30 People From The Wedding Industry Seen The Couples And Instantly Thought ‘This Ends In Divorce’
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When you watch couples wed as part of your day job, you get a sharp hunch that helps you identify which couples will last. It’s insane how some ‘couples’ communicate with each other just days before the wedding. You’d think that adults are mature creatures that won’t jump into a commitment before being completely sure of it, but nope.
These are stories from wedding industry workers on Reddit who get that ‘this ends in divorce’ when they see some couples. The stories are absolutely wild, and we can’t wait for you to read them all. Dramatic turns of events, rude family members, blood, revenge – prepare your favorite snack and cup of tea; it’s one hell of a ride. Oh, and check here out for more.
“I used to drive a limo and did a few weddings. This one Saturday afternoon I am picking up both bride and groom, best man and maid of honor.
The poor groom has his arm in a full cast and immobilized with a steel rod. Turns out he had shattered it a week earlier while riding an ATV.
They all get in the car and the bride-to-be starts ragging him hardcore, telling him he is such an idiot, he has ruined the wedding, he is such a loser. She is not letting up and not letting go. Obviously, she knew about the injury so it wasn’t a surprise. She was just using it to drop F-bombs and other unwholesome words in his general direction
I pull up to the church and she and the maid of honor leap out and go into the church. The best man asks if he still wants to go through with the wedding, and the poor dumb schmuck says yes with the enthusiasm of a sleepy sloth.
I just wanted to say “No, dude. Don’t spend the next few years with that Witch B****.” But he was getting out of the car by then. I don’t know how it turned out, but I am sure it wasn’t good.” – delnorteduck
“I ran a fairly upmarket hotel & restaurant that sometimes hosted weddings. Made a rookie error and booked in a wedding for Christmas Eve. This should have been a warning sign, as it shows a pretty significant lack of consideration for friends and family making them travel across the country on one of the most irritating days of the year when we’d all rather be at home with family preparing for the next day.
They turned up 3 hours early and the battle axe of a bride proceeded to shout at us for not being prepared, surrounded by her incredibly embarrassed but not unsurprised family. There were various other red flags throughout the night, but the main one was when the husband got blind drunk on whiskey and asked me to go to his hotel room with him and “break him in” as a married man. I politely refused.” – Joveticklemyballs
“I work in the industry (side hobby) and I saw it before entering.
Recent husband came to me, a total stranger to him, and asked what I would do if I found my fiance f**king her dance partner 3 weeks before the wedding.
I just shook my head and walked away.
2 months.” – psnWaikato
“My background is in Marriage and Family Therapy and I work at a wedding venue now. There have been many times that I thought a couple is destined for future therapy, if not divorce. Especially when I see the “four horsemen of the apocalypse” as described by Gottman— criticism, contempt, defensiveness, or stonewalling.
I also assume that things won’t end well when either the bride or groom is a big bully towards me or the other vendors— it just makes me feel bad for the future spouse. But we don’t tend to hear much from the couples once they are married, so I usually won’t know how things end up down the road.” – justanotherone1111
“Yes I’m a wedding photographer and think this often when I’m at the rehearsal and they often have nasty arguments over small details.” – MillennialProdigy
“Ugh, I photographed this awful couple. She was a sour cow, barely cracked a smile and all day she was following him round, saying, ‘Maaaark! Get my shoes! Maaaark! Where’s my bag? Maaaark!’ He looked completely miserable and barely spoke all day. At one point we asked them to kiss for a photo and she said, ‘Oh, we’re not that kind of couple.'” – LunarNight
“It was the third time the bride had hired me and all the guys had been carbon copies.” – ChronosDustorm
“Catered weddings for a year or so, here are some of the more bat s**t ones off the top of my head:
Entire wedding party dropped molly about an hour into the wedding, bride was colossally f**ked up while the groom looked like he s**t himself while staring at the alpacas they hired to take pictures with. (Yes they hired alpacas, no I don’t know why.)
Bridezilla screamed at our serving team for serving too much chicken and not leaving enough for her after she refused to eat until 3 hours past dinner service. Groom was nowhere to be found after that.
Brides mom tried to f**k one of our chefs, a very good-looking 6’3 Italian man. Bride had to pull her away from the kitchen two times, causing a fun argument between the bride’s mom and dad. Bride started crying and the groom decided to disappear to go take a few shots instead of comforting his wife.” – Kind_Athlete_281
“Worked wedding receptions, here are some favorites:
Bride started stripping on the table while the groom was outside.
Bride and best man had sex in a closet.
Bride lost her ring less than 3 hours after being married.
Mother of the groom lit the table on fire because she didn’t like the bride or her family.
Groom was passed out drunk less than 30 mins into the reception. He pregamed in the limo. Our bartender refused to serve him when he arrived. Groomsmen loaded him back into the limo to sleep it off and he didnt come back that night.” – TheGreatTiger
“I perform ceremonies as an officiant and know other officiants. The worst (IMHO) are the weddings that are just a bad idea. The couple is young, inexperienced, and selfish. I mean, even courthouse weddings can last decades, but if you have a wedding that is clearly not planned out, they are often not thought out as well. Weddings that are rebellious as a “f**k you daddy, I am 19 and marry who I want!” I give about 2 years, especially if the bride and groom are out-of-sync with one another, or one just looks like ‘this was the other’s idea primarily.’
Oddly enough, weddings with cheesy themes (Star Wars, Elvis, etc) last longer than the traditional styles. I have theories on that but don’t have enough data that’s not anecdotal to back it up. But I think casual weddings where everyone is relaxed, happy, and having a good time because the wedding is about celebrating rather than ceremony will last the longest.
A sense of humor helps. If both the bride and groom are relaxed and silly with one another, those last the longest.” – punkwalrus
“I work for a catering company… I knew they were going to get a divorce as soon as the bride started grinding on the best man when the groom was puking his guts out in the corner.” – shallotthot
“Many years ago I had a side hustle doing cakes and would often get orders for wedding cakes. Long story short, the bride to be threw a full-fledged stompy-footed tantrum, locking herself in my bathroom and refused to come out because the groom was “unreasonably insisting” on having a say in what the cake flavor was going to be. Like, I’d say through the door, “Get out of my bathroom!” and all I’d get was a whiny defiant little “NoooOooooooOooooooooO!!!!!!” IIRC she was about 22.” – mercuryrising137
“They had a big fight the night before the wedding and were considering calling it off. Until the bride showed up 30 minutes before the ceremony, no one was sure if she would be there at all. The groom danced with his MOM more times than he did with the bride. The bride was snippy and nitpicky with the staff all night. The word “annulment” was cast around and I hope to god they went through with it the next day because holy s**t.” – pm_me_your_molars
“Not actually in the industry but I have helped out a friend with a few weddings. Two of the weddings I could just tell they weren’t going to make it. The first wedding the bride and groom hardly talked the entire wedding. It was like they had nothing in common. And then later the groom pretty much f**ks off halfway through and went home because, I quote, ‘he was tired.’ So he just left his bride having to take pictures with the wedding guests on her own. He never came back that evening so she had to greet everyone off etc. Funny enough about a year later I heard they’re filing for divorce.
Another time was actually last summer. Just before the wedding speeches, the groom went to hang out with his friends for like half an hour leaving the bride sitting there alone and delaying the speeches. Then right after the bride and groom cut the cake he once again went to go hang out with his friends and abandoned his wife. So she was left alone having to mingle with all the guests and he made no interaction with her side of the guests. He stuck with his friends the rest of the evening. His wife basically had to go and beg him to come and take more wedding pictures. At one point in the evening, he actually went for a drive with his friends for about an hour and his wife had no idea where he was. I mean i get wanting to mingle with your friends at your wedding but to not even mingle with your wife’s family or friends on your wedding day seems quite rude.” – Eggsegret
“Heard from a friend who did calligraphy that a bride came to get wedding invites and the usual wording of ‘bride mum and dad, and groom mum and dad invite you to the wedding of bride and groom,’ bride didn’t want groom’s parents’ names on the invite. My mate did an invite mock-up, called the couple for a check and the groom lost it, because groom’s parents’ were the ones paying for most of the wedding. They didn’t need any invites.” – JacquiTS
“When I used to work the occasional wedding on weekends there was this one couple that made me think yea she’s going to end up alone. She took the microphone in the middle of a song that everyone was happily dancing to and then kept saying “it’s my day but I’ll wait ’til your done your conversation!” “Don’t worry it’s only my wedding day” “helloooo bride wants to talk” blah blah it was hella rude. When she was finally satisfied with the silence she started her speech by berating everyone for taking so long to be quiet, and then went on to talk about how she’s so happy and she loves her husband and doesn’t take the centerpieces. It was awful if I was a guest I would’ve taken my gift and left.” – bryannadz
“I bake wedding cakes for a living. I own my own bakery, but have also worked in a country club kitchen, doing basically the same thing + other pastry chef duties day of weddings. I’ve seen them both for the tasting/design consultation, and on their wedding day. I see how they interact when they’re just together, but also when under stress of the big day. I’ve seen everything. Lots of cheating, lots of drunks, lots of terrible mothers.
Once had a Mama’s boy who ignored his wife when they were supposed to be having their cake tasting to cuddle their mother and hand feed her cake. His mother was NOT supposed to be there, and you could tell the bride was pissed. By the end of it, he had kissed his mother on the lips multiple times. Divorce.
Have seen a woman b***h and complain at everything her fiancé said. Any suggestions he had for what he liked resulted in him being called stupid. Anytime she’d open her mouth he’d cower and flinch. Their cake actually got canceled like a month before the wedding, so we didn’t get anything but the deposit even though we’d started baking it. First time I’ve lost out on money and I’ve been relieved.
Once had this arrogant d***head Turkish guy marrying into this Bangladeshi family. Bride was sweet, about 10 years older than him, and came from a fairly well-off family. Generally got the impression that this being a Turk/South Asian marriage was kind of a big deal, even though they’re both Muslim, but since she was 30-something they wanted her to get married so they allowed it.
Guy complains about everything during the planning process, especially over them not serving alcohol. Is generally a dick to us, but is just straight-up cruel to her. Like at one point when we were meeting I asked after her wedding dress because South Asian wedding dresses are gorgeous. She’s showing me this amazing dress and he says straight up ‘I don’t know why she picked that one, she looks fat and old in it. Every other woman is going to be more beautiful than her on her wedding day.’ He then shows me this dress he picked out, which isn’t traditional South Asian style at all, and is very western and very fugly and basically makes the model in the picture look naked it’s so sheer. When she says something about how no mosque would let her in dressed like that and her traditions are important, he just sneered and said she should ‘get over it’ and her traditions weren’t that important. Divorce red flag.
Found out later they didn’t last a day. From the way the servers tell it, midway through the reception, the guy raises his hand to his new bride when she asked him a question about being drunk and she flinched and turned away, protecting her face. He grabs her by the arm and rips her around, pissed. Her mother and aunt were standing three feet from her and lost their f***ing minds, realizing what must’ve been happening there. His response when Mom started to lose her s**t on him was to hit the mother. So in the middle of this very big, 600+ person Bangladeshi wedding, this 20-something outsider dickhead no one wanted her to marry anyway smacked a well-respected woman in their community. There was a brawl, the cops were called, marriage was annulled.” – notasugarbabybutok
“When the bride and groom argued over why the groom’s mother shouldn’t get all money given to them on their wedding day. Ya, that was a red flag.” – JoeEIRE
“Night before the wedding, the bride-to-be tried to sleep with me on her stag night, crying on my shoulder she wasn’t ready for marriage.
Even my 18-year-old hormonal brain did a big NOPE there. They lasted a year.” – Drumah
“I’ve told this story before but I was working as a cook at a golf course and, at one of the weddings we catered, the bride got incredibly drunk and kept sitting in the laps of all the male guests and flirting with them pretty heavily. I think she made out with one of them too IIRC. Her new husband just sat at the head table by himself looking more and more like a guy who made a $30,000 mistake.” – Samhamwitch
“Photographing the groom and you see his eyes light up when a guest arrives. You look over and it’s a cute woman in a short dress. He smiles, walks up to the woman, picks her up, and swings her in his arms. Best smile I captured of the groom all day. Marriage didn’t last 6 months from what I’ve heard.” – Twitfried
“I worked fine dining/catering for over 20 years so Iʻve worked lots of weddings and receptions. I once heard a bride at the reception during the toasts say that she actually thought she was asking out the groom’s twin brother on their first date and that might actually be cute except she… just kept going on. How the twin was more compatible, etc. then she ended the toast with ‘Well… as nice as you are youʻll make a great first husband.” I was walking past the cameraman at that time and you can hear me on tape, saying, ‘Did you get that? Tell me you got that.'” – Scoobymaybe
“I work and n a hotel. I came in one night to find the wedding was already wrapped up (it was supposed to go until 1 AM, and it was 11 PM) because the wedding couple had a fight, and she went home with mom.
At another one, they had a huge rehearsal dinner fight which spilled out into the lobby. Everyone in the lobby found out that she hated his parents, she was pregnant, and she had no idea who the father was and a few other things. Half the guest list packed up and checked out the next day. They still got married.” – mesembryanthemum
“I was a wedding planner for almost a decade and saw these types of couples regularly. My biggest key indicator for this was whether they cared more about the wedding day than actually being married to one another.
For example, I remember one couple who really wanted an over-the-top wedding that would be good enough to be featured in a popular luxury wedding magazine. They spared no expense. They became so obsessed with this that they were even choosing members of their bridal party based on their looks rather than their relationship with them. The bride had 2 brothers, one brother looked like a model for Hugo Boss and her other brother looked a bit like fat Thor. Well, only the “hot” brother was selected to be a groomsman. Things like this caused a lot of tension between family members and fights between the couple. It was awkward a lot of the time. I knew for sure this couple wouldn’t make it for long.
Interestingly enough, the couple divorced a week before their wedding was featured in that luxury bridal magazine.” – Toronto_Planner
“At a wedding when the “I do’s” came, the groom said, ‘I guess.'” – MissCarolineC
“I worked at a hotel in the kitchen, we did a trashy wedding where the cake was brought in from Walmart, groom was caught making out with a bridesmaid in a conference room and we saw the bride throw her ring into a storm drain across the street.” – RaF_MAL
“Used to serve at a lot of weddings. At one very expensive engagement party the groom got drunk and tried to pick a fight with one of the servers. He then punched another guest and had to be walked out. Bride seemed upset but not shocked.” – true-romance
“I was helping out at my parents’ restaurant where a huge wedding party was hosted. I was busy serving drinks and suddenly loud yelling and screaming started right behind me. Turns out the bride had somehow found out that the groom had hooked up with her sister right before the wedding ceremony (and apparently on a few occasions before) and in her anger, she stabbed him in the chest with a dinner fork several times.
We had to call an ambulance and the police. It was like hell.” – SuperConfusedCoryn
“After seven years in the industry, two stand out:
1. Groom focused on “the boys” all night. Rarely saw the bride and groom together. In his speech he mentioned the bridesmaids and groomsmen the proceeded to spend the rest of his speech talking about his new place of “hierarchy” in the family. Never mentioned her. 3 months later it was over.
Second and most favorite. TLDR: bride drives herself to the ceremony, pops the Ute, and skulls a drink in front of the guests. Is drunk before the reception begins. Shows the mc she’s not wearing anything but her garter under the dress. Pulls her strapless dress down to show me her nipple. Groom spends the whole night outside chain-smoking. And that’s the short version.” – millycactus
“Not me, but my little brother did catering for a bit after he graduated college. He told me a few stories:
Groom drank ten beers during dinner, proceeded to projectile vomit on the wedding cake.
Bride’s mother overheard the groom talking about his high school wrestling career, tried to drag the bride out of the venue yelling about “I TOLD YOU TO FIND A GENTLEMAN.”
Bride and groom got into a fistfight before dinner because bride had ordered lilacs instead of roses for the tables out of personal preference.” – FearlessIntention