Photo: Chloe Moore Photography
Everybody loves a crazy wedding story. Bride and groom go missing. Best man loses the rings. Guest falls flat on his face. Seriously, you name it, and these wedding insiders have seen it. Here, they dish their weirdest and wildest tales of all time. Go ahead and try to top these; we dare you.
An impromptu catwalk competition
"At a gay wedding I planned this year we were treated to an impromptu Cher performance by Chad Michaels (winner of RuPaul's Drag Race). It didn't stop there. Before I could figure out what was happening, a full-blown catwalk competition ensued, for a full 30 minutes! Guests rounded up whatever personal belongings they could get their hands on, including mine, and used them as props and capes. It was completely unplanned, slightly awkward, and so fun!" — a wedding planner
Too drunk to say, "I do"
"Upon arriving to the venue I always check in with the couple, the wedding coordinator, the photographer and the DJ. I found everyone but the groom. After searching I found him wandering around with the groomsmen, and they were all sloshed. The ceremony started in 15 minutes and they were headed to the bar. I told the planner I refused to do the wedding, as I cannot marry drunk people. I agreed to perform a commitment ceremony only. It was a disaster. He could barely stand and repeat his vows. At the reception he threw cake at the bride and passed out after the first dance." — an officiant
Rolling with the punches — literally
"At a recent Atlantic City wedding I was filming, the bride and groom were being pushed in to the reception (during their grand introduction) on a rolling cart like the ones used on the boardwalk. It was super high energy, the music was playing loud and as they are being pushed in, they rolled right into a guest who was sitting in a chair. They knocked him over and it was crazy." — a wedding videographer
Somebody, please send a search party
"I was working a wedding where the bride and groom literally went missing. While they were gone, the very inebriated bridesmaids asked me to help them transport the several hundred candles back to the hotel's bridal suite so the newlyweds could fall asleep by candlelight. So there I was, blowing out and packing up hundreds of candles with very drunk, very well intentioned bridesmaids. We finally had everything unpacked back at the hotel and had lit each candle but still couldn't find the bride or groom. After a minor search party, we found the couple passed out in the hotel hallway. The night ended with us tucking them in, and blowing out all those candles we had just transported." — a wedding planner
Three weddings for the price of one
"I once photographed a wedding where, in one large open space, there were three simultaneous weddings happening. Apparently the caterer had offered dish after dish served all night long to each couple plus one band to entertain everyone, for one low price. A great deal if you didn't mind sharing everything with two other weddings. But that wasn't all. As the night progressed, one group began to serenade their bride and groom with a folk song from the old country. That, in turn, motivated an old man in the next group to whip out his accordion (yes, he brought an accordion), and his group burst into a love song from their country, serenading their bride and groom. Not to be outdone by these two, the last wedding group immediately stood up in unison and with chests swelling with pride, belted out their national anthem. All three groups singing three different songs at the same time very, very loudly. And then the wait staff joined in." — a wedding photographer
Where in the world did the rings go?
"The best man who was in charge of the rings put them down on a table the night before at a pre-wedding party. When he went to go pick them back up they were gone! Little did he know that the groom ended up taking them. Scared out of his mind, unable to sleep and not wanting to tell the groom, he went to my jewelry store and sat in the parking lot from 3 a.m. until we opened. The best man paid for two rings that looked similar to the originals and headed to the groom's house. When he got to there, he was just a bit embarrassed as the groom had the rings. In the end, he was able to return the rings and got his money back. Definitely a little stressful for the best man!" — a jeweler