“I Object”: 20 Stories Of How A Mid-Wedding Objection Played Out IRL

Published 6 months ago

According to our beloved rom-coms, the most dramatic moment in a wedding is when the officiator demands that any objections be voiced with a resounding “Speak now or forever hold your peace.”

But how often does anyone speak up at this time in real life? According to answers submitted under one Redditor’s invitation to Netizens to share their eyewitness accounts of a wedding objection, it certainly does seem to happen often enough to warrant this list. 

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I objected at my cousin’s wedding.

The dude had hit her multiple times. He was and is generally a douchebag. Every time I had ever seen him he was drunk, and my cousin who I was previously very close with quit talking much and suddenly became very clumsy, falling down and hitting her face on things a lot.

I had no intention of going. Turned down being in the wedding party. Turned down going to the bachelorette party.

My mother and aunt begged me to go over my objections. I told them why I didn’t want to go. They made a bunch of excuses and told me it was just me being jealous.

Ended up going, explicitly to object.

The priest did the speak up or forever hold your peace. I stayed that I object because the guy is an abusing pile of s**t.

Everything went silent. One of my cousins and my dad walked me out. The marriage continued.

Nobody talked to me for about a year. Right after the d******d go arrested for hitting her in the face with a hand mixer because she made something wrong.

Turned out I was right. Yet they are still married even though he has been to jail twice now for beating her.

Downside is my parents wouldn’t talk to me for a long time. Now my mom apologized for not believing me.


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I was at an outdoor wedding. During the ceremony we get to the *’speak now or forever hold your peace’* bit and during the pause a squirrel had been walking across a tree branch causing it to crack, break, and fall to the floor. It was loud.

I turned to my wife and said *”I guess God is trying to tell us something.”* to which I got hit on the arm by her as others around us chuckled. Apparently I said it a little too loudly!

Turned out that squirrel was on to something. They split up after 5 years.


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I was very young and barely talking when my aunt and uncle got married. When the priest asked if there were any objections, apparently I blurted out, “Uh ohh!” to a silent church audience.

I obviously don’t remember any of this, but there’s video evidence. And my family LOVES to bring it up every couple years.


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I got my license to marry people online. It’s kinda cool. I was marrying this sweet couple and when I got to “Does anyone object this marriage?” Someone did. The uncle of the GROOM. He stood up, said he objected because “I love you more than your girlfriend does! Marry me instead.” It was kinda weird. I am not going to lie.

#5 When the registrar was doing the whole “will you Mary take you Bill” bit there was a loud shriek of “BILLLLL!!!!!” Paused the ceremony and everyone was looking round to find the source. The source was a small baby using this opportunity to speak one of their first proper words.

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#6 There were no objections but at my cousins wedding, about 12 years ago, when the priest asked if there were any objections, my cousin who is a 6’5 bodybuilder turned to the crowd with his arms wide as if to challenge anyone to object. The whole place erupted with laughter. It was great.

Edit: For those who are asking, it was certainly intended to be a light hearted joke and was taken as such. It landed very well.

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Not an objection but I was at a wedding, the priest gets to the objections. The 3yoish daughter was the flower girl. Walks up the aisle, pulls the bride’s dress and whispers something to her.

Everyone was like…is the little girl objecting?

Nope. Apparently she told her mom she didnt feel good. That was about half a second before she threw up all over her.

#8 When asked if there were any objections, right on cue, the groom’s 2-year-old nephew squealed and banged his toy car on the floor a couple of times like he was trying to make a point. The marriage didn’t last. I guess he’s the only one who was perceptive enough to know

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#9 Many, many years ago, the wedding was at the bride’s upscale residence. They had the rehearsal, and thought they had anticipated every possibility. When “the question” was asked it was too late to realize that nobody had thought to stop the cuckoo clock. “CUCKOO, CUCKOO, CUCKOO!!!” It was a good ten minutes before the laughter died down enough for them to finish the ceremony. The bride, groom and officiant chuckled their way through the rest of the ceremony. They have been married for over thirty years .

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#10 When my cousin’s parents got married he was their page boy (he must have been about 4). He refused to hand over the rings.

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#11 Ok, my sister and her best friend went to a mutual friend’s wedding and they told me this story.

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Everything was going normally and the bride walked down the aisle and it was all good. then the officiator asked if anyone had any objections and the best man came forward and just started roasting the bride like he held nothing back. so the groom got really upset and was like “why are you insulting my wife?” so the best mn answered “she’s not your wife yet” it went back and forth for a bit before the best man shouted, “I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU DEREK!” the whole place went silent like in a movie. Then the maid of honour dragged the best man away and they continued on with the wedding like nothing happened.

#12 My brother objected at my Dad’s wedding to my step mom…while he was standing next to them at the altar. He was young and just trying to be rebellious. It was just cringy.

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#13 Only once. They were lawyers being married by one of the judges they appeared before a lot. It was done as a joke. The judge overruled the objection.

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#14 Not an actual objection, but at the “If anyone here present knows of any reason why they should not be joined” moment, the photographer knocked over his tripod, smashing his camera, and shouted “F**K!”.

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The most dramatic objection came from a guy seated farther back in a church filled with people. He said the groom was still legally married to another woman in California — that a decree of divorce had not been finalized by the judicial system. Turns out the guy was correct — some glitch in the process prevented the divorce from becoming official, even though the groom thought it had long been resolved. Apparently, the man who spoke at the East Coast wedding ceremony was related to the groom’s wife, and the guy was intent on spoiling the occasion out of some bitterness he held toward the groom

#16 No but at my wedding when they asked if any body had any reason to believe we should not be wed I playfully covered my husbands ears. Got a good laugh :)

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At a friend’s wedding in 2003 he was asked if he wants to marry the bride >first name last name<. Without any pause he said no! Everyone was shocked, including the bride. It was like the world stopped turning for a second and dead silence together with severe tension was in the air. He then corrected, that he was there to marry >correct first name, last name< – the brides first name has been a wrong one when he was asked, but the bride itself doesn’t noticed (some guest did notice as well) The official then checked and it turns out he noted down the wrong first name, which would lead to them not being married if not corrected. They are happily married until today.


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My cousin and her husband purposely had the priest skip that part because the groom’s mom had been trying to cancel the wedding. She’d threaten not to come, she tried canceling venues, tried booking her own rehearsal party for only the groom’s family, and started calling the bride’s guests saying the wedding was cancelled. I was a bridesmaid and our bouquets were the size of basketballs. I had a clear view incase I had to throw my bouquet at her in distraction in case she did try to object at any point in the ceremony.


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I was on wedding of my mom’s cousin (J). When the guy asked if there was any objections, the mother of J said: i never wanted my daughter to date such a a$$hole like him. Everyone started whispering and J was holding her tears back. I was something around 11 when that happened, still old enough to understand that J didn’t want her mother there. The mother had to leave, and the ceremony continued. After that a went to hug J. She was 20 at the time, really young. She started to tear up while hugging me. Imagine getting married, and your mother would talk sh¡t about your future husband, when she was this young, she seemed to regret going that fast. They are still married, happy and healthy, but if i’m ever gonna get married this is going to be my biggest fear. Tldr: the bride’s mother almost ruined the wedding. Few years later they are still married, happy and healthy.


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I didn’t go to this wedding but my father is a pastor and to this day claims this to be the craziest ceremony he’s done.

The couple wanted a redneck-but-not-redneck wedding. They rented him a big rich cowboy suit. Think Doug Dimmadome. They then proceeded to give him a holstered revolver with a blank in it and told him when he got to the “speak now or forever hold your peace” bit, the groom’s brother would stand up to object and they wanted him to pull the gun and shoot him. According to my dad, it was the stupidest request he ever had but it was fun and the crowd loved it.

Shanilou Perera

Shanilou has always loved reading and learning about the world we live in. While she enjoys fictional books and stories just as much, since childhood she was especially fascinated by encyclopaedias and strangely enough, self-help books. As a kid, she spent most of her time consuming as much knowledge as she could get her hands on and could always be found at the library. Now, she still enjoys finding out about all the amazing things that surround us in our day-to-day lives and is blessed to be able to write about them to share with the whole world as a profession.

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