For some it feels like an unnecessary question, but for these six people, it was a bigger moment than expected.
Read these real stories that was asked to Reddit.com when someone actually spoke during “speak now or forever hold your peace”...
- "My ex-stepmum was getting married to my cousin. I really like my cousin, and my ex-stepmum is one of the worst people I know, so I tried to talk him out of it, but he was committed. They said their vows and everything, but when the pastor asked if anyone objected, I stood up. I talked about how terrible of a person my ex-stepmum was, and how she was tricking my cousin. I practically begged him not to marry her, but he wouldn’t even look at me. After a minute of me talking, I realised that everyone else in the room was actively hating me, so I left. They’re still married to this day – five years next Thursday. They seem to be genuinely happy. I’m starting to wonder if I just had the wrong idea about my ex-stepmum. I go over to their house sometimes and eat dinner."
- "I went to a friend’s wedding and during the reception his mother – who is an abusive alcoholic – got up to do an impromptu speech. She said, ‘I can’t believe my son is marrying that horrible b––––. She’s going to ruin his life.’ The groom ripped the microphone out of her hand then yelled at her to leave. This was seven years ago, and the couple is still together."
- "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."
- "I objected at a small wedding in Vegas. I was drunk and had already voiced my opinion the night before to the bride-to-be. I told her that her future husband would end up back in jail and leave her to raise all the kids alone. His friends yelled at me when I made my little speech. Fast forward a year and he is now in prison for second degree robbery, and she is alone."
- "My friend was with this girl for almost four years before he proposed, and it was another year before the wedding. On the wedding day, the bride’s mother objected because she didn’t like him. Her parents never liked him and assumed that the relationship would end before it ever got this far. The bride said she needed a moment, and she and her parents went to this little back room in the church. They were in there for at least 30 minutes. Finally the door opens. The bride’s head pokes out, and she waves him in. They were in there for only a few minutes this time. The door opened again, and he walked out of the building without saying a word, got into his limo and drove off. The bride was in tears, so her mother announced to everyone in a stern, nearly robotic voice that the wedding was off. Apparently she loved him, but she cared so much about what her parents think that she decided if they didn’t like him she couldn’t marry him."
- "It happened at my own wedding. We were at the altar when the question ‘Does anyone have any objections?’ was asked. My wife’s grandfather stood up and said, ‘Yes I have an objection. I’ve gotten to know Jacob over these past four years pretty well. My granddaughter has been terrified of clowns since she was born, and this boy she is marrying is one of the biggest clowns I know.’ He then sat back down without another word. I said, ‘Thank you Mr. Carol.’ Everyone laughed. Good times were had."