- A bride asked her bridesmaids to buy and wear $US188 (£145) yellow gowns to her wedding.
- The bridesmaids were not happy about the dress‘ cost, colour, or design.
- They weren’t sure how to tell the bride how they felt, so the women decided to draw straws to decide who had to talk to the bride.
- The bridesmaid who drew the short straw was especially conflicted and shared her concerns on an online message board.
- It turned out to be an elaborate prank.
Weddings, at their core, are all about bringing people together. But sometimes they threaten to drive people apart.
Take, for example, this all-too-familiar tale of a bride who asked her bridesmaids to wear truly terrible dresses. The story first picked up traction on Mumsnet, a forum for parents in the UK. In the post, user Namechanger86745 said she had been a bridesmaid for her “close friend” without any major incidents, but recently things had gotten out of hand.
The six bridesmaids all hated the dress the bride-to-be asked them to buy and wear to her wedding, she wrote. According to the post, the bride asked them to purchase the floor-length, $US188 (£145) gown in yellow.
“We’ve decided to tell her how we feel and drew straws. I obviously drew the short straw,” she wrote. “So [am I being unreasonable] to tell her that we do not want to wear and pay for these monstrosities? How do I do that without upsetting her? She’s so stressed and I don’t want to add to that.”
People weighed in.
Some thought she was not being unreasonable.
“You cannot possibly wear it,” one person wrote. “What is she thinking!” “Oh dear, they’re bloody vile!” another person offered. “Not really sure how to advise you to talk to your friend but I think you must!” “Lol. Just that, as your response,” a third person said.
Although others said it should be up to the bride and groom to decide what the wedding party wears.
“It’s the wedding of the bride and groom,” one person commented. “If you want to be a bridesmaid, you wear what they want you to wear.”
A few suggested that the bride was pranking the bridesmaid.
“This post has to be a joke,” one person wrote. “Surely no one would consider these awful dresses.” “Either it’s a wind up, a mistake or one of you bridesmaids has really pissed her off somehow,” someone else said.
And, as it turns out, it was all a joke
In a comment in the thread, the original poster provided an update.
“I went over to the bride’s house and we were talking about wedding stuff. After a while, I brought up the dress. I said that we were concerned as the website looked very dodgy and that even if the site was legit we would struggle in photos,” she wrote. “She started off really calm and then just yelling at me and saying that we all hated her and wanted to ruin her wedding.”
Eventually, the bride ran off crying and locked herself in her bedroom, the bridesmaid said. When the bridesmaid tried to call the other bridesmaids for help, no one answered her, she said.
“Suddenly the door flew open and there she was with all the other bridesmaids. They all burst out laughing and yelled ‘gotcha!'” she said. “To be honest I was actually really angry at first as I was worrying about it all day.”
The bridesmaid said the stress of all this really took a toll on her, and the “prank” was unpleasant. But, all things considered, she’s happy with the final outcome.
“On the upside as an apology I get to pick the bridesmaid dresses now,” she said.
This isn’t the first instance of wedding drama gone viral. Earlier this year, people were confused by a wedding planner’s bizarre list of “rules and regulations” and aghast when a bride didn’t understand why herAfrican American friend didn’t want to attend her wedding at a plantation.
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