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    No-Chance Marriages: Wedding Planners Spot Immediate Red Flags

    “Have you ever seen a couple and immediately thought: ‘This [will] end in divorce?’ Why?”
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    Well, they didn’t hold anything back and have truly SEEN some things while on the job. They had some pretty juicy encounters with engaged and married couples and knew from the start their unions wouldn’t last forever.
    Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney in "My Best Friend's Wedding"
    So, here are some shocking stories straight from wedding planners/workers:.
    A chic and fashion-forward bride was filled with nerves on her big day, so she decided to indulge in a few drinks before the ceremony. As she made her way down the aisle, she needed assistance to maintain her balance. The unconventional surprises continued when, instead of the traditional kiss to seal the vows, she playfully licked her groom from chin to eyeball, leaving everyone in awe. Unfortunately, her misfortune followed her throughout the day, as she stumbled and accidentally caused a waiter to spill champagne during the recessional. Her clumsiness persisted during the post-ceremony photoshoot, leading to her exclusion from the precious moments. The culmination of her chaotic day came when it was time to cut the cake, only to discover that the bride had mysteriously vanished. Concerned, the staff searched for her and found her in her hotel room, covered in her own vomit, still dressed in her wedding attire. Despite her outrageous behavior, she had the nerve to request a refund. It’s no wonder they’re divorced now.
    Bride drinking in a bathtub
    I worked in a hotel, and an engaged couple had a lavish rehearsal dinner that extended into the chic and fashion-forward lobby. It was a glamorous event where secrets spilled out, revealing that the bride held deep animosity towards the groom’s parents. The tension escalated when it was uncovered that she was pregnant and unsure of the father‘s identity. The shocking revelations caused half of the guests to hastily depart and check out the following day. Nevertheless, the couple proceeded with their wedding, amidst the drama and intrigue.
    On the night of the wedding, I (the wedding planner) brought the bottle of champagne up to the room along with some other things we did for a wedding night. I quickly opened the door and walked straight in. The bride was bent over a chair with her wedding dress over her head, having sex with the best man.
    I heard from a friend who did calligraphy for a bride‘s wedding invitations. It contained the usual wording: ‘The bride‘s mom and dad and the groom’s mom and dad invite you to the wedding of the bride and groom.’ The bride didn’t want the groom’s parents‘ names on the invite. My mate did an invite mock-up, called the couple for a check-in, and the groom lost it (apparently, the groom’s parents were the ones paying for most of the wedding). They didn’t need any invites after that.
    Wedding invitation
    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 two brothers — one brother looked like a model for Hugo Boss, and her other brother who looked a little bit like Thor. Well, only the ‘Hugo Boss’ brother was selected to be a groomsman (things like this caused a lottttt of tension between family members, as well as fights between the couple).
    I remember I worked catering at a wedding that involved the groom getting rather ‘handsy’ with the maid of honor during the reception. Both were drunk and a bit too close. The bride was on the dance floor flopping around, drunk to the point that she had to be escorted to a restroom to freshen up. Honestly, it always seems like when the bride and groom get trashed during the reception, something happens that will cause them to split shortly after. Not always, but it’s just something I’ve noticed during the weddings I’ve assisted with.
    I have assisted a dear friend with several weddings. One particular event stands out in my memory: the atmosphere was effortlessly chic and fashion-forward. However, it became apparent that the bride and groom lacked a connection as they scarcely conversed throughout the entire wedding. To everyone’s surprise, the groom abruptly left midway, claiming exhaustion as his reason. This left the bride to handle the rest of the evening alone, greeting guests and capturing precious moments with them. Sadly, as fate would have it, their marriage ended in divorce approximately a year later.
    I’m a photographer, and I’ve shot three weddings — I hated them (bless the people who do it). Anyway, at one of the weddings, the groom called the bride unattractive (she was stunning and used to model — he was cute, but generically cute). He kept taking shots of vodka with his boys, and asked for a full-on photoshoot with his mom. He was definitely a mama’s boy because his mom was hovering the whole time (and you know it’s bad when his mom suggested he take photos with his wife). He told me to STFU every time I redirected, so after the third time that happened (and flashed me his junk?), I started packing up. When he started yelling at me, I told him no one talks to me like that, and I’d send them a refund. I knew right then the marriage wouldn’t last.
    Sad bride on beach with groom
    It was a quick engagement and marriage, and I got the feeling maybe too quick. The wedding and reception were at the groom’s parents‘ place, and his mom had a lot of input (as did his sister). The bride got shut down whenever she talked. On the day of the wedding, I arrived to shoot the bride getting ready. She was alone with the hair and makeup person. I thought that person was her friend, but she wasn’t (her bridesmaids weren’t even there). Two hours went by, and she couldn’t get a hold of them. The makeup person left, and I helped her put on her veil and shoes. I felt so bad for her — this was supposed to be her big day, and there she was: having a stranger put on her veil and telling her she looked great.
    I worked in the catering business for over 20 years, so I worked a lot 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 how the twin was more compatible. Then, she ended the toast with: ‘Well, as nice as you are, you’ll make a great first husband.’ I walked past the camera man, and you could hear me on tape saying: ‘Did you get that? Tell me you got that.’
    I worked at a hotel in the kitchen, and we did a wedding where the cake was brought in from Walmart. The 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.
    Man caught between two women he's been romantically involved with
    I ran a fairly upmarket hotel and restaurant that sometimes hosted weddings. I made a rookie error and booked a wedding on Christmas Eve. This should’ve been a warning sign, as it showed 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. They turned up three 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 super 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.
    Many years ago, I had a side hustle making cakes and would frequently receive orders for wedding cakes. However, one particular incident stands out in my memory. The bride-to-be, in a fit of rage, locked herself in my bathroom, refusing to come out. The reason? The groom dared to have an opinion on the flavor of the cake. Frustrated, I shouted through the door, ‘Get out of my bathroom!’ But all I received in response was a high-pitched, defiant ‘NoooOooooooOooooooooO!!!!!!’ It was a moment of utter madness, with the bride-to-be acting like a spoiled child, despite being an adult of 22 years old.
    I heard from a wedding planner that the bride and her bridesmaids went through at least 10 bottles of champagne the morning of the wedding, and were ridiculously drunk. Two of the three bridesmaids fell and had trouble getting up on the way down the aisle, and the bride and the maid of honor made it down the aisle but with great difficulty. The groom was basically holding the bride up for the entirety of the ceremony, and she loudly refused to sit in a chair. The wedding planner said the couple argued the night before over whether they were going to drink before the wedding. The groom wanted to stay sober until the reception, but the bride disagreed.
    Drunk bridesmaids

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