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Brides Share The Moment Their Weddings Turned Into Chaos

Get a load of this — my wedding is about three weeks away. Yikes! Now that we are so close, time is flying by, and we're trying to tie up all the loose ends. Needless to say, it's a pretty stressful time. So I'm really hoping everything goes according to plan.

But as you all know, that doesn't always happen. And the following are perfect examples of that. I'm honestly even scared to read any of these, ha, ha.

This Sad Moment

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"I officiated a wedding where the bride’s grandfather died in the bathroom minutes before the ceremony was supposed to start. I ended up doing chest compressions until EMS arrived and then rolled up to officiate and tell my silly little jokes while the family actively repressed their emotions because they did not tell the bride."

OMG! I can't even imagine that.

This Awkward Situation

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"My mother-in-law wanted to see my wedding lingerie to make sure she approved of it. It was one of my first times with her, and I was trying to please her to get in her good graces. It was all about control."

All I can say is AWKWARD!

This Real-Life Moment

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"My son (the ring bearer) and his dad got in a wreck on the way to the venue. It was NOT what I wanted to hear as I was getting a bunch of hairpins installed for my fancy updo. The stylist overheard that conversation and brought me some wine. My kid and his dad were fine, other drivers were fine, they were only a little late, and everything else went off without a hitch. But DAMN. 'Your son got in a car wreck' completely snapped me back to reality. The wedding is just fluff; family and marriage are serious commitments that are worth making and keeping."

Oh, I'm so happy everything turned out alright, though. I could have been much worse.

This Bitter Mother-of-the-bride

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"My mom picked a fight with me at the reception because I didn't invite her extended family but I did invite my stepmom. The family that she had only recently reconciled with and who I didn't know. Meanwhile, stepmom is a decent person who was married to the man who raised me so she's an automatic invite. Besides I was having only 24 guests in total. My mom looked like she had a lemon in her mouth during the wedding until she started arguing at the reception. We had actually fought about this a lot during the engagement so I think she came just to make a scene. Anyways, I asked her to leave and proceeded to have a blast. I have not voluntarily spoken to my mother in thirteen years."

Oh my goodness, I have no words for people that act like this. Grow up!

This Odd Photography Method

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"Our photographer's idea of 'casual and candid shots of our guests having fun was zooming in on one person's face in a group of five with everyone else's head shown from the back and blurred out. Every photo looked like this. Only our posed wedding party shots were usable."

Um, what? I would definitely have something to say about that.

This Ill-Mannered Officiant

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"We asked the pastor, a very old-school conservative from my husband's childhood church, to officiate. We discussed with him what we wanted him to talk about during the ceremony, marriage is hard work, treating love as a verb, that kind of thing. What he ended up doing was speeding through the passage I wanted to read, then talking for 15 minutes about how marriage is for only men and women, how we are made this way, and how hormones play a part. I should add that my father-in-law, who walked me down the aisle, is gay. It's a well-known fact."

"The preacher's speech at my wedding was basically a condemnation of my father-in-law. He was able to laugh it off, but I am still mad about it to this day. We call it the hormone speech, the one black spot on what was otherwise a perfect day."

Honestly, if this pastor had a problem then she should have declined to officiate instead of making everybody feel uncomfortable.

This Rude Cousin

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"We had a HUGE Italian style dessert bar served after the cake. I was too busy dancing, talking, and having fun to make it over to the desserts. My mom asked if I wanted anything and she would make a to-go box. I say yes, cheesecake. That's all, just cheesecake (it's my fav). Shortly after, my mom tells me it's all gone."

"My cousin comes to tell me goodbye, holding a desert box. We chat, tells me how much fun she had, and how great the food and dessert were. Then says "the cheesecake was amazing, you should get some!" She opens the box to show me, 4 slices of cheesecake, along with a ton of other desserts.

"I asked her if I could please have just one slice. She said, 'no, it's mine, should have gotten to it quicker!' I begged her and explained it was my favorite dessert. She still said no and promptly left."

If somebody did that at my wedding I would be royally peeved.

This Cake Bandit

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"A squirrel started eating the cake before the wedding even started."

Ah, ha, ha, ha! I take this was an outdoor wedding, huh? Thank goodness I changed my mind about doing ours in our backyard. We have a ton of squirrels here, so I can definitely imagine that.

This Party Crasher

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"My husband's father's (who my husband was not close with) new wife who we both had met once showed up in the exact same dress as my bridesmaids. The one conversation I had with her I told her what they were wearing so it was very intentional. She also showed up with my husband's mom's fur coat on top of it. And then tried to walk in with the wedding party.

I swore she was going to get jumped by my grandmother-in-law."

Some people have the nerve. Am I right?

This Veil Disaster

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"I had a big old white train that was long enough to drag behind me on the ground, and it was beautiful in every picture, until, as I started actually walking down the aisle, I could feel it detach itself from my hair and stay at the aisle threshold. Everyone was standing up and turning around to look at me so I couldn't be like, 'HANG ON A SEC, DO-OVER; I GOT A HAIR THING,' so I just walk forward. The train must’ve been caught on something because it pulled my head back, and I am trying to walk forward and it’s pulling at my hair. My about-to-be husband thought that I was tearing up at the sight of him, but no, it was the huge chunk of hair this train had ripped out of my head as it detached from my head like a booster rocket. It was pretty in the pictures though."

And this is why I chose to have a mid-length veil, ha, ha.

This Sister Act

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"My sister took my wedding cabin because she refused to stay at my house with the other guests, and then announced her pregnancy at my wedding.... 12 years later and my husband is still bitter about it."

Come on! Who does that?

This Last Minute Disappointment

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"My maid of honor told me last-minute she wasn’t coming after having to cancel the bachelorette party, too."

I can't speak for this MOH, but sometimes things happen. I actually had to pick a different friend to be my MOH when the first friend canceled due to a death in the family.

This Unprofessional Behavior

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"Our photographers were a husband and wife team and loudly fought the whole day. Super awkward."

Honestly, sometimes it's not a good idea to work with your spouse. I guess these two haven't figured that out yet somehow. I hope they do now.

This Brotherly Surprise

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"My brother who was in my wedding party came late and cracked out of his mind on meth and coke. It was heartbreaking."

Wow! How do you handle that, huh? I honestly would have just taken him to a room to rest and sleep it off.

This Bee Attack

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"Two bees flew up into my wedding gown as my Dad, myself, and my attendants walked across the grounds of the venue to the ceremony area. I screamed and immediately began pulling up the bottom of my dress as the bees stung me, one on my butt and the other in a more delicate area. So there I was with the bottom of my dress pulled up over my head, with my Dad and attendants furiously looking for the culprits."

"To my horror, I realized the three photographers which were snapping photos as we walked kept taking pictures, although one did lay his camera down to try and help, which wasn’t great either."

"Everything got sorted, but I walked down the aisle and got married with half my butt and that other area burning and hurting. I sat on ice packs between dances at the reception. Sure enough, when we got our wedding photo’s back for review, there were 5 photos of the whole wild scenario."

That is the wildest story ever, no? I would have totally freaked out too.

This Giant Mistake

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"I had previously discussed how demeaning I found the cake smash. Groom agreed with me, then did it anyway. I spent part of the reception in the bathroom crying and certain I'd just made the worst mistake of my life. I was right."

Oh, no! Say it isn't so! Well, it's better to find that out sooner rather than later.

This Last Minute Surprise

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"The night before the wedding, my husband and I check into the hotel. We go downstairs to see the venue. I eagerly open the door, excited to see the ornate 12-foot-tall Christmas tree at the end of the aisle. Instead, there is a cheap plastic piece of crap tree that’s like 5 feet tall with five ornaments."

"You see, my mom suggested my husband and I get married in front of a Christmas tree (it was a Christmas-themed wedding) instead of under an archway. We loved this idea. She had me select a tree and decoration package from a tree rental company.

When I called my mom in a panic asking if this was the tree she had rented, she started gaslighting me. She told me she was never planning on renting a tree. That I imagined it. That I was spoiled for thinking she would pay for that."

"I hung up, cried my eyes out, and called my dad. My dad ended up going to Lowe’s, purchasing a 14-foot fake tree, and decorations. He decorated it all by himself and it looked fantastic. While he was setting it up, my mom had the nerve to tell him I was a brat (and other, much worse names) and she even hinted that she did it all to 'get back at me' because of a petty argument we had like a month beforehand."

"The wedding was beautiful. Especially the tree. However, that was definitely the worst thing that happened. I think the reason is, that it was a turning point. I knew my mom had issues, but I never thought she would let her issues impact something as big as my wedding day."

Aww, that's so bad.

This Worse Case Scenario

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"Getting married hours after I found out that he’d slept with another woman because at that point I felt like… I mean, what do I do? (Not getting married is the correct answer but I did)."

OMG, what? I feel so bad for this bride. I guess she learned that lesson the hard way, huh?

Wow, those are some wild stories.

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Am I right? The more I read wedding day horror stories like that, the more I get nervous. Perhaps I should stop that, huh? Oh my goodness. I know that things happen, but I hope I don't have to deal with any of that and that my wedding day goes as smoothly as humanly possible. Did you have anything odd happen at your wedding?