When the guests at a wedding are asked if they object to the union of the couple and to “speak now or forever hold your peace” everyone holds their breath for a moment wondering if anyone is going to speak up.
It’s the stuff of rom coms usually, and not often seen in real life. How awkward would it be if someone actually decided to have a rant on someone’s big day? Or even decided to say they object in jest?!
On a recent Ask Reddit thread, Redditors shared their experiences of when someone has decided not to forever hold their peace… and there’s a few doozies there!
1. When the bride’s parents disapprove
“This happened at one of my friend’s sibling’s weddings. Her parents are suuuuper conservative and hadn’t gotten the chance to know the daughter’s fiancé very well before they got married. In their minds all that was relevant about him was that he was 10 years older than her and had been previously divorced. They had made subtle and not-so-subtle comments here and there before the wedding that they weren’t happy about it. It should have been a forewarning of what was to come. The day of the wedding, everything was beautiful. Friend’s sister and her fiancé were ecstatic to be getting married and invited friends and family from both sides to their outdoor wedding. All was going well, until the preacher asks the audience if anyone has objections to why they should get married…. and as serious as can be, dad of the bride stands up and says “her mother and I object,” and then after a long hesitation sits back down. Silence. No one can believe that that just happened. Not knowing exactly how to handle it, the preacher just says “ok” and finishes the ceremony as planned. I can’t even imagine how the bride and groom must have felt. My friend says the tension in the room was unbelievable. But they got married all the same… they just do a lot of avoiding the ILs as one might imagine..” – reimaginingme
2. When everyone is a lawyer and thinks it would be a sweet gag
“Lot of laughs. My Friend’s older brother is a lawyer. He was marrying a lawyer. Most of their friends are lawyers. The officiant was a Judge who was a friend of theirs.
He and his Fiancee thought it would be funny to plant someone in the audience. They got a friend to yell “I Object” to which the judge yelled “Overruled!”.It seemed to have gone over well for most but I don’t think some of their family members got it.
I am dying to see the wedding video of it and not the shitty cellphone version.” – suitology
3. When the bride is the one who has something to say
“When the pastor got to the part ‘or forever hold your peace,’ the bride said, ‘Yes, I’d like to say something.’ Then she turned around to her guests and said, ‘I’d like to thank my maid of honor for sleeping with my fiancé last night.’ With that, she threw her bouquet and stormed off. The story even made it on the radio at the time.” – PTSDPillowGuy
4. When it’s kids doing it for the lols
“When I was seven and he was five I dared my brother to object on the grounds that “she’s a man”. Only nearby people heard but we got some laughs.” – andolomar
5. When a drunk guest gets sweary
“A guest for the wedding arrived a few hours early, so he sat in the restaurant and had a few too many drinks. He yelled “DON’T FUCKING DO IT <brides name here>. HE’S AN ASSHOLE”. There was the typical gasp by the crowd, then it was just silence as people from the bar (not part of the wedding, but the bar was outside on the same floor) escorted him out.” – ParoxysmAttack