Bachelor and bachelorette parties are known for getting wild, but most people can show enough restraint to remember that they're getting married soon. Some people, though, seem not to have that particular ability.
"People who have witnessed a "There's not going to be a wedding" moment following a bachelor/bachelorette party: what went down?"
These are going to get pretty cringey, so strap in and prepare for takeoff.
My dad and his friends took a buddy by canoe to an island to get drunk the night before the wedding. He told them all he didn't want to go through with it but couldn't figure out how to get out of it. When he woke up in the morning, they had stranded him on the island, he missed the wedding, his buddies were branded as the jerks. Groom to be was relieved.
I see a lot of bachelor and bachelorette parties in my line of work. I actually have a few of these memories.
The first that comes to mind was an interesting night where the bachelor party was happening at one bar and the bachelorette party was in the bar down the block. At the groom to be's party I get a call for help from the place. It's a tame security call. Just a couple getting it on in a bathroom. The bar wanted them booted.
I find out the dude is the groom to be and the girl is just some random chick. The chick goes off on her own and now I'm with the groom outside. He's drunk and almost uncontrollable. I am trying to find him a way home safe. His bros were all drunk and kept the party going without him.
After a while, the bride to be and her gals come walking down the street. A couple people around chime in and tell her why I am there dealing with him. She breaks down and calls the wedding off right there. He ended up going to detox that night.
I know a guy who seemingly had his life together: great career, lots of friends, beautiful fiancee.
He had a tendency to drink too much while partying, and a few weeks before the wedding he woke up in the hospital with serious injuries due to a non-automotive drunken accident. The scariest part for him was that he didn't remember a thing past leaving the party to walk home. Did he fall and hit his head? Did someone attack him and leave him for dead?
The thought of that scared him, and he decided to sober up. It also caused him to reflect on his life, and he realized his fiancee was manipulative, controlling, and he'd never be happy living with someone like that. He has some long term damage from the injury, but he's still sober, spends much of his free time for a charitable cause, and dodged a serious bullet (a bad marriage) as a result of that horrible injury so he oddly came out ahead in the end.
A wedding came in from out of town, the bride/groom hadn't had a stag/hen do so decided the night before that the men and women would split up and each have their own party. The men had a small cocktail bar and the women took the restaurant. I was meant to be working the main bar but got asked by a female colleague to cover the cocktail bar as the men were getting rowdy and making comments - no problem.
Got in there and it's just a group of old mates getting hammered, pretty standard stuff, until the stripper arrived. She did a full show, the groom has to get pretty involved. All was well until the woman found out and called off the wedding - shouting matches went on well into the early hours. The wedding did go ahead, but you could tell there was awkwardness in the air.
The bride came to the bar asking if we had seen the groom as he was needed for some photographs or cutting the cake, can't quite remember. None of the staff had seen him so she went outside, only to return a few minutes later in tears. She had caught the groom getting with the Maid of Honor...her sister.
All out family war commenced with extra guests just sitting there enjoying the buffet. Worst part was hearing the bride cry "I can't believe this happened again," I really felt bad for her because she was lovely.
I bartend weddings fairly often and work directly with wedding planners all the time and meet with the bride and groom to be to talk things through and create a sense of familiarity. Each time I met the groom he just kind of seemed out of it but I chalked it up to stress.
Day of the wedding before the ceremony the wedding planner comes over and asks for a couple shots for herself, she doesn't drink on jobs so I ask her why. Apparently things were about to get started but the groom was missing and wasn't responding to phone calls so everyone is looking for him then one of the bridesmaids disappears.
Not long after the brother of the groom gets a text from the groom saying he and the bridesmaid are in love and they're running away to elope and that he'll call him after. Everyone is getting antsy waiting for things to start and they've all been waiting like 2 hours. Now the wedding planner has to tell 150 people that the wedding is off and explain to the parents what happened while the wedding party is consoling the bride.
My wife's friend called off her wedding a week before the ceremony. She lived several hundred miles away for school but came back to her hometown two weeks before the wedding to make sure everything was lined up and have her bachelorette party. In the course of her visit, she came across an old boyfriend (who was also engaged) and things "sparked" up again. They agreed they should each leave their fiancés and give their relationship another shot.
Turns out, he didn't keep up his end of the bargain, and she is still single today.
I traveled with my wife (then girlfriend) to a wedding she was in. I told my wife there is something going on between the bride and the maid of honor. She laughed. Two weeks after the wedding the brides Facebook goes dark. The bride and maid of honor are now living together in another state. I still talk about how I called it within an hour of meeting them. Poor groom... super nice dude.
Ex-girlfriend was going to a friend of a friends bachelorette party, mainly for her friend who didn't want to go solo.
Anyway, I knew they were going to a strip club and expected to hear all about those shenanigans. She texted me when they were leaving, the bride had payed for two of the strippers to come back with them. They went back and the show continued.
Everyone seemed like they were having fun, but generally playing by the rules. Nothing that doesn't go on at tons of bachelorette parties.
At some point things took a turn. Then, things went the way they usually do with sexually charged people. Turned into two of the girls having sex with the strippers. Then the bride.
There was no wedding.
Wedding Photographer here - This happened with a couple back in 2015.
Night before the wedding, all the bridal party got together at the hotel, partied, and drank a LOT. I show up the next morning 8am after a 2 hour drive to be told by the hotel receptionist, that there was not going to be a wedding.
Apparently a large fight broke out between the groomsman and bridesmaids. Money to pay the vendors was stolen. The ceremony was supposed to be at 11am that day. After about 2 minutes of WTF is going on here, nobody called and told me. I called the bride's mother - and she stated that she was off to pick up the bride and groom, sit them down, and still try to have a wedding.
Fast forward a couple hours, the groom showed up drunk out of his mind around 10am, guests were already showing up, the bride finally showed around 11:30 - noon time, and there was a ceremony at 1pm. Yes - they still got married. The groom was drunk the whole day, the couple argued a ton.
Needless to say... It was an eventful day.
A friend of mine in college had been engaged to her highschool sweetheart. Plan was for them to get married after she graduated. She was one of those that dreamed of her wedding since she was a little girl. She had been planning FOREVER!!! A week before the wedding, he leaves without a trace, except a note saying I can't marry you. She was devastated.
We still had a party with the wedding cake, food, etc. because it had all been paid for already. Saddest party ever. She ran into him a few years later at an 80's dance club wearing a mesh shirt and a taxi hat making out with a dude.
Not because of the party but still good. Day of the wedding Groom's family is patiently waiting. Bride's family hasn't shown. Bride's mother finally arrives and says that Bride has discovered Groom has a second fiancé in another state and wedding is off. Rehearsal dinner photos on Facebook and someone tagged the wrong girl assuming that was his fiancee he had been talking about.
Except it was the other fiancé. So Bride see her tagged as someone else and messages from out of town friends about "Can't wait to meet her why wasn't I invited?"
Strip club manager here,
Funniest thing I've ever seen. 5 man bachelor party comes into work. Kinda tipsy and having a good time but not being disruptive. They are hanging out for a while and they are great, throwing money and overall being pleasant. At this point they have done nothing wrong.
About 2 hours in, my front door flings open and in barge 4 very very drunk women. They storm right past security, make a beeline for the group and what I later learned was the bride, proceeds to beat the absolute crap out of the groom. Then 2 of the other ladies proceed to botch at than attack the best man and another guy. Me and my team bolt over to try and separate the cluster that just transpired pulling the ladies off the guys who looked just as surprised as we were.
We drag them outside and the guys all follow out. The bride start going absolutely nuts on the groom saying how she can't believe he'd go to a strip club to see naked women before their wedding. The groom starts yelling saying it's not a big deal etc. The maid of honor and best man (who were apparently married) also are having the same discussion.
The fun really gets turned to 11 when the quiet female (up to this point) walks up and slaps the dog crap out of the groom wondering why she wasn't good enough. Apparently they had dated years ago and she never got over him. Also apparently the bride did NOT know this information. Bridezilla goes OFF. Start beating the crap out of quiet chick.
While groom, me and another security guy are trying to stop a murder in my parking lot, best man and maid of honor are still arguing. Once we separate bride and quiet chick, all we hear is best man scream forget this! Walks over, tells groom he had sex the bride like 3 years ago at a party with the maid of honor and he didn't want him to marry her.
Groom surprisingly is calm... turns to bride and says the wedding was off. She starts freaking out crying apologizing and begging as he walks in the club to pay his tab...
Craziest night at work ever....
I was two weeks away from getting married, ex went off with her friends for Bachelorette party two in the morning I get a email from the maid of honor it was supposed to be sent to her friends and my name was accidentally selected, the email contained a video of my bride hooking up with one the male strippers.
The next day we were supposed to finalize some plans when the bride to be and maid of honor showed up to pick me up i just pointed at the computer... bride went pale then spent the next eight hours attempting to explain what was going on, then it turned into a horrible mistake, I think at some point I passed out because i had started drinking right after seeing the video and just didn't stop.
Military idiot in my old unit had a bachelor party at a (very nasty) strip club and had sex with a stripper in front of his buddies in the private room. Of course word about this spread like wildfire in the unit and confirmed by the dozen of guys that were in the room when it happened, military spouses gossip and talk and soon the wife found out and they were divorced less than a month later.
I'm still friends with the groom on FB and he is still an idiot.
My wife had a friend whose fiancee called off the wedding after he found out she had been with a black guy... years before they even started dating.
Gotta love it when the trash takes itself out.
This happened to one of my oldest friends who I met in preschool, our families were friends, they moved out of state in middle school but we kept in touch. Cut to our 20s- He gets engaged to his gf that he was living with, everything sounds good, I got the invite and was making plans to travel for the wedding. They had a joint bachelor/bachelorette weekend in Vegas with their wedding party and I coincidentally was out there the same weekend visiting family, so I joined them out one night.
It was awkward AF. I can't really describe the tension. Fiancé didn't even say hi or acknowledge me when I said congrats (first time meeting her too). Everything was disorganized, no one knew what was going on, we kinda wandered from place to place til we settled at a bar in a hotel. I never saw the bride and groom next to each other all night let alone talking.
They got in different cabs from one place to the other even though it was not separated by guys and girls, but one big party. I ended up hanging out mostly with my friend's older brother and his gf. I got the weirdest vibe off the situation and when I got back I told my SO I wanted to hold off buying the plane tickets and wasn't sure I wanted to make the effort and pay a lot of money to travel to a wedding that I felt so uneasy about.
Maybe two weeks later my friend calls to ask if I've bought tickets yet. Not yet... Good he says, the wedding is off. Fiancé decided she was in love with one of the groomsmen and she moved in with him. The groomsman that lived right next door to them. She claims she never cheated while they were together and it just happened... right. I think she and groomsman got married some time later, but my friend was stuck in the lease living next to them for several months.
It was a month before my scheduled wedding and I was getting everything ready. In the meantime all of my close friends in my wedding party came out to celebrate my bachelor party with some drinking, floating, skydiving, etc. Well the night before they get there, my now ex-fiance of 8 years says that she no longer wants to go through with the wedding.
So I spend the morning my friends are there calling around to friends, family, reservation services and explaining the news (completing blindsided). Come to find out she had cheated on me and had been feeling that way "for awhile" but didn't share this with me until the day of my Birthday... the day before my friends visit for a few days.
Needless to say the plans changed a bit and it turned into my Birthday party instead. Was pretty awful but I ended up having a good time with best friends.
Much happier now with my soul mate and so thankful that things worked out the way they did!
Bachelor party went on a cruise and never left the ship. Ate too much and drank a lot. Meanwhile the bachelorette party went to Vegas. The bride banged one of the strippers and two of the bridesmaids hooked up with old boyfriends who just happened to be there. The wedding never happened. But the bridesmaids are now both engaged to their respective boyfriends (the ones that they cheated on) and planning a double bachelorette party in..... you guessed it..... Las Vegas.
Three of us guys were best friends since high school - we'll say it's Billy (guy getting married), Joel (one of the 3 amigos), Martin (me). Fast forward to about age 23 - Billy is getting married to this girl who was 19 at the time. Night of the bachelor party, somehow Joel and I are alone with the bride-to-be. She's got a few drinks in her, and decides to seriously proposition Joel for sex.
We thought long and hard about telling Billy, but given previous experiences (we told him about an Ex doing some shady crap and he proceeded to stop talking to us until they broke up), we decided against it. They did get married... 6 months in he got home early from work and walked in on her in the middle of taking her clothes off in the living room with another dude. While they might have just been starting an innocent game of naked twister, he decided to divorce her.
One of the groomsmen got into a huge fight with the groom because he brought up the fact that his future wife cheated on him a few years prior. This is true, but it was water under the bridge by that point. Anyway, groom got really angry and said don't bother coming then started reconsidering the marriage at all.
Anyway, the next day they had sobered up and apologised to each other so the wedding went ahead. She did in fact cheat on him in the end several years later though.
My old roommate is the sweetest girl you'll ever meet. So it wasn't any surprise when guys were into her and she struggled to turn them down. There was one guy in particular who was really weird. He spent months pursuing her and she kept politely turning him down and eventually had to be clear that she only regarded him as a friend. Then he took it upon himself to become her best guy friend and took it to a creepy level.
Like when she brought a new boyfriend around and this guy insisted the boyfriend had to fill out an application and get approved by him before he could date my roommate. Weird ownership stuff that lasted for years. And it's very clearly all on his end because she never initiates hanging out or mentions him when he's not around or really seems to enjoy her time with him.
So fast forward a couple years and this guy is dating someone. He makes sure my roommate approves and she's constantly being brought along as a third wheel on dates and to everything they do. My roommate's approval is necessary and he wants to make sure these two women are really good friends. He'd bring his girlfriend over sometimes and just ignore her to pay attention to my roommate.
The couple gets engaged and he specifically makes sure my roommate can come (as basically his best woman) and insists she drives up to the wedding with them. So they take the several hour drive to the bride's hometown together.
The details from there are a little unclear to me. The morning of the wedding (like an hour before), the bride calls off the wedding and it's vaguely understood that she's really uncomfortable with her fiancé's attachment to this girl he used to pursue really hardcore and that she thought it would get better, but his insistence that my roommate be part of the wedding and spend all her time with them (even up to the day of the wedding) convinced the bride that he'd never give up on my roommate.
So in the midst of all this, it'd make sense if he cut my roommate off in order to work at his relationship, right? Well, instead he peaces out and drags my roommate with him and they immediately take the several hour drive back to our college town. So basically all the bride's fears are confirmed as he runs off with the woman she was concerned about.
My roommate got married a couple years later and I think that's when he finally gave up because he got engaged shortly after her wedding.
Well it wasn't a bachelor party but a couple months before the wedding it was discovered she was leading a double life.
Her frequent work trips to the UK were actually trips to a few hour drive away where she was living with another guy. Telling him the same story but in reverse.
Wedding was called off. Much money was lost. Not sure what her plan was...
Just was at a bachelorette party where one of the bridesmaids got drunk and was happily telling the bride, "Oh I'm so glad you and Fiance worked things out after he cheated, I know he didn't mean it, you two are perfect together."
The bride didn't know...
My close friend from high school thought it would be a good idea to marry this 'so handsome and mature' guy about 15 years older than her after only knowing him for 6 months. Didn't have a problem with the age as I prefer older men myself, but with that being said I know some of those men only seek after girls our age because of their immaturity. It was the Wednesday before their bachelorette/ bachelor parties and the three of us were having dinner at one of her and I's favorite spots together.
I guess his order of well-done steak came out improperly cooked and he just lost it on the waiter, demanded the chef in front of him to basically berate and call him incompetent and unable to do his job (in a Michelin Star awarded kitchen!!) I look up at my good friend and she is just borderline tears, I'm guessing going over every little tick or remark he's made in the past and then imagining a future with him. She called it off after the bachelor parties.
So this was pre-bachelor party, but still relevant. My childhood best friend got engaged and invited me to come down and to meet his fiance/the rest of the bridal party (I moved states years ago, but we still keep in touch). So I made the trip down to see him and his family and things are going really well. Spent the day hanging out with him and catching up, but ultimately the first day was short just because I had been traveling all day.
Day 2 rolls around and we made a trip to go look at Tattoos. Important to note that my buddy has tons of tattoos and had been talking to me for weeks about getting my own. I agreed to go look and we had talked about him getting some additional work done all week prior to my trip. So we get to the shop, I decide to hold off on my tattoo for now (still deciding on the right one), but he gets a few of his touched up and gets a new one. That's where things go sour.
We leave the shop and there's like 6 missed calls from his fiance. We get back to their place and she asks if I ended up getting a tattoo and I admit that I didn't yet. Then she looks at him and sees his new tattoo, and she's furious. Like just absolutely beyond pissed. They get in a huge screaming match and eventually we have to leave to go out to meet with the rest of the wedding party.
Night starts off okay, but she keeps randomly yelling at my buddy and is just generally pissed off. We end up leaving the first bar and bouncing to the second one and things seem to have cooled off. I dip to use the bathroom for maybe 2 minutes, but by the time I got back the atmosphere had completely changed. No explanation but all I was told was that we were leaving and then no-one spoke.
She was sober cabbing for the group, so we had the most awkward completely silent hour long car ride home. Then when we got home my buddy asked me which couch I'd like to sleep on that night, as he'd be taking the other one.
They lasted about another month before the whole thing collapsed.
So for context a few more things had been going on in their relationship. They were currently living together in a small crappy apartment. He was working full time (at the time he was on leave because he dislocated his shoulder-he was a firefighter), while she was a student. He had just leased/bought a brand new very nice car, and had a history of impulse buys.
His thought process was that he worked for his money, it was his money, he could spend it how he wanted. Her thought process was that she wanted to move out of the apartment and it was their money. I think she wasn't so much upset with the tattoo as much as his lack of forethought in making purchases.
I never did get the full reason why, but that's my theory.
I have a contribution. Went to Vegas for a bachelor party and his mother decided to tag along (she was financing it all anyways). She convinced the groom to sleep with a adult video star we later found out she paid to exclusively come sleep with him so she could guilt him into telling the bride thus stopping the wedding. It worked.
So this was a crazy one. My boyfriend was the best man at his friend's wedding and told me this story after he got back from the bachelor party. On of the groomsmen (we'll call him Eric) from high school got wasted before they went out and told the groom (we'll call him Michael) that his soon to be wife was a terrible person and he can't believe that Michael would marry her because he thought he loved him (Eric).
Turns out, they had been having a gay affair for 3 years behind his fiancee's back but Michael was too afraid to tell his friends and family so he kept up the facade of a straight man so he wouldn't be cut off from his trust fund. Michael first told the groomsmen that Eric was crazy and kicked him out of the hotel they were staying at but called him later to meet up at a bar where they made out and left together.
My boyfriend said they had no idea where they went that night but Eric and Michael came back to the hotel the next day confessing that they loved each other and Michael proceeded to call his family and fiancée with the news and cancel the wedding. Some crazy stuff.
I used to work in the bar of a nice hotel in the city and we would occasionally have private events. We had a section of the lounge blocked off for an engagement party of about 40 people. They rolled in and seemed like relatively polite people (maybe a little bit bogan) but everything was going well. The groom seemed to love his Jacks and coke but just seemed a little bit off the entire night.
Anyway, there was this one little kid who would come to the bar and always politely ask "could I please have a coke with some raspberry sir?" The groom has noticed that the kid has had around 3-4 cokes and has just lost the plot. He just randomly bursts and starts yelling at the kid to "lay off the effing coke" and "your costing me a tonne, kid."
Obviously, the bride-to-be has walked over and tried to calm the situation down (this may have been a step-son situation in the family but not sure). The groom is not happy and just turns his anger towards his future wife and starts screaming and swearing incredibly loudly. Of course, the entire bar/lounge area can hear this argument and everyone (staff included) seemed pretty unsettled.
I didn't see this part as I was out back getting the boss, but apparently the father in-law came over and got pushed by the groom. I come back out and see the groom storm off, but of course, on his way out he "scrapes" the tables of all the plates and glassware with his arms and it smashes everywhere and makes a huge noise/mess. He then goes ahead and grabs a chair and throws it in the fountain for good measure. The situation was becoming laughable (definitely not for my manager though). I will never forget my boss walking around the guests asking for someone to sign the bill as nothing had been paid for.
As we were a hotel, we have guests checking in just past the bar area. Old mate has come through and just punched some dude on his way out, knocking him to the floor. Apparently on the way out he kicked a few taxi doors and got stopped by the police. The aftermath was by far the best part. The guy who had been punched came to the bar after everything had quietened down and was talking to the police. I got them all some water and pretended to do work so I could hear it all.
Apparently, the guy had flown from the US and had severe delays on his last flight. So, he had come in much later than he had hoped and was tired as anything. He just strolls into the hotel, keen to get some sleep and just gets punched in the face. I honestly couldn't stop smiling after I heard it, this dudes had the absolute worst day.
The bride and groom to be decided to have wedding in Vegas and invite lots of friends and family.
Night before the wedding, bachelor and bachelorette decide they're gonna have their parties TOGETHER. Big mistake.
Backstory- bride's best friend is a self centered narcissist but when drinking she becomes a full fledged Queen of the Harpies, who manipulates everyone, becomes ultra paranoid, who always falsely accuses someone of a crime- "Someone stole my jacket!" Your jacket is on the chair, "Someone stole my credit card!" Check your purse again, I saw you put it in there. She's just an evil attention seeker.
So, the big party night before the wedding, 15 of us party with the to be bride and groom at a Coyote Ugly clone bar. Everyone is drunk or near drunk, the guys are taking body shots off the waitresses and random women.
The Bride's best friend a.k.a. "The Harpy" is gas-lighting the bride the entire night, whispering in the Brides ear "Your husband is gonna cheat on you after the wedding. He doesn't love you. Look at his friends getting body shots. Look at the way he's looking at those women. Why aren't you mad at him? He's disrespecting you! He's gonna get a body shot next!" She purposely separated the bride from everyone else.
The groom was having fun with his guys and happy everyone was having fun and being totally respectful, but getting drunk.
The bride was drunk, been getting madder by the second because she was being manipulated by The Harpy.
The Bride bolts over to the to be groom, turns him around, throws a drink in his face, and slaps him hard!
The groom is shocked, grabs the shoulders of his bride to be while she's yelling at him and trying to hit him again, he's a big overweight guy with little balance, and she's easily 5'10" they topple to the ground.
The fall to the ground looks really bad. Everyone assumes the groom was the aggressor- he's 6'2 300 lbs.
Bouncers jump on him, restrain him, then the cops come and arrest him outside.
He's cuffed behind him, leaning against the squad car, red and blue lights on his face.
The entire wedding party knows the wedding is off.
The cops interviews witnesses, the bride acknowledges she started the altercation, a couple hours pass, the groom isn't charged.
The wedding goes on as planned, but for a few hours, everyone was scared that the wedding was off.
We all knew who was to blame- The Harpy
The Harpy went on to work in Wash. DC. with a congressman or senator. She's a hot, intelligent, psychopath...she'll do well there.
The bride's brother (having attended the husband's bachelor party) twisted and exaggerated every detail of the bachelor party to make the husband look bad to her parents in an attempt to deflect attention away from his pill addiction.
The jerk even bought his breakfast the morning after the party, ya know, cause he is such a great guy.
Did the supposed bride and groom ever reconcile?
They never split, just called off the wedding. Still together and have two kids.
A family friend had been with this guy for a few years, their relationship sounded absolutely perfect. Attractive guy, good job, caring and understanding and you could tell they were one of those "forever" couples. A week before the wedding he just disappeared. She came home that day and everything of his was gone, it was like he was never there.
Boring story since I have no idea what the story is - but I'm a wedding musician and I was driving to the rehearsal when I got a phone call from the coordinator (I used a hands-free device) saying "Don't come, the wedding's off."
It was weird, and it's why my contract requires a non-refundable 50% deposit now...
Well, I have a story of the worst wedding I was ever a part of.
I was an usher at this wedding, so I helped seat people and everything. They were both getting married against their families wishes. I've ushered weddings before, and I remember seating one of the mothers and she had this scowl and cold attitude. Just one that said, "I really don't want to be here."
Well, ceremony went well enough, they got married, and everyone went to the reception. That's when all hell broke loose. The families got into an argument, there may have been an actual fight, the bride sided with her mother, and the marriage was off. They decided to separate about 2 hours after getting married.
The worst of it, though, comes a few days later. We saw the groom in the paper. Apparently, he tried to hire a hitman to kill his wife's parents. The hitman was an undercover cop, and he got arrested. So bizarre.
Didn't actually witness it but got to hear the story and wanted to share even though I'm late to the party.
I got married in a Catholic church and during the rehearsal we met with the priest who would be doing the ceremony. He went over all the information we needed to know and then told us some ground rules including absolutely no drinking the day of the wedding.
He proceeded to tell us about a couple from a year or two ago that were getting married at the church. You are allowed to use changing rooms they have there, he went to check on the groom and groomsmen who were using the back room to get ready and as he walked in they were taking shots from a bottle left over from the party the night before.
He called the parents into his office and informed them there would be no wedding due to the alcohol. The parents flipped out, the bride apparently totally lost it and went off on him calling him a habitual drunk and stuff and their entire relationship ended.
Not a bachelor party, but I was in the stages of planning one.
My best friend was getting married, he was my best man, and I was about to be his, so I was really excited.
One day, I'm on the road, and he calls me upset out of his mind telling me that the wedding was off. Him and his fiance had a huge fight and broke up while at the airport, and she threw the ring at him.
I'm like, "uh oh, what about?"
Apparently the wedding that his wife and her mother were planning was becoming larger and larger and more out of control as they were going through the planning stages. He had made a comment about not spending too much because of the wedding, and it had spiraled into a huge argument about money.
She accused him of not being forthright with his finances. Not like, he had a secret bank account or he was outright lying about what he made in a year or something like that. Nope, just that she was under the impression that he had more money to pay for this insanely huge wedding than he had.
I was like, that sounds like a really ridiculous reason to break up - as a couple preparing for marriage, you'll cross all sorts of financial hurdles, so being able to agree on a wedding budget is a drop in the bucket.
I called her because I thought there was maybe something else to it. I mean, I figured I could have this open dialogue with her, it wasn't like she was a stranger, she was dating my best friend, and of course, we all hung out together, went camping, etc.
Nope, she confirmed, that was it, and for whatever reason, she just couldn't get her head around it.
He tried all sorts of stuff to reason with her and compromise - including offering that they have a joint bank account so she could always see exactly how much he had. No dice.
What followed was a period of her acting incredibly childish in that strange period of exchanging stuff, including asking for several gifts back that she had given him.
Occasionally she still reaches out to my wife, who just ignores her (they both are nurses at the same hospital). We know who our family is.
I feel bad for my friend. He'll come over to hang out with me and my wife, and he's awesome with my kids, and I know he still thinks about it - he says things like, "I would have been married for this long and probably would have a kid" etc. I know he really wants a family and wants to meet the right woman.
I was working as a bouncer one time and the bride and groom decided it would be a good idea to throw their bachelor/bachelorette parties on the same night in the same town. I guess they must have been from out of town. Anyways it's the night before the wedding. Which is not a good night to get falling down drunk. Both parties wind up at my bar at the same time. Groom catches the bride doing body shots off a dude and kissing him, so he gets jealous and grabs the bride. They get into it and he gets rough with her.
So I grabbed the dude to drag him out, and he and his friends decided it would be extra fun to try and fight a bunch of pissed off sober bouncers. We beat the hell out of him and his friends while some of the other staff kept the girls held back. Cops showed up and he got hauled off, none of us wanted to press charges. I'm 99.99% positive the wedding didn't go through
They broke up. A few years passed. They got back together and then got married later on. Sometimes stuff happens and people need extra time to figure out what they want and how they want it. No hard feelings, they have a beautiful life now.
We don't know...we still don't know. Just got a call saying the wedding had been cancelled, no details. Of course this opened the floodgates of speculation, no one seemed comfortable talking about it, I wasn't close enough with the bride or groom to inquire. Definitely odd, but probably better than going through with a wedding you don't want to have.
Here is a more upbeat story: the night before their city hall wedding, the bride and groom had separate big parties and got so wasted they both slept through the wedding. They didn't realize it until city hall called asking where they were, and they decided "Hell, we'll do it later."
They did eventually get married, and still are as far as I know, over 20 years later.
My cousin runs a popular upscale marriage venue and always tells the story way better than this so here is a rough overview. The groom's mom was a heavy drinker and got belligerent when she drank so understandably the bride wanted the groom to try to limit her drinking. The afternoon before the wedding the bride arrives to see groom's mom smashed with the groom himself giving her beers. Next thing my cousin knows (she was there to oversee preparations) the bride and groom are in a straight up fist fight which leads to an Anchorman-style street fight between members of both families in the parking lot.
Apparently they recently scheduled a new day for it. I can't imagine the tension there.
Christmas is upon us. It's time to get those Christmas present lists together.
So... who has been naughty and who has been nice?
Who is getting diamonds and who is getting coal? Yuck, coal. Is that even a thing anymore? Who even started that idea?
There has to be some funnier or more "for the times" type of "you've been naughty" stocking stuffer.
I feel like the statement coal used to make is kind of last century at this point.
Apparently I'm not alone in this thinking.
Case in point...
Redditor rallfreedom wanted us to update Santa's deliveries for the children on the naughty list, they asked:
"Since Santa is old, and coal was considered worthless back in the day, what new worthless item could Santa give to naughty children in 2021?"
If you really wanted to set me off on Christmas morning, then you should leave me something personalized. Something you how I'd hate. Like a cassette tape of 80's Christian soft rock. That would make a statement of just how naughty I've been.
What a DifferenceBlockbuster GIF by Big Potato GamesGiphy
"Blockbuster gift cards." ~ GamerOfGods33
"And still no one will shop at the one franchise location still open." ~ pesto_trap_god
"AOL Internet discs... (actually getting rare these days)." ~ whorton59
"After collecting enough of those AOL discs, I just open a bottle of Tennessee whiskey and make AOL disc fish wall art." ~ ExRockstar
"I wish I still had the picture, but my friend passed onto me a photo of a chair (more like a throne, if I recall) made entirely of AOL discs." ~ PM_MeYourSmilingFace
"Outdated phone chargers." ~ TheBrotherhoods
"A correct phone charger for the device, but it only works in one very specific angle and charges the phone super slow." ~ Karl_the_stingray
"People rave about how good old Nokias were but they forget that if you went up a version like you got upgraded to a 3310 from a 3210 then all your chargers were now something like 0.25mm too small and you had to buy all new ones." ~ erroneousbosh
"We currently misinterpreted what 'naughty kids get coal' originally meant. For a poor family in December, coal was the difference between warmth and freezing, hot food and not. 'Coal' was not something mean. It was like socks, now." ~ adaza
"Exactly. If the child was selfless, they would get a personal gift as a reward. If the child was selfish, they instead would get a gift to be shared with the family, forcing them to be more altruistic." ~ MoobyTheGoldenSock
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"Toilet paper. Just like coal, it's something the whole house needs and will use but is going to be bought anyway. It's also consumable and practical just like coal." ~ NeverGetaSpaceship
I could still use toilet paper. You never know when society is gonna go off into the deep end again and buy it all up. Remember the beginning of Covid?
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"Idk why but I feel like fidget spinners would be pretty infuriating to the masses of children as something that still counts as a gift but is for sure a let down & past trend." ~ mmaster42
Way back when...
"An "Introduction to Windows 95" book." ~ Actual_grass
"There's one of those package shipping stores near me that sells all kinds of miscellaneous stuff. Anything to make a buck. They have a carousel stand with laminated sheets containing tips on how to use various computer programs. Still for sale as of last week: 'Shortcut keys for Windows XP' and 'Tips for using Microsoft Word 2010.'" ~ dartdoug
"He could give kids one of the old cables that was collected over the years but wasn't thrown away because it could need it at some point." ~ CaptWeirdBeard
"I have a tupperware tote full of those things. I'll sell it to Santa for scap value of the copper. You hear that Santa? $5 and it's all yours." ~ GreatJanitor
"A rotary phone." ~ cannotbefaded
"My Grandma had a rotary phone she kept(still worked so why not) as well as having a cordless phone. Had a relative that wanted to use the rotary phone the one time just to use it instead, decided they didn't want to do that again." ~ golden_fli
"Okay, I actually like rotary phones. I was young enough to remember using rotary phones and preferred using them to touch tone phones. Only because it was fun to spin the dial and watch it spin back into place." ~ GreatJanitor
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"McDonald's toys from 2 years ago. Old enough to not be popular trends, but new enough to not be collector's items." ~ GavinSnowe
McDonald's still has toys? Who knew? And those fidget spinners, how did anyone ever enjoy those? That would set me off as well.
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I admit, I love my stuffed animals. They're the best.
Some of them have been with me for years and I have them proudly displayed in different spots around my apartment. And when I've packed them for a move, I've done so with all the tender loving care I can muster.
What is it about them that stirs up these feelings?
Believe it or not, it's quite possible to form emotional attachments to inanimate objects!
People told us all about their own feelings after Redditor MoneySquare5734 asked the online community:
"People of Reddit, what weird sympathies do you have towards inanimate objects?"
"Computers when someone's throwing a fit or tantrum over something like a game lag, buffering or general software issues. Like dude, get angry at the real cause not the hardware thats essentially just the messenger."
We really mistreat our hardware sometimes, don't we? Going to apologize to my computer now.
"I think we're okay now..."
"I once slapped my iPad when it was being slow, then instinctively hugged it and apologised afterwards. I think we’re okay now but the level of trust definitely isn’t what it used to be."
Serves you right! You have a lot to make up for!
"I have way too much emotion..."
"I have way too much emotion invested in my Roomba. Especially as I only have one charging station, so when it's running in my living room/hallway, it can never get back to base as there's a step in the way."
"Usually feel guilty when I come home and find it stuck in some corner, knowing that it literally ran until exhaustion trying to find its home."
I do not have a Roomba but my friend has one and I think he has the opposite reaction. I think he mistreats his!
"All my dollar bills..."
"All my dollar bills need to face up in my wallet, otherwise I get the feeling those Georges and Lincolns are uncomfortable."
I think I do this too. I did not ask to be attacked like this.
"If I see..."
"If I see a really ugly plush toy at a thrift store, I feel compelled to buy it because I feel like it will just get thrown away. So now I have quite a few ugly plushies. I love them."
Aww, they now have a home with you and they must be so happy!
"I guess in general..."
"Abandoned toys. I guess in general I just feel so bad for any inanimate object that is no longer serving its purpose."
How many toys end up in the dump each year, I wonder? And how many of them are plotting their revenge as we speak?
"So I transferred everything..."
"I got a new cellphone not too long ago. So I transfered everything to my new phone but I didn't turn off the old phone afterward."
"This happened late on a Sunday and the next morning my old phone still rang to wake me up and I was somewhat sad that it still thought it was my current phone and that it still had the duty to wake me in the morning."
The feelings this stirred up... I did not know it was possible to feel this way!
"I am very appreciative..."
"Sometimes I give my car a pat on the dashboard and say thank you. It has carried me so many thousands of miles and i am safe. I am very appreciative of its hard work."
Aww. I don't have a car, but I get this! And your car appreciates YOU!
"When I was a kid..."
"When I was a kid I spent a whole afternoon feeding pebbles to a small drain outside my house because I thought it was hungry."
Okay, this is cute – and totally something a little kid would do!
"There's a thing I call..."
"There’s a thing I call 'mechanical empathy.' If you emotionally attach to your bike or car you’ll be kinder and more gentle to it."
"Some people are really rough on cars and other machinery, it’s painful to drive with them."
I was in a car recently with a driver who got a bad case of road rage and just slammed her hands on the dashboard whenever she was upset. That poor car!
Who knew we could feel so attached to the inanimate objects around us? Humans are fascinating creatures. We're capable of a lot of love and empathy, even for the smallest things.
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They say your 30's hits different, like one day you're young a hopeful and the next day you're just WAY too old for this.
What is the "this" you're suddenly too old for?
No idea. It's different for everyone, but make no mistake, it'll happen to you too.
Maybe it already has?
Reddit user BMA1500 asked:
"What sh*t are you too old for?"
Let's take a look at how "too old" hit these Reddit users.
"Arguing with ignorant people on the internet."
"I have no patience or bandwidth to argue with random a-holes on social. Learned that lesson a long time ago."
"Too many fakes and bots now anyway. I am pretty much a 'read only' user of other platforms and only share opinions in person on polarizing issues."
"Petty games while talking to a potential partner."
"Just be straight up and real with me. Tricks are for kids."
"I've always felt this way."
"I remember when one of my girls explained the concept of 'playing hard to get' to me and I was annoyed just hearing it."
"If I have to chase you, that means you’re running away, and I don’t have time for that. If you seem uninterested, I’ll take it on the chin and leave you alone."
"If you like me just say that. If you don’t like me just say that. It’s not hard and moves the process along much faster."
"If you text me and I’m free, I’m going to text back. I’m not going to wait three hours for aesthetic purposes."
"The list goes on."
Cut That Out
"This sounds like some Instagram motivational sh*t, but spending time around people that I genuinely don't like or who make me unhappy and uncomfortable."
"There's so short of a time we have on this Earth and it just hit me right before I turned 30 that I spent a ton of that time with people who I thought sucked."
"I cut that out and I'm much happier."
"I realized this at my cousins wedding. I had a family member walk up to me flat out call me ugly, fat and say that I wasn’t the “good” family guy anymore."
"What!?!? Why would you even say that?? And they said it with a smile on their face the whole time..."
"After that night I haven’t spoken to them in 2 years and I’m super happy! I’m too f*cking old to be dealing with that nonsense for the rest of my life."
"It takes days to recover now, and most bad hangovers come with an existential crisis attached."
"When I was young I remember times I'd have a day off from work and be like 'Hell yeah, I'm gonna get trashed and play video games all night it's gonna be great!' "
"Now it's like "Great, I'm 3 drinks in and I'm just tired & have heart burn.' "
"It's not the same."
"I used to work 12-9pm, party the entire night. And then be back to work like a pro."
"If this was a Friday, partying used to resume Saturday afternoon. That was my early 20s."
"In my 30s now, and I wait for Fridays so that I can be dead on my bed the entire Saturday."
"The existential crisis is the worst. Just lying there wondering what the hell you are doing with your life, what came to this and when you are going to grow out of it."
"Then it passes and life goes on."
"General admission tickets. My old ass requires a reserved seat."
"Hahaha… last gen admission show I went to I had to find a 'comfortable' wall to lean on."
"When it comes to music festivals, the wife and I go for VIP just so we can get fancier washrooms and shorter lines at the food trucks."
"I agree but, man, it makes feel like I’m a spectator at at a concert and not part of the real party down on the floor."
"There comes an age when you have to consider... 'Do I really care what kind of clickbait sh*t my high school friends who I never talk to and never will see, likes?' "
"I only had Facebook because it helped with socializing in college/high school, but afterwards it's really hard to want to add new friends because they can see your history, and you can too."
"Honestly, the only reason why I have a Facebook is because I still have my mom as my friend and she passed 4 years ago."
"Every time I go on there, I'm tired now."
"I deleted Facebook three years ago."
"Found out all my Marine Corps buddies were either total idiots, painfully stereotypical post-9/11 veterans, ill-informed political junkies, and mostly people I haven't had anything to do with in years."
"Moving or helping other people move. Just no."
"I've moved a lot of times and have helped many people move."
"One of the best decisions I've ever made was hiring movers. 300 bucks for the big stuff is money extremely well spent."
"I've broken my body helping people move because I'm the 'young and strong guy' in the friend group. Way too many times now. F*ck that sh*t, hire movers."
"I can agree with this."
"I used to work as a mover for a couple summers and I don't even want to move myself lmao."
Not The Cool Old Guy
"I told myself when I get older I need to be open minded and not the close minded grumpy old man..."
"Then I see all these obviously staged videos and corny dancing/lip syncing stuff and realize it’s inevitable I am not gonna be the cool old guy."
"I have this exact same process with TikTok."
"I think to myself, 'I’m really the bitter old woman I said I would never be, aren’t I?' Lol"
"I’ve downloaded TikTok at least 3 times and deleted it almost immediately."
"I am drawing a line at TikTok. I’m old."
Since We're Talking About TikTok...
"When Macy's Thanksgiving Parade performers are introduced as "TikTok sensation" without any other credentials worth mentioning."
"I think the only performer I knew yesterday was Kelly Rowland because of Destiny’s Child."
"My google search history is full of my confusion."
"Oh man I’m so glad we missed the parade then. Maybe I’m just too old but that would’ve been cringe."
Why Are We Screaming?
"People (mainly young girls) who scream for no reason."
"I understand if you're terrified of something, but screaming when you meet up with your friends or just when the situation does not call for it makes me SO mad. I find it so infuriating."
"Just shut up. Lol."
"My kids learned a very long time ago not to scream like that. I hate excessive loud noise in any environment, but it’s especially nerve wracking in close quarters."
"My Mother-in-Law will have a dinner every so often for the family to get together. My husbands brother’s kids are so freaking annoying like this."
"We’re having pizza? Scream."
"We’re baking cookies? Scream."
"Someone found you in hide and seek? Scream."
"I’ve been too old for that since I was 6. Shit was ALWAYS annoying."
Real talk, apparently I'm *very* old going by the stuff on this list.
I'm gonna need to go sit with that for a bit... let me go turn on the seat warmer so my bones aren't stiff when I stand up later.
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Do all mothers go to the say mom school or something? Because they seem to share the same advice or go on the same platitudes, don't they?
Here's an idea.
Maybe they're just older, have more experience, and are trying to keep us from being dumbasses in public. At least, that's what I think.
I'm definitely grateful for my mother's advice—it's saved me more than once—and it seems many out there are too. And they all seem to have heard the same things from their mothers, too.
Any of these sound familiar? They probably do, and we heard all about them after Redditor lame_excuses asked the online community,
"What are some things all moms say?"
"I'll go first..."
"I'll go first: 'So if your friend jumped off a cliff would you jump off too?"
Okay, my mother did not say this, but all my friends' mothers did.
"We have fun."
"My mom always made me put on a coat when we went outside, even if I wasn't cold, simply because she was cold."
"Now that I'm an adult, she no longer tells me this but instead I complain about being cold and ask, indignantly, why no one told me to put in a coat."
"We have fun."
I want a documentary crew to follow you both around. It'd be hilarious.
"I credit George Carlin for all of these."
"When you lose something."
- Have you tried looking for it?
- Have you looked everywhere?
- Well, it didn't just get up and walk away.
"I credit George Carlin for all of these."
George Carlin knew what he was talking about. RIP.
"You know Glynis? She's your aunt's mother-in-law's close friend. Anyway, she died last week."
"I have eyes..."
"I have eyes in the back of my head."
"My mom used to say that to my sister and I so we wouldn't be sneaky behind her back. One day she was washing the dishes and I came up behind her with my two fingers and poked her right where I assumed her back eyes would be. She shouted, 'Ouch!' I believed her for years!!"
I was convinced of this too! Damn, my mother was good.
"I had some friends over..."
"I had some friends over when I was a teenager, and I bet them I could get my mom to say the word 'food.'"
"Hey, mom, what's for dinner?"
"Worked every time."
You both clearly planned this!
"When at the billing counter..."
"When at the billing counter every mom has the maternal instinct to say - 'Just stay in the line, I need to go grab a few more things.'"
This is my mother.
How many times have I dealt with this?!
“It’s because you didn’t drink enough water."
BUT I DO!!
"If you have siblings..."
"If you have other siblings and they’re trying to yell at you they will call you by all your other siblings' names before they get to yours. Usually starting with the oldest and working their way backwards."
Good thing my family was small!
"My Mum used to use it all the time..."
"'Soon.'" An indeterminate time frame from 5 minutes to several hours. My Mum used to use it all the time to deflect stupid questions like 'When is dinner?'"
"Answer: she always, always served it around 6 pm."
It's true! My mother would do this – and still does this. And we definitely don't eat as early as that!
Confirmed: All mothers meet for the annual mother convention to say all–and I do mean ALL–of these things to their kids.
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