The Most Insane ‘The Bride Can Never Know’ Wedding Stories of All Time

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Everyone pretty much already knows that weddings are chaos. Sure, most of them come together just fine, but between months of planning and everything needed on the big day, it’s a lot. And sometimes, a wrench in the plan makes for an absolutely insane wedding story!

When it comes to weddings, nobody is more stressed out than the bride and groom themselves (mostly the bride, TBH). So when something crazy — and I mean really crazy — stressful happens, sometimes it’s better that the bride doesn’t know. That’s what everyone else in the wedding party is there for, right?

Redditors began sharing their wild wedding tales, the ones that were so nuts the bride couldn’t know. And true to form, these insane wedding stories are pretty unbelievable—so check them out!

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Groom here, I forgot the rings…
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Sent a groomsman in a taxi, they were handed to the best man with less than a minute to go.
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glastonbury13

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At my best friend’s wedding, we were a little delayed getting introduced to the reception. She thinks it’s because they were letting people get seated – really her father in law was running around setting up their cupcakes because the catering company had to fire an employee on the spot for being high. She still has no idea two years later.smellykellyx3

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Groom here and my wife definitely knows but our friend who was supposed to do the legal side (sign our marriage certificate, we had a separate pastor for the ceremony) RSVP’d for him and a girlfriend but then stopped responding to messages as the wedding got closer and didn’t show (yes he is still alive). Luckily my groomsman happened to also be ordained and happily signed our marriage certificate!
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MrSunshoes

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Also, the cake people decided the best way to hold together our 3-tier cake was through using bendy straws instead of dowel rods as supports in the cake. BENDY STRAWS. This wasn’t even a small podunk operation. It was a local chain company that many people have used and recommended.
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The cake slid off and they had already left the venue so our wonderful catering company and venue staff did their best to put it back together and used extra roses to hide the damage.
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MrSunshoes

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After the wedding, my wife called the cake company to complain and the manager was snarky saying that using bendy straws was normal and part of their policy and said the best he could do was offer like $50 and a free anniversary cake which may have been fine but due to his attitude was not. So since his attitude didn’t change we put in a request to talk to the owner.
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The next day the owner calls and LO AND BEHOLD is very gracious, states that in fact, no, it isn’t their policy to use bendy straws and offers a full refund as well as reassures us that the issue will be dealt with that huffy franchise manager.
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I still can’t get over that. Bendy straws. It’s in the name that they bend!
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MrSunshoes

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Bride here. At my wedding, my maid of honor was responsible for holding my husband’s wedding ring until we exchanged them in the ceremony, and the best man was holding mine. I was super distracted goofing around with my dad getting ready to walk up the aisle and didn’t think to double-check with MOH before we got the show on the road.
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During the ceremony I’m definitely paying all my attention to my husband and my grandfather (who was officiating the ceremony), and not on my MOH or bridesmaids, so I didn’t even notice when my husband’s aunt popped up behind me and slipped the ring to my MOH. MOH played it off really well, and I had no clue she’d forgotten the ring in the room we used to get dressed and ready.
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titans_and_templars

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Nobody said a word, and would have gotten away with me never knowing had my aunt not been recording the ceremony for me! I noticed about a week later when my aunt posted the video to Facebook that his aunt popped up on the pulpit with everyone. I asked my sister (a bridesmaid) what happened and she lost it laughing. My poor MOH felt horrible she’d forgotten about the ring, but my husband’s aunt saved the day when my sister and MOH managed to wordlessly communicate what had happened and she found the ring and got it to us in like 20 seconds.titans_and_templars

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I am a wedding planner who just got married this past month.
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I messed up the date on my own wedding day. Yup, I do this for a living and I missed that the date was wrong on MONTHS of emails.
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Turns out the bakery had made it a day early (complete with the gold-painted pineapple topper) and had it at the venue before our post-ceremony photos were done. Had I been the coordinator and not this bride 1) this never would have happened and 2) no way the bride ever would have found out.
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HeyItsTheShanster

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I was the bride: When the wedding planner dropped the top two tiers of my cake and didn’t say anything to me then had the catering department fix it by putting flowers all over the first tier to hide what happened. My Sister-In-Law thought I knew because after they dropped it, one of them came upstairs where I was getting ready and when they went back down she said, “It’s ok, we have to try to fix it”. No one ever came to me. The only reason I knew is that after the wedding she told me they did a nice job of fixing it even though she didn’t think it could be fixed. I knew there was something different with the cake but it looked nice so I was ok with that. After hearing it, I was heated but all in all, I couldn’t even tell. Nice one Planner.micro_braincells

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Not a wedding planner. But the wedding planner for one of my good friend’s wedding went above and beyond.
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Friend’s mother was a horrid woman. Very self-centered. Narcissistic. The way you feel about Umbridge the first minute into the HP movie. You feel that way in 2 seconds meeting her.
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She was banned by a friend and uninvited a week before the big day. The final straw being her mother was going to wear a wedding dress (not a white dress which is bad enough. No. Actual wedding gown.) To her daughter’s wedding.
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zoe_in_the_wild

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It was a hell of a week doing everything we could all do to help my friend and her soon to be husband relax, enjoy, and get that witch out of their heads.
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Day of the wedding. It’s beautiful. In a beautiful church. Everything is fantastic. The wedding planner, he was like some magical fairy godfather. Just guiding and leading and managing one transition into another flawlessly. If there were hiccups, nobody knew or saw it. He even had set up professional childcare in the church’s children room for those there with young ones. The vows ceremony flowed into the reception room.
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Then the horrid beast showed up. Stomping up the hallway, wearing that dress.
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zoe_in_the_wild

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She didn’t even make it to the reception hallway. The WEDDING PLANNER JUMPED HER LIKE A SECRET SERVICE AGENT! I don’t even know where he came out of. One moment, crazy lady, next Wedding Planner silent ninja strike!
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Hand over her mouth and dragged her out so fast that us maids and the groomsmen didn’t have time to even gasp.
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zoe_in_the_wild

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The bride and groom never found out she got in. They think she was arrested in the church’s lot. (She probably shouldn’t have done what she did having out of state warrants out for her.) And they didn’t find out even that much till after their month-long honeymoon, which was probably due to even the rest of the friend’s family wanting nothing to do with her mother.
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All of us have continued to recommend him or use his business for our own events back in CO since then.
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He looked crazy in her eyes, took her on like a badass and then went about the rest of the day like a pro Disney Cast member.
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zoe_in_the_wild

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When my wife and I got married we chose a deep winter date. We had a friend make all the buttonholes and bouquets and picked them up the day before the wedding as we were getting married in another town. My wife’s bouquet was quite large and was in a bucket of water to keep it fresh. We stayed (in separate rooms obviously) in a small hotel in the town and I left the flowers in the car to ensure they stayed as fresh as possible. Unbeknownst to me at the time, that night was going to be the coldest of the year and plummet to about -12C.criminalsunrise

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The following morning, my wife had got up early with her party and already gone to the venue to get ready. I got up and got ready then headed out to the car to drop the necessary flowers off with my father-in-law at the wedding venue before heading to the church. Got to the car … the bucket with her bouquet had frozen solid! I headed up to the venue and got her dad out. Like a champ, he took over and got the wedding planner to find every hairdryer in the place to melt the ice so the bouquet could be used. I left him to it and when my wife turned up at the church she looked amazing and was carrying an ice-free, wonderful bouquet. She had no idea there were any problems at all!criminalsunrise

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At my step sister’s wedding, her grandfather had a mild stroke right in the middle of the vows. He’s pretty loud and a touch belligerent anyways, but it became much more obvious something wasn’t right as we were having the formal photos done.
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With barely a word, the wedding planner booked a taxi for my parents to take him to the hospital nearby to have him checked over quickly, promising to keep an eye on us kids.
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It came to light that it was a little more serious than they’d thought and that they wanted him to be admitted to the hospital near where we lived (a four-hour drive away).
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SevasaurusRex

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Queue him phoning about ten car rental places (the Saturday before Christmas no less) to have a car delivered to them at the hospital so they could leave immediately, whilst speaking to the hotel to have their bags packed up. He then delivered them to us and waited for us to finish dinner and toast the happy couple before driving us to the train station himself and booking us train tickets back home, even slipping us a tenner from his own pocket for the taxi to our house at the other end.
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The whole time he was keeping up to date with my parents so he could update my step sister from worrying too much. I can only imagine how out her mind with worry she would have been without him telling her he was okay.
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SevasaurusRex

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Gramps ended up being just fine, and even jokes that it was the only way of getting out of giving a speech.
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The whole situation was dealt with such professionalism and care and made what could have been a nightmare so much less stressful that he went on to plan several other family and friends weddings on the back of that story alone.
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SevasaurusRex

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Not the wedding planner, but the maid of honor. The bride’s grandfather wasn’t there for the ceremony. He got lost after insisting he knew the way and didn’t need to follow anyone from the hotel and didn’t make it in time. He was there for the reception however and the bride didn’t notice his absence in the audience during the vows.kaybeaner

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Was a bridesmaid who was in charge of save-the-dates, invitations, and anything else involving paper – I designed and hand-made their wedding invitations using home devices and DIY hacks.
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It was pretty complicated to do so on a home printer (I was doing layered printing) so I was very focused on getting the alignments right. About 60 invitation in, I realized that I spelled her name wrong – twice. I have known her for over a decade, and have witnessed many typos made by strangers, I never thought I’d be one of them.
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I started over and ate the cost of the mistake (fortunately, pretty marginal).
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TechniChara

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The girls in the family have made it a tradition to wear my mom’s wedding dress for their weddings. It’s a beautiful mid-1960s dress w/ tons of pearls and lace and things, and a crazy long train. It had been in a cedar chest for about 15 yrs since its last use and needed to be restored. Due to last-minute errors, my niece was to pick it up the morning before the wedding. As a gift to her, I paid for the restoration and the restitching and sizing, whatever it’s all called. She let me go with her to see it sized and fitted and it’s one of my favorite memories, I love that girl so much. I had concerns about how flippant and lackadaisical the dressmaker had been during the whole evolution. Way too many “no problems” and “of course” and “don’t worry!” to make me feel like she knew what she was really doing. inspire_provoke

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She finished two days early, sweet. I called her and paid, then asked her to hang on to it since I wanted it in safekeeping, not in my car or house. I got there the next day, the day before the wedding and she didn’t have it. She made a mistake and shipped it to St Louis from Richmond VA two days before. After a few minutes of finding out where it went and calling the recipient, another bride waiting for a dress, I checked GoogleMaps and got on the road, then and there, less than 30 hours until the wedding. I called my sister (mother of the bride) and told her what was happening and forbade her from telling my niece. There was a backup wedding dress so it wasn’t a total catastrophe, but tradition is tradition.inspire_provoke

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26 straight hours of driving later, the dress was getting unwrapped and my niece was putting it on for the big day. It was perfect and looked amazing on her. Then the group photo of all the other ladies who had worn it was taken. My niece never knew until months after the wedding when the dressmaker called her to apologize for the mix-up. Damn that daffy dressmaker for doing that. My niece is expecting a baby soon and I’m so stoked, I’ll go the extra mile for her too if needed.inspire_provoke

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I wish there were things my wedding planner had kept from me. Instead, she (heavily) sampled the mixed drinks for the reception pre-wedding and called my mother out for payment while we were taking family photos.
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But my mom’s wedding planner hid the fact I dropped the top tier of her wedding cake when she and my dad got hitched. I was 7 and they thought me carrying it was a good idea.

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Wedding videographer.
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One time my drive just crapped out. It was early in my business and I had zero software recovery setups. The bride’s final wedding video AND only copy of the raw footage were on there, ready to be sent in final delivery via USB.
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I was in shambles. The only project file was there, the only copy of the raw footage, the only copy of the final video was there.
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But, I did have an unwatermarked version that I’d uploaded to them as a sneak peek.
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Thank you 4K YouTube Downloaded
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Graciey48

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I’m sure my mother wished this could have applied to them.
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When my parents got married, my dad had to call her while she was having her hair done to break the news to her that the demolitions in the building beside the reception venue had gone horribly wrong. They sent some debris towards the venue and right through a wall.
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My mother burst into tears on the spot.
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The wedding was saved by my grandparents’ next-door neighbors, who went “screw it, party at our place” and ordered a ton of pizza for everyone.
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Echospite

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I didn’t have a wedding planner, but my family whole family kept me from finding out about a huge issue.
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A quick bit of background: My wedding was a little rough from the start. We were on a shoestring budget (14k start to finish including all incidentals in an area where 30k is considered a cheap wedding) and things were not always going well. The photographer didn’t commit until a week before the wedding and on the day of, the bus carrying my husband, stepdaughter, groomsmen and bridesmaids crashed INTO the venue. (No one was hurt and my MOH is a paramedic. More than 1/2 of my guests are nurses, first responders, and paramedics. We were covered.)
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kitsukitty

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Just before I’m set to walk down the aisle, my dad says to me “just so you know, your grandma was feeling a little sick so she had to stay home today.” She was 94. Made total sense to me. One of my cousins was missing from the wedding, but they said she took my grandma to the doctor. (Grandma can’t drive, makes sense.)
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It wasn’t until 2 days later when I was in NYC with our out of state/ out of country guests that I see a post from my cousin with a picture of the view from Grandma’s hospital room.
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kitsukitty

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She’d had a major heart attack the night before my wedding, had surgery the day of or after (can’t remember which) and all I was told was “She was feeling a little sick” because no one wanted me sad on my wedding day. Aunts, Uncles, cousins were all there to celebrate with me, they all knew (you’re talking almost 40+ people) and they ALL kept it a secret.kitsukitty

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People invited themselves last minute to the wedding and had to find them seats. They texted my husband (the groom) at 7 am the day of.possessivefish

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Working at a hotel, the concierge gave away the wrong wedding cake to a couple from the day before. I was sent 60 miles with the day of the wedding to collect a vegan cake in my old VW Polo.
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RiverPerdita

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Highlights from the day:
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Lying to the Bride and Groom that their cake was in a fridge and a chef had gone home with the keys.
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Driving with yesterday’s wedding cake buckled up on my passenger’s seat.
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Overtaking a police van on the motorway (only slightly speeding) but not getting pulled over.
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Airborne over the speed bumps in the hotel’s mile-long driveway.
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RiverPerdita

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The big reveal in front of the guests. After driving back with the right cake 2 hours late we unpacked it without checking first. Blamed the smudged icing on the original delivery as it came from London by car to the Scottish countryside.
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They loved their smudged vegan cake and had a beautiful wedding. I was gifted with a few bottles of wine that I still have. Dozens of weddings but that was the scariest day in the business.
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RiverPerdita

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Bride and Groom choose to do a sand-combining thing in their ceremony (two different colors of sand are poured from separate containers into one container by bride and groom, representing unity, etc.). They were going to leave for their honeymoon immediately after the ceremony and arranged for us to hold onto all their gifts and such (including the sand vase) until they returned.
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Well, it got knocked over in our house and shattered and sand went everywhere. We quickly bought all the same stuff from where they’d gotten it (my mother-in-law was their wedding coordinator, so she knew exactly what to get and where to get it), looked at photos taken from the ceremony, and duplicated the unity sand as best we could. We never told them that their unity sand was actually destroyed and re-done by us.
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flash17k

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One of the bride’s guests flipped out in one of those “so when are we getting married?” arguments with her boyfriend at the venue. She left the wedding, went to his parents home where their daughter was staying, took her daughter out of her grandmother’s lap while expounding upon their (her child’s grandparents) flaws the entire time before driving away, presumably in the direction of their home on the other side of the state. Eventually, we were able to convince her to stay at a hotel and bring the daughter back to her grandparents the next day. The bride was quite close to the boyfriend of this madwoman and would absolutely have been distraught by these events. I wish I could say the couple separated after this, but as I worked their wedding too I just chuck it up to the (evidently) masochistic husband.Blocktimus_Prime Share these insane wedding stories with your friends!

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