A groom who refused to thank guests for the gifts, an uninvited ex-wife, these weddings were a mistake

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Illustration. (Getty Images)
Illustration. (Getty Images)

Flawed family 

For Quora user, Anna McCormack shares that her wedding day was a foretelling of the grievances and gripes she would experience with her husband’s friends and family. 

According to Anna, just as she was getting her hair braided by the maid of honour for the wedding, her fiancé’s ex-wife arrived uninvited, acting as a taxi driver for her soon-to-be husband’s intoxicated cousin. 

“We heard the ex-wife come roaring up the gravel drive and skid to a stop at the top, and watched the cousin fall out of the car and stagger up the little hill to the house,” says Anna. 

Moments later, the best friend of the groom wandered over to the ex-wife with a bottle of tequila. Anna says she watched as the two drank and laughed together. 

“Of the thirty or so attendees who knew who the ex-wife was by sight, not one made a move to get her to leave. And that was kind of the story of our short marriage. I was on my own with that bunch,” she says.

READ MORE: Bride and bridesmaids dance in mud after sudden rainfall at outdoor wedding reception

A day of disasters 

Another user, Andrea Danelle witnessed and heard many things on her wedding day that should have moved her away from the altar and “toward the hills at lightning speed.” 

First of all, her fiancé insisted on picking out all the music, says Andrea. 

“I walked down the aisle to ‘The Imperial March’. I am not a Star Wars fan,” she says. Additionally, after begging her husband the night before and the day of the wedding not to smash cake in her face - as she didn’t want to ruin her borrowed dress - he did so anyway.

He also ignored all the wedding guests, including the bride’s best friend, who happened to pay for the wedding cake, and her ailing grandmother.  

On top of this, the groom mocked the “beautiful and delicious” groom’s cake Andrea surprised him with because it was “very small."

“There's a lot more but I am literally feeling nauseous and angry just thinking about it,” says Andrea. 

READ MORE: Bride calls wedding off minutes before ceremony after groom rejects job to 'rest' while she works  

Medieval mess 

Sherry Cole and her ex-husband met at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival and after a few months of courting, decided to have a medieval wedding.  

“He made his costume and part of mine and was strutting around like a peacock, with me just an ornament on his arm,” says Sherry. Sherry expresses that she should have realised that the marriage was a terrible mistake when the groom refused to help her open gifts and thank guests because he had put on the invitation that ‘there shall be no presents.’

“Then he left so he ‘could open up our house for the after-party,’ and I was stuck gathering up all the presents and putting them in my car, in my wedding gown, in the pouring rain,” says Sherry. 

It was in hindsight that Sherry realised that the only reason for the marriage was so that her (ex) husband could send his ex-girlfriend an invitation to prove to her that she ‘didn’t break his heart’. 

“There is a photo of this guy in the dictionary under ‘narcissist.’ He was abusive and eccentric, and it was the worst two years of my life,” she says. 

Do you have a wedding story to share with us? Tell us about it here.


Follow us on social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram

Sign up to W24’s newsletters so you don't miss out on any of our stories and giveaways.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Now that it's the New Year, what are you looking forward to?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
The vaccine arriving in SA
32% - 131 votes
Going back to the office/ campus
3% - 14 votes
Going on a trip overseas
10% - 41 votes
Nothing, I don't expect 2021 to be any better than 2020
47% - 188 votes
Treating myself to a shopping spree
2% - 10 votes
I'm planning a big party to celebrate as soon as Covid is over
5% - 20 votes