Weddings are meant to be super romantic grand declarations of love between two people. But if you think about it, they're the perfect environment for mishaps. Everyone's drunk, emotional, and surrounded by at least one family member or acquaintance that they've fallen out with/banged. It's no wonder so many awkward or dramatic things happen when people tie the knot.
Bride and Groom Direct asked their wedding community to share the most outrageous (and catastrophic) things they've ever witnessed. Here's 14 of the best.
1. Oh, crap.
"The groom, who'd been out the night before, kept sitting up and down and huffing and puffing. Suddenly, we heard him say 'oh crap!,' and he ran down the aisle towards the toilet, holding his bottom. Unfortunately, the groom had indeed pooed himself!"
2. Something blue.
"I went to a wedding quite a few years ago, and for some reason, which we still don't know, the bride and groom started fighting—as in a proper fist fight. They had to be separated by guests and were taken outside to calm down. About 30 minutes later, they came back in and everything was fine until we were informed the police were outside as other members of the bridal party (mother of the bride and mother of the groom) were fighting and a car had been vandalized! Nobody knew what to say or do—a day that they certainly won't forget."
3. Mamma mia.
"The bride's mother didn't like the groom—not one bit—and everyone knew it. So, in a bid to avoid her going to the wedding, she was told that they broke up. Somehow, the mother found out and she broke into the wedding ceremony and shot the groom in the leg at the altar."
4. Lord of the rings.
"At a wedding in October 2016, the groom had five best men who were given their own roles to follow through the day. The 'sensible' one out of the five was given the duty to hand over the rings at the altar. When the time came, he opened up the box and both rings fell to the floor. Everyone gasped and then laughed. After a few minutes, it was found out that the rings had rolled down into some floor vents and couldn't be saved!"
5. A friendly affair.
"The most shocking thing I've seen at a wedding is the groom upping and leaving his bride at the aisle for the maid of honor; have since found out they were having an affair and had been for three years."
6. Nip slip.
"By the time I got to the evening reception, the bride had her boobs hanging out of her dress. Her bridesmaids were desperately trying to help her cover her modesty while she danced! Hardly surprising when they had Jägerbombs as their toast drinks."
7. Worst man.
"I was at a friend's wedding two years ago, and during a visit to the ladies [restroom], I heard noises of two people enjoying each other's company (shall we say); and on entering the toilets, it became apparent that they were at it in one of the cubicles. The shocking thing was they were shouting each other's names.... it was the best man and mother of the bride. I got out of there pretty damn quick. I couldn't look either in the eye after that."
8. The truth hurts.
"The worst thing I ever experienced at a wedding was during the groom's speech. He stood and told the bride’s family exactly what he thought of them, then ended up leaving the bride at the venue alone in bits. It was truly awful and the language was very colorful, but as he left all his belongings in the hotel, the bride opened the bar for him to pay for on his credit card, before proceeding to divorce him the next Monday."
9. Sloshed snapper.
"At the wedding, the photographer drank heavily, effectively ruining all the photos. The images were blurred, cut out important people, or were ridiculously staged. Maybe it was an omen for the trouble to come—they got divorced last year."
10. Secret fling.
"I was a guest at my friend’s wedding, and during the speeches, the best man brought up one of the groom's ex-girlfriends with a nickname. An ex-girlfriend that he had never mentioned to his wife-to-be. His girlfriend picked up on this ex-girlfriend's nickname as it turned out to be the same nickname as her bridesmaid! Turns out her bridesmaid went with the groom and this was a big secret. The wife confronted the husband and they had a huge argument. This ended up with the bridesmaid being told to leave and the groom continued to party at his wedding without the bride as she went to bed in the honeymoon suite."
11. Drunken bride.
"While getting ready for the wedding, the bride started to get carried away with the champagne. The drinks started flowing at the reception and so when it came time for the evening guests to arrive, the bride was in bed—drunk!"
"I arrived at my friend's wedding and turned up a little late to find the bride's brother and the groom had got into a fight. Both had been arrested, everyone had left, and the bride was just wandering about the hotel. If only I arrived a little bit earlier."
13. Bad omen.
"Best man (20-something) was making out with the Justice of the Peace (she was at least in her 50s, maybe 60s). This was bad enough as it is, but the fun really began when the justice's husband came into the reception hall and got a little ticked off. Shoes were thrown and the best man was chased away by the old man. The marriage lasted about a year… I guess it really was a bad omen!"
14. No words.
"The groom stabbed his new brother-in-law to death, with the knife used to cut the wedding cake, no less. Well, technically it happened at the reception, not the wedding."
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.