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->'''Donkey''': Shrek! Hold up, Shrek! You got to wait for the line!\\
'''Shrek''': ''[about to burst into the cathedral]'' What are you talking about?\\
'''Donkey''': The line, the line you gotta wait for: the priest's gonna say "Speak now or forever hold your peace", and you rush in and say "I object!"\\
'''Shrek''': I don't have time for all that! ''[barges into the cathedral, astonishingly right on time to say "I object"]''\\
--''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}''


The LoveInterest is about to get married to the RomanticFalseLead, everything seems to be going smoothly and the cleric gets to the infamous line; the point of the ceremony when objections to the marriage are invited. In the world of fiction, [[TemptingFate once that line's uttered]], someone's ''bound'' to not hold their peace:

* Another character [[InadvertentEntranceCue bursts in]] with a flowery declaration of love (and/or a denouncement of the hypotenuse as the utter JerkAss he/she really is).
* If either the groom or bride is a villain hiding their identity or a dark secret that could destroyed their rightful claim in the wedding, this is typically the moment for the heroes to expose it to all. Thus, when that happens, [[WeddingSmashers all hell breaks loose]].

In the end, the villain is usually dealt with and TheRival steps down, and [[WhyWasteAWedding the true couple is married on the spot]]. Cue HappilyEverAfter.

The original point of asking was to check if an unknown legal reason would invalidate the wedding, such as [[OopsIForgotIWasMarried an existing marriage]] or [[IncestIsRelative consanguinity]]; any reason will suffice when true love is at stake. On the other hand, it ''is'' before the WeddingDeadline.

There are numerous ways to [[PlayingWithATrope play with this trope]]. The officiant doesn't even have time to get to the line before the seething tensions break loose, or the one character who objects to the union is petty, superficial, and thankfully silent at the fatal moment. On the other hand, sometimes when the line is said, everyone turns to a person present who obviously seems to have a problem with the marriage, only to have that person in embarrassment tell the officiant to keep going.

In RealLife, the officiant's words and the couple's vows are different for every wedding. Many weddings exclude this line altogether, but it's still legally enforced in some jurisdictions -- for example, in the Church of England. The only place most people will ever hear of it is through the media. Interestingly, one of the reasons it was removed from many liturgies was the tendency of [[{{Jerkass}} certain self-important and arrogant jerks to disrupt strangers' wedding ceremonies]] by objecting, usually by accusing the bride of being [[MyGirlIsNotASlut a disease-ridden whore]]. [[SarcasmMode Ha. Ha.]] (Or better yet, the intruder is a StalkerWithACrush who somehow believes he/she and the target were [[IfICantHaveYou meant to be together]].) Remember, this line is supposed to be used to uncover impediments to the marriage – for instance that one of them is already married, [[SurpriseIncest the bride and groom are actually closely related]] or other legitimate reason that the wedding should not take place – not for an unwanted suitor to show up, disrupt the proceedings and claim rights to (as appropriate) either the bride or groom.

See also TheGraduateHomageShot.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* The Volkswagen television commercial "Big Day" features this as the ''only'' line of dialogue. The rest of the commercial is a man [[RaceForYourLove frantically driving cross-country]] in a race against his beloved's wedding to another -- which he can accomplish in record time, because he's driving the make and model of Volkswagen they're advertising -- and throwing the church doors open right as the priest says, with dramatic reverberation, "speak now or forever hold your peace". The commercial ends with the caption "fasten your seatbelts".
* A twist on the trope was used in a series of Christian-themed commercial spots about doing the right thing, where someone is just about to declare his/her intentions before someone arrives, interrupts and presents evidence on why the protagonist should reconsider or do something else. One example was a city council that was about to vote on a lucrative development project, which would involve the razing of a building used as a community center for troubled teen-agers; just before the mayor was about to call for the vote -- and a well-timed "speak now"-type silence -- supporters of the community center burst in at the last second and urged the council (successfully) to stop the development.
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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* As shown in the picture above, points for scale go to ''GundamSEEDDestiny''. Forced into an ArrangedMarriage with Yuna for the "sake" of her country, Princess Cagalli is despondent and resigned as she approaches the altar. Cue dramatic music as Kira Yamato arrives at the wedding, ''landing his Gundam two feet away from the center aisle''. He doesn't say the line, but the implication is pretty clear given where he breaks in on the ceremony. And it works like a charm. (Notice that there's a small variation: the objection more often than not comes from the bride's love interest, but since her then-boyfriend Athrun was away, the job was "taken" by Cagalli's twin brother Kira, who also doubles as Athrun's best friend.)
** Further points for scale comes from how he had to be prepared to take on Orb's military to get to her, since she is the head of state. Of course, being a OneManArmy they barely factored into his consideration and the few units that came after him were all quickly dispatched.
* In ''{{Mai-Otome}}'', as a variation, Akane's lover Kazuya disrupts her Meister ceremony, just as she is about to become the King of Florince's Otome, proclaims that he loves her, and the two flee away. It is later revealed that [[spoiler:Kazuya becomes the new King of Cardair and Akane is forcefully contracted to him as his Otome, allowing them to be together but effectively cancelling the possibility of sex between them]].
* In ''SpeedGrapher'', [[spoiler: Kagura Tennouzou tries this in the wedding of her mother Shinsen and her henchman Suitengu]]. Not only didn't it work, but [[spoiler: Shinsen dies]].
** [[spoiler: Saiga]] tries this later, when [[spoiler: ''Kagura'' herself is about to be forced to marry Suitengu]]. It works much better this time.
* Also happens with Sanji saving Nami from marrying Absolom in ''OnePiece''. Subverted in that Sanji gets told off, and that it's Nami's friend Lola who really breaks it up.
* Sad version occurs in ''BillyBat'': An African-American woman's wedding is broken up when, at the crucial line, her white groom's family can't keep their peace (it's [[TheFifties 1959]]). [[spoiler: The groom ultimately decides not to go along with them, or at least catch up to her and apologize.]]
* ''Manga/RainbowNishaRokubouNoShichinin'' has a rare scenario for this trope: [[spoiler: Mario [[DefiedTrope defies]] this trope after Joe attempts to convince him to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] it. It ends up Mario witnesses Setsuko's wedding and does nothing about it, smiling to give her his best wishes.]]
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' in the second season. Xingke interupts the ArrangedMarriage of Tianzi and Oddeysus. Seeming subverted as his speech was political in nature and his overt reason was to spite Britania, but his [[BigBrotherInstinct relationship with Tianzi]] and Tianzi responding with a blush when Kaguya asked if she was in love with him, play the trope straight after all.
* In ''[[SetonoHanayome My Bride is a Mermaid]]'', this is pulled in a ''Shinto wedding ceremony'' from the titular Mermaid-Bride. And as she's a big time [[{{Yakuza}} Mermaid Yakuza boss's]] [[MafiaPrincess daughter]] interrupting a wedding involving ''another'' Marmaid Yakuza daughter, she's carrying a big ol' katana.
* The manga ''NegimaNeo'' has a moment for this which degenerate into ranged battle. Curiously, in this verse Fate was the perfect PrinceCharming Asuna was marrying. Negi stopped the wedding just because he felt it was a waste — there is not the slightest reason to think Fate was secretly evil.
* In ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'', Nagisa and Tamao are possibly about to be announced Etoile. Most Etoile pairs end up becoming couples if they aren't already, and Shizuma bursts into the chapel at the last minute to prevent this.
* Parodied in ''KimagureOrangeRoad'', where Kyosuke tries to stop Madoka from getting married. [[spoiler: Or so he thinks, because Madoka was only replacing the true bride (her older sister) during a wedding essay.]]
* Combined with WeddingSmashers in ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''. Lupin, via recording, interrupts the Archbishop [[spoiler:(Who is actually Lupin in disguise)]] right after he says the trope name.
* PlayedForLaughs (and subverted) in Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka, when Kunio races against time, crashes [[spoiler: what he thinks is]] his single mother getting married to some middle-aged salaryman, and promptly goes on a rampage...until she angrily reveals that [[spoiler: she was just modeling the dress for said salaryman, her client]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Played absolutely straight in the ''ComicBook/DouweDabbert'' story ''Florijn the Loafer''.
* ''ComicBook/TheFlash'': At the wedding of Wally West and Linda Park, it was the ''bride'' who objected, not because she didn't want to get married, but because there'd been a certain amount of trauma preceding the ceremony and she wanted to make sure that the groom had his head screwed on straight before they did anything irrevocable.
* ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'': Averted in the case of Clark and Lois in ComicBook/SupermanTheWeddingAlbum; Lois's father arrived late to the wedding, just before this line, but assured his wife he wouldn't interrupt the ceremony for the world.
* Parodied in ''Amazing ComicBook/SpiderMan'' 600 at the wedding of Aunt May and J. Jonah Jameson ''Senior''. No-one interrupts, but JJJ ''Junior'' is officiating, so...
--> "Anyone? This's your window. Right here. Take your time, I can wait."
--> "Junior."
--> ''*sigh*'' "Very well."
** Even before that, Hammerhead bursts in on Aunt May about to marry Doctor Octopus, beating Spider-Man to it. Granted, it's because he's at war with Doc Ock, not because he has any interest in the wedding, just the island with a nuclear reactor Aunt May inherited.
* Lampshaded in ''ComicBook/BatmanAdventures'' #16 at Joker and Harley's wedding. Joker keeps pressing the justice of the peace to speed up the ceremony--and when he gets to this part, Poison Ivy surfs through the window on a vine.
-->'''Ivy''': I object!
-->'''Joker''': [[GenreSavvy I knew it! I KNEW IT!]]
* ''{{Titeuf}}'' make it occur ''because of the trope's name''. You know, in French the sentence is "Speak now or keep quiet forever". Titeuf, who was instructed to keep quiet during the wedding, yelled that he agreed to keep quiet for a few hours, not forever!
* Subverted in ''Comicbook/NikolaiDante'' at the wedding of Jena to [[spoiler:Arkady/Dmitri]]: the priest says the line, and there is a pause, as everyone in the church fully expects Nikolai to burst in at that moment. Since he is otherwise occupied, the wedding goes ahead, but Jena never does say "I do".
* Bruce Banner and Betty Ross got married during John Byrne's run on Hulk. When the priest said this, General Ross (Betty's father) appeared with a gun, and ordered to stop the ceremony. He shot Rick Jones, but Betty did not allow to go on: the only way he could prevent her marriage was by killing her. He gave up. Rick had a gunshot, but refused to be taken to the hospital immediately: mr. priest, take some 30 seconds and get this couple married at long last, and let's go to the hospital after that.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/MyLifeAsATeenagedVonNeumannDevice'' plays this essentially straight in Chapter 11, except for the line "If any should dare oppose it, let them feel the full weight of the empire upon them!" instead of the traditional one, as it's an alien wedding and all.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2349386/1/REUNION Reunion]]'', a ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' fanfic, has an interesting variation. Ten years after high school and six years after Ron disappeared from Kim's life, Kim is about to marry a guy named Ray Beam, who is secretly a villain trying to destroy both Kim and Ron. When Ron, now a costumed ninja hero named Ronin, returns to Kim's life, Beam frames him for his attacks on Kim. At the wedding ceremony, when the priest says those magic words, Wade (who had secretly been working as Ron's backup after the break-up of Team Possible) interrupts the ceremony. The fact that Wade, who was notoriously agoraphobic and seldom left his family's house, attends the ceremony to challenge Beam causes the priest to take him seriously.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' [[http://www.eskimo.com/~vecna/gargoyles_fanfic_master_list.html fanfiction by Christine Morgan]] (appropriately titled "The Wedding"), Brooklyn suggests that the line be omitted on the grounds that their enemies shouldn't be given a cue to interrupt.
* In "TroperWorks/ThePrivateDiaryOfElizabethQuatermain," a wedding is broken up at precisely this moment. Played for laughs in that the heroes arrive just a little too late for the line, so they get the minister to say it again in order to achieve the desired effect.
* In "FanFic/WhiteDevilOfTheMoon", Miyuki Takamachi treats Jadeite's attack on Kyouya's wedding as one of these after the fact. [[spoiler: Jadeite along with several youma and robot drones attacked the wedding in an attempt to assassinate Nanoha, the reincarnation of Princess Serenity in this fic. Kyouya, Miyuki, Shiro, some of the guests and security guards, and Fate are able to hold off Jadeite's forces until Sailor Venus arrives. Venus takes out the youma while Fate finishes the drones. Jadeite attacks Nanoha, but is intercepted first by her father and then by Venus. While Venus stalls him, Nanoha obliterates Jadeite with a Divine Buster. Then Miyuki speaks to the guests.]] She wipes her swords off on her ruined bridesmaid's dress and says, "[[BondOneLiner Does anyone]] ''[[BondOneLiner else]]'' [[BondOneLiner have a reason why these two should not be wed]]?"
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/8386 Story of Three Boys]]'' [[{{Polyamory}} Kurt, Puck and Finn]] have been in a relationship for years, although it's been mostly secret with only Kurt and Puck as the "official" couple. Eventually, Finn decides to marry Rachel, because that's what everyone (his mother in particular) expects. In a short [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] within the AU, Puck and Kurt speak up during this part of Finn and Rachel's wedding, telling Finn that he doesn't have to marry her if he doesn't want to. Finn is all relieved, because he really thought he had to do it, and happily leaves with them in the middle of the ceremony. (In the fic's canon, Finn does marry Rachel and is miserable, in what is frequently referred to as "a farce of a wedding and a sham of a marriage".)
* The ''Series/LostGirl'' fic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8794290/1/The-Rest-of-Your-Life The Rest of Your Life]] initially subverts this. Lauren comes to Bo in the dressing room to try and convince her not to marry Dyson, but is shut down. When the priest says the line, its [[spoiler:Bo herself who says she has a reason, namely she had just learned the extreme (and horrible) lengths Dyson went to to ensure Bo and Lauren didn't reconnect.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In Tim Burton's ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'', the mortal heroine Victoria chooses not to interrupt the marriage of Victor to the titular Corpse Bride, Emily, even though it will involve his death. [[spoiler:It is ''Emily'' herself who stops the marriage; she is the Corpse Bride because her lover abandoned her, and she can't inflict that pain on another person.]]
* The climactic scene of ''WesternAnimation/RugratsInParis'' was one of these, and doubles as a BigNo and a CrowningMomentOfAwesome since it [[spoiler:is Chuckie's first word: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"]].
** After knowing first-hand that the woman was [[RichBitch a mean and nasty-tempered tyrant]], would you blame the kid?
* Spoofed in the first ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movie. Shrek goes to interrupt the wedding of Fiona and Farquaad, but Donkey tells him he has to wait until the priest does his "speak now or forever hold your peace" bit before barging in and shouting "I object!". On further investigation, they find they missed that part, so Shrek barges in anyway.
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': When the priest asks if "anyone objects to this union..." during Charlotte [=LaBouff=]'s marriage to Naveen's impostor, the real Naveen, trapped in a box in frog form, tries screaming, "Me! Me! I object!". He and Ray are forced to become WeddingSmashers.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Subverted in ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'', wherein the heroes find themselves forced to stand by and allow Lo Pan to marry their girlfriends, because it is only after doing so that the villain will become mortal and thus, killable.
* Played with in ''Film/TheBaxter'', which actually ''starts'' with this scene: Caroline is about to wed her perennial RomanticRunnerUp [[NiceGuy fiance Elliott]] when her ex-boyfriend bursts in, ready to win her back. He does, of course, but the movie isn't really about them.
* In the 1980 version of ''Film/FlashGordon'', Flash objects to Ming's forcibly marrying Dale [[spoiler: by impaling him]] with a war rocket he's crashing into the capital of Mongo. Also, Dale herself objects to the proceedings ("I do ''not!''")
* Played mostly straight in ''FourWeddingsAndAFuneral''. Except that the "speaker" is the only one in the room who can't actually speak.
** The speaker, in fact, is [[spoiler: the groom's deaf-mute brother ''and'' best man, who forces the groom to interpret his sign language because no one else can]]. The effect is a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* The often-parodied archetype is the penultimate scene of ''TheGraduate'' (Though technically, he shows up ''after'' peace has been held).
** In ''WaynesWorld 2'', Wayne re-enacts the famous scene, only to discover that, oops, he's in the wrong church. And then steps outside to discover that there's an identical church across the street. And goes in and does the whole thing over ''again'', as everybody in the wedding, including the minister, calls him a "son of a bitch". At least this time, he's in the right place.
** ''The Lonely Guy'': Steve Martin's character gives a long and impassioned spiel about why his one true love shouldn't get married, only to find out that it's the wrong chapel ''and'' he's too late to stop the right wedding. However, for what it's worth, his speech does convince the other bride not to go through with it.
* In ''The Guru'', not one but two men interrupt Sharonna and Rusty's wedding: Ramu has come for the bride, and Randy has come for the groom.
* This occurs in the climax to ''Film/HaroldAndKumarEscapeFromGuantanamoBay''. All the standard cliches apply, of course.
* Played dead straight in ''MadeOfHonor''.
* Subverted in ''Mambo Italiano.'' Gay main character Angelo's boyfriend Nino is closeted, which had put a strain on the relationship ''before'' Nino was browbeaten into marrying a woman. As the wedding begins, we see Angelo make up his mind and purposefully get in his car. Then at the "forever hold your peace" bit, the church door bangs open. But it's just a late arrival ("Scusate! Scusate!"). Angelo, on the other hand, has gone off to [[TakeAThirdOption hook up with the nice guy from his volunteer job.]]
* Also subverted in ''The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green'' (while we're on the subject of gay comedies), in which the title character tries to stop the wedding/commitment ceremony of his ex-boyfriend and the ex-boyfriend's new, [[UnfortunateImplications villainous]] [[GayConservative 'Log Cabin Republican']] partner. [[spoiler:The big, climactic 'running in to interrupt the wedding' scene actually doesn't pay off, but Ethan and his ex do end up getting back together eventually.]]
* Happens in ''Film/{{Norbit}}''. Interesting case, as the objector is married (though very unhappily).
* Skipped, of course, in ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.
** Luckily, most of the rest of the wedding was skipped, including the 'I do's.'
* Subverted, then subverted in a different way in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves''. Robin stops the (forced) marriage of Marian to the Sheriff just before they kiss. Then later, [[spoiler: ''King Richard'' (portrayed by the uncredited SeanConnery) objects to Robin and Marian's wedding, but only because he wants to do it over so he can give the bride away]].
* The ending wedding in Creator/MelBrooks' ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' is a prime example of this trope, right down to Lone Star [[spoiler:[[SuddenlySuitableSuitor discovering his status as a genuine prince to be able to marry Vespa]]]].
* It happens again in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''. The Sheriff of Rottingham forces Marian to marry him by holding Robin captive on a gallows with a noose around his neck. When Achoo [[ShootTheRope shoots through the rope]], however, Marian's "I do" quickly becomes "I dooo''oooo not!''". Then later on when Marian and Robin are getting married King Richard turns up and objects[[note]]"Who asked?"[[/note]] to their marriage on the grounds that as King he's allowed to kiss the bride first.
* Played with in ''Three Men And A Little Lady'': the apparently senile vicar reaches this part and asks the question multiple times, and almost confuses someone's hat moving as an objection. Nevertheless, he continues and the marriage happens. Two of the titular three men finally prove to the woman her husband's real plans after it's apparently too late... Only for the vicar to remove his makeup and costume to reveal it is the third man, therefore revealing his earlier stunt (and his performance during the wedding in general) as a means to gain time and that, obviously, the marriage is null and void.
* Owen Wilson's character does this in ''Film/WeddingCrashers''.
** Although this one is a bit different in that he doesn't want to stop the wedding, just talk to one of the bridesmaids.
* Averted in ''WhatAboutBob?'', where the titular Bob is marrying his psychiatrist's sister. The good doctor, having been driven insane by his patient, is only able to gurgle at the critical moment--he then regains his speech (first words: "[[BigNo Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo!]]") ''after'' vows have been exchanged.
* Spoofed in ''WhileYouWereSleeping'', in which the main character--having been pretending to be the fiance of a man in a coma in order to spare the feelings of his family, is now in the chapel about to be married to him when she's in fact fallen in love with his brother--doesn't even let the priest get past "Dearly beloved..." before she raises an objection. And then the brother, who is the best man, feels he must also object. And then the groom's ''real'' fiancée storms in and objects. And then ''her husband'' objects to her objection...
* Played mostly straight in ''Film/ANightAtTheRoxbury'', where the groom's brother interrupts the wedding with a boombox held high, in homage to Say Anything.
* In ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'', Lo very vehemently disagrees about Jen's loveless marriage to a man of her parents' choosing.
* In ''SavingFace'', Wilhelmina breaks up her mother's wedding because her mother is in love with someone else.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Atonement}}'': [[spoiler:Briony does not speak up, realizing it would be futile]].
* Spoofed in the ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' movie. Divatox wants to marry the demon Maligore, and tells anyone who objects to ''SHUDDUP'' before she even busts him out of his prison. ''She'' starts having second thoughts once she gets a good look at him.
* In ''Film/TheBestMan'', Olly rushes across London to get to his beloved's wedding before she marries [[spoiler:Olly's best friend (who turns out to be a cad)]] in time for The Words -- and he might have, too, except that he shows up at the wrong quainte olde church. Fortunately his roommate, played by Creator/SethGreen, is at the real wedding and is able to stall the ceremony until Olly can get there.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The infamous interrupted wedding in Charlotte Bronte's ''Literature/JaneEyre'', though in this case it is justified: the interrupter, [[spoiler: Richard Mason]], is objecting on behalf of Rochester's [[spoiler:''legal wife'', Mason's sister Bertha, whom Rochester has imprisoned in his attic because she is insane.]] Before this moment, Jane actually goes so far as to {{lampshade}} the absurdity of the phrase, declaring to the reader that [[TemptingFate no one ever really pipes up]]...
* Charlotte's sister Anne mentions the same trope in her book ''Literature/TheTenantOfWildfellHall'': When Gilbert Markham hears a rumor that Helen has been widowed and is getting remarried, he instantly packs up and leaves town, walking the final six miles when he can't find any transportation, [[InvokedTrope intending to burst into the Church and interrupt the ceremony if he has to]]. Fortunately, [[spoiler:it's Helen's brother who's actually getting married.]]
* Nodded at in PamelaDean's ''The Secret Country'' trilogy:
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''': If any wight knoweth any reason why this coronation should not proceed, let him speak now or forever hold his peace.
** [[spoiler:There is a damn good reason why it shouldn't, but no one speaks up.]]
* In Teresa Edgerton's ''[[{{Celydonn}} The Castle of the Silver Wheel]]'', WisePrince Tryffin learns that his very young cousin Gwenlliant is being forced into an ArrangedMarriage, and interrupts the ceremony to allow her to claim that they have a ChildhoodMarriagePromise (which in their church constitutes a precontract, and thus is a legal impediment to any other marriage if it isn't dealt with). He also tells the groom - a man notorious for abusing all three of his previous wives as well as his mistresses - that the man is lucky; if the marriage had gone through, Tryffin would have killed him.
* JasperFforde's ''[[Literature/ThursdayNext The Eyre Affair]]'' features the somewhat unique example of a marriage being interrupted by a person who doesn't exist; the man whom the main character is in love with is about to be married when Mr. Briggs, the lawyer from ''Literature/JaneEyre'', arrives to declare the existence of an impediment, with almost exactly the same wording as in the book, except for the fact that the [[spoiler: impediment exists in the form of the ''bride's'' still-alive husband.]]
* ElleryQueen breaks up two weddings at that line because one of the parties is a murderer. One of them is [[spoiler: ''Face to Face'']].
* Literature/TheActionHerosHandbook gives very practical advise about how to do it (having a prepared speech and a getaway vehicle ready helps heaps, as well as notes of apology and money so you can pay for having ruined a wedding). It also advises you to avoid doing it during the tropenaming line, since emotions will be running quite high at that point.
* There is a comedic version of this trope played out in a TomSharpe novel: the groom has been driven insane through the course of the novel, and hypnotised by his psychiatrist (the bride-to-be) so that the wedding can take place successfully: he can pretty much stand up, smile and say "I do", so they assume the wedding is pretty much fool-proof... until the priest asks if anyone knows of any reason that it couldn't take place.
* Present in [[HeraldsOfValdemar Hawkbrother]] weddings, but apparently the wedding party has the right to reject the objection.
---> These two wish to join together in sight of our clans ... If there be any here who object to this joining, give tongue that we may hear and consider what you have to say
* Done twice in the ''Wicked'' books by Creator/PaulJennings and Morris Gleitzman. In the first chapter Dawn gets up at her dad's wedding to protest, based on the fact that she and her future step-brother Rory can't stand each other. She then runs out of the church and the wedding goes ahead without her. In the last chapter, Jack and Eileen get married again, but Jack interrupts at that point to take the time to thank Dawn and Rory for everything they did to stop the virus that nearly killed them all.
* Happens in ''[[Literature/MythOMania Phone Home, Persephone!]]'' on Hades and Persephone's first attempt at getting married.
* In ''[[{{Temeraire}} Empire of Ivory]]'', we have a ''very'' narrow aversion played for comedy. When the [[MarriedAtSea ship's chaplain]] gets to the phrase in question, a 15 tonne dragon with acid spray that could trivially sink the boat they are on leans in to ask "Mayn't I?" The bride who had raised said dragon from hatching simply looked up and said "No, you may ''not''!" Sighs and a threat to chuck the groom overboard if he is unpleasant to his new wife ensue.
* [[spoiler: Zalasta]] crashes the wedding at the end of the ''[[{{Elenium}} Tamuli]]'' shouting that he forbids it to happen. It's not clear whether this objection was allowed in any of the religions represented at the wedding. [[spoiler: Zalasta]] certainly isn't counting on it, he goes straight to trying to kill the bridegroom.
* The line ''per se'' doesn't occur in Burrough's first Barsoom novel ''Literature/APrincessOfMars'', but the incomparable Dejah Thoris is about to be married to Sab Than, prince of a rival nation, when [[LIterature/JohnCarterOfMars a certain grey-eyed Virginian]] and his friends show up and object rather strenuously, to the extent the prince becomes king ... about a half second before the royal line dies out completely.
* ASongOfIceAndFire lampshades this; though the actual wedding ceremonies use a different set of vows, when she is parading towards a ceremony to enter into a political marriage [[spoiler: Daenarys]] thinks that if this were a story, [[spoiler: Daario Naharis]] would swoop in and grab her right ''now''. [[spoiler: [[DefiedTrope He doesn't]], [[RealityEnsues and the marriage goes ahead exactly as planned]]]].
* In Creator/StephanieBurgis's ''[[Literature/KatIncorrigible A Tangle of Magicks ]]'', Mrs. Carlyle breaks into the opening wedding to declare her son is underage and can not marry without her permission. Even the revelation that this is not his wedding -- he's just the best man -- doesn't do much to stop her.
* In ''The Secret Countess'' by Eva Ibboston, the [[TheButlerDidIt butler, Proom,]] stages an elaborate charade in order to encourage a third party to step up and protest at a wedding, because the groom is too honorable to jilt his bride even though everyone [[spoiler:(including him) knows that she's totally horrible and will make his life a misery.]]. When the man finally shouts out "[[BigNo No!]] This wedding must not be!" we get this memorable line:
---> In her pew, the dowager, who had read ''JaneEyre'' no less than seven times, shook her head in disbelief.
* In the seventh {{Safehold}} novel, ''Like a Mighty Army'' this line is used at the wedding of [[spoiler:Hektor and Irys]]. Three paragraphs later, a suicide bomber blows up the wedding reception. [[spoiler:Bride and groom survive, 200 innocent bystanders don't]].
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* In ''Series/{{Workaholics}}'', Blake finds out Karl's fiancee is fooling around with someone else on their wedding day, but struggles to tell Karl. During the ceremony that Blake is presiding over, he calls for objections, and finally raises one himself, which leads to the fiancee running Karl down and the wedding being called off.
* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': "Daisy's Shotgun Wedding," which literally employs the ShotgunWedding trope, as Daisy has been kidnapped by a backwoods, sociopathic family with the intent of forcing her to marry the most brutal member of the family. Shortly after the preacher delivers the cue line and actually begins to proceed with the ceremony when no one objects (except for Daisy), Bo and Luke (along with Rosco and Boss Hogg) arrive to stop the wedding and rescue Daisy.
* ''Series/CoronationStreet'' plays with this trope: (one example has the bride herself objecting),. At Peter Barlow's wedding to Shelly Unwin, there was no problem getting to the altar, except for that fact that Peter was already married ''and'' had just had a baby with someone else. It was set up to look like either Peter's troublemaker little sister Tracy or Kieran, his best man and old friend, would spill the beans (both had known about this for ages), or his wife who had just happened to walk by with the baby would interrupt. The Friday episode ended almost on this line exactly. However on Monday no one said anything, and the baby starting fussing, forcing Lucy to leave.
* ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'' plays with this trope.
** At Alice and Hugo's wedding, a woman bursts in insisting that she has the papers to prove that the groom is already married, but when Hugo turns around, she looks sheepish and says "Whoops, wrong church."
** Geraldine dreams that she has accepted marriage to her perennial nemesis David Horton, but at the last second Sean Bean (whom Geraldine has a long-standing crush on) bursts into the church to stop the wedding and the dream.
** In another dream, Geraldine fantasizes that ''she's'' the one breaking up a wedding, while singing "It Should Have Been Me".
** And at Geraldine's wedding, no-one objects, but the officiating vicar, who's had a crush on her since the seminary, tries to encourage people: "It can be anything at all."
* Also spoofed in ''UglyBetty'':
-->'''Betty''': ''[Barging in]'' I object!
-->'''Priest''': We haven't gotten to that part yet!
* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/SledgeHammer'', where the title character's ex-wife (who has been TheGhost up to now) is remarrying. He spends most of the episode depressed and being more of a jerk than he usually is, but when the wedding finally comes, he shows up late, just as those words are said. For a minute, it ''looks'' he might intervene, but he does not, and sits down with the other guests.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{MASH}}'' during Margaret's wedding. Father Mulcahy gets to that line and everyone present (including Margaret) turns to Frank, who was Margaret's lover for the past few seasons and eventually fell in love with her. Frank shifts awkwardly and replies, "Well, I'm not going to say anything!".
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'' plays with the trope ''a lot''. Just so you know, Monk, murder and weddings tend to go in hand:
** In "Mr. Monk and the Wrong Man," we have Monk interrupting the wedding of ex-con Max Barton's ex-wife Sherry to convince her to take back Max. Then, when Monk figures out that Barton had been guilty of the double murder he was originally convicted of and has killed the partner who helped him with those murders, he interrupts the remarriage to arrest Max.
** In "Mr. Monk Goes to a Wedding," Monk and Captain Stottlemeyer are roped into attending Natalie's brother Jonathan's wedding after someone tries to kill Randy by running him over with a car in the hotel parking lot. To find the culprit, Stottlemeyer goes undercover as a photographer and takes photos of the guests. Then the body of the photographer who failed to show up is discovered dead in a mud bath. Monk soon realizes that the woman Natalie's brother is marrying is in fact a black widow, which causes an incident where he gets a knife held to his throat.
** In the TieInNovel ''Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii'', a wedding gets used as a plot device. In this case, Natalie's close friend Candace is getting married in Hawaii, and she gets invited to be maid of honor at Candace's wedding on the island of Kauai. Unfortunately for Natalie, any hope she has of spending a quiet week outside the mainland United States is dashed when Monk [[BecomingTheMask takes Dioxynl]] to follow her on the flight to Kauai. When Candace's wedding happens the next day, Monk crashes the party and exposes Candace's groom-to-be as a bigamist. Candace storms away when she realizes that Monk's deductions are true.
*** And then after the wedding, Monk and Natalie find themselves on a BusmansHoliday after they find a police investigation into a death at a nearby bungalow.
*** Meanwhile, Candace's fiance gets a HumiliationConga - in addition to his wedding being ruined, someone vandalizes his car in the parking lot. The person responsible for that incident late steals a car that Monk and Natalie rent, then wrecks them by broadsiding their next rental car with a big pickup truck.
* In ''WaterlooRoad'', Tom discovers that the 16 year-old girl he's looking after is going to marry her long-term boyfriend. He rushes to the Registry Office, enters at the correct point and states the marriage is unlawful. It isn't - she's got the required permission from her estranged father, her mother was killed at the end of the previous season and he has no legal authority over her. Turns into a fight afterwards, though.
* Parodied in ''TheKingOfQueens''. The priest gives the line, [[ButtMonkey Spence]] is about to object on the grounds he still loves the bride...only for someone else to stand up and do so before he does.
* Subverted in ''PeepShow'', where Mark, desperate to get out of marrying Sophie, actually looks hopefully around the church for someone to come up with a reason. No-one does.
* Parodied by ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' in their 'Scotsman on a Horse' skit, in which the wedding is interrupted at a similar point by the titular scotsman entering the chapel, walking down the lane and, without missing a beat, wordlessly carrying off... The groom.
* Subverted in ''TwinPeaks''. An elderly man is about to marry a (reputed) nymphomaniac, despite concerns that she may cause him to have a heart attack through overexertion. After the priest's call for objections, the groom's equally elderly friend stands and proceeds to castigate the bride, only to have the sheriff take him by the elbow and gently steer him outside, still ranting. The wedding continues uninterrupted.
* Subverted in ''TheNanny''. During Fran's wedding, the priest says the line, but Sylvia simply glares at everyone present as a warning of what will happen if anyone objects.
* Neatly used in an episode of ''{{Psych}}''; Shawn's objection has nothing to do with why the bride and groom should not be married, but it's the only opportunity he has to do TheSummation and reveal [[spoiler:how the maid-of-honour committed the crime.]]
* Turns up in the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Something Borrowed", with the twist that the interrupter isn't a romantic rival, as most of the congregation assume, he's stopping the wedding because [[spoiler: the bride has been implanted with an alien egg, causing her to look nine months pregnant, and the egg's mother is coming to rip it out of her]].
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Californication}}'', where Hank, having spent the whole season trying to convince his ex to choose him over [[RomanticFalseLead Bill]], not only doesn't object at the wedding, but tries to stop Bill's daughter when she objects.
* Edmund {{Blackadder}} tried to get married quickly, in order to avoid having to marry the Spanish Infanta; his hastily-arranged-bride-to-be's ''husband'' objected.
* Doubly invoked in ''Series/TheDeadZone'' episode "Speak Now", first to inform the bride and groom that according to Johnny's visions the bride's beloved previous fiance is not dead, but a POW, and then a second time when the bride and groom themselves call off the ceremony, having realized that they can't go through with it while that situation is unresolved.
* In the Season 1 finale of the BBC's ''Series/RobinHood'', Marian is about to go through with her promise to marry Guy of Gisbourne. In an interesting twist, it isn't Robin that crashes the wedding, but his servant Much (Robin turns up on horseback soon afterwards though).
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' spinoff ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''[='=] serial "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith", the registrar's reading of the words ("Now, I have to ask this...") is almost drowned out by a strange wheezing, groaning noise. In what would be a shocking cliffhanger if it hadn't been heavily hyped beforehand, [[spoiler:the Tenth Doctor himself]] bursts through the door, having realised that Sarah Jane was under hypnosis ([[ContinuityNod ag]][[CallBack ain]]) and the wedding was being manipulated by [[spoiler:the Trickster]].
* Used/subverted in ''Series/ADifferentWorld''. As Whitley prepares to marry Byron, Dwayne walks in just as the minister is reciting the ". . .hold your peace" line. He's about to speak, but thinks better of it and sits. However, when the time comes for Whitley to recite her vows, she freezes. Seeing her uncertainty, it is ''then'' that Dwayne leaps up, declares his love for her and begs her to marry him instead of Byron.
* Lampshaded in Series/{{Amen}}. When asked if their are any objections to her marrying Reuben, Thelma turns around and glares at everyone, then walks up and down the aisle to ensure that no one interrupts.
* Used many times in soap operas. A particularly notable example was in ''GeneralHospital'where Laura's ex-husband Scotty shows up to catch the bouquet at her and Luke's wedding to protest the marriage long after the vows have been said. Guess something about his wife leaving him for her rapist must really bother him.
* In the third season finale of ''GavinAndStacey'', this gets quadruple-subverted at Nessa and Dave's wedding. [[spoiler: The vicar does the standard speech and no-one says anything. He says "That's always a tense moment". ''Then'' Smithy shows up. He tries to persuade Nessa not to marry Dave but she says she loves him. Then Dave persuades her that she really doesn't and just wants a father for Neil the Baby.]]
* ''{{Bones}}'' has this done with the wedding of [[spoiler: Angela and Hodgins]]. As it turns out, [[spoiler: Angela]] was already married.
* ''TouchedByAnAngel'' had an episode that played the trope right: a guy who'd been in a coma brings an injunction to stop his exwife from marrying his friend, who had been given power of attorney and signed off on the divorce in the first place(which is what allowed him to get the injunction).
* ''EverybodyLovesRaymond'' Ray's brother Robert is about to wed his longtime girlfriend Amy when the priest asks if anyone objects, Robert's mother Marie stands, much to everyone's horror. The kicker is that Marie actually ''likes'' Amy (much more than Ray's wife Debra) and has been pushing Robert to marry her for years. She declares that she may have been wrong to put so much pressure on them. Unfortunately she chooses that moment to say so, basically ruining their day. It may have been the moment when the character crossed the MoralEventHorizon from [[MeddlingParents Meddling Parent]] to EvilMatriarch.
* Subverted on the 9 September 2010 episode of ''TheYoungAndTheRestless'', which featured the wedding of Billy Abbott and Victoria Newman. The minister (played by [[FatherKnowsBest Elinor Donahue]]) begins to say the line when Billy suggests she skip it. Given the large number of extended Newman and Abbott family members in attendance, this was wise. Subverted again when the cops break up the wedding for unrelated reasons.
* In ''LoisAndClark'', Perry and Inspector Henderson burst in and prevent the wedding of Lex and Lois, playing the trope completely straight like the BigDamnHeroes they are.
* A late entry: ''Series/GetSmart'' has Max marrying a KAOS ''femme fatale''. It's a fake wedding - the Chief is officiating so it won't be legal - but this doesn't stop a very pregnant and jealous 99's loud disruptive sobbing through the ceremony. The Chief gets to the "hold your peace" line, getting ready for the worst, Max rolls his eyes and looks back at her, ''everyone'' in the congregation turns around to look at her... and she just groans, waving them off.
* In ''Series/{{Soap}}'' Tim's mother curses his marriage with Corrine on his wedding day when this comes up.
* Played for laughs when Michael and Ben get married in ''Series/QueerAsFolk'', as Brian is notoriously anti-marriage:
-->'''Official:''' If anyone knows of any reason why these two people should not be joined marriage, speak now or forever hold your peace.
-->'''Brian:''' *looks like he's about to say something*
-->'''Debbie:''' You say one word, and you will be holding more than your peace.
* In ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman'' Horace and Myra were getting married. Just as the Reverend reached this part of the ceremony, Hank walked in. (Myra used to work in Hank's salon, 'entertaining' customers, and he had previously refused to attend the wedding as he is in love with her. Or what he considers love, anyway.) Everyone stared at him until he waved the Reverend on and sat down, giving his blessing to the wedding.
* Yale used the comedy version when Bess and Morgan (re)married in ''Series/{{Earth 2}}''. 'If anyone has any reason why these two should not be wed, keep it to yourself or deal with me.'
* On ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', when Lily is getting ready to marry Marshall, her ex-boyfriend Scooter asks when in the ceremony people will be invited to object to the union. When told that weddings don't really do that part anymore, he decides that gives him license to object at any point in the ceremony he wants.
** Stella's ex-fiancé, Tony, does the same thing in the movie version of Ted and Stella's wedding. In real life, Tony talked to Stella before the wedding, but [[RuleOfCool because it was a movie...]]
* On ''PartyDown'', during Constance's wedding, it happens twice in a row. First her ex-boyfriend shows up claiming he still loves her and came after he got her message, which she left after drunk-dialing him a few days earlier. Then, once he's gone, Ron stands up and objects to an entirely different marriage, since his LoveInterest Danielle and her fiance are at the ceremony too. Constance insists he go on with his objection anyway.
* A double-subversion on ''HomeAndAway'' when Dan and Leah's mothers successfully stop their elopement, but not until after they've run into one wrong church.
* Played straight with Paul and Rebecca's first wedding on ''{{Neighbours}}''. Lyn arrives at the right moment to reveal that she and Paul are still legally married.
* On ''CSINewYork'', Mac once interrupted a wedding because the groom's tuxedo had been contaminated with toxic chemicals. Unlike most examples, the ceremony is implied to resume as soon as the groom has changed clothes and been checked over by the [=EMTs=]. Three guesses which line the minister had just uttered when Mac interrupts....
* In the ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "A Paige from the Past", Piper bursts into a church to object to the marriage of (the ghosts possessing) Phoebe and Cole, who are holding a priest at gunpoint to force him to marry them. The priest protests that he didn't get to say the line...
* In ''{{Dallas}}'', when J.R. and SueEllen are getting re-married, when the minister says the line, SueEllen's ex-lover & J.R.'s business rival Cliff Barns stands up and opens his mouth. This is the end of the episode. The next episode shows him closing his mouth and walking out. Talk about a 'Cliff hanger'!
* In ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'', Oscar is elated when his ex-wife, Blanche, decides to remarry, as it means he'll no longer have to pay alimony. However, when the minister says the line during the ceremony, Felix objects, because he feels Blanche is marrying the wrong man. Blanche agrees and the wedding is off. The next scene shows the angrily brooding Oscar, at home later that day, playing a recording of the wedding on his turntable, and lifting the needle to hear Felix's "I object" over and over. Then Felix comes home from the church.
--> '''Felix:''' I stayed for the funeral.\\
'''Oscar:''' What'd you do, stand up in the middle and say he wasn't dead?
* In ''Series/{{Vegas}}'', Dan goes to his secretary's wedding to stop her from marrying a guy who plans to marry her, then kill her and her son in order to collect the very large trust fund from her father which otherwise would be payable to her son. He has the police run a patrol car up to the church with siren, telling the guy that they found the witness that will prove he did this before. The guy panics and runs. It doesn't hurt that there's probably a lot of {{UST}} between Dan and his Secretary anyway.
* A pretty... [[TearJerker depressing]] example happens in ''Cheaters'', a show dedicated to uncover [[YourCheatingHeart infidelities.]] Jamie, a divorced mother with a kid was dating some dude named Michael for years, and it turned out that not only he was cheating on her, but was about to '''get married''' to another girl, [[LockedoutOfTheLoop who had no idea of WTF was going on]]. So they crashed the wedding to reveal this right before the marriage itself, and it not only had Jamie totally calling out Michael the JerkAss scumbag, but with her actually having to both show the truth ''and'' comfort [[TheWoobie the weeping bride]].
* In ''{{Eureka}}'', Carter briefly objects at ''his own'' wedding. He wants to make sure that [[spoiler: Allison is really marrying him because she wants to, and not just because they're a minute away from drowning.]]
* Lady Edith in ''DowntonAbbey'''s third series is jilted at the altar by her husband-to-be, who has second thoughts on whether their MayDecemberRomance will last.
* Done in a sketch for Comic Relief 2013. As Simon Cowell is in the middle of marrying a mystery bride, his fellow ''male'' X-Factor judges begin to burst through the door, wearing wedding dresses, to declare their love. Their fight over who gets to marry Simon turns into the entire room declaring their love for him, until the priest has to silence them all to continue the ceremony. They finish the wedding with the intended bride, he lifts up the vail, and it's [[spoiler: Simon Cowell.]]
* In the sixth season finale of ThirtyRock, Liz lives in fear of this trope befalling the [[spoiler: renewing of vows between Jack and Avery]], which she is officiating. After several guests ask about the "speak now" bit, she tries to get through it as quickly as possible. In the end, [[spoiler: nobody interrupts, prompting the not-so-happy couple to deride all the guests as cowards, since the renewal was a fairly obvious attempt to patch up their doomed marriage.]]
* ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': Finster said the line when he officiated Rita and Zedd's wedding. Goldar tried to say something but Rita hit him with her staff.
* During John and Katralla's wedding in the "Look at the Princess" arc of {{Farscape}}, the officiant (who also happens to be the Empress AND mother of the bride) recites the line "Should any one among you feel cause to sway the will of love, to question the ability, the sincerity, or the destiny of this union, rise now, and be heard." There are plenty of people (John included) who object to the marriage, but no one speaks up. That's fortunate because the Empress's tone of voice makes it clear that objections are NOT welcome.
* In the Season 10 midseason finale of ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', which premiered on December 12, 2013, April is on the altar, marrying her EMT boyfriend Matthew. Everyone responds, "We will", to the minister's question, "Will you promise to love and support their marriage in all the days to come?". [[spoiler:Everyone, that is, except Jackson, who apologizes to his girlfriend Stephanie, and then stands up...[[CanNotSpitItOut only to stand there in silence, and then, sit back down]]. The minister continues, only for Jackson to stand up again, beginning a heartfelt pouring out of his feelings with, "I love you, April." Jackson ends his speech by asking if April loves him, too. Cue shots of many of their colleagues' faces, from exasperation on Alex's, [[WhatTheFuAreYouDoing to a look of appall from Meredith]], [[LoveHurts to Stephanie being understandably crushed at this sudden occurrence]]. April stands at the altar, trying to take it all in. Her three sisters glare at her, waiting for an answer, as is Jackson, but the only sound April can make is a sharp inhale, before we go [[SmashToBlack straight to black]], with April's response to not be known until [[ToBeContinued February 27, 2014]]. When the season finally resumed, the beginning of the next episode showed April and Jackson running from the barn the wedding was taking place in to his car, and the end of the episode showed them driving to Lake Tahoe to elope, and that the marriage is being kept a secret from everyone else.]]
* In the season two finale of ''PersonOfInterest'', a wedding is crashed by an ex of the bride trying to invoke IfICantHaveYou. Reese pulls up in a stolen sports car, shoots the wedding crasher in the back, congratulates the couple, and drives off.
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* "It Should Have Been Me", performed by Gladys Knight and the Pips, Yvonne Fair, and Dawn French (see above):
-->Then the preacher, oh yeah, the preacher asked,\\
"Will there be silence, please?\\
If any objections to this wedding, speak now,\\
Or forever, forever hold your peace."\\
Then I shouted:\\
"It should have been me!"
* EltonJohn's "Kiss the Bride" is about an ex-lover who chickens out at this moment despite planning to do this.
* TaylorSwift's "Speak Now" is about a ([[ImagineSpot possibly]]) successful example of this trope.
* Etta James' "Stop the Wedding" opens with this.
* Billy Ray Cyrus's "Could've Been Me" mentions the trope:
-->My buddy John said you looked real pretty\\
And you acted like you were in love\\
He said the preacher asked for objections\\
And he thought about standing up.
* Fabulously subverted in the video for Train's song "Save Me San Francisco," which you can see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zftcZYdOl3Y
* Played for drama in DeathCabForCutie's "Company Calls Epilogue", where the narrator crashes through the wedding doors, drunk and screaming. It's supposed to be sympathetic, but ''not'' of a heroic or righteous character.

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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Subverted in the wedding of Edge and Lita on ''Wrestling/{{WWE}} Monday Night Raw'', as the minister said the famed line, only for (the recently fired) Matt Hardy's entrance music to fill the arena. The whole proceedings stopped for several seconds... only for Edge to start laughing uproariously at the joke he had just played on the {{Smart Mark}}s in the audience.
* At Test and Stephanie [=McMahon=]'s wedding on ''Monday Night Raw'' in 1999, when the minister says the line, Triple H comes out onto the stage to inform everyone that Stephanie is already married ... to him! He then rolls the footage of him and Stephanie getting married at a drive-thru wedding chapel in Vegas. Never mind that Stephanie was drugged and H had to forcibly move her lips to get her to say "I do."
* On Saturday Night's Main Event in 1985, hillbilly Uncle Elmer was marrying his wife, Joyce, in the ring. When the minister said the line, Roddy Piper came out with a microphone and declared, "You stink, you stink and this whole damn wedding stinks!"
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* JeffFoxworthy once noted that anytime a pastor utters this line, any groom will be deathly terrified that someone is about to jump up and yell "I love her, and she's carrying my baby!"
* {{Creator/EmoPhilips}} tells a story in one of his routines about being asked to attend his ex-girlfriend's wedding, but while he's there he realises he just so happens to be missing the World Series. He decides to listen to the game on a Walkman, and when the pitcher lets in another run, Emo forgets where he is and stands up at exactly the moment the minister says the trope title, screaming "Darn it, you loser; how many of these stinking bums are you gonna let score?!" Of course, as a peace offering, he makes [[TrademarkFavoriteFood coleslaw]] for the reception and [[FromBadToWorse it gets even worse from there]].
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* In the second DreamSequence in ''LadyInTheDark'', SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace is the cue for the chorus to object to the mentally afflicted Liza's marrying Kendall Nesbitt, over her protests of "I do! I do!":
-->The murmurings of conscience do increase\\
And conscience can no longer hold its peace.\\
This twain should ne'er be joined in holy wedlock\\
Or e'en in secular board-and-bedlock.\\
This is no part of heaven's marriage plan:\\
This woman knows she does not love this man!
* Sorta-kinda subverted, rather touchingly, in the finale of ''Theatre/SideShow'' - Violet, one half of a Siamese twin pair, is marrying a man who can't cope with her 'other half' in order to preserve everyone's careers. There's a man who loves and accepts her who she has turned down (because she can't bear the stigma of marrying a black man), but "if there is anyone who thinks these two should not be joined together..." is meant to refer to Violet and her sister Daisy, who have just affirmed that no matter what happens, they are (literally and figuratively) bonded forever and love each other. No one stops the wedding.
* Pulled by Claudio in ''MuchAdoAboutNothing''....at his own wedding. When he's led to believe that Hero was banging another dude the night before, he begins the wedding by revealing everything that he had appeared to see, leading to Claudio and Don Pedro berating and insulting her as she sits crying, Don John pretending to be sympathetic for them, and Leonato completely flipping out and [[IHaveNoSon demanding Hero's death]].
* In ''bare: a pop opera'', this line is said at Peter and Jason's wedding. Surprisingly, no one objects, even though most of the attendees are homophobic--unfortunately, it turns out [[spoiler: that it was AllJustADream]].
* In ''Theatre/KnickerbockerHoliday'', Stuyvesant says, "Can anyone give reason why this troth should not be plighted?" Mister Schermerhorn speaks up, and charges that Tina visited Brom in jail and lost her skirts in the process. The objection is ultimately dismissed, but the wedding is interrupted by a battle.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has Yuna being forcibly hitched to [[BigBad Seymour]]. Cue [[BigDamnHeroes Tidus and the rest of the party]] ''[[GunshipRescue crashing in on an air ship]]'' [[BigDamnHeroes and cutting down the guards]] on their way to save Yuna.
** And, as it turns out, [[spoiler: Yuna manages to save herself (after the wedding is finished), and all Tidus and company manage to do is get themselves captured.]]
* Apparently played straight in the final scene of ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland''. You get to choose what to yell out -- and yes, '''"[[TheGraduateHomageShot ELAINE]]!"''' is an option. Lots of fun.
** Alas, your heroism is all for naught, since Elaine has long-since freed herself and the 'bride' under the flowing veil is actually a pair of monkeys.
* In the {{Hentai}} {{RPG}} ''Brave Soul'' Hero Rudy has to bust into the wedding of {{Cloudcuckoolander}} RebelliousPrincess Karen to keep her from getting married to some prince she doesn't want to marry. He disguises himself by wearing a pair of ''spectacles''. Then the two of them run off and have sex (it IS a h-game after all). The twist is that he gets away with it because the prince didn't really want to marry Karen either- he's actually gay and finds Rudy ''much'' more attractive...
** Of course, being an RPG and not a visual novel means the game doesn't end there- you still have to beat the Dark Lord to get the actual ending.
* In ''VideoGame/RuneFactory 2'', when a girl with a maximum affection for you is being married to another guy, you can choose to congratulate them on their marriage, or be a {{Jerkass}} and run off the altar with her. Funny enough, the girl was apparently waiting for you to take her away, calls you a coward if you don't, which really makes you wonder why they were marrying the other guy in the first place.
** Strangely enough, priest Gordon ''never'' says the line and you get to choose to steal the bridge ''after'' the vow. So, basically, you're destroying a freshly established marriage, rather than prevent one.
* In ''SakuraWars'', the cinematic that shows during a combo between [[TheOjou Sumire]] and [[DoggedNiceGuy Ohgami]] is him crashing her wedding in a scooter and her riding away with him into the sunset. Every time. The current (unfinished) LetsPlay by Spirit Armor posits that each time the cinematic plays represents [[ButtMonkey Ohgami]] going back in time to crash ''his own wedding''.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/{{Arfenhouse}} 3'':
-->'''MINIZTER''': N IF DER IZ N E OBJECSHUN 2 DIS MAARGE, MAY TEH SPEEK r SHUT UPLOL\\
'''?????''': I OBJEKT!!!!!!\\
''(Daddy enters)''\\
'''HOUSEMASTER''': DADDY!!!1111\\
'''DADDY''': I M HEER TO WISH U LUCK. I LUV U HOUSEMASTR!@11\\
'''GOOD KITTTY''': AAWWWWW
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', Episode 6: [[spoiler:Battler's mind is trapped in a logic error. Erika wants to take his position of Territory Lord by marrying him while he's a powerless breathing doll, trapping his mind forever. She succeeds and the "guests" are all enjoying themselves… when a resurrected Beatrice comes to crash the party, curb-stomping Erika and releasing Battler [[GambitRoulette (who had bet on this happening all along)]].]] After that [[spoiler:Battler and Beatrice have real, uninterrupted wedding.]]
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* In the ''WebAnimation/BonusStage'' episode "Rya's Wedding", Joel and Phil arrive to crash... um... Rya's wedding, but the priest says they've still got an hour of reading to do. When he finally gets to the line, nobody objects.
** Phil was waiting for Rick to say "I do", specifically so he could punch him and say "Looks like you ''don't''."
--->'''Phil:''' "If I had done it that way, I wouldn't've gotten to use the one-liner!"
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In a ''[[{{Walkyverse}} Shortpacked]]'' guest strip, this happens at David and Maggie's wedding. Not because Franchise/{{Batman}} really thinks they shouldn't get married, but because [[http://shortpacked.com/comic/book-9/12-more-guest-strips-cuz-i-got-married/aeireguest/ some running gags just can't miss a cue]].
** And in their Real Life, pirate-themed wedding, "speak now or forever hold your peace" was answered angrily by a pirate troupe member, "shot" by another pirate troupe member, and then as the ceremony proceeded the body was carried off by the rest of the troupe.
* In {{Fisher}}, during a wedding ceremony, Tom Fisher raises his hand and pretends that he wants to say something in response to this line. Then he adds "No, never mind", and whispers to his girlfriend "I've always wanted to do that!". She is clearly not impressed with his quirky sense of humor, and responds "Now you die."
* In the last arc of ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'', Millie's father interrupts the wedding between Millie's mother and Ozy's father. Of course, he's not so much objecting as he is seeking confirmation that Llewellyn really loves his ex-girlfriend.
* Averted in {{CaptainSNES}} during Locke and Celes' wedding. Although there are almost no word bubbles shown during the ceremony, words are definitely exchanged, and the trope line is marked by Edgar (the master of ceremonies) raising his auto-crossbow threateningly. Nobody says a word. Ultros ''had'' been planning to kidnap the bride at that very moment, but fell asleep and missed his chance.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Elan is at [[spoiler:the re-marriage of his parents]] and notices something's wrong when Nale doesn't want to object. So ''he'' objects, realising that [[spoiler:the Order are trapped in a LotusEaterMachine]].
* Defied in ''Webcomic/TheLawOfPurple''. During Red and Rose's wedding, the (rather intimidating) pastor tells the guests that anyone who objects to their union should "please leave the premises now." The entire assembly is figuratively frozen in their seats.
* In the BackStory of ''SomethingPositive 1937'', Davan (the one modern day Davan's named after) apparently offered "constructive criticism" at Vester and Gladys's wedding (modern day Davan's grandparents), on the grounds that "What's the point of 'speak now or forever hold your peace' if no-one uses it?"
* Subverted in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/10/28/nuptiae-interruptae/ this]] strip of {{Webcomic/Housepets}}: a wedding is interrupted while the officiator is still on the "we are gathered here" part.
-->'''Keene:''' Gyk-- we have that whole "speak now" part ''for a reason!''
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* Episode 17 of ''WebVideo/TheJokerBlogs'', at Harleen's wedding: [[spoiler: Joker shoots Father [=McHale=] before he can get to 'peace'.]]
* ''Machinima/ArbyNTheChief'' does this twice - first played for laughs ("Wedding"), then for drama ("Collapse").
* Done hilariously in Creator/ImprovEverywhere's Charlie Todd's [[http://improveverywhere.com/2011/10/17/pro-wrestler-wedding/ wedding]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** "Hare Trimmed" – WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and Yosemite Sam are romantic rivals to Granny, with Bugs out to stop Sam from marrying Granny (here, established as a rich widow) to clean her out. In the climatic scene, "Granny" (Bugs in disguise) agrees to marry Sam, but at the church, when the pastor says the requisite line, Sam notices who he's about to actually marry and runs out, screaming that he won't marry her for even a billion dollars! "Boo hoo hoo! Always a bridesmaid but never a bride. Boo-hoo-hoo-hoo," mock cries Bugs at the iris out.
** An inversion of this occurs in 1941's ''The Henpecked Duck,'' where Daffy's wife wants a divorce for losing their egg (he made it disappear doing prestidigitation and couldn't make it reappear). The wife browbeats to Daffy "Well, don't just stand there! Say something!! ''Say something!!''" Just as Daffy is about to speak, the wife interrupts "Don't you dare open your mouth!!"
** Played with in ''TheLooneyTunesShow''. Bugs is forced to marry [[StalkerWithACrush Lola Bunny]], and when the priest says the line, Bugs desperately looks around to find someone who will object. Much to his surprise, Lola does.
* Subverted on ''FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', where Bloo totally destroys a wedding he believed was his best friend's. Turns out he was just the ring-bearer.
* A similar case was done in an episode from the third season of ''GarfieldAndFriends'' in which {{Garfield}} thought Jon was getting married (he was in fact serving as the best man at his cousin's wedding).
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', Wonder Woman vehemently objects, ''with a tank'', to Princess Audrey of Kasnia's wedding to Vandal Savage. [[spoiler:Vandal Savage, however, simply knocks Diana out and continues with the service.]]
* Variant in an episode of ''TheProudFamily'', where the objector is the groom's ''son''; the groom is apparently senile and unaware of what year it is, among other things. He had a tendency to get in relationships with (and even marry) other women, only to wander off and forget about them.
* ''ReBoot''. Dot is about to marry who she thinks is Bob and just as they get to the line, the real Bob comes in to interrupt.
* When this question pops up in one episode of ''TheSimpsons'', Homer knows that Troy [=McClure=] doesn't love Selma. So what does he do? He hums to himself, missing the opportunity all together.
** In another episode, Marge interrupts Patty's wedding to another woman. At first Patty thinks it's because Marge can't accept the fact that she's gay (which did happen earlier in the episode), but in reality it's because Marge learned that Patty's spouse-to-be was a man in drag who was deceiving her.
** Another episode had Grandpa Simpson and Mr. Burns both fighting for the romantic attention of Marge's mother. Abe interrupts her wedding to Mr. Burns with a declaration of love and a proposal of marriage, but she says no, having decided she doesn't want to marry either of them.
* Played with in the episode of ''AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' where Robotnik gets married. Thing is, ''he'' knows that the woman to which he's getting married is not the right gal. (The reason why he's getting hitched is that the woman demands it because she's so lustful for him.) Just as Sonic's about to marry the two, Robotnik's mother comes in screaming "You bet I object!" Turns out that Sonic hired her to storm the spot because ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', the priest was shot in the mouth by the bride's parents, who were aliens made of slime. They objected to their daughter marrying a human groom, despite the fact that this would unify both their races. Oddly, they were around for the entire episode while everyone prepared for the wedding, but specifically waited until the ceremony and that line to ambush the proceedings because they wanted to make it look like that the Ex-Boyfriend was the culprit.
* Done on an episode of the animated series ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'', in which Lydia was being forcibly wed to outlaw Bully the Crud, a large and mean-tempered bull. The quivering official, terrified of the groom, invited anyone who objected to either "hold up a hand -- or hoof -- or forever hold your, uh, cud." A few of the attendees held up their hands, briefly, until Bully threatened to shoot them. Fortunately, BJ himself showed up at literally the last possible second to interrupt the proceedings.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Fonz", Peter's father flashes back to Peter's behavior at a cousin's wedding:
-->'''Priest:''' And if anyone knows of any reason why these two should not be married let him speak now.
-->'''Peter:''' (looking around) Really? Nobody's going to speak up? I'm the one who's going to have to say it? ahhh. Alright. GENITAL WARTS.
* One of the many spots of ''All My Circuits'' on WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} makes fun of this trope. But then, they cover all the soap opera cliches with that ShowWithinAShow.
* Parodied in ''{{Pucca}}'', when Garu's enemy, Tobe, is about to get married. Since Garu [[TheVoiceless never]] [[HeroicMime talks]], he raises his hand and waves it around, unnoticed, while the presider looks around, saying, "What's that? Nobody? Oh well, moving on then."
* While they don't wait for the line (they miss it), this happens in the second SeasonFinale of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', with a twist. The one who does it is [[spoiler:Princess Cadence and Twilight Sparkle to stop Queen Chrysalis, Cadence's impostor and the shapeshifting BigBad, from marrying Cadence's husband-to-be/Twilight's older brother Shining Armor.]]
* The Bakshi MightyMouse cautionary tale "Mighty's Wedlock Whimsy" has a hysterical inversion. Mighty Mouse is getting married to Pearl Pureheart, with Deputy Dawg--conducting the ceremony--starting it with "You have the right to remain silent...anything you say may be used against you..."
* ''TheFairlyOddparents'': Believing Chip Skylark to be wealthy, [[GoldDigger Vicky]] tried to force him to marry her. When the Justice of Peace was officiating the marriage, he asked if there was anyone ''besides the groom'' objecting to it.
** At the end of another episode, The Tooth Fairy and [[TheAhnold Jorgen Von Strangle]] are getting hitched in Fairy World. When the officiant asks if anyone objects to the marriage, Cosmo (who's harbored a long-standing crush on The Tooth Fairy) begins to speak up, only for ''[[OopsIForgotIWasMarried his own wife]]'' Wanda to threaten his life if he does. He clams up by ''literally turning into a clam'', and wails, "I miss her already!", causing Wanda to scowl.
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* There was one time at the end of WorldWarI where a priest was conducting a ceremony between an Austrian POW and a Russian woman. It was interrupted by someone from his town shouting that he was already married to [[MyGirlBackHome His Girl Back Home]].
** Speaking of WorldWarI, there was an isolationist political cartoon drawn near the end of the war that showed Uncle Sam getting married to a woman with the words "League of Nations" written on her dress. When the priest said the trope words, a man with the word "Congress" written on his clothes smashed through the window holding a piece of paper saying "will of the people."
* Subverted by at least one pastor when he performed wedding ceremonies. He would replace the normal line with, "If anyone has reason why these two should not be wed, SHUT UP!"
* Averted in many cases. Instead, the officiant asks the guests to pledge their friendship and approve the wedding rather than asking for objections.
* There's one video where after the pastor says the line, the bride turns around to the guests and says "Yeah, go on, I dare you."
* When gay marriage was legalized in New Jersey in October of 2013, newly elected Newark mayor Cory Booker officiated the first marriages of several gay couples at Newark City Hall. When he said the phrase, a heckler yelled, jumped up and began shouting, "This is unlawful in the eyes of God!" Booker had the heckler thrown out by security, and then said, "Not hearing any substantive, worthy objections, I now will proceed" to a standing ovation. [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/21/cory-booker-gay-marriage-heckler_n_4136594.html The full story is here.]]
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