Recently we asked the BuzzFeed Community about the tackiest, trashiest, or most inappropriate thing they witnessed at a wedding. Here's some of what they had to say!*
*With a few replies from this Reddit thread because they were just too good!
1. "The groom is a plumber. The flowers the men wore on their lapels were mini toilets with flowers in them. The centerpieces were plungers. No, I'm not making this up."
2. "I was a groomsman in a very close friend's wedding. It was held in the bride's family farm. We weren't allowed to go in the house, so there was a single porta-potty. The 'reception' area was PVC pipes, with off-white lace curtains attached from Goodwill with white Christmas lights. The food was catered by Sam's Club chicken tenders, and mac 'n' cheese from the groom's mom. Both parties had to wear cowboy hats and cowboy boots."
"The groom's shirts were from an Easter sale. The wedding was in October, and we were in pastel-colored shirts. The guests had to sit on wet bales of hay because it rained the night before. I was drunk by the time we were walking down the aisle, so I don't remember much else."
3. "I used to do wedding photography as a side hustle and have a lot of interesting stories. But the one that stands out as the tackiest/trashiest was a wedding where half the wedding party, including the bride and groom, refused to put out their cigarettes for photos. They just put their hands behind their backs whenever I took a shot. The bride even singed her dress."
4. "I worked at a very high-end golf club in Seattle that regularly hosted expensive weddings. This wedding is probably my favorite: All the groomsmen were wearing lime green vests with matching lime green snapbacks. The wedding party had to order food from the restaurant at the golf club, as stated in the contract. They ordered Domino's instead, and the pizza guy literally brought these people pizza as they sat in a fancy restaurant."
"They hired a live band to play at the reception but didn't feed them. During their first break, the lead singer decided to zoom down the hill to grab some McDonald's for the crew. He was pulled over and arrested for drunk driving. His one call from jail: 'I can't play at your wedding anymore; I'm in jail.'"
5. "The groom wore flip-flops. The happy couple cut their cakes with matching machetes."
6. "Unfortunately, this happened at my own wedding, but my husband's family didn't like the selection of 'fancy' champagne from the Italian restaurant we dined at for the reception, so they went to the liquor store across the street and bought bottles of vodka, then filled up their water bottles and left them on the table to drink."
"Trying to be sneaky doesn't work when you're using a neon pink Hydro Flask. Sister-in-law then gave a speech about how her brother abandoned her for me, and mother-in-law announced that she was only there for her son, not me. Finally, SIL picked off her fake nails and threw half of them on the grass under the chair and half on the dinner plate. Also, this was a VERY expensive Italian restaurant (that I paid for out of my own pocket), so they wouldn't have even paid for their champagne...definitely was a mood dampener."
7. "The bride and groom weren't actually very interested in each other. He was very wealthy and she needed financial stability, it didn't matter from who. He needed emotional stability afforded by marriage, it didn't matter from who. She was (maybe still is) having an affair with someone else...he knew and didn't care. They got married anyway, and it was awkward because only the friends of the couple knew what was actually going on. Here's the kicker: The bride specifically requested that the DJ play Panic at the Disco's 'I Write Sins Not Tragedies.'"
8. "A US reality show–style interview for their wedding video. Comments included, 'Yeah, we partied hard, lived hard, played hard.' So cringe."
9. "A wedding for rich French people where we didn't know anyone, and despite costing major coin, there were two tiers of invitees: those who got orange juice and peanuts for snack food and those who got the real shit, like champagne and finger sandwiches. The cocktail party was literally on two sides of a courtyard, and people who didn't get the champagne had to stay to one side."
10. "Worked in a hotel in New York that pretty much did everything they could (within reason) to accommodate any requests. Some were fine and normal, but some were bizarre. Tackiest one I witnessed was where two doorways on opposite sides of the room were covered over with flimsy paper, and then the bride burst through one and the groom through the other, and they ran to each other and embraced in the middle of the dance floor to 'With Arms Wide Open' by Creed (which I'm sure is about having a kid, but whatever), and everyone was clapping and whooping while I stood there as a 19-year-old British kid wondering WT actual F was going on here? Bonkers!"
11. "The groomsmen did shots out of flasks on the way down the aisle. In the receiving line, the groom introduced me to his wife as her 'competition' (nope, not even remotely a contest I wanted to enter), and during the reception, the groom and his friends hotboxed a car. Oh, and the bride was pregnant, poor woman. That marriage did not make it."
12. "I got married, and all family members were invited, whether I wanted them there or not. I have a super-trashy second cousin...she showed up to my wedding in a football jersey. I can only assume that she was protesting my Sunday wedding, that a game was on and she didn't wanna be there any more than I wanted her there."
"Still, though, it wasn't just team colors; it was a full-blown jersey. IDC about football, but that was Bears country, and it was a Packers jersey. Double cringe.
"She never got married, and it's ultimately for the best, 'cause I would have had to show up in an oil-stained tank top or something cringey to fuck with her day too."
13. "When my cousin got married to his pregnant girlfriend, her father carried a shotgun when he walked her down the aisle."
14. "The six-months-pregnant 16-year-old bride chomping on a big mouthful of chewing gum all the way down the aisle and during the vows."
15. "It was a whole tacky wedding I went to as a kid, some cousin on my mom's side. First: the bride and groom. The bride was the groom's brother's ex-fiancé. Second, the invitations were done in Microsoft Paint. Finally, we never received a thank-you card for our gift."
16. "At our rehearsal dinner, my husband’s divorced parents (who were not on the greatest of terms) decided to have it out with each other in the middle of the best man's speech. And I mean they were shouting at each other. Really kicked off the festivities in the most dramatic of ways."
17. "The groom's dad was belligerent at the end of the night and ended up pushing a bridesmaid. The groom defended his dad; meanwhile, the bride was throwing up in the bathroom all night. The bridesmaid ended up leaving afterward, and the next day when she explained to the bride what had happened, and multiple eyewitnesses confirmed that they saw him push her, the bride took the side of the groom and his dad. None of her bridesmaids speak to her anymore, and she's never apologized for what happened."
18. "My ex-husband's mother wanted cake really badly, so she went ahead and made the first cut into our wedding cake. It's been 14 years since it happened, but this still pisses me off, even though I'm divorced from the dude."
19. "My friend brought her cat to her wedding, and her (drunk) father tried to steal it after the ceremony."
20. "My mom's fifth wedding. It was a barbecue grill-out. The preacher showed up and shared a beer with the groom. They sat in lawn chairs and insulted minorities for a bit. The groom asked if he could say his vows from said lawn chair; Mom said no. After the vows, we had to make our own food if we were hungry. The groom pulled out his phone and began looking up football scores. My mom sat at the table alone with the cake. I got the hell out of there."
21. "I once helped cater a hunting-themed wedding, complete with a camo-print dress and tuxedos."
22. "At the one single wedding I was a bridesmaid in, the maid of honor was the bride's sister. The rest of us bridesmaids were all cousins of the groom or, in my case specifically, friends of the groom. While we were getting dressed and prepped, the bride and her sister kept trying to sell us bridesmaids their MLM makeup because 'it's European and hypoallergenic; you should definitely buy some!' Also, the maid of honor/sister insisted on being the singer for the wedding, and had her husband and one of their uncles (?) play the music for her while she sang. She wasn't the worst singer, but it was definitely not the best, and from where I was sitting, I could see people physically cringing over this song, which was easily four to eight minutes long. It just. Kept. Going."
23. "Someone from our family kept dipping into the bathroom to smoke a little crack…it went totally unnoticed until someone else from the family went in the bathroom right afterward and came out telling everyone, 'Someone hitting the pipe in that doggone bathroom.' The tacky part is the way we as a family handled it…we told her she had to smoke her crack outside, not near the entrance or cameras. 🤷🏻♀️ We don’t be judging."
24. "I was in a wedding as a bridesmaid in 1988. The bride, groom, and his family attended a school in another part of our state. I attended a rival school. Adult male relatives of the groom had little kids smear mayonnaise on my dress because I was affiliated with the 'wrong' school."
25. And finally: "My aunt married her third husband in Waffle House in Atlanta. They chose the booth where Kid Rock was once arrested."
What's the tackiest or trashiest thing you've witnessed at a wedding? Let us know in the comments below!
Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.