I've always wanted to object at a wedding, but nobody ever does it IRL. Here's a case where someone tried...
"My ex decided to get married for the 5th time. (I was #2). She worked at the same place as our son and was about his age. My ex had known her for 2 weeks. She talked him into paying for a boobjob the week before and was still bandaged at the backyard wedding. His neighbor, who had been dragged into the messy breakups of marriages #3&4, came to wedding #5, beer in hand and kept calling out from the audience - "Can I object NOW?" My ex kept telling him to keep quiet and the neighbor kept on asking. The marriage imploded in less than a year. His friends and the neighbor came to a gathering at the ex's house and on cue held up signs that read- CAN WE OBJECT NOW? Absolutely true story and a source of endless amusement in our small town."
"My cousin got married almost 10 years ago. He had a female "best man" who was an old "friend" from college. Add a lot of alcohol to the mix & cue up the speeches... She gets up in front of 300 plus people and begins to talk about all the good times she and my cousin had shared & vacations taken together. She begins to cry and talks about how she's sad that now he belongs to another woman. My uncle who also enjoyed the open bar, says in a LOUD mock whisper voice, "Oh, he so did her". The bride to her credit managed to keep a tight smile on her face during the whole fiasco."
Not so ha.
Now, here's a question of priorities:
"The problem: the bride has decided to send out her wedding invitations on flimsy, cheap postcards. I cannot describe how inappropriate they are, and not in a camp way. Her parents are immigrants who came from a very poor country, but have done well in the US. I wonder if using postcards is a cultural difference. Is there any way to tactfully suggest that wedding invitations are traditionally mailed in envelopes? My son is very passive and simply does not care. I would never hurt his fiencee's feelings, but this has just set my etiquette hair on fire...
Put your head in a bucket and let it go."
"My brother got married two years before me and his wife is a piece of work. She thinks her wedding was the end-all-be-all, and gives hour long accounts of how awful and not as great as hers every wedding she goes to is. Cue my wedding, and as soon as she sees my venue she starts trying to sabotage my wedding. Telling me I'm doing everything wrong, how ugly everything is, that I'm not properly following themes, that I need to provide transport, top shelf alcohol and full on gifts for each guest. Sending me pictures of black dresses with slits down past her belly button she wants to wear. The final nail in the coffin of our relationship was when I was complaining about how my momzilla had screamed at me in front of guests at Christmas because I didn't like her restaurant choice for the shower, and SIL forwarded all of our text messages to my very dramatic motherzilla, because 'she needed to know what I was saying about her'. My momzilla cried for a week and cancelled my shower. My brother didn't end up coming to me wedding either because I wouldn't invite his wife unless she apologized.
Wonder where your brother got the idea to marry an unstable attention hound."
"My mother-in-law wasn't so excited about anyone marrying her son and made her opinion clear by ignoring the save the date, the invitation and multiple phone calls prior to our wedding. We offered to pay for her trip out, or help make the wedding financially more feasible as well, but she still refused to respond. She finally sent us a text three weeks before the wedding saying she wouldn't be able to make it. The day before the ceremony, however, she took the time to make multiple Facebook posts about how she'd spent all day "walking to the mailbox and hoping there would be an invitation and plane tickets there." Sigh."
What a peach.
"I planned 5 weddings before I could get my husband to finally settle on one. He always pulled out as soon as it came time to put down a deposit. I arrived at our engagement pictures sobbing that we had to cancel, b/c my husband balked at the $200 cost (!) at the last minute. No one in my husband's family attended our wedding. His sister just wasn't interested in going to the specific location we had chosen. His brother was going to go, but backed out by telling his mom 2 weeks beforehand. Right after that, his mom backed out. His dad was never going to go. The excuses from his parents were: no one to care for the dog, doesn't want TSA looking at her naked body, doesn't want to die on a plane, can't afford it (all she had to cover was a $300 ticket). His sister ended up buying his mom a big screen TV for a few hundred dollars to make her feel better."
"My parents divorced when I was 8. Through the years, my parents avoided each other with fairly typical resentment and indifference in spite of necessary contact over the kids but spurred along by my stepmother. 30 years later at our rehearsal dinner, my fiancé and I are standing with my mother when my father walks up with his game face on. Good man; he's not usually social and even his wife had less of a scowl than normal. Smiling, he offers his hand to my mother and says "Hi, I'm Frank, Rebecca's father. Welcome! And how do you know my daughter?" I'm standing there gob smacked realizing that my Dad didn't recognize his ex. Before I could recover, my Mom leaned over, took his hand and said to him "Well Frank, nearly 39 years ago we had sex, and voila!", gesturing to me. Seeing the look on my father's and stepmother's face made me just know that my wedding would be satisfyingly epic."
"At a wedding I was a bridesmaid in the parents of the bride came in a week early to 'help'. Fast forward to the father of the bride being difficult in every possible way. First he crashed the pool party the bride and groom threw for the bridal party before the wedding, stayed for three hours and tried telling horrific stories about his own bowel movements while the bride tried to desperately change the subject. Then at the rehearsal, while the bride is freaking out because her groom can't stop throwing up and the wedding is in 24 hrs, he confronts the bride about why wasn't he walking her down the aisle? The MOB had asked about it over 6 months prior and had been told she'd be walking by herself. The bride confronted her about it and the MOB said 'it wasn't my place to say anything'."
Gee, I wonder why.