It's totally normal for a bride or groom to get a case of jitters before her or his wedding day. But for some couples, these doubts turn out to be caused by something way more serious than just nerves. A recent Reddit chat, which was reported on by , asked users to write in with reasons real weddings were called off at the last minute. From the shocking to the hilarious, here are some of our favorite responses:
1. They only knew each other for two weeks.
"The groom ran away the morning of his wedding day. He ed his family after two days and told them he was in another country and didn't want to get married yet," wrote one Reddit user. Turns out, his family had pressured him into marrying a woman he'd only known for two weeks. "The bride was very upset, but she and her family understood the situation and moved on."
2. The bride was too afraid to actually call off the wedding.
Apparently, one Reddit user was engaged to a woman who was too scared to admit she wanted to call their wedding off. Instead, she went along with planning the affair until the day actually came. "I was there waiting, and my bride-to-be texted me letting me know that she wasn't feeling well and that she needed to go to the hospital," he explained. "I got suspicious when I noticed that no one from her side of the family had shown up. Turns out, they had never sent out their half of the invitations and never bothered to tell me that there was no wedding. So there I was with my friends and family at a wedding that didn't actually exist."
3. The groom turned out to be a liar and a thief — but there was a silver lining.
"I used to work with a girl named Ashley. She was engaged to some guy I never met. He used to travel a lot for work, or so I was told. A couple days before the wedding, I heard some coworkers talking loudly about something terrible that happened. I went over to hear what was going on, and I found out Ashley had called off the wedding. Family and friends from Utah had already flown in. Turns out, the fiancé was actually an awful low-life. He had no job and was stealing from her. She decided not to go through with it. Silver lining: Three months after the canceled wedding, Ashley and I started dating. She told me later she had doubts about the marriage and had feelings for me. I didn't know I had them as well until after the ordeal. We have been married for five years now and have a son together. When people ask how we met, we leave that story out."
4. They made it all they way to the reception before breaking up.
"I worked a wedding where the couple broke up during the reception. The party was on the roof of the building, and there was a small pool. The groom got drunk and thought it would be funny to push the bride, in her full wedding gown, into the water. It was still pretty early in the reception. She stormed out and was taken home by a friend."
5. Family members didn't approve.
"I had a friend who called off the wedding that morning but still held the reception that evening. Apparently, the bride's family did not approve, so they didn't go through with it. Only the people who were invited to the small ceremony knew, so many people at the reception didn't. Guests were congratulating them, and the bride and groom just pretended that they were married. They ended up getting married four months later in secret. Needless to say the reception was awkward for those that knew."
6. The bride was left at the alter — twice.
"The groom left the bride at the altar. He just didn't show up! He said he had cold feet. The couple stayed together, and then planned another wedding. He stood her up again! Somehow, they stayed together, and she agreed to attempt to marry him a third time. He showed up, they wed and have now been together for over 45 years."
7. The couple couldn't make it through the wedding without blowing up at each other.
"The wedding got all the way into the reception, and it was time to cut the cake. The groom mashed the cake into the bride's face, and she was livid. She turned red, screamed at him and slapped him across the face so hard it sounded like a gunshot, and it echoed across the reception hall. Everyone gasped. She stormed off," said one commenter. However, the family decided that the party should go on: "A little while later, the father of the bride went up to the DJ and handed him $500. He said, 'Listen, this marriage... is over. She's actually left the building. But I've paid for this party, and all my family and friends are here. I want you to finish out the night, keep the music playing and don't mention the two of them again for the rest of the night.' He agreed, and everyone had a great time."
8. The groom showed up to the wedding, but then decided to leave with no explanation.
"I was taken to a wedding by a then-girlfriend. I knew no one there. I was sort of just dumped with the groom and his wedding party, as my girlfriend was a bridesmaid. The groom and his buddies proceeded to get drunk and just bail. Not telling anyone, just leaving. So here I am, not knowing anyone. I had to go to the room the bride was getting ready in, knock, ask for my girlfriend and explain to her. She and I pretty much just had to break the news. We broke up since. I had no reason to keep in with bride or groom, so no idea on any follow up."
9. The bride just couldn't get along with her mother-in-law.
"The groom's mother spilled something on the bride's dress. The bride flipped out and cussed out the mother-in-law. The groom was in a state of shock and demanded an apology, but his wife-to-be refused. He walked out. The guests tried to talk to the bride and groom, but they weren't having any of it."
10. The woman the groom was having an affair with decided to ruin his wedding.
"This happened in Calcutta. The couple had been introduced to each other and after like six months of hanging out and getting to know each other, they got engaged. They had known each other for almost a year up to this point. The evening of the wedding, a group of people showed up and literally blocked the street so the groom couldn't come to the wedding venue. Turns out, the groom had been sleeping with a female of said blockade with the promise of getting married. Even going so far as to introduce himself to her parents and family and plan a future date for his parents to meet hers. For about an hour, there was a stand-off. When the information got back to the bride and her family, they called off the wedding. The guests were half in shock, half trying to eat and drink as much as they could before the inevitable cancellation happened."