In our season finale (But wait! There’s a mini Bonus episode coming!) we explore what happens when your perfect day doesn’t go so, well, perfect. From public confrontations, scandalous secrets and revelations, and a runaway bride, we present a few stories that would lead anyone to ask to be taken off the invite list.
Viola Cohen makes a mad dash to New York to stop her former lover from wedding his new love, but her penchant for fainting causes her scheme to go all wrong.
Source: “A Scene At A Wedding”, New York Times, 13 September 1887.
Don’t Go Changing Your Mind
It’s safe to say that Anna Bollagh had a terrible commitment problem. Whether it was because she really couldn’t commit to one man or because she just didn’t want to be married (probably not a popular option in 1894) we’ll never know, but her attempts at escaping the altar were spirited.
- “Runaway Bride Caught”, The Ottawa Journal (Ottawa, Canada), 26 September 1895.
- “Captured the Bride”, The Leader-Democrat (Springfield, Miss.), 26 September 1895.
Don’t Insult The Bride
A man shows up at his ex’s wedding reception with a gun, but her new family is tougher than he realizes.
Source: “Shoots Up Wedding Party”, New York Times, 21 February 1932
Brothers & Sisters
A brother ruins his sister’s wedding in Cleveland with a horrifying act against the family.
Source: “Cuts His Brother’s Throat”, New York Times, 14 November 1892.
A Woman Scorned
A secret affair is suddenly exposed on a train platform in Switzerland.
Source: “A Thrilling Tragedy In Switzerland”, New York Times, 28 November 1879.
A man in Daylesford, Victoria has a terrible fall after leaving a boozy wedding reception. Though he lands on his feet, he isn’t as lucky as you’d think.
Source: “The News Of The Day”, The Age (Melbourne, Australia), 24 April 1860.
A young man is married under threat from his future brother-in-law after his secret is exposed.
Source: “Kentucky Newslets”, The Spout Spring Times (Spoutspring, Estill County, Ky.), 22 April 1899.