The Worst Bridesmaid Horror Stories as Told by Redditors
On wedding day, the bride is often starry-eyed, beaming with excitement and eager to begin a new chapter in her life with the one she loves most. At her side are her bridesmaids, ready to support her through her very important day. Usually sporting expertly matched dressed, they parade at bride’s side onto the altar, and then into the sunny courtyard. Indeed, the bridesmaids are those whom the bride holds dear. Unfortunately, even with those you love most at your side, things can still go awry. Read on as we share some bridesmaid horror stories, as told by the community of Reddit.
Bridesmaids, in most cases, are the women the bride trusts dearly. And more often than not, these ladies offer their full support in return. One bridesmaid, however, wasn’t so sure of the marriage.
Redditor danmw attended his sister’s wedding, only to meet a bridesmaid with a pessimistic outlook on the newlyweds’ future. She dared guests to best on how long the marriage would last—and not just one or two people. She actually went from person to person asking them to make their wager.
Sushi Gone Bad
What could go wrong with a little sushi to celebrate an importantevent? Apparently, a lot can go wrong.
According to this Redditor, the bride treated herself and her bridesmaids to some sushi and beers a couple days before the wedding. It was a great chance to socialize in the moment. When wedding day rolled around, many of them had their regrets. Although none of them were feeling that great come wedding day, the bridesmaids championed on, feeling thoroughly nauseous. One even had a little accident that completely soiled her dress.
A Bloody Brawl
Ideally, no one will get hurt at a wedding. And if they do, it will be rather harmless, like a bridesmaid snagging her heel on her dress and tripping, barely scraping her knee. Not so at the affair this Redditor attended.
It all went down before the wedding even began. The maid of honor was riding in a rented car with the best man, and tension grew between them. Emotions suddenly got out of control, and a punching fit ensued. Both maid of honor and best man were wounded and bleeding, blood stains marring the clean rented car. The maid of honor even tried to flee the situation by jumping out of the car.
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Sometimes weddings are picture perfect, almost Hollywood-caliber levels of romantic. Sometimes they are Hollywood-caliber levels of dramatic.
One Redditor told the tale of a maid of honor who was so love-struck and inebriated that she spilled a juicy secret while giving her speech: she was deeply in love with the groom.
Oftentimes at weddings, the heartfelt speeches are the real tearjerkers. However, one Redditor told of one speech that evoked bewilderment and perhaps even a couple chuckles.
The Maid of Honor stood up to give her speech, only there was just one slight problem: she was thoroughly intoxicated. Undeterred, she spoke freely for a while until finally succumbing to her alcohol-induced stupor. At that point, she took a seat in the bride’s lap and then, after a bit of babbling, completely passed out.
Up in Flames
Most bridesmaids put a great deal of effort into their hair. They do so with the hope that it will remain impeccable for the duration of the wedding—no frizz or flyaway hairs today. Few expect to find their hair on fire.
Sadly, that’s exactly what happened, according to one Redditor. A bridesmaid leaned into a candle, and the flames took quickly to her hair. Perhaps most amusing, the minister frantically swatted the blaze with his own Bible.
A Fashion Mishap
As evidenced by one Redditor, anxiety over accidental twinning doesn’t end with prom night.
This Redditor and his friend attended a wedding for which they were aptly dress—in the friend’s case, perhaps a bit too aptly. To her embarrassment, her dress matched those of the bridesmaids. While the Redditor found the situation amusing, his poor friend couldn’t help feeling embarrassed.
Apparently, maids of honor who reveal a bit too much information are more common than most newlyweds would like.
One Redditor told the tale of a maid of honor who tried to tell the romantic story about how the bride met the groom. What resulted was a convoluted tale that portrayed the bride less than favorably. She began by relaying known information: how the couple met online and hit it off. So far, so good. But then she entered dangerous territory by mentioning the four other potential suitors the bride had considered. Not so romantic, even if the maid of honor’s intentions were harmless.
Weddings are a great place to share wonderful memories. This Redditor relayed some pretty unsettling, albeit amusing, ones that had her in stitches.
The maid of honor uncovered a dark past about herself and the bride: they were cruising down the highway and took in a hitchhiker. But the story didn’t end there; it ended at an unsavory motel. There, the hitchhiker revealed his foot fetish, and the three had some fun. The groom’s father was not amused.
Sick to Her Stomach
Sick bridesmaids are nothing new. However, getting sick in the spotlight can be quite humiliating, especially when you proceed to make even a bigger mess along the way.
This bridesmaid was so caught up in her sickness, that she staggered forward into the beautiful arch that adorned the altar.
This story paints the picture of the truly disastrous bridesmaid: intoxicated, vomiting, and wildly inappropriate.
On the plus side, though, this bridesmaid did manage to contain her sick in one glass. She might have been able to preserve her dignity after that, but instead she went on to interrupt people as they delivered their heartfelt speeches.
A wedding may be a fine occasion to meet someone nice—that is, if the person you have your eye on isn’t already married himself.
Such was the case for breakone9r, a Redditor who was at a wedding with his wife, only to garner an uncomfortable amount of attention from the maid of honor. She made many bold moves throughout the wedding, attempted kisses being perhaps the most egregious. On top of all that, she had the audacity to question the strength of the Redditor’s marriage.
An Obstinate Bridesmaid
This next bridesmaid couldn’t blame her poor behavior on alcohol, although the fact she’d be smoking a lot of marijuana probably didn’t help her case.
Not only did she show up not wearing her assigned dress, she also disrupted the photoshoot by leaving for a smoke break. When she returned, she demanded the photographer to capture her and her boyfriend in any many pictures as possible. Her behavior did not improve any at the reception. There, she was uncooperative and unwilling to participate in the toasts.
One Redditor told a tale about a bridesmaid that got a bit too adventurous at a cousin’s wedding.
This bridesmaid experimented cocaine and then took the tabletop to try out her dance moves. The wackiness didn’t end there. Clumsily, she stumbled off the table and landed right on top of the groom.
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Play My Music
It can be a little frustrating when the DJ refuses to play your song request. However, most of us probably wouldn’t resort to doing what this next maid of honor did.
She asked the DJ to play the Macarena. When he declined, she kicked him in the crotch—not just playfully, but enough to bowl him over. An ambulance was called to assess the damage, and it didn’t look good.
Maid of Honor Behaves Badly
Some people just worry about it raining on their wedding day. This poor bride never expected to learn a dirty secret about her husband-to-be and maid of honor.
Somehow, it was revealed that just the other night, the groom snuck off to bed with the maid of honor. Instead of owning up to her misdeed, the maid of honor fled the scene—but not before punching the poor bride square in the face first.
Maid of honors tend to be pretty close to the bride. How close? Sometimes that is best left to the imagination.
One Redditor recalled how the maid of honor shared some classified info with the weddinggoers, in an attempt to illustrate their close relationship. That information? That both she and the bride “shared scabies.”
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Searching for the Ring
Moral of this story? No child should be left with an expensive ring without some extensive coaching.
A five-year-old ring bearer lost control of the cushion holding the ring when he got in a little face-making war with the equally young flower girl. He threw the cushion at the girl, which of course sent the ring flying with it. As a result, the bridesmaids—and many others in the wedding—spent a good deal of time on all fours searching for the ring.
This Redditor attended a wedding with some interesting color choices, one of which being a nauseating orange that beamed from his brother-in-law’s vest.
But that wasn’t the only blindingly orange thing on display at this wedding. One bridesmaid was so tanned, that her skin rivaled the brother-in-law’s vest.
Maid of Honor Interrupted
One Redditor told a tale about how the maid of honor’s speech was sadly cut short when the best man had an unfortunate accident.
He struggled to adjust to his rental shoes and as a result crashed head-first into the sink in the bathroom. While he ended up okay, he did have to endure a trip to the hospital, a concussion, and several stitches.
This next case of interrupted maid of honor wasn’t so urgent, but it was certainly unexpected and somewhat grating.
At this Redditor’s own wedding, the sister-in-law requested to sing and was declined. That didn’t stop her from exercising her pipes and cutting both the best man’s and maid of honor’s speeches short.
A Red Wedding
Wedding dresses hold a certain sacredness. Some women are so protective of their dresses that they will neatly fold them up and place them in the attic, never to see the light of day again. Too risky. Unfortunately for this bride, her dress never made it that far.
One bridesmaid got drunk and made some crazy decisions. She got promiscuous on the dance floor and quarreled intermittently with her boyfriend. Things got even more intense when it came time to serve the cake. The bridesmaid walked right up to the bride and poured a perfectly fine glass of wine down her dress, emptying almost the entire glass.
Green with Envy
But what about those friends who don’t quite make the cut? They are invited to enjoy the special day, but they don’t get to enjoy the perks of being a bridesmaid. Some take it perfectly fine. Others, though, let the rejection fester a little too long.
One friend was so upset about being overlooked that she took reign of the microphone during the toast and began to completely trash the bride. She relayed stories of constant rejection, struggling friendships, and more. Needless to say, the atmosphere was quite uncomfortable.
Maid of Honor’s Lousy Date
According to this Redditor, the maid of honor’s boyfriend just couldn’t behave himself.
He nagged about wanting to watch football and eventually left to do just that at the host’s own home. Understandably, the host was not going to stand for such selfishness and so forcefully removed the guy from the premises. That didn’t stop him from trying to return later—to similar reactions, of course.
Bridesmaid Takes the Stage
Perhaps the most frustrating thing about this next one is that a bridesmaid who was never intended to be a bridesmaid enjoyed the limelight that belonged to the bride.
The Redditor said that his sister’s wedding album is completely overwhelmed with pictures of this bridesmaid, her sister-in-law. Rather than showing the bride posing near the cake, the photographer captured the sister-in-law beaming in front of it. Even the bouquet toss picture prominently favored her over the bride.
Flower Girl Saves the Day
In this charming little tale, a Redditor tells a tale of how her 7-year-old self helped the wedding go on after all.
To the dismay of all wedding guests, the bridesmaids’ dresses were never delivered. While everyone panicked, the flower girl suggested to the bride that they wear “those dresses,” which happened to be long, flowing choir robes. Strangely enough, the bridesmaids rocked those robes, and the wedding proceeded without a hitch.
Maid of Honor and Mom to the Rescue
This next story also focuses on a flower girl, although her deed was not quite so glorious.
The poor girl was so caught up in the moment and overwhelmed by all the gawking that she had an accident. Further embarrassed, she attempted to flee, with her mother and maid of honor trailing her. The chase was quite the sight, especially since poor mom had to work with a trailing dress and uncomfortable heels.
An Awkward Situation
This Redditor witnessed the plot of a disastrous rom-com right before her very eyes.
Her maid of honor hit it off immediately with the husband’s best man. The problem? She was already married. The situation escalated to the maid of honor spending the night in the best man’s room, but he didn’t want to pursue the fling further knowing that she was already married. According to the Redditor, this maid of honor never showed even her own husband the level of attention she showed this unsuspecting guy.
Rain on Your Wedding Day
And here we are: actual rain to ruin a beautiful wedding day.
But it didn’t just rain. It roared thunder and wind and drenched everything from the guests to the perfectly set tables and bar. Beautifully arranged bouquets lay in wet tatters. The bride was so upset that she soaked her maid of honor even more by crying into her dress.
Maid of Honor Versus Bridezilla
Being bridesmaid is supposed to be a great honor. While this is often true, sometimes the whole affair is nothing short of a nightmare.
This Redditor was approached by a girl who, for reasons soon to be obvious, didn’t have any close friends to be her maid of honor. Reluctantly, the Redditor agreed, not knowing what she’d just gotten herself into. It all started when she discovered bride-to-be cheating right before the wedding. She threatened to break the news to the groom, but of course the bridezilla lost it.
Maid of Honor Versus Bridezilla (Cont.)
But it didn’t end there. Nightmare bride, despite her infidelity, dumped a whole lot of money into the wedding—so much so, that she was extra worried it’d all be ruined if her dirty secret got out. She told the maid of honor she was going to kill herself. Then she insisted that her wedding shower and bachelorette party be equally as extravagant.
To top it all off, though, the bride tried to tell her maid of honor that her boyfriend was not invited. Then, something came up for the maid of honor: she had to attend a friend’s funeral. At first, the bride was furious that she’d have to miss the wedding, but eventually conceded that she wasn’t a good maid of honor. Feigning disappointment, this Redditor agreed to resign her role and disengaged from an inevitable disaster.
Best Man Versus Groomsman
Who said weddings got the best only of the bride and her bridesmaid? Sometimes, even the groomsmen and best man get a little antsy.
This Redditor told the story about how the best man and groomsman both chased after the same bridesmaid, much to the dismay of the other. Neither was going to back down, so they took to fighting on the dance floor.
A Twisted Ankle
One Reddit, in an attempt to quell future brides’ fears of disastrous weddings, told a story about a bride who had to endure a twisted ankle on her wedding day.
The bride did not let an ankle get in the way of her special day, however. With the support of her bridesmaids, she hobbled about and made the best of the situation.
The Expensive Dress
One Redditor was delighted when her roommate approached her about being a bridesmaid in her wedding. Only problem? The dress the bride-to-be selected for her bridesmaids boasted quite the price tag, coming in at a pricey $2400.
The Redditor tried to compromise with her roommate, assuring her that she’d do all she could to make a dress that looked like the intended one. Unfortunately, roommate was not having any of it, and the friendship dissolved right then and there.
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It’s normal for even the most stunning of brides to feel a little self-conscious in her wedding dress. One bride, though, let her insecurity get the best of her.
Wanting to be the true star of her wedding, she begged all her bridesmaids to gain several pounds. The bridesmaids, of course, were confused and uncertain what that would help. But the bride was adamant: fatten up, or you’re out of the wedding. Fortunately, she came to her senses by wedding day.
When one Redditor suggested to the bride that they retreat to her vacation cottage for a memorable bachelorette party, the offer was too hard to refuse. Only the bride had a car, but it was arranged that the bridesmaids would get rides up to the cottage.
That all changed when the bride changed her mind about providing full transportation. She told this Redditor and the other bridesmaids that she would drop them all off in a town several hours from home, and they’d have to figure out their transportation situation from there.
Get to Work
This Redditor had to deal with a bride who was a bit over her head. When she learned that her hair and makeup appointment wouldn’t work out, she threw a tantrum. Many of the bridesmaids consoled her, but this Redditor was assigned a much more arduous task.
She and the remaining bridesmaids retreat to the kitchen, where they were immediately put to work. This would have been fine if the bridesmaids were not wearing the most uncomfortable dresses possible. Their design was impractical enough to make basic movements beyond looking nice manageable, let alone puttering away in a kitchen. Even so, that’s exactly what this Redditor did.
The Tardy Bride
This Redditor told the story of the time his girlfriend was a bridesmaid in a mess of a wedding.
It’s understandable to be a couple minutes late for an important event. Things happen. However, this bride kept wedding members waiting over two hours at her wedding rehearsal. This could have been forgotten, albeit begrudgingly, if the bride had not also been late on her wedding day.
One Redditor had a lot to attend to around the time of her old friend’s wedding, in which she would be a bridesmaid. Nonetheless, she promised her friend to take care of everything on her end.
Unfortunately, the friend was not so understanding. She scolded her bridesmaids for her “selfishness” and threatened to replace her. Alas, another friendship went up in flames that day.
The Princess of a Bride
One Redditor experienced first-hand what happens when people who were spoiled as children have full reign on their special day.
While this bridesmaid was willing to spend money for the wedding, the bride’s demands were a bit too unrealistic and would have totaled well over $2000. When this Redditor expressed this concern, the bride was crestfallen and asked why this bridesmaid couldn’t just go to her parents for the money.
One Redditor was about to be a bridesmaid in her friend’s wedding. She happened to work with said friend.
One day, this future bridesmaid got a job offer that was far too sweet to turn down. She pounced on it and ultimately quit the job she was working with her friend. The friend did not take this so well and immediately scratched this bridesmaid off the list.
When it comes time for bridesmaids to obtain their dresses, the whole process can be something of a hassle. Maybe the chosen dress is too pricey. Perhaps finding the right size is a nightmare. This dress dilemma was a little different.
The bride wanted all the bridesmaids to create their own dresses, modeled after a pattern she selected herself. According to this Redditor, her dress turned out pretty well, but the whole process was nothing short of a nightmare.
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Another Dress Nightmare
Sometimes you just know that an outfit will not flatter you no matter what you do to it. Such was the case for this next bridesmaid.
The bride demanded that she and three other overweight bridesmaids find strapless dresses to wear. Nothing worked. When she went into get fitted, she fortunately found something and ended up being the best dressed bridesmaid in the wedding.
There’s nothing quite like being blamed for something you have no control over.
When one bride made the rash decision to dye her hair red and realized far too late that the pink theme she desired would not work out with her shock of red hair blazing in the center, she lost it on her bridesmaids.
Pandemonium in Red
In this situation, the bridesmaid actually dyed her hair red and cut it short, long before the wedding.
But the bride did not approve of the hair color at all, feeling that this bridesmaid’s choppy red hair would clash with the others’ flowing blonde hair. Fortunately, she eventually shrugged it off, and all went fine.
The Bride With Too Many Rules
This next story goes beyond being a typical tale about a bride demanding that her bridesmaids make unrealistically expensive purchases. This bride had a rigid list she wanted followed with no protest.
The first on the list concerned makeup. Any color went, except pink, which was absolutely forbidden. This rule proved to be especially inconvenient for the bridesmaids with darker complexions.
The Bride with Too Many Rules: Settling Height Differences
Because women come in so many different shapes and sizes, it’s unrealistic to expect every bridesmaid to match exactly in height. Even so, this bride wanted to go up against nature.
She demanded that all bridesmaid wore heels so that no one was shorter or taller than another. This was especially challenging when the shortest bridesmaid was 5’2 and the tallest nearly 6 feet.
The Bride with Too Many Rules: The Fast
Sometimes before an event as big as a wedding, those involved are far too nervous to eat. These bridesmaids didn’t have a choice.
The bride demanded they stay away from all food. Why? She didn’t want to risk any unfortunate bloating through delicate dresses.
The Bride with Too Many Rules: Mandatory Sleepover
Who doesn’t want to spend the night with a demanding bride after enduring an exhausting wedding with her?
This bride didn’t want to give her bridesmaids much of a choice. She pitched a tent in her yard and demanded they all sleep there so they could watch her open her gifts first thing in the morning.
The Mismatched Dress
And so the dress disasters continue. Only imagine being told you’re on the right track, only to find out way too late that you’ve got it all wrong.
That’s exactly what happened to this Reddit. Upon the request of the bride, she ordered a cotton-candy pink dress, much to her dismay. Unfortunately, she found out later that her fellow bridesmaids would be sporting much different dresses: black, knee-length, and empire waisted.
The Dreadful Sister Bride
Being in your friend’s wedding as a bridesmaid is one thing. When it comes to your sister, on the other hand, that’s a level of stress in its own league because you can’t exactly un-sister your sister the way you can unfriend a friend.
This bride was constantly throwing demands at her bridesmaids, even when she was not in the same room as them. After getting her eyebrows waxed, she stormed off into another room and ordered the bridesmaids standing outside to attend to all sorts of last-minute things. After the wedding, she even told one of her bridesmaid she was so disappointed in how she handled her wedding, she didn’t want to be friends anymore.
Another Friendship Fails
This Redditor had bad feelings about this wedding and her role as the maid of honor from the start, mostly due to all the unusual demands. However, the thing that required her to resign was out of her control completely.
This maid of honor had to get surgery on the day of the wedding, and it could not be rescheduled under any circumstances. The bride was less than understanding and severed all lines of communications with her once close friend.
Bridesmaid-ed and then Un-Bridesmaided
Indecisive brides are a whole other animal.
One Redditor was all set to be in her friend’s wedding as a bridesmaid, until suddenly said friend decided against it. She was hurt, but ultimately got over it—until the friend tried making her a bridesmaid again. This time, she wasn’t playing games and outright refused to be part of the wedding.
The circumstances surrounding this wedding were certainly strange.
This Redditor was to be her friend’s maid of honor from the start. Eventually, though, the friend decided she didn’t want to go through with a grand wedding and so went back to planning something a little more intimate. She still wanted her maid of honor to remain the same. But when the wedding finally rolled around, she found herself totally replaced by another maid of honor, without ever letting this Redditor know about the change.
Covering the Ink
One Redditor who was maid of honor in her sister’s wedding took great pride in her tattoos. But her sister did not want them on display at the wedding and so arranged for a makeup artist to expertly cover them.
Fortunately, though, the problem was resolved when they compromised and found the maid of honor a dress that would conceal her tattoos.
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