People Reveal The Biggest ‘This Relationship Won’t Last’ Red Flag They’ve Seen At A Wedding

Weddings are celebrations of love. They are supposed to be joyous occasions commemorating the union of two people and the start of their new life together. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

There is no shortage of wedding horror stories from guests who literally see it all unfold with their own eyes. Often times, the anticipated splits are marked by huge red flags that everyone is aware of except for the couple itself. Some even secretly run bets on how long the couple will last until they get a divorce!

They’re not always right, but sometimes they are. I suppose we all have our reasons for doing what we do; getting married included.

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#1 To Love, Cherish, And Control

The father of the bride made a speech about how he saw his daughter control the groom over time. Basically, instead of telling a story of their burgeoning love, it was a tale of how she began to take over his life over time. It was cringe-worthy.

They lasted three years.


#2 He Married The Wrong Girl

The groom spent almost the entire wedding glued to his work colleague, to the point where the bride had to drag him away for their first dance. They also kept going off somewhere together.
A friend tried to follow them outside but it was too dark to locate them. You could see the obvious hurt on the bride’s face throughout the day.

Prior to the wedding, he’d taken his colleague abroad for his bachelor party. It was just the two of them, despite the bride’s protests. In his wedding speech, he pointed his colleague out and told her that he’d had “the best time of his life” that weekend.

They’re still together at the moment, but I don’t see it being the happy ending that the bride was so desperate for.


#3 His Father-In-Law Called It

At my brother’s first wedding, his fiance’s dad came into the room we were using to get ready and told him that if he wanted to leave, he would take care of all the people inside and he wouldn’t even be mad.

My brother married her anyway. They divorced four months later.


#4 Money Talks Louder To Some Than Others

The other day, a co-worker told me about a wedding she attended. She was part of the bridal party. The groom and his mother counted out how much each family gave as a cash gift. They gave the bride grief because her family wasn’t able to give as much as the groom’s family.
I feel like that’s an insanely bad way to start a marriage.

#5 “I Love The Person I Made You Into”

The groom hated the bride’s family, and his own family didn’t approve of the bride. It was very awkward at the wedding!
The bride made her promises to him (something along the lines of “I promise to try and be worthy of your family”) and everyone raised their eyebrows at each other. The groom’s speech was all about how much he has helped his bride change for the better and how he “made her what she is.” Eyebrows were practically falling off the top of people’s faces at this point.
It’s been a few months so I guess we will wait and see…


#6 They Were Clearly Marrying For The Wrong Reasons

My cousin’s wedding. He was in the army, and his bride was six months pregnant. Her grandfather was the officiant and he gave a big speech about how marriage was only between one man and one woman. They opened their gifts in front of everyone like it was a birthday party.
There was no open bar, or dancing, or food. After the gift opening, the “happy” couple peeled out of the Boy Scout Lodge, doing donuts while her teenage friends cheered them on. They spent the night at the hotel everyone was staying at—separately—which consisted of him drinking to excess with his friends while she was alone in their room. In front of our entire family, my sister said, “I give them a year.” She was wrong though.

Within three months, they had split. My cousin swears the kid isn’t his. The whole wedding was one giant red flag.


#7 A Psychologist With Gaydar Too

At a wedding, the bride was marrying this handsome guy who was often described as the “total package.” My dad, a psychologist, sitting next to me, leans over and whispers in my ear: “He’s gay.”
The groom came out of the closet one year later and they divorced.


#8 Leave Her Sister Out Of It At Least

I’m the keyboard player for a wedding band so I’ve seen all sorts of ridiculous stuff at the wedding. That said, one memory stands above the rest: the groom aggressively grinding on two of the bridesmaids (simultaneously). One of them was the bride’s sister.

#9 Her Vows Said It All

The groom was clearly having a good time, but the bride was visibly uncomfortable. When it came time for vows, the groom had a long list and read it off nicely. The bride said something along the lines of “I’m just gonna wing it: Basically, you’re my best friend…” and trailed off soon after.

Thank God for the open bar.


#10 He Chose Bart Simpson Over His Bride

It was my wedding. The groom stopped the entire ceremony (which was held at our place) so he could watch “The Simpsons.” There was no discussion about this beforehand, he just did it.

No, we are not still married. Shocking, I know.


#11 He Was So Selfish, It Even Showed At The Wedding

After the ceremony, the bride (who had epilepsy) had a seizure and her family took her into a side room away from all the guests to look after her until she recovered. The groom didn’t bother to go and help look after his wife. He was too busy getting drunk and partying with all his mates. Even after the bride recovered enough to return to the celebrations, he didn’t stay with her or comfort her. She sat there in tears for half the night.

They lasted a couple of years before they divorced due to his selfishness.


34. Blame It On The Dranks

I wasn’t actually there, but a girl I went to school with posted video of her ceremony on social media. The groom was so intoxicated that the best man had to hold him upright. Lots of swaying and random, incoherent babbling. The bride didn’t seem particularly phased by it and had a sort of “Eh, just ignore him and let’s get on with it” kind of attitude. There was also an album of photos and the groom was flipping off the camera in literally every photo he was in. I was shocked the officiant went through with the ceremony, and doubly shocked she put it out there for everyone to see.

They divorced less than a year later.


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#13 For Richer, But Not For Poorer

During the vows, the bride laughed at the “For richer, or poorer” part and wouldn’t say it. Somehow, they’re still going strong. I sure hope he never loses his job.


#14 The Greatest Love Of All: Sibling Love

I went to a wedding for one of my older cousins who has two sisters about my age. Apparently, the bride talked to the oldest sister (who the groom was very close to) and said something like, “Just so you know, you’re not the most important girl in his life anymore. I am.”

I can’t wait to see how this one plays out.


#15 That Lyrics Hit The Nail On The Head

The processional music was “Options” by Pedro the Lion.

“I could never divorce you without a good reason. And though I may never have to, it’s good to have options. But for now, I need you. But for now, I want you. But for now, I’ll hold you.”

That marriage lasted a year and a half.


#16 Best Parental Offering Ever

My cousin’s fiance hit on every male cousin on the day of our grandfather’s funeral. In doing so, she bit me on the butt so hard she left purple bruise-lined teeth marks.

On their wedding day, my cousin’s mother offered to pay for literally anything for my cousin to back out. I can’t think of a bigger red flag than your own parents saying, “I’m willing to spend five figures for you to stay single.”


#17 The Definition Of A Scrub

The groom refused to get dressed and wore a black t-shirt and sneakers. The bride looked incredible in her gown and he looked like he was popping to the shops for a pack.


#18 Not So Deep In The Closet

The best man, the groom’s lifelong best friend, was gay. And I mean GAY. All but one of the groomsmen were gay.

A few years after the wedding, the groom’s father died. Within a week of the funeral, he told her it wasn’t working and moved in with the best man.

Everyone did their best to act shocked. Here’s the backstory:

The bride worked with a couple of my friends when they started their own business. I knew her for years before the marriage, even before she met the groom. We were part of each other’s core social groups. We talked a lot.

The bride and groom met in college. They dated casually. He would always take her to family functions back home, but when they were back at school he would distance himself.

From the first time I met him, I knew he was gay. This was before I met or even heard about the best friend. He didn’t react at all to her, or to other women. His eyes just didn’t go where the eyes of a guy who’s interested in women go.

He was fit and well-groomed, and I saw more than one female-flirting-attempt crash and burn.

All her friends tried to warn her. We literally took turns.

My girlfriend at the time worked with a sweet little guy who performed in drag shows. We invited the bride and groom to go with us to a show and support him. The big, loud downtown gay dance club had a straight night that was a hoot, and a bunch of us used to go on a regular basis. He flatly refused to go to a gay bar.

It’s just sad that he wasted so much time to keep from disappointing his father, and that she wasted so much time participating in his lie.

I don’t know how happy they were together. I hope it was bliss, but I doubt it.


#19 That Girl Snapped

The newly married couple was walking and he accidentally stepped on her dress. She snapped and turned around, yelling, “Do that again and see what happens!”

He was stonefaced. Without saying anything, immediately went to the bar for a beer.


#20 Marriage Is Just Like Prison

The groom wouldn’t stop talking about the marriage like it was a prison sentence. He incessantly went on about how it was the end of his freedom and how he was going to be tied down to “the ball and chain” now. They were divorced in just under a year.

#21 This Bride Put The Best Man In An Awkward Position

I was best man at my best friend’s wedding. The bride hit on me.
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#22 A Fake Wedding

I was a bridesmaid in a wedding. Right after the ceremony, the bride told me this wasn’t officially a wedding because the groom couldn’t legally get married. Apparently, he was still married to someone else. She was three months pregnant and was throwing a fake wedding to please her religious family. They split within a year.


#23 This Bride And Groom Were Not On The Same Page At All

At the end of the ceremony, she changed into an elegant going-away outfit. He changed into an old t-shirt and shorts that reeked of stale student-bachelor sweat and said: “Oh, I didn’t know we were dressing up.” She gave him a look of the purest hatred and disgust. They separated six months later.


#24 Pastor Calls The Bride Out In Front Of Everyone

The pastor at the wedding, in front of a couple of hundred people, said, “Can you believe that just two months ago, the bride was in my house, crying because she was so lonely and wanted to be married so badly? And now look at her two months later, getting married to a guy she met the next day!” Even her elderly grandmother laughed out loud.

#25 Smiling Is A Sign Of Happiness

The bride did not smile. Not during the ceremony nor during the reception. She never cracked a smile.


#26 Snarky Comments Are Not A Great Place To Start

The groom had the ring in his pocket but forgot which one and the bride sarcastically said: “This is the guy I’m marrying.”

They divorced within the year.


#27 What’s Her Name Again?

The groom forgot the bride’s name during his toast to her and called her a similar but very different name. (Like, if her name was Brenda, he called her Brittney.) It lasted two years.


#28 Could This Be A Common Issue When Marrying A Twin?

The bride admitted in her toast that she actually wanted to date his twin brother first, but figured that her husband-to-be would make the better first husband.


#29 When The Wedding Is More Important Than The Relationship

The bride didn’t look happy to be walking down the aisle. She was smiling, but it was very much a pasted-on smile. I assumed she was just nervous.

I found out at the wedding that her parents had offered either to pay for a big wedding, or pay for a small wedding and give them money for a down payment for a house. She wanted the big wedding. Where we live, the housing market is insanely competitive. Her parents basically offered her the ability to jumpstart their lives together, she turned it down for the big party.

It was over within two years. She didn’t even seem upset about it.


#30 Sometimes The Ring Just Isn’t Big Enough

A girl I know asked for a bigger rock on her engagement ring. They got into a fight about whether it was necessary or not. She went on and upgraded the ring anyway because she was an authorized user on his credit card.

I doubt it was a red flag for him though because he is a pushover. I’m just disturbed by the fact that she thought his token of love wasn’t enough and could be quantified by some specs.


#31 Picture Perfect

I met my friend’s wife-to-be AT the wedding. I had never even heard of her before that day. She did several weird things, but the only one I really remember was her constantly facing the emblems on the champagne glasses in the same direction for the photographer, instead of enjoying her time or paying attention to anything else at the reception.

They divorced six months later.


#32 A Completely One-Sided Wedding

The bride was a huge hip hop fan. Before she got married, her whole life was hip hop, be it music, dance, or street style. Her wife, on the other hand, liked country, so they had an entirely country-themed wedding. Like, in a barn with boots, burlap and camouflage. It was completely one-sided.


#33 The Unsupportive Bride

It was a small, intimate wedding and the couple just played music on a stereo instead of hiring a DJ.

He made a “mixtape” CD and wanted to play it at the reception. She patted his arm and said, “Oh sweetie, no one but you wants to hear that.” They were divorced within a year of the wedding.


#34 The Mysterious Red Tape On The Bottom Of His Shoes Says It All

There was a part of the ceremony where the bride and groom were kneeling at the altar. On the bottom of the groom’s shoes were two pieces of tape that read “HELP” and “ME” on them.

It was never was clear whether he put them there or was pranked by his groomsmen, but it felt like an omen. They lasted less than a year.


#35 Never Get Yourself Into Something You Can’t Get Out Of

At my sister’s wedding, my brother went to the bathroom and the groom was in there washing his hands. He looked my brother in the eye and says, “Never get yourself into something you can’t get out of” and then he stormed out. He also got so intoxicated he had to be carried to the limo.

My sister and him divorced. It was a really messy divorce.


#36 The First Dance Does Not Belong To The Ex-Boyfriend

At our own wedding, one of her ex-boyfriends came out and asked to dance with her even before our first dance. This happened almost 20 years ago and I am now divorced. We only stayed married six years. We got married in our hometown in Mexico, and things like that don’t usually happen there.
The poor dude decided to show up uninvited as we were sitting at our table. He came up with a clock as a present, put it on the table, and asked if he could dance with her. I will never forget the smirk on his face as he did this, followed by the said punch to his face and the beating that ensued afterward, courtesy of me. In retrospect, it’s not a moment I am proud of. I feel bad actually. But some lines shouldn’t be crossed.

#37 Let Them Eat Cake, But Don’t Get It On The Dress Please

When the time came to eat the cake, the bride and groom stood together, arms-crossed, holding their slice out for the other to eat. Of course, they both just shoved it in their mouths. When the groom did it, the bride rushed to the bathroom and cried for an hour about how he got cake on her dress and ruined it, while he sat outside, confused on what he did wrong.

I think they were only together for a couple of months.

#38 Earth To The Groom

While taking their vows, the bride held out her hand for the ring to be put on her finger. My brother-in-law reached out and shook her hand, then seemed to wake up and get with the program. They divorced less than three years later.
If you find yourself zoning out during your own wedding vows, maybe your heart isn’t really in it.


#39 Bride Who?

At my first wedding, my husband was very excited to visit with his buddies. So much so, that when guests started to clink the water glasses, he wasn’t at the table to kiss me.

At that moment, I literally realized that I had messed up.


#40 To Call Her Bridezilla Would Be A Compliment

The week before my oldest brother’s wedding, his wife-to-be changed pretty much everything about the wedding—the dance music, the food, the seating arrangements—everything! When asked why she went and did all this, she responded, “I just wanted to make sure he knows I am in charge of everything. He gets no say in anything that happens in our life.”


#41 The Princess Narcissist Bride

They had four professional photographers and two videographer teams running around the wedding capturing everything. The bride paid them more attention than her guests, and only acknowledged the groom when she was being filmed.
Her mailed-out wedding invitation was styled after a gossip magazine and was 6 pages, FRONT AND BACK, with about 12 photos of her looking lovey-dovey at her ring. It had more photos of her dog than the groom.

They are currently in marriage counseling, but it’s not looking good. She has a laundry list of narcissistic things she’s done since the wedding, which was less than three years ago.


#42 Creepy Kissers May Or May Not Make Good Wives

I assisted on a wedding shoot and got close photographs of the bride and groom doing their big kiss after being wed. This was the big one—in front of the crowd, the moment they have been waiting for, the start of their new life. She didn’t close her eyes during the kiss. Not for an instant. She stared directly at his closed eyes, three inches away, lips locked. Like a weird apex predator monitoring the condition of a yak stuck in the mud.

#43 A Look Of Doom That Shouldn’t Be Ignored

I attended a Roman Catholic church for a wedding once that entailed a full mass as well as the wedding nuptials.

The priests’ sermon was about the effects of divorce in today’s society. When it came time to exchange vows, the bride-to-be looked bloody terrified and not what you would expect a woman to look like at this point in time on her wedding day.

The groom, on the other hand, was well and truly in the moment and fully embracing the commitment he was about to make. But the emotional state of his fiance was becoming more and more apparent to him, and when the priest asked, “If anyone here has any reason that this couple should not be joined in holy matrimony let them speak now, or forever hold their peace,” the groom glanced around the church in a desperate cry for help.

It was the kind of foreshadowing that should have been laughably obvious at the time. But what do you do in that situation?

#44 A Very, Very Bad Omen

My husband and I were catering for a small wedding (less than 50 people). They had their first date in our restaurant and asked us to cater, which was sweet. It was a seaside wedding, very DIY. Even my kids helped set up.

Under each folding chair in the wedding was a box, to be retrieved and opened by the guests when the officiant told them to do so. The goal of this was well intentioned: the guests would lift the tops of the boxes to free what would become a sea of delicate butterflies; symbolic of their marital journey “taking off”.

Well, the butterflies all died in their boxes due to oxygen starvation, and when the lids were collectively released, their limp corpses were swept up in a vicious yet timely gust of wind. In one glorious moment, united, they were whipped off violently into the horizon.


#45 They Were Clearly A Horrible Match

One of my cousins married an independent and strong-willed woman after they’d only dated for a few months. His ideals and morals are antiquated, to say the least.

I knew the marriage was doomed to fail when he wrote her vows to say she would submit to her husband and be a subservient, obedient wife. It was uncomfortable and did not sit well with anyone in the family, especially the bride. They lasted a few months.

I’m glad she got out when she did. No idea why she was with him to begin with.