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Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007. Here, she dishes on the most badly-behaved wedding guests she's ever witnessed.
I have seen some really ridiculous behavior at weddings, but a few incidents particularly stand out in my mind. Or, it might be better to say, there are some things I'll never be able to forget no matter how hard I try.
The Father of the Bride Who Had Way Too Much to Drink
No, seriously, how could I ever forget the father of the bride who got so drunk that he couldn't make it through the reception? Instead of hitting the dance floor or enjoying dinner, he went to find somewhere to pass out. He then thought it was logical to strip down and flop — face up — on a bed in the first room he encountered. The room he chose to pass out naked in? The staff room. (That's where we go to get to our stash of back-up supplies like extra votive candles, more hand towels for the bathroom, and the bridal emergency bag.) I will never forget the hysterical scream from one innocent server who encountered the bride's naked dad when she went to find a basket for the dirty linens. Yikes!
The Mom Who Gave an Impromptu Performance
One of the most ridiculous examples ever was when a mother of the groom stood up at the end of the wedding ceremony and suddenly broke out into song before the bride and groom could escape down the aisle. Not a specific song, mind you, but some random words she was fitting to a hymn involving "God bless this couple." While I'm sure her heart was in the right place, she wasn't in the right key. Or in tune. (Luckily, we caught this one on video.)
The Guest Who Felt More Important Than the Photographer
The most offensive guests during a wedding ceremony are the ones who think they are photographers. Armed with their cameras, or often just an iPad, they stand up during the ceremony to film you walking down the aisle, or they stand in the middle of the aisle and take pictures and video during the entire ceremony. Never mind the bride and groom have spent a lot of money on a professional photographer and videographer who cannot get a clear shot of anything because this someone is standing in the middle of all the shots. The worst part? They don't listen when we ask them to take a seat to clear the shot.
I could tell you about slap fights some bridesmaids have gotten into over a groomsman or the groomsman who got so wasted that it seemed like a good idea to toss a staff member in the pool while she was holding her iPhone, the DJ's cordless microphone, and wired up to a radio and headset, but I start to get bitter about those. Badly-behaved wedding guest stories are only funny when nobody gets hurt.