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Friday 23 February 2018

'She flinched when he turned to kiss her' - Wedding guests reveal the moment they knew the marriage was doomed

Kristin Salaky, Insider

Weddings are an ordinarily happy occasion. At least for one day, people can be optimistic that love exists and this couple just may make it for the long haul.

Unless that wedding has any tell-tale signs that the couple should have never agreed to say "I do" in the first place.

We found people on various Reddit threads that called the not-so-happy couple's demise from the very start.

"Groom's mistress found out he was getting married"

1. "The groom looked drunk and the bride seemed incredibly angry. Then there was this woman walking around during the reception placing bets on when they would divorce. I later found out she was the mother of the groom." - Redditor destinydivided

2. "The groom said in his speech, 'When I joined a dating agency I never thought I'd be so lucky as to find my own personal cook, dishwasher, and washing machine. Not only is that a sh---- way to describe ANYONE, he's in for a nasty surprise when he realizes his wife is actually a complete diva and will expect him to do all those things for her! Bad relationship all round."- Redditor millet.

3. "Groom's mistress found out he was getting married and showed up at the wedding, in the middle of the I-do's, walked right up on stage and smacked him in the face." - jennagraham2012

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4. "At the rehearsal dinner, the groom's mom is in tears, because 'he looks miserable' and he was, we all knew it. During the vows they had written for each other, the bride starts with 'I know I can be a pretty terrible person, and I don't know why you've stuck around, but that's all going to change starting today!' They were divorced a year later." - Redditor vogelarcher15

5. "She flinched when he turned to kiss her. They were divorced within six months." - Redditor unlimiteddanna

6. ""The bride had the minister put 'Til death, or divorce, do us part' into the ceremony." - Redditor owtlawl1.

7. "My cousin (the bride) told us, as she was going from table to table thanking the guests, that she didn't think it would last. We were stunned. They lasted about a year." - anonymous commenter

8. "The bride, whom I didn't even know, apparently designated me to help decorate the reception hall prior to the wedding. I went to do so, and her mother was there, telling me in a hushed, scared whisper that I better not mess anything up because the bride would be FURIOUS. Everything was to be a certain way, and if it was wrong, there'd be hell to pay. I gave her the benefit of the doubt (chalked it up to wedding anxiety) and during the reception I tried to chat with her a bit and she literally rolled her eyes at me. I also didn't see her look at the groom once at the wedding or the reception. They were split less than a year later. Later, the groom confided to me and my husband that the morning of the wedding he'd been filled with an overwhelming feeling of dread and spent several hours just sitting on his lawn, thinking, 'I shouldn't do this.' But it was paid for, tons of guests were waiting, lots of family (including us) had come in from out of state, and he felt he had to go through with it. Apparently the bride had a history of being awful and controlling. No clue what made him propose to her in the first place." - Redditor baltimorejane

"We knew the couple was in trouble when they didn't go on a honeymoon because they couldn't agree on a destination"

9. "We knew the couple was in trouble when they frowned during most of the ceremony and later didn't go on a honeymoon because they couldn't agree on a destination. They had plenty of money -- just no desire to compromise." - Redditor Back2Bach

10. "During the ceremony when the priest started asking the bride, 'Do you take this man to be your--,' she started laughing uncontrollably and couldn't stop. It was cute for about 10 seconds and then things got real uncomfortable. They lasted a year and change." - Redditor c0de76

11. "Groom got so drunk at the reception he passed out in the honeymoon suite by himself, but not before he latched the door so it couldn't be unlocked from the outside. Seeing the bride kicking the door and hollering at the top of her lungs to be let in at 3 a.m. was not encouraging. They divorced like two years later." - Redditor Big_daddy_c

Photo by Wesley Tingey
Photo by Wesley Tingey

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12. "I was working at a 'wedding factory.' On Monday, we got a call the Saturday wedding was cancelled. They were told that they would lose the deposit (around $7,000). Then on Thursday they said it was back on. When the guests arrived every one was pissed off. It seems they told everyone was it was off, then two days later that it was on. The ceremony was about 3 minutes. The bride then changed into sweat pants and then everyone got angry drunk. 'Well this won't last long' I thought. Then on the following Monday, the bride walked into my (then) wife's divorce attorney's office." - Redditor redcapmilk

"It seemed sweet until she ended her vows with, 'And I promise to love you for at least 438 more.'"

13. "Her vows... They were friends of mine who dated for nearly two years before their wedding. He loved her more than she loved him, obvious to all our friends, and we suspected she begrudgingly said yes to his proposal. He said his vows first and went on and on about loving her for the rest of his life. During hers, she started with '438 days ... that's how long I've loved you.' It seemed sweet until she ended her vows with, 'And I promise to love you for at least 438 more.' Most thought nothing of it and some friends called me a dick for saying it was a subconscious sign she wasn't in it for the long haul. She left him exactly that amount of days after the wedding with a note that said 'I kept my vow to love you for 438 days more, but I can't for a single day more.' Called it." - Redditor pteampterodactyl

14. "Bride was on her phone the whole time at the wedding. All her family and friends were there, so who was she texting? Turns out it was her boss, who was also at the wedding. And if you're thinking they were getting down to some sexy talk you're wrong. The groom, now increasingly paranoid, later found a text sent by his wife during the ceremony which read: 'I can't wait to start a family with you.' He found that text whilst on honeymoon. Bear in mind too that this girl had pestered him to propose for ten years, and would cry on nights out because he hadn't yet popped the question. Broke up a month after the ceremony, divorced in three." - Redditor sugarvalves

15. "I have seen brides fight their grooms at the reception, I've seen a bride bash a family member over the head with a bottle of champagne, I've seen small children whip burning tea lights at guests from a floor above, I've seen a guest try to fake a slip and fall to sue the venue. Probably the most 'WTF?' was a very obviously arranged marriage. Most of the planning was done by the parents, because they were local and the kids were 'traveling overseas.' Red flag. Day of, we meet the happy couple-to-be. I'm really bad at judging ages, but she seemed at least old enough to consent. And, I should add, she was gorgeous. Could have been a model. The groom, however, almost a foot shorter than she, very lanky, looked like he was squarely in the middle of an adolescent awkward phase. My staff and I had difficulty not giving any outward signs that we were very uncomfortable. The body language was perplexing and then just sad during photos. Culturally, its not uncommon for PDA to be kept to a minimum, but the way she leaned away from him and could barely look at him ... She was so obviously miserable. To this day I regret not offering to help her escape through a bathroom window. I told myself it was not my place to interfere and that I should just shut up and do my job. I will never take another client without a face to face with the bride first. I hope they're not still together." - Redditor CardsForSorrow

16. "[She made me get] $500 pants. After I refused, the bride freaked because it made the wedding party uneven. Groom bought my pants, I wore them once, they divorced. He seems a lot happier with his new wife." - Redditor Uncookedmarsupial

"He smashed the cake in her face."

17. "When I was going through law school I used to process serve in the evenings -- handing our summons and delivering divorce papers, etc. I usually never had time to read the complaints, but I was having trouble finding the husband to serve the divorce papers on -- he had deserted from the Navy -- so I hoped that the papers might have some clue in them as to how I could find him. Turns out the complaint stated that 'He left the wedding reception with one of the bridesmaids and at that point the wife determined that the marriage was over ...' Looks like he has quite a track record in deserting." - Redditor Damocles2010

18. "I went to a wedding where the wife-to-be told the groom-to-be about 10,000 times in my presence (before the wedding, obviously) that she did not want the cake smashed in her face and if he smashed the cake in her face they would have serious problems. He smashed the cake in her face. She had it annulled." - Redditor dramboxf

19. "The bride choose what pictures to display. There were a bunch of pictures of her and none of the groom." - Redditor RCorvus

20. "It was super cheesy and had all the cheesy trappings of 'romance. "Gushing vows, a horse-drawn carriage. The bride wore a crown and exclaimed non-stop she was a 'princess!!!' Reception included a narrated 30-minute slideshow of the couple. It was ridiculous and nauseating." -- anonymous Reddit user

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