12 Most Epic Wedding Disasters of All Time

The brides of these disasters hope that the old idiom 'the worse the wedding, the better the marriage' is true! Here is our list of the 12 most epic wedding disasters of all time.

You may have planned every detail, but that doesn't mean that on your big day things are going to turn out like your Pinterest board.

To celebrate our Good Friday Bridal Marathon on LifeStyle YOU, here are the top 12 wedding disasters we hope you never have to go through! 

1. Toddlers and expensive rings do not go hand in hand

Be wary of toddlers being left in charge of expensive diamond rings, as Jessica from South Carolina discovered the hard way:

“My four-and-a-half-year-old son was the ring bearer and halfway down the aisle, he started scowling and ducked his head,” she told The Guardian. “When he made it next to my (now) husband, it was discovered that my ring was missing ... in the grass, somewhere along the 20 foot aisle. When I say that every person at our wedding was on hands and knees scouring through the grass, I am not exaggerating. My favourite picture is of the best man, my husband, and my dad on hands and knees pawing through the grass. We all looked for about 30 minutes with my wedding song on repeat.”

2. The token drunk guest

There is always one guest that decides to overindulge, and unfortunately for this bride, it was her father in law:

“At a relative's wedding, the groom's Irish father got roaring drunk,” Jennifer from the UK told The Guardian. “At first he was funny, but then he decided to drive his car. Several people intervened, punches were thrown, the police were called and the bride's father was taken to the police station ... where he spent the night in a cell.”

3. Never mess with a Bridezilla and her music!

When Fabiana Reyes and her husband, Elmo Jesus Fernandez, decided to renew their wedding vows in a church, they weren’t expecting the night to end in a jail cell, but that’s exactly what happened when the band stopped playing to give the DJ a turn.

The bride got so angry that she knocked over and damaged the band’s conga drums valued at $600 ($785 AUD), a speaker valued at $350 ($458 AUD) and other equipment, according to the New York newspaper The Journal News. A fight ultimately erupted between police and Reyes, her husband and their 21-year-old daughter. The three of them spent the rest of the night in the clink.

4. Keep everything legal

This bride and groom were ready to put their troubles behind them – including the protection order the bride had taken out against the groom – by getting married again. But it all went sour when the pair tried to tie the knot in New York, after the groom quarrelled with one of the wedding guests. When the police arrived, they recognised the groom from his previous arrests and past clashes with the bride, and was charged with first-degree criminal contempt, according to The Huffington Post.  He spent their wedding night in a cell. 

5. The silver lining

Bride Kyle Paxman got the ultimate revenge on her fiancé, who she discovered was cheating weeks before her big day. She went ahead with her Vermont reception anyway and turned it into a charity benefit to honour strong women. Money raised from the 2006 event went to the Vermont Children’s Aid Society and CARE USA.

6. Morning sickness of the wrong kind

Mary McPhail of Ohio learnt to never devour seafood before your big day! "We had our rehearsal dinner at the restaurant where my husband and I met, and as a surprise gift, they gave us this big, beautiful tray of stone crabs,” McPhail told LifeWire. “The next day, I had a very upset stomach but just attributed it to nerves.” 

“We got to the back of the church and I just lost it all over my gown,” McPhail recalled. “It was a really small wedding, and everybody knew. I was mortified, but it was the highlight of everyone’s day.”

7. The ultimate food fight

If you were thinking of serving pork pies at your wedding, this story might make you think twice. Officers from West Yorkshire Police attended a violent brawl at the wedding of Wendy Carter and her fiancé Ryan Barraclough, which all started with a water pistol and a pork pie being thrown.

"It was completely out of control and by the end about 30 to 40 guests had got involved,” Chris Sowden, 43, steward at the Harold Club told The Telegraph. "The bride was devastated. Her dress was ruined, she had a lovely big white gown and it had beer and WKD all over it." Mostly people had some cuts and bruises but one of the women involved in the initial fight, had her cheek bitten and her ear bitten. The night ended with two guests being charged with assault.

8. Here comes the bride... covered in Pimms!

If you want your guests to throw confetti, make sure their cup does indeed hold colourful paper, and not a drink.

9. Getting robbed blind

Never mind about getting blind drunk, getting robbed blind would be far worse, as this couple found out. Judge Thomas Culver and his family travelled to Mexico to celebrate his daughter’s wedding. All went well, but after the ceremony, guests started reporting items missing from the safe in his hotel room. More than $100,000 ($130, 890 AUD) in cash and property was stolen in a heist, but to add insult to injury, when the family reported the theft to the Eurostar Blue Hotel, their complaints fell on deaf ears.

“Obviously, the first thing that I would hope would happen would be a legitimate investigation into this major crime,” Culver told the Fort Bend Herald. “This was not an isolated theft from a single room at a cheap hotel. This was a planned, executed, major crime.”

The guests were unable to reclaim their belongings and checked out early. A few days later, his daughter and son-in-law cut their honeymoon short due to safety concerns!

10. A sour taste

We’ve all seen wedding cake disasters on blooper shows, but that doesn’t mean they stop being funny. Unless they happen to you!

11. Fiery ending

Throwing the bouquet is a favourite wedding tradition. But one couple’s attempt to put a modern spin on the tradition ended in tragedy when they hired a small aeroplane to fly past their guests and drop the bride's bouquet to a line of women standing below.

As the plane flew over the crowd the flowers were sucked back into the engine, causing it to catch fire and explode.

12. Rocky ground

A romantic photo of the whole wedding party standing on a jetty is a great idea. Until it decides to collapse!

Make sure you tune in to our Good Friday Bridal Marathon! Binge on all your favourite LifeStyle YOU bridal programs - Four Weddings Australia, My Fair Wedding, Mother of the Bride, Say Yes To The Dress and I Found the Gown

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