Heroes' lives are incredibly busy, to the point where they can hardly get anything done for all the villains popping up and blowing things to Hell. Since your average hero can't even cash his paycheck without getting caught up in a bank robbery, it's hardly any surprise when their special occasions get similarly derailed—and one of the worst victims of explosive violence is the wedding.
There's no denying it—a lot of heroes (and, being fair, villains, too) have to put up with having their "special day" interrupted with a battle. They just can't catch a break.
But, hey—if this is your life, this is your life, and you might as well get on with it instead of rescheduling. Your pluckiest protagonist will persevere and utter their vows amidst clashing swords, sprays of gunfire, or falling shells. Whether that makes it more or less romantic is dependent on the viewer.
Perhaps this would happen less if heroes brought it up when delivering the It's Not You, It's My Enemies
speech. "Honey, I can't keep seeing you—we'd have to have a weapons check at the door to the church!"
May result in Skip to the End
Can be used for either comedy or drama. Sometimes leads to a Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress
. Compare Ballroom Blitz
. Also compare other events that heroes can't seem to complete without disaster striking, such as taking their driving test
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- Gundam Seed Destiny has Kira performing an epic example of this trope, crashing the wedding by landing the Freedom right next to the altar and kidnapping the reluctant bride right at the crucial moment. Her groom, being a Dirty Coward, initially tries to hide behind her but when it becomes clear that the big guy came specifically for her, Yuna simply decides to run for it and later gives a hilarious Skyward Scream when a soldier reminds him that they can't fire on the Freedom without risking to hit the bride as well.
- The last chapter of the Ranma ½ manga. The wedding that Ranma was bribed into going through with turns into a battle (but what doesn't in that story?). In the end the wedding is cancelled. And there the story ends.
- Code Geass has Xing Ke perform quite possibly the most epic Wedding Crash of all time. And then, Lelouch, true to form, upstages him fabulously.
- Naruto and his team made of Shikamaru, Sakura and Sai smash Toneri and Hinata's wedding on the Moon in The Last: Naruto the Movie.
- An omake episode of Daiakuji had Akuji getting married to Satsu, and an all-out gun battle erupts in the church. Akuji's a crime boss, so that might have been expected.
- The Castle of Cagliostro: Lupin and his gang crash the royal wedding, to prevent the Count from forcing Clarice to marry him. And then Inspector Zenigata busts in with a battalion of Interpol Troopers both to arrest Lupin and expose the Count's counterfeiting operation.
- In the New Titans comic, Nightwing and Starfire had their wedding interrupted by supervillains frying the minister.
- AFantastic Four Reed and Sue's wedding in FF Annual #3.
- One More Day Retconned Spider-Man's wedding to Spider-Man being rendered unconscious in the most ridiculous way possible during the ceremony. In the subsequent Brand New Day era, Spider-Man was turned into a bit of wedding smasher himself, when he and the Black Cat used another couple's suite for their anonymous-sex tryst, in the process spoiling that couple's wedding night.
- Johnny Storm's marriage to Alicia Masters, or rather the Skrull spy Lyja impersonating her, proceeded uninterrupted, but behind the scenes the Puppet Master was on the verge of wrecking the wedding by making Ben crush Johnny's skull. At the end he had a change of heart.
- Rather hilariously, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby try crashing Reed and Sue's wedding, threatening vengeance (i.e. writing up new FF threats) as they are turned away from the door.
- Black Canary and Green Arrow's wedding was invaded by numerous villains. During the commotion, the bridegroom was kidnapped, and the actual ceremony carried out with an imposter. After Green Arrow's rescue, they had a second, much quieter ceremony, which was not crashed.
- The Incredible Hulk: Averted, subverted and played straight during Rick Jones's wedding to Marlo Chandler.
- The wedding party already filled with heroes, Mephisto arranges for invitations to get to Drax the Destroyer, the Frightful Four, and every named Kree and Skrull, hoping that mayhem would ensue, but it didn't (except for a little smack that the Hulk laid down on him). Plus a special guest appearance by DC Comics' version of Death. (Hulk is a Marvel comic.)
- The attack on Rick's bachelor party by the sinister Ecdysiast! Ecdysiast is a fancy term for "stripper". She's armed with a hair dryer. She was sent a false invitation by [[spoiler:Impossible Man because he wasn't invited. Mephisto took advantage of the situation.
- Furthermore, the hen party for the bride visited a male strip club, which was promptly robbed. The perps kinda regretted trying to rob the most powerful women on Earth... (though She-Hulk claimed they were "Hillary Clinton's fan-club!")
- The good guys crash the Wedding of Crusher Creel and Titania. Because of the high concentration of super criminals that attended it.
- Bruce Banner's wedding to Betty Ross is crashed by her father Thunderbolt Ross, who tries to shoot Bruce, and wounds Rick Jones instead. Jones, exhibiting his typical Genre Savvy, absolutely insists on the preacher finishing the ceremony before he goes to the hospital, 'cause he knows that otherwise it'll never happen.
- It may be worth noting that an earlier marriage attempt (Hulk 124, 1970) was foiled by The Leader and the Rhino, both of whom meant Serious Business.
- Given that it's about superheroes and romance, Love and Capes naturally brings it up. One supervillain does inadvertently attempt this (he uses Time Travel to kill off the Crusader, and his fiancee has to time travel on her supposed wedding day to Set Right What Once Went Wrong), but said supervillain didn't know about the wedding. Beyond that, though, it's actually averted at the wedding itself - because the heroes use Time Travel to go back during the wedding and prevent any interruptions.
- The wedding of Clark Kent and Lois Lane averts this trope (having a secret identity helps).
- The wedding of their daughter Kara to Bruce Wayne Jr. in Superman & Batman: Generations is played straight, as Superman's son Joel in a battle suit developed by Lex Luthor attacks Clark with a blast of kryptonite radiation.
- Marine Rachel Cole-Alvez teams up with The Punisher after (in an eerie parallel to Frank's own backstory) members of The Exchange start a shoot-out at her wedding, killing her new husband and the rest of her family.
- In an old issue of Sonic the Hedgehog, Robotnik is shocked to learn that Sonic and Sally are getting married, and declares an all-out assault on the wedding. After a massive brawl between Sonic and the badniks, they tell Robotnik that he wasted his time: the wedding was just a stage play.
- An early Catwoman comic (from the mid-Nineties) showed on its cover Selina Kyle, half in her (then) purple cat costume and half in a ripped-up wedding dress (with little cats embroidered on it, of course) wielding two AK-47's and duking it out with a band of South American militants. "Here Comes the Bride," indeed.
- Averted in the Fan Comic Chess Piece. Giving the hectic life of the heroes, the intrincated Love Dodecahedron, and the presence of one of the adversaries it's almost sure this Trope will play up, it doesn't. The wedding goes quietly, just as planned.
- The DC Comics/ Kim Possible Fanfic Kinghts has this: Dick and Greta Hayes are about to get married when the DEO pays them a visit. 20 minutes later, President Luthor shows up and says all the DEO agents are fired,and to one random one he says: "you're not fired yet. You report to your superior, the one who decided to clear an attack on an innocent couple, in broad daylight, IN A CHURCH, to report to me bright and early Monday at Washington. After you do that, you're fired." CMOA and Even Evil Has Standards moment.
- So far averted in DC Nation, where there have been three weddings and a vow renewal so far. A subversion was when the Dibnys renewed their vows after Sue got better. Some of the Rogues Gallery showed up, but it was to pay their respects and bounce any adversary that was going to be on less than their best behavior.
- The Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha/Sailor Moon crossover fic White Devil of the Moon shows that, no matter who you think you are, it's a bad idea to try to crash a wedding attended to by the Takamachi family. And Fate.
- A subversion appears in the Fullmetal Alchemist fan fiction "Flowers of Antimony." It's not so much that the Big Bad wants to disrupt Ed and Winry's wedding; it's just that the ceremony is the reason that his real targets are available to attack.
- Chlorhydris in the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "Empath's Wedding" doesn't appear at the wedding itself. However, she does transport Smurfette out of the village before the wedding starts, causing Empath and some of his guests to join in finding and rescuing her.
- In a slight inversion in The Incredibles, Mr. Incredible is late to his own wedding because he keeps intervening in a series of calamities along the way.
- Monsters vs. Aliens has a rare occurrence of a wedding being crashed by the bride, when she suddenly transforms into a giant in mid-ceremony. She is then captured by government agents, who were there investigating the meteor that caused her growth spurt in the first place.
- In the third Cinderella movie, Cinderella crashes her own wedding. It Makes Sense in Context.
- In The Princess and the Pea, Sebastian and Fearless interrupt Rollo and Hildegard's wedding to prove that Hildegard isn't Heath's real daughter and, thus, not the real princess.
- In Wreck-It Ralph, Sgt. Calhoun's wedding was crashed by a Cy-Bug that swooped in and ate her fiancee right in front of her. In her second wedding, everybody on her side of the chapel came packing, because it wasn't gonna happen again.
- Happens in Aladdin and the King of Thieves, when the Forty Thieves raid Aladdin's wedding. (Semi-justified in that they were there to steal a wedding gift.) Princess Jasmine herself punches out one of them for daring to spoil her special day.
- Happens in The Little Mermaid, when Scuttle the Seagull and friends interrupt the wedding of Eric and Ursula (in disguise.)
- In Shrek, Shrek and Donkey (riding Dragon) crash Fiona's wedding to Lord Farquaad.
- The Dukes of Hazzard: "Daisy's Shotgun Wedding," where Bo and Luke arrive to stop a wedding ceremony where Daisy was involuntarily being married to a bloodthirsty, backwoods psychopath who along with his brother and father had kidnapped her specifically to make her their sex slave.
- In Smallville, Chloe Sullivan gets a particularly nasty one as Doomsday crashes her wedding.
- The Season 2 finale of Chuck takes this to epic levels with Ellie's wedding. It starts with a shootout between Fulcrum agents and Bryce Larkin (with Sarah throwing cutlery scavenged from the wedding presents) and the crossfire shredding wedding paraphernalia in all directions. Then Casey parachutes through the skylight with a squad of soldiers. With Jeffster singing "Domo Arigato Mr Roboto" over the top of all of it. Needless to say, the wedding was cancelled.
- In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Riley Finn and his bride, Sam, describe their off-screen wedding under fire in the sixth-season episode As You Were.
- And Xander and Anya's wedding is crashed by one of her former victims, looking for a little payback in Hell's Bells.
- John Crichton and Aeryn Sun of Farscape really couldn't catch a break when it came to tying the knot they had two or three false starts derailed by invasions or combat before finally getting hitched
under siege under fire and during the Screaming Birth of their son.
- Honorable mention: In Star Trek, the legend of Kahless and Lukara—an example of this trope—became such an important part of Klingon culture that the traditional Klingon wedding ceremony involves a mock mid-ceremony attack.
- In the original Star Trek, Kirk was officiating a wedding between two of his crew when it got interrupted by Federation business. Specifically, an invisible enemy blowing up Federation bases on the Neutral Zone. The groom didn't survive to finish the wedding, alas...
- In the Whoniverse:
- Torchwood: Gwen gets impregnated with an alien baby pre-wedding, and the mother alien shows up at the wedding to claim it.
- The Sarah Jane Adventures, The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith. The Doctor knows what will happen when the Wedding Deadline arrives and so crosses over to crash it spectacularly. Needless to say, the Trickster isn't thrilled that his third plan for world chaos is about to be foiled and one-ups his crashing with a time loop... and when all's resolved, the wedding is cancelled.
- Mahou Sentai Magiranger has Hikaru and Urara's wedding cut short by Lunagel appearing, out of breath and bringing news of N. Ma's arrival.
- Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger starts with a Car Chase (with giant robot cars) smashing right through an alien church where two Muppet-y cat aliens are getting married and moving right along. This is our introduction to Ban (Deka Red) and Don Moyaida (the first Monster of the Week).
- Lampshaded in an episode of the soap opera One Life to Live, in which a character points out that "whenever we go to a wedding, no one ever gets married."
- Lois and Clark did this twice. The first time, Lois was kidnapped and replaced by a frog-eating clone. The second time, in an episode entitled "Swear To God, This Time We're Not Kidding" (bit of a Fandom Nod there, then?), the luckless lovers have to deal with a revenge-seeking madwoman known as the Wedding Destroyer. Since they were the ones who helped put her in prison, guess what she's got in mind for them?
- Dynasty: The Moldavian Wedding Massacre cliffhanger. Everyone in attendance got shot and the actors had no idea who was going to survive to the next season
- Kamen Rider Kiva has Nago and Megumi's wedding interrupted by Wataru's son from the future, informing them that there are Neo-Fangires outside and he needs Wataru's help. Luckily, the couple had already said their vows by that stage.
- Prue interrupts her sister Piper's wedding in Charmed by being brainwashed and running away with a guy on a motorcycle. While still inside the manor.
- Not only do KAOS agents crash Max's and 99's wedding on Get Smart, but the most ridiculously contrived circumstances in the world require Max to remain upright for 48 hours that overlap with their wedding night...
- Psych: Lassiter's wedding is interrupted by armed criminals. Fortunately, most of the guests are police officers so they all just pull out their guns and take down the bad guys.
- Doc Martin: Unusually, the wedding itself goes off almost seamlessly (partly due to Martin and Louisa escaping early while they're ahead); the honeymoon, on the other hand, sees their cottage rendered unusable by a blocked chimney and their luggage lost; they get lost attempting to walk home and held at gunpoint by an irascible farmer insisting they fix a chicken coop they broke, and then have to stitch him up after an unlikely accident severs an artery and carry him back to town in a wheelbarrow.
- Every Professional Wrestling wedding ever. The most recent being AJ Lee's recent spurning of Daniel Bryan (on the 1,000th episode of WWE RAW) to become RAW General Manager.
- One of the WWF's earliest televised weddings depicted the marriage of Paul Vachon and a woman named Ophelia, aired during a 1984 episode of Tuesday Night Titans; the only faces invited were Vince McMahonand "Lord" Alfred Hayes (the two hosts, who were both face-leaning in their commentary). The wedding crasher was dastardly villain "Dr. D" David Schultz, who insulted Ophelia and later started a huge food fight.
- This includes the Real Life wedding of Stan "Uncle Elmer" Frasier's wedding to Joyce Stazko during an episode of Saturday Night's Main Event(the marriage was legit, the attempted disruption by Roddy Piper wasn't).
- Subversion, Kane waited until after Edge and Lita were married to attack.
- Averted when Randy Savage married Miss Elizabeth (his Real Life wife, as they had been married since December 1984, but not in Kayfabe). An attempted invocation of the trope happened after the actual wedding at the backstage banquet, where Jake "The Snake" Roberts hid a snake in one of the gift packages, and then showed up to beat up Savage. Savage would eventually get his revenge, but not after Roberts kept raising the bar of despicability (allowing another live snake to bite Savage's arm; slapping Elizabeth in the face during a live pay-per-view match).
- One of the more infamous angles one that earned a "Gooker" award (for worst angle of the year) by the wrestling website WrestleCrap involved a wedding. During the feud of Torrie Wilson and Dawn Marie, Dawn Marie began seducing Torrie's father, Al Wilson (her legit father); after several weeks of promos playing up the relationship and Torrie's growing disapproval of the relationship, Al and Dawn were engaged to be married, and were wed on a January 2003 episode of Smackdown!. During the honeymoon, Dawn Marie and Al had sex until Al suffered a massive heart attack that killed him. This led to Torrie blaming Dawn, and naturally the two confronted each other during the "visitation," with the two getting into a huge fight that resulted in the coffin being knocked over (before the two could be separated).
- McMahon and Paul "Triple H" Levesque are a real-life couple now, but twice they were involved together in wedding angles. The first was Stephanie's late 1999 engagement to Test (Andrew Martin), and it was meant as just a sweetheart relationship ... until Triple H became involved; at Steph's bachelorette party, she was drugged, and Triple H (who was supposed to be taking her home) instead drove her to a drive-through wedding chapel to get married, even though she was unconscious. Footage of the "drive-through" wedding was shown on WWE RAW during the Test-McMahon in-ring ceremony, just as the vows were being given. It was a conspiracy all along, as Stephanie later revealed. In early 2002, as the kayfabe marriage was on the rocks, Stephanie wanted to renew her vows with Triple H, vowing to be a better wife, but Triple H learned that her pregnancy was a sham and exposed her on TV (during their vow renewal ceremony).
- Less than 18 months after the kayfabe marriage ended, Stephanie and Triple H were married in real life, although this marriage did not take place on TV or in a wrestling ring. The couple have three daughters: Aurora, Murphy and Vaughn.
- Prior to the Stephanie-Triple H alliance, Stephanie was the unwilling bride-to-be of The Undertaker. In 1999, The Undertaker was the leader of the Ministry Of Darkness, and the storyline reached its peak when he and his cohorts kidnapped Stephanie (after the "In Your House" pay-per-view event) and arranged a Satanic wedding ... all to get at Vince McMahon. Just before Paul Bearer was able to confirm Undie and Stephanie as "man and wife," Ken Shamrock, and later The Big Show, both ran in to interrupt the proceedings. When they were promptly beaten down, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin ran in and finally ran The Undertaker off ... after everyone else collected their "stunner."
- The WWF/WWE is not the only organization that has gone to the wedding well as an inspiration for storylines. In TNA, for instance, there was the Jay Lethal/So-Cal Val wedding at TNA Slammiversary 08. (Sonjay Dutt, doing a Face-Heel Turn, was the culprit)
- In the Champions supplement Villainy Amok, one of the scenarios is "My Big Fat Caped Wedding". How much can possibly go wrong when two superheroes get married?
- The Gothic Horror setting of Ravenloft was created as part of the curse Strahd von Zarovich invited upon himself, after he murdered his brother on the latter's wedding day, in hope of claiming the bride for himself. She flung herself from the castle walls rather than let Strahd touch her, and he turned upon the wedding guests in a rage, killing everyone in the chapel.
- Ironically, this subverted another example of this trope, as an enemy of the Von Zaroviches had sneaked archers into the castle, intending to massacre Strahd and all of his relatives at the ceremony, Game of Thrones-style.
- Fiddler on the Roof has Motel and Tzietel's wedding cut short by an anti-Semitic pogrom. (Of course, the bride's family was already well on the way to derailing the event anyway.)
- In the game Castle Crashers, the players at one point, unsurprisingly, crash a castle. This doubles as a wedding crash, between a princess and a Big Bad. The level itself is called "Wedding Crash".
- In Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals, Maxim and Selan happily took off the minute after they said their vows to respond to a sudden report of monsters at the castle. They'd both been wearing armor under the other stuff.
- In City of Heroes, Lord Recluse crashed Manticore and Sister Psyche's wedding on Valentine's Day of 2008, triggering a battle between Recluse's Arachnos thugs and the many player characters in attendance.
- Many players who have attempted in-game weddings in MMOs have been disrupted by obnoxious griefers. Popular in-game venues, such as Northshire Abbey of World of Warcraft, are accordingly popular targets. The more obscure a locale though, the less likely a virtual wedding is to suffer from this trope.
- There's also... a rather fun alliance quest involving a wedding... the "priest" promptly turns into a faceless and you have to then kick its (his) ass. One could hardly have a dwarven wedding without a proper brawl, now could there?
- In Final Fantasy X there is a wedding crashing that involves a dragon, heavy gunfire and heroes surfing down giant cables from an airship to save the bride, who is also trying to kill the groom. And the marriage still goes through nevertheless, and is followed up by the bride jumping off a building. Evidencedhere.
- In the backstory of Varicella, General Wehrkeit had soldiers attack the wedding of the hero's brother Terzio Varicella to Princess Charlotte, killing him and causing the bride to go mad from the trauma.
- Used in Grand Theft Auto IV to dramatic effect.
- In NieR this happens when the wolves take revenge over Facade by killing the bride when she's about to wed the king.
- Subverted in King's Quest II: Romancing The Throne where even the villains show up to the wedding and behave themselves. Averted in King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow where the Big Bad is sitting it out in the dungeon. But it's played straight in The Silver Lining.
- Beatrice crashes Battler and Erika's wedding awesomely in Umineko no Naku Koro ni.
- Justin crashes Feena's wedding to Pakon in Grandia. Since Feena was bound and gagged for most of the ceremony, it was pretty clear that she had no objections to the wedding getting derailed.
- One of the opening credits of Tekken 6 involves bomber jets from the Mishima Zaibatsu under Jin Kazama turning a wedding chapel into rubble. In response, the older brother of the bride, Miguel Caballero Rojo, vows revenge on Jin as he holds his dead sister, Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress and all.
- In the opening of the fifth Heroes of Might and Magic game, some demons crash in on a royal wedding.
- In the prologue to Vay, a group of Danek mechanized battle suits opens fire on Lorath Castle just as Prince Sandor is about to exchange vows with Princess Elin, kidnapping her in the process.
- The City Elf origin to Dragon Age: Origins involves human raiders crashing a wedding and kidnapping the women.
- In Kevin & Kell, a spider crashed the wedding of Tammy and Ray. Nothing personal; he just wanted to eat a lot of insects.
- The Order of the Stick:
- Ozy and Millie: Llewelyn and Millicent's wedding is interrupted by Captain Locke, the father of Millicent's daughter. After asking the groom if he loves his ex-girlfriend and getting a positive response, Locke starts a pie fight. Pie fights are a traditional part of dragon weddings, which was why they had so many pies lying around in the first place.
- The main plot of Episode 2 of Season 3 of "Arby Nthe Chief". Jon CJG used this plot again, in EPIC proportions, to make season 5 and also the reason for the Big Bad's reason to commit crimes in season 6.
- Noob has a variation in which a in-game wedding isn't interrupted by enemies, but two of the groom's guildmates in the middle of a duel. The scene is Played for Laughs as the final strike of the duel happens inside the chapel. Following that, the Dead Character Walking form of the Sore Loser notices his surroundings and basically says "Oh no, this place is full of people who know me!" then runs out, apparently not noticing a wedding is going on. The reaction of the winner? "That audience makes the victory even greater!"
- At one Society For Creative Anachronism-themed wedding, the priest's ceremony included the line: "If anyone present has any reason why these two should not be joined in holy matrimony... they must defeat the Best Man in hand-to-hand combat!".
- This is also why, despite the church traditionally being in the bride's home parish, it's controlled by the groomsmen for the duration of the ceremony. Back in the day, the groom stood a reasonable risk of having to ride deep into the territory of people with whom relations were, at best, shaky to seal a diplomatic marriage (to say nothing of the guys who effectively kidnapped their brides). During the ceremony, he needed to kneel, with his back to the door, only a few feet away from men who had been trying to kill him until very recently. Small wonder, then, that he would be expected to take a retinue with him, that they would control the church and its grounds, and that his 'best man' would be standing within a sword's length of him. This is also why the bride always stands to the left of the groom, in case things really went to hell and he needed his sword arm free.
- Unfortunately, this sometimes does happen in modern society; often, someone who is not invited to a wedding ceremony most often, but not always, the ex-significant other of either the bride or groom will come to disrupt the ceremony and cause trouble. As a result, the wedding party may hire security to ensure that unwanted guests not necessarily those who weren't invited, but specific uninvited guests stay away.
- The War of the Sicilian Vespers started with a French soldier pawing at the fiance of a Sicilian. Naturally, the boyfriend considered that It's Personal, so he stabbed the Frenchman, and a riot started, which eventually became a fifteen-year-long war and led to the foundation of The Mafia as we know it today, due to increased nationalism and a distrust/hatred of the French government.
- Which proves that you should never go up against a Sicilian when a wedding is on the line.
- One Haganah officer in Jerusalem in 1948 was planning a wedding when a breach was opened and he had to go plug up the defenses. After becoming a great hero, he got together an ad-hoc Minyan, got married, and then presumably went off with the bride for some Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex.
- In one Venetian legend, there were several weddings being held on the same day. Some pirates interrupted and kidnapped all the brides, whereupon the men all went home, got their cutlasses, and got in a galley to chase down, rescued their wives, and then enacted a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.