Wedding Guests Share The Awkward Wedding Objections They’ve Seen
After spending years together with your special someone, you decide to take things to the next level—marriage. Weddings are expensive, but the memories will last an eternity. Your friends and family are thrilled that you’re embarking on this new chapter in your life. Nothing could possibly go wrong on the most important day of your life, right?
Then, at some point in the ceremony, the minister asks: “If anyone can show just cause why this couple cannot lawfully be joined together in matrimony, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.” Just when you think no one will actually object, someone stands up does exactly that. What do you do at that moment? The following wedding guests recall some insane moments when someone actually objected to a couple’s union at a wedding. Read on for some pretty awkward moments.
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#1 Mother Knows Best?
So my mom HATES her sister-in-law with a passion. My uncle knows this but invited her to the wedding anyway. My sister and I were the flower girls and when the whole “speak now or forever hold your peace” portion came up, my mom stood up so fast that her chair fell back. She screamed, “I OBJECT!! I HATE THAT LADY!! WHO’S WITH ME ON THIS?!”
Literally, everyone was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. My grandma and my aunt dragged my mom out of the church. She wasn’t seen at the reception, although you could hear the distant slamming of fists at the doors for a good 45 minutes before she gave up and took a taxi home. The couple is still happily married today.
#2 Sticks And Stones May Break My Bones…..
When I was four years old, my sister was getting married for the second time. My aunt stood up and called my sister a really bad word. Needless to say, it didn’t go over very well. I am too young to remember the brawl that happened after, but I am now 36 and still haven’t spoken to that side of my family since.
#3 That’s Some Bull!
My cousins were very farm-oriented. They had a large piece of land that they mainly farmed animals on—cows, bulls, sheep, pigs, you name it. The bride and groom decided to have a local wedding on the farm. They decorated the barn and planned to have the ceremony there. On the big day, everything was going great. The ceremony started and the pastor got to that point. He asked the question about any objections and none came.
As he started the next passage, one of the bulls came rushing into the barn. The bull got loose and decided to crash the party. Everyone had to scatter and the whole party had to leave the barn. The bull got into a fight with some chairs and they closed it up inside. The rest of the ceremony had to be continued outside. At the after-party, everyone joked about how that bull must have been in love with the bride and had objections.
#4 Trying To Spoil The Anniversary
My grandma and grandpa renewed their vows on the day of their 50th wedding anniversary. My brother’s best friend stood up and made a hilarious speech declaring his undying love for “sweet Georgianna.” He was dragged off by my uncles as part of the joke, kicking and screaming the entire time. It was the highlight of the day and I thought my grandparents were gonna drop dead from laughter.
#5 Not The Right Time, Auntie
My cousins put the wrong address on their invitations so people had a hard time finding the wedding location. They proceeded with the ceremony a little later than expected and most of the attendees were present, but some were still coming in late. When they got to the part about objections, my great aunt jumped up and started yelling because she saw one of our relatives arrive. It was definitely the wrong time to jump up and start yelling. Everyone was motioning at her to hush and sit down. Hilarious!
#6 Trying To Hit Up The Buffet
The first wedding I ever went to was in a theater because my cousin was marrying a playwright. The two had arranged a small, comedic play to be acted out after the kiss, and then everyone would get food. When the priest asked if anyone objected, my 6’7″, 350-pound cousin said: “If I object, can I get food earlier?” Some of the bride’s family was a little upset at the remark but the groom’s family knew his sense of humor and laughed. A little awkward, but everything turned out all right.
#7 From ‘Best Man’ To ‘Worst Man’
The best man at my stepsister’s wedding did this. It happened at the rehearsal the night before. The minister was going over the vows quickly while giving instructions on what the couple needed to do. When he said something about objections, the best man interrupted, saying he was in love with the bride and was sure she felt the same way. My sister and everyone else was horrified. It caused plenty of chaos and confusion. As far as I know, after that, neither the bride nor groom ever spoke to him again.
#8 Return Of The Ex
I attended a wedding as a guest of a family member. When the pastor asked for objections, the doors busted open to the sanctuary and a man appeared, saying, “I do!” Two huge ushers, one who was my date, quickly grabbed the guy before he could say anything else. They lifted him up off the floor and carried him out. The wedding continued as normal. Turned out, the guy was the ex of the bride.
#9 Giving His Son A Fright
I was attending this ultra-chill beach wedding in a small town in Canada. I didn’t know many people but it was fun anyway. The bride flew in on a seaplane and all the chairs were set up on the sand. The groom was from Trinidad and Tobago, so all of his relatives traveled a long way and had cool accents. They held a party before the ceremony, so we were all a little bit tipsy.
As the ceremony progressed, everyone was watching intently and getting teary from the vows. Then, the line came up: “If, for any reason, these two should not be joined in holy matrimony, speak now.” Nobody expected this, but the father of the groom got up, flailing his arms. A collective gasp followed by silence overtook the tiny venue.
We were all waiting with bated breaths but he was just standing there with glassy eyes. It turned out, he was baked. This 70-year-old man in a suit and dreads laughed and said, “No, I kid, I kid” and the whole spirit of the audience cheered up as he sat back down. For the rest of the reception, people went up to him either saying “Good one” or scolding him. Darn good night. Best wedding I’ve been to.
#10 Objection From The River
We were getting married along a river at the end of summer and tons of boats were out. I was a ball of nerves and the ceremony felt so serious, when all of a sudden some guy on a boat screamed, “Don’t do it, bro!!” and sped off. It was actually hilarious and made the rest of the ceremony a lot more fun. My husband and I cracked up even though his brothers looked like they were about to jump into the river after the guy!
#11 Maid Of Dishonor
I went to a co-workers wedding and the maid of honor objected. She admitted to being the other woman for months. The bride left the ceremony in tears and the groom didn’t even chase after her. He ran to the maid of honor, but she told him she wasn’t going hurt the bride any further and that he could screw off. The bride is doing much better now, but I haven’t heard from the groom in over a year. The maid of honor and bride are on speaking terms, but I don’t think their relationship is ever going to be what it used to be.
#12 Music Solves Everything, Right?
I witnessed this a few months ago. A random guest stood up and proceeded to basically declare his love for the bride, saying that it should’ve been him up on the altar that day. The whole room went dead silent. The bride went red with embarrassment and the groom went red with anger. The best man promptly called for the DJ to start playing music. All of this happened in front of the random person’s wife. It didn’t go down too well.
#13 Objections At Every Turn
At a wedding I attended, one guy got up and pledged his undying love for the bride, followed by four or five others objecting for other reasons. By the second or third objection, though, it was clear that the whole thing was a clever ruse. I found out later that it was all set up by the bride as a prank on the unsuspecting groom. It was pretty hilarious!
#14 Forgiveness Is A Choice
Nobody had asked if anyone had any objections, but the groom’s ex still decided to get up and scream that he was her soulmate. She said she forgave him for “this whole thing,” and that they should leave now because he had “proved his point.” I ate so much cake at that wedding. Meanwhile, everyone else was screaming and throwing stuff. Good times. The bride was my boyfriend’s ex. No idea why they invited us.
#15 Doing THAT To Your Brother?
I went to my older brother’s wedding when I was five years old. The minister asked if anyone had any objections and little 5-year-old me said, “I OBJECT!” Everyone turned to me. I was dead silent because I didn’t know what would happen. My dad asked me, “Well, why do you object?” And I said, “I did not know what would happen if I did.” I was then promptly seated.
#16 Walk This Way
I went to a cousin’s wedding once and the groom’s mother didn’t have to verbally object. It was written all over her face the entire time, including as she was walked down the aisle to be seated. We still talk about it, and almost 10 years later, she still hasn’t forgiven him for marrying my cousin. We still have no idea why. They just don’t speak to each other.
#17 Duck And Run
I went to a cousin’s wedding a couple of years ago. They had a fairly nice wedding outdoors in a country club. They had a dog named Shiloh who was the ring bearer. When the pastor got to the “objections” part, the dog turned around suddenly and let out a long howl because there were ducks in the fountain area. Everyone laughed and the groom remarked, “Shiloh, I love you too boy, you’ll get a duck soon.” They moved the dog out of the area to finish the wedding but that dog was a highlight of the wedding.
#18 An Objection To The Objection
I used to be an audio engineer. At this one wedding, I was running sound, the officiant got to that stage in the ceremony where he asked if anyone had any objections. A woman stood up and said something—my station was recessed into the wall so I couldn’t quite hear her, but she spoke for five or six seconds and the room echoed with a few upset sounds. Another woman on the side of the room, near me, just spoke up saying, “Don’t you listen to nothing she has to say! You two go ahead and get married!” The room laughed and the ceremony persisted.
#19 How Long Is This Going On?
When I got married, my wife’s ex-boyfriend showed up at the wedding uninvited and got really intoxicated. Before the ceremony even started, he said he objected to our union and that he still loved my wife. He had a 12-minute long speech about how she was too good for me and how I was a jerk. This angered everyone, including my regiment brothers who then picked him up and threw him out. It didn’t leave that big of a mark on the day other than making us a bit late but my biggest question was, what was he thinking?
#20 My Heart Will Go On
When the officiant said, “Speak now or forever hold your peace,” a friend of the couple burst out of the crowd declaring his love for the bride while playing the Titanic theme song on his violin. Then, the groom gave a PowerPoint presentation on why he should be the husband. It was all staged, needless to say. There was also a skit involving vomit. Great wedding.
#21 A Squawk Heard Around The World
At my sister’s wedding, all was going great. Only close friends and family were in attendance, and amongst them were a gaggle of children. The registrar had got through all of her lines and the children behaved beautifully. When the objections part came around, my two-year-old niece let out a loud squawk that rang through the chapel. The registrar was quiet for a moment and then said, “I think we can ignore that one.”
#22 Let It All Out, Mom
At my cousin’s wedding, her fiance’s mom was really intoxicated. She got up to make an objection and began a rant on how much she hated my cousin. She kept swearing at her and saying that her son deserved better. People tried to stop the mom and take her away because it was super embarrassing, but her son told them to stop and let her finish.
He said she should be allowed to say how she felt, but whatever she had to say didn’t matter because he loved my cousin and was going to marry her no matter what. Not sure what their relationship with the mother is like now, but they are still married and have a really cute kid. So they were definitely good for each other.
#23 Almost Went WWE On Them
When I was around 14 or 15, I attended my auntie’s wedding. She was probably in her late 50’s at the time and so was her fiancé. They had been childhood sweethearts but eventually separated, met new partners, and had their own families. Fast forward 30 years or so and they met again online and both decided to leave their families to rekindle the old flame.
So anyway, the lady conducting the ceremony got to the objections part and the groom’s ex-wife came in from behind us screaming, “You lying witch, you stole my husband.” She ran towards them both, tried to pick up a chair and throw it but two of my uncles decided to rugby tackle her to the floor before she could let go. It turned out, she had sold the story to a lifestyle magazine we have in the UK called “Take A Break” and there was a photographer waiting outside to get some pictures. Needless to say, it was the best wedding ceremony I’ve ever attended.
#24 Bringing Back The Old Days
An audience member stood and yelled, “I object!” The groom turned, drew a revolver, and threatened the guy before anyone said anything else. The revolver was loaded with blanks, and the wedding was for my grandparents who were renewing their vows during a small town centennial celebration. It was pretty epic to witness as an 8-year-old groomsman though.
#25 A Joke Amongst Friends
I was at the wedding of some good friends a couple of months ago. As the officiant finished the “speak now” bit, the bride’s ex stood up and loudly stated, “Actually, I do!” He and the officiant had planned it out right before. Everyone who knew them had a hearty laugh and things got back on track. Was a great evening and everyone had a blast!
#26 A Flipping Surprise
My husband and I thought it would be funny to do this at our wedding. We had an otherwise traditional wedding, but when the pastor asked the question, we had two masked ninjas come in the back doors, do flips and then leave. They never spoke, but most of the guests laughed and we got some good pictures.
#27 Let Them Eat Cake
In a wedding in Columbus, OH, a homeless person had snuck into the church through a side entrance. When the minister gave the “speak now” line, the homeless guy opened into a rant about Marie Antoinette and her cake eating habits. I think they made sure to do a better job guarding doors after that.
#28 The Final Sip
I attended my former boyfriend’s mom’s wedding. It was her third and his first. She met a guy online, kinda nerdy, about 15 years younger than her. He was into metal and video games. We went to City Hall and had a little ceremony in a little room, in front of a Justice of the Peace with a few friends and family.
Well, during the “speak now or forever hold your peace” moment, a friend of the groom stood up and said, “Yes, I object. John needs to have his last drink before he gets strapped down forever.” He then proceeded to take out a flask and hand it to the groom. The room went silent. My boyfriend’s mom looked mortified.
The Justice of the Peace instantly protested and told him he couldn’t have alcohol in the building and to put it away, etc. The groom didn’t know if he should take a swig or give it back. Awkward as heck. It was very quiet for the rest of the ceremony.
#29 Dogs With Premonitions?
My uncle had his third wedding when I was twelve years old. It was a small gathering in my other uncle’s back yard. When the priest got to that part, my aunt’s dogs started barking to the point where they had to be removed. The dogs must have known something because that marriage didn’t last even six months.
#30 Whose Grandma Is This?
I went to a wedding with my wife. The bride and groom were friends of hers. During the actual ceremony and the vow exchange, an old lady was shouting, “SHAM, THIS IS NONSENSE. RIDICULOUS.” We both looked around while she continued, yet nobody seemed too bothered. She carried on, saying, “FAKE. WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” She continued through until the end.
#31 Someone Couldn’t Hold Their Lunch
Please keep in mind that I was five years old when this happened. I was the ring bearer, walking down the aisle to give the bride and groom their rings. There were two sections, one on the left and one on the right. Just as the minister said, “Speak now or forever hold your peace,” some guy got up, obviously intoxicated, took two steps and puked over half the right row. He then proceeded to fall over.
#32 Mother Nature Getting Involved?
At my sister’s wedding, everything was fine up until the “speak now” moment. The priest paused because there was a huge thunderclap that came from out of nowhere and then rain hammered the church roof. The whole congregation burst out laughing—they’re still happily married, by the way, so it doesn’t seem like it was a valid celestial interjection.
#33 Didn’t Go As Planned
I actually had a friend who would constantly joke that when someone would get married, he would object and go on a rant. Well, two of our friends got married and didn’t invite him because he joked about this so much. Sure enough, they made the right decision as years later, our other friend got married. He attended the wedding and when asked if there were any objections, he shots up like a rocket out of his chair.
“Heck yes, I have an objection. Marriage is a scam first of all and second, the groom deserves to be married to me, not this tramp.” Then at the end, he simply says “Just kidding” and sits down. People were furious. He got escorted out and all he could say was, “Can I get my cake to go?” That was the last time any of us spoke to him.
#34 Sweet Tooth At The Wrong Moment
I was at the wedding of some of my parents’ friends. I thought I was the youngest (I was 13 at the time) until some five-year-old kid screamed during the “speak now or forever hold your peace” part. “I WANT CANDY,” the kid yelled. His mom held his mouth shut for the rest of the wedding but we all laughed it off and we had a great time.
#35 Clever Way To Get In
I went to a wedding for some friends of mine. The bride and groom were saying their vows. Unbeknownst to the family, the bride’s ex-boyfriend snuck into the church all dressed up as a guest and blended in. The priest said his line, and then the ex-boyfriend stood up and said: “I object!” Some of the male family members escorted the guy out of the church by his feet, with his back and head dragging on the ground. It was pretty epic.
#36 Probably Took An Uber To The Afterparty
The groom’s mother suddenly shouted, “Stop this nonsense. Why do you want to be with this thing; this witch?” Then she stormed off. She broke the headlights of the rented wedding car and smashed the windshield. Her family calmed her down and the wedding went ahead sometime later. After a few years, they divorced anyway.
#37 Nothing Worse Than A Rambling Man
I once had a friend object during his best man speech. He was drunk and rambling on about the groom making a mistake. After it was apparent he wasn’t joking around, I screamed for him to “take the fifth.” That distracted people enough for him to be silenced.
#38 Such A Young Age, Too!
My biological mother and father were getting married. I was one at the time so I don’t remember much, but it is still a huge joke in my family. Once the pastor finally said “speak now or forever hold your peace,” little one-year-old me started crying. My grandmother then said it was a sign and she then made a genuine objection.
#39 A Stunning Revelation
A woman spoke up from the back and pointed right at the groom. “That man is the father of my child,” she said. Cue gasps from all around the room. The bride turned to groom, slapped the living daylights off his cheating face, and stormed off. The wedding was canceled.
#40 Cuckoo For Interruptions
The couple was getting married at the bride’s parents’ home. They had considered every possible situation. Everything was going exactly according to plan, until “that question” was asked. As the officiant made his dramatic pause, the cuckoo clock sounded off. They had forgotten to stop the cuckoo clock, and it was five minutes before the laughter subsided enough for the ceremony to continue.
#41 Where’s The Air Freshener?
This happened in my boyfriend’s cousins wedding. Let’s call him Al. It was Al’s second marriage and he already had a young daughter at that point. After a corny but sweet portion of the wedding where Al, his bride, and the daughter, poured three colors of sand into a vase to symbolize their families joining, they asked if anyone has any objections. The groom’s father shouted, “DON’T FREAKING DO IT!” then sat down and farted so loudly it was audible from the back of the church. He laughed afterward, so I think he was kidding? Either way, the reception was pretty awkward.
#42 Trying To Change Your Mind
I just got married on December 15th, and one of my bridesmaids’ beyond intoxicated husband was apparently yelling, “Run away, don’t do it!” from the back of the venue. My husband and I were both so caught up in the moment that we didn’t hear it. He got tackled by the staff and hauled out immediately. We still don’t know if he was telling me or my husband to run away. =
#43 Overstayed Their Welcome
I’ve been the best man in three weddings so far (hopefully never again). As a best man, it’s pretty much my duty to make sure things go smoothly. Well, some intoxicated jerk who was the bride’s good friend confessed that he loved her and made a scene. I grabbed the first two groomsmen and we threw him out in a dumpster. I went back in and finished the ceremony with a smile but I was always worried that guy would come back in.
#44 Simply Felt Like It
I was at a relative’s wedding. When it came to the objections part of the ceremony, the groom’s mother spoke up and said, “I do.” She paused for a second, then said, “I’ve always wanted to say that.” My grandmother hid behind her hand in shame and me and my mom just looked at each other in disbelief. No one really laughed and the priest just kind of paused for a few seconds before continuing. I thought it was pretty selfish of his mom to try and make that moment about her on their day.
#45 Their Mother Took This Seriously
I was best man at a wedding and the groom’s older sister decided to play a joke. She stood up and said “I object,” then started giggling. The groom’s mother stood up slapped her, told her it was not an appropriate joke, then scolded her to go home. This mother still refuses to talk to her daughter and it’s been four years since.