Best friends are great and make sweet and meaningful bridesmaids and groomsmen, honor attendants, and even officiants at weddings. But before you ask your besties to commit to big-day roles, you might want to screen them for being crazy-in-love themselves.
Mallory Ortberg, a.k.a. Dear Prudence of Slate, got a hilariously awful question during her recent advice chat. The inquiry, titled "My husband's best friend proposed to his girlfriend during our wedding ceremony," is as bad as it sounds. In the chat, the anonymous asker explained that her husband's best friend "John" was both their best man and their officiant. As it turns out, he took advantage of the spotlight, totally hijacking the ceremony.
"The setting was beautiful, everyone seemed happy, our families were overjoyed. My mom may have used the phrase hallelujah a few dozen times. The entire atmosphere felt moving," she said of the event. "So moving in fact that John stopped midceremony to propose to his longtime girlfriend 'Jane'"—um, uh-oh! Not only that, but he announced that Jane was expecting, shocking the whole crowd. "I couldn't even hear the vows my husband wrote or the rest of the ceremony over the noise of Jane's happy sobs, her very surprised family who were also guests, and people seated nearby congratulating her," the begrudging bride recalled. "Even the videographer cut to her frequently during the ceremony, and you can't hear anything [in the video] over the chatter." Yep, it just gets worse.
Surely the best man must've apologized for his blunder after cooling down from the heat of the moment, right? Well, sort of. "When John gave his toast, he apologized for being caught up in the moment," the bride admitted, "and then proceeded to talk about he and Jane's future with nary a mention of us" (emphasis added)! "John even went out of his way to ask the band for a special dance for just him and Jane on the dance floor," keeping all eyes on the surprise honorees.
The bride and groom responded as anyone could expect: with shock, anger, and half-serious jokes about the situation. The new wife still can't believe the situation happened, while her new husband hasn't spoken to the offender since the wedding. "My husband has joked that he'll resume his friendship when John and Jane give him a $40,000 check for 'their half of the wedding'" she added.
The author, who's "still seething," concluded by inquiring about the advice she wrote-in for: "Do you think John's behavior warrants the end of a long-term friendship, or are we angry over nothing?" We're going to take a leap and answer the latter ourselves: Heck no!