Here's What Happens When Someone Objects (Or Pretends to Object) At a Wedding
Are there any two words, strung together and said at a wedding, that send a more chilling sensation down a bride's (or groom's) spine? None, except, maybe "I CHEATED!" But there's something that's particularly unnerving and downright terrifying about the prospect of someone feeling so strongly opposed to your prospective marriage that she or he feels the need to shut it down — right as you're making it official.
In a recent Ask Reddit thread, Redditors recounted what happened when they attended weddings where this nightmare of a situation occurred. You'll be pleased to know, though, that this isn't a likely occurrence, which is why there's not a staggering amount of stories of people publicly objecting. "As a measurement as to how often this happens: I work weddings and have attended somewhere north of 300 weddings. I have never seen nor heard of this happening at any event I have worked," one commenter revealed. "Nor have I heard of other industry professionals that I'm in contact with experience it."
So you can breathe a sigh of relief. In the meantime, though, read these people's cringeworthy accounts...
1. "My friend's older brother is a lawyer. He was marrying a lawyer. Most of their friends are lawyers. The officiant was a judge who was a friend of theirs.He and his fiancé thought it would be funny to plant someone in the audience. They got a friend to yell, 'I object' to which the judge yelled 'overrule!' It seemed to have gone over well for most but I don't think some of their family members got it. I am dying to see the wedding video of it and not the shitty cellphone version." —suitology
2. "This happened at one of my friend's sibling's weddings. Her parents are suuuuper conservative and hadn't gotten the chance to know the daughter's fiancé very well before they got married. In their minds, all that was relevant about him was that he was 10 years older than her and had been previously divorced. They had made subtle and not-so-subtle comments here and there before the wedding that they weren't happy about it. It should have been a forewarning of what was to come. The day of the wedding, everything was beautiful. Friend's sister and her fiancé were ecstatic to be getting married and invited friends and family from both sides to their outdoor wedding. All was going well, until the preacher asks the audience if anyone has objections to why they should get married...and as serious as can be,the dad of the bride stands up and says 'her mother and I object,' and then after a long hesitation sits back down. Silence.No one can believe that that just happened. Not knowing exactly how to handle it, the preacher just says 'OK' and finishes the ceremony as planned. I can't even imagine how the bride and groom must have felt. My friend says the tension in the room was unbelievable. But they got married all the same...they just do a lot of avoiding the [in-laws] as one might imagine." —reimaginingme
3. "I was a waiter for a venue that had a lot of weddings. We typically watched the wedding ourselves from the second floor and waited for everyone to come up for the reception. A guest for the wedding arrived a few hours early, so he sat in the restaurant and had a few too many drinks.He yelled, 'DON'T FUCKING DO IT [bride's name]. HE'S AN ASSHOLE.'There was the typical gasp by the crowd, then it was just silence as people from the bar (not part of the wedding, but the bar was outside on the same floor) escorted him out." —ParoxysmAttack
4. "I was at a college buddy's wedding whena drunken childhood friend of the bride tried to stand up and profess his love for her.The bride's father immediately stood up and tried to haul off said drunken guy by the ear, except he was so pissed he pulled too hard and partially severed the guy's ear. I was also pretty tipsy and laughed a little too hard when the dude screamed like a small girl, but I was not the only one. A few people even applauded." —ilickvarts
5. "My dad was marrying his third wife. My stepbrother and I were in the wedding party. He was about 6, I was 10.The preacher asks if anyone objects and my brother raises his hand so very politely. My dad asks why, and my step brother replies, 'because I want you to promise to take me fishing whenever I want, first.'" —Southern_Kisses
This persondidn'tobject, but has a message for this who want to do so:
"I nearly did this once, a friend chose to marry someone who I knew they shouldn't marry, and even his family knew, butthe idea that you have to forge your own path and make your own mistakes was ultimately what kept me quietand I guess the family, too. It didn't work out, and they divorced less a couple of years later.
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