaps are disheartening. This Twitter user said, “we handed all our wedding presents to my new mother-in-law, and she accidentally set them down on a flame. A couple of guests saw it and thought it was a cool party trick until she started screaming.” That certainly ruined the wedding because gifts are one of the best parts of a wedding (viaChubsmcLubs).
Growing up, brothers love picking on their sisters. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop when they’re adults, they just get cleverer. This Twitter user walked around their wedding with a bright blue mouth, from the mint their brother gave them. They said, “turns out the mint my brother gave me before he walked me down the aisle was also my ‘something blue ‘… Thanks, Patrick.” This is one of those wedding horror stories that can’t be undone. It looks like she made the best of it, though. It certainly allowed for unique photographs (viaDianneebee).
It’s quite rude when someone steals the spotlight at a wedding. Unfortunately, it does happen, but you just hope it doesn’t happen to you. A friend of the groom brought their new girlfriend, a stripper, to the wedding. She proposed to him on the dance floor and completely stole the show. What’s worse is that they broke up a few weeks later, so it was all for nothing (viaJen_Murray70).
Couples spend hundreds of dollars on their wedding cake, and sometimes more. They require a lot of time, energy, and skill from the bakers. It’s an investment that’s worth the effort when the cake is extraordinary. Unfortunately, this couple experienced one of the worst horror stories out there, when their cake fell to the ground just as they were about to cut it. If that happened to us, we’d probably still try to save the bits that didn’t touch the floor (viaKueez).
You get a free pass to celebrate on your wedding day, but some people take it way too far. This Twitter user shared a wedding horror story about a groom who took his drinking a bit too far and ended up getting wasted. As a result, his friends dragged him into the back seat of his car, and then onto a luggage cart to get him to his hotel room. Better yet, the father of the bride took photos of his head in the toilet to use as blackmail. That’s clever. Kudos to that father (viaTwitter).
The domino effect is real. This Twitter user shared one of the most hilarious horror stories on this list. They said, “my husband’s grandmother tripped while getting pictures and we tried to catch her. Instead, we all ended up on the floor.” At least it was all of them, which makes it less embarrassing. It’s something to bond over several years afterward (viammklintworth).
It’s romantic when a man cares for his woman. It goes without saying that at a wedding, the groom should watch after his bride, no matter what, even if it ends up being one of those horror stories people talk about for a long time. At this wedding, the bride and groom was asked to leave the church to get photos of them walking.
Then, “the bride tripped over her dress and started to fall face forward. Luckily her new husband quickly reacted and grabbed her, but it sent him spinning into the crowd. He ended up ripping his pants in the fiasco, but the bride’s dress was left untouched.” Honestly, it’s better that the groom’s pants ripped and not the bride’s dress (viaKueez).
Catching the bouquet gives a lot of us single people hope. We take it as a sign from the universe that we’re close to meeting the love of our life. This Twitter user took it a bit too far when she had to fight a 10-year-old for the bouquet. As the Maid of Honor, she assumed she had first dibs, and rightfully so. In the end, she let the 10-year-old have it anyway. Luckily, her mom made her give it back to her. Let’s hope she met the love of her life afterward (viaawise1214).
Grief isn’t something to take lightly. When someone is grieving, they deserve the time and respect they need to process what they’re feeling. This Twitter user shares one of their horror stories when a man decided to grieve at their wedding. There’s not much you can do about it, except to allow the person to mourn. Their wedding happened to be on the day Pope John Paul II died, which is just bad timing (viaMusicAdamT).
Another internet user shares one of their horror stories about an out-of-control horse ruining their wedding day. At a horse-themed wedding in Myrtle Beach, California, a bride named Laura Mahaffey decided she wanted to have a photo of her taken atop a horse on her big day. Photographer Jarrett Hucks said it was one of the craziest things he had seen at wedding, simply stating, “My client decided that since you only live once, she wanted to take a photo on top of a horse.” Now that’s a horse of a different color (via The Mirror).
Mishaps on your wedding day are dispiriting, especially when they’re not preventable. This Twitter user shared one of the worst wedding horror stories on this list. They said, “we were going to get married on a party boat on the Colorado River. No one told us the river was being dredged and the boat was out of commission. We had the ceremony on the riverbank among the trashcans and picnic tables, with the boat stuck in the river behind us.” That sounds horrible. Hopefully, they still enjoyed the wedding and were able to make light of the situation. If the photographer is skilled enough, he could have made the background look way better than it was (viaLindaSilvis).
Walking down the aisle can feel overwhelming. All those people watching you as you walk towards your inevitable fate, before saying those words, “I do.” This bride shared one of the most relatable horror stories on the list. She had a panic attack walking down the aisle and left her husband when she freaked out. Afterward, she came back and said, “I’m not leaving him, it’s not like that.” We’re sure the husband understood, weddings are incredibly stressful (via_stephhunt).
Weddings are full of drunk guests. The reception and celebration is the best part of getting married. The stressful part is over, and everyone’s relaxed. This Twitter user shares one of the most hilarious horror stories on this list, when they were so drunk, that they couldn’t write coherently. Apparently, they tried to write, “couldn’t love you two more.” But because they waited until the end of their best friend’s reception to write in the guestbook, they were too drunk to make any sense. Waiting until the end of a wedding to write in a guestbook is just a bad idea (viaKost219).
There’s nothing better than making fun of a horrible situation. This Twitter user shares one of the most shocking wedding horror stories that could’ve turned out a lot worse than it did. They said, “my now sister-in-law backed up into a candle and her wedding dress train went up in flames. They put out the fire and she thankfully took it like a trooper, until the DJ started playing Girl on Fire.” Even though the bride probably wasn’t happy with the DJ, we can give him some credit for trying to turn the mood around. Still, having the train of your wedding dress go up in flames sounds downright horrible (via themeilingwon).
Mistakes happen, and weddings are no exception. Apparently, at this wedding, the priest mistakenly called the husband and wife by the wife’s last name. It turns out she just so happened to joke about making her husband go by her last name with her father-in-law before the wedding. He probably wasn’t too happy to hear that announcement, even though it wasn’t true (viaSarahxBTS7).
This is one of the cutest wedding horror stories we’ve ever heard of. It sounds like this couple has such a strong foundation that they can joke with each other even on the most stressful day of their lives. The first moment the bride and groom see each other is their “first look” wedding tradition. Instead, the bride decided to play a joke on her husband. She wore an inflatable dinosaur outfit, so when her husband turned around, he saw a giant dinosaur instead of his beautiful bride. Loads of laughter and amazing photographs followed. This is a memory that the husband and wife will share for the rest of their lives, and is more memorable than going along with the tradition (viaKueez).
This Twitter user shared one of their horror stories about blacking out at their brother’s wedding. They said, “a year ago I was a bridesmaid in my brother’s wedding. All was going well until I got too drunk at their afterparty. I don’t remember much from that night, but the photographer captured what appears to be me trying to hide from my relatives on the dance floor.” Photos never lie (viakvtie_h).
This is one of the least romantic things we’ve ever seen at a wedding. It’s one of those horror stories you just have to roll your eyes at. The sign says, “Drug Testing and Weddings,” thanks to the Oklahoma County Courthouse. What a wonderful wedding memory they gave this couple. We’re not sure we’d be happy if this happened at our wedding. It’s certainly not a combination you’d ever expect to see (viaTWrecksLife).
Sometimes, people take things too literally. When you ask an employee to write “Mr. and Mrs. on it,” referring to a balloon, you’d assume they’d write “Mr. and Mrs.” This employee apparently misunderstood what the bride meant and contributed to one of the most hilarious wedding horror stories we’ve ever seen. They got balloons that said, “Mr. & Mrs. Onit.” This employee must’ve assumed their last name was Onit. Surely, someone out there exists with the last name Onit, but it, unfortunately, wasn’t this couple (viaHollylane86).
We’ve all seen bad photoshop. Luckily, it provides entertainment, especially when it doesn’t happen to us. Unfortunately, for this couple, their photographer contributed to one of their wedding horror stories by horrendously photoshopping Jesus floating in the air onto their wedding photo. Let’s hope they still have the original version without the photoshopped Jesus (viaannie_howington).
At this wedding, the groom invited a bunch of his old friends from the marines, who showed up with their swords. After everyone indulged in the open bar, it resulted in a sword fight on the dance floor. They admit it was an amazing experience, and we’d think it would be, too. However, we’d love to watch this, from a safe distance away from the swords, because it sounds like a mishap waiting to happen (viaIronMermaiden).
Many brides choose to wear sexy undergarments on their wedding day to feel desirable for their husband-to-be. This bride had something else in mind. Because her dress required so much effort to take off to use the restroom, she decided to wear an adult diaper underneath her dress. This is one of those horror stories where you hope nothing goes wrong. At least she was able to savor every moment of the day since she wasn’t wasting any time going to the toilet. She can do it safely, at any time during the day (viaKueez).
No one wants to sit around and listen to the introductions of bridesmaids, especially when the best part of a wedding is the celebration afterward. That’s what most guests look forward to. This Twitter user shares their experience attending a wedding with ten bridesmaids, where the introductions took one hour. They closed the bar for two hours during the introductions, so they weren’t able to get any alcohol. Because it took so long, they went from tipsy to hungover (via kmskoloff).
Priests work hard, and the older they are, the more difficult it is for them to stay attentive. One of these horror stories involved a priest falling asleep at their wedding. Then, they called the wife by the wrong name during their vows. Priests are trying their hardest, which is why it’s so forgivable. Hopefully, everyone was able to laugh at the situation and move on (viaraymalaspina).
We can’t control Mother Nature, which is why all we can do is hope it’s beautiful weather on our wedding day. Apparently, at a friend’s wedding reception, it was extremely windy, which is unfortunate for this couple. The groom got blown off the wedding cake, making it look like he was purposefully running away. Let’s hope it wasn’t predicting future events (viadeborahkim55).
Once people start taking shots, there’s no stopping them, especially at a wedding, when everyone is in the party mood. Horror stories that begin with alcohol usually end up badly. This husband, who isn’t a drinker, decided to take vodka shots with the guests. He ended up getting so drunk at the reception, that he had to be carried up to the hotel room on a luggage cart. Let’s hope his hangover wasn’t too bad the following day (viaHannahSavenok).
There’s nothing worse than accidentally putting ear wax remover in your eyes on your wedding day. This is exactly what happened to this husband. He mistakenly thought it was a contact lens solution. It irritated his eyes, and he couldn’t see properly. Even though he got married blindly, he said his bride was “a pretty, white blurry thing coming down the aisle.” This is one of those wedding horror stories that happen rarely, but when they do happen, can end up horribly. At least he managed to still see his bride, albeit unclearly (via julnilsmith).
It’s frustrating when you need to wait for guests to arrive at your wedding, and it’s downright rude to show up late to a wedding. This Twitter user experienced late guests at their wedding, so the wedding started late. Her mother freaked out and took it personally, screamed at her, and caused the bride to cry. Unfortunately, this ruined her makeup and ended up in one of the worst wedding horror stories we’ve heard of (viaDrJenGunter).
Imagine trying to take the perfect wedding photo, only to end up in a disaster? This couple shared one of their wedding horror stories when they tried to take a photo in a rowboat. The rowboat filled with water, and they both fell into the cold lake. The water ruined their clothes, and the cold temperatures made them freeze (viaKueez)
This is one of the most surprising horror stories we’ve heard of. Wedding days are usually full of love, light, and laughter. Unfortunately, for this father, his ex-wife served him with a subpoena on his daughter’s wedding day. We can all agree that it didn’t turn out very well. We’re wondering why the wife couldn’t wait until after the wedding, since it probably ruined everyone’s day (viaB*tchisback2020).