Wedding Smashers

"Villains know that anyone who tries to ruin the happy ending wedding gets trounced within a few minutes so there's still time to complete the ceremony in the same episode. It's not generally worth the effort."

A wedding ceremony is supposed to be a time of joy and celebration. Many, however, find it an occasion to bring up old grievances or new kidnappings. Yes, weddings can be rough in several ways, but the worst is when the ceremony becomes interrupted by a conflict of characters.

Many types of conflict can occur at a wedding, some only happen at the wedding itself, like when the guards prevent the hero from reaching the bride to make their Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace line. Other common reasons for a fight are Feuding Families that get provoked during the ceremony.

The final result may vary. The wedding may have a happy ending anyway, it may be cancelled for the time being and resumed later (for example, if the bride is kidnapped), or it may even result in the bride or the groom giving up the whole thing. Widowed at the Wedding would be a particularly extreme result.

Sub-Trope to Ballroom Blitz, where any party gets interrupted by a fight. Sister Trope to The "Fun" in "Funeral", another sacred occasion liable to being ruined by hijinks.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The last chapter of the Ranma ˝ 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.
  • 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.
  • In the Four Emperors saga of One Piece, one of the Straw Hats's goals is to crash the arranged wedding of Vinsmoke Sanji and Big Mom's daughter Charlotte Pudding, since the event is set to be a manga version of the infamous "Red Wedding". It's such a serious circumstances that not only the Straw Hats are involved: one of Big Mom's sons-in-law (Capone Bege) and Jinbe from the Sun Pirates (whose first mate's married to another daughter of Big Mom) see this wedding smash as the chance to assassinate Big Mom, and have established an alliance with the Straw Hats for it.

    Comic Books 
  • In the New Titans comic, Nightwing and Starfire had their wedding interrupted by supervillains frying the minister.
  • Fantastic Four:
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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!")
    • 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 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.
  • The good guys crash the Wedding of Crusher Creel and Titania. Because of the high concentration of super criminals that attended it.
  • 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 fiancée 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.
  • Star Wars: Union has disgruntled Imperials trying to attack Luke's wedding. Luke has enough able fighters to deal with what turns out to be a distraction attempt, but then has to talk down a guy who wants to cause an interplanetary computer network crash.
  • Kate Bishop made her debut as a character when her sister's wedding was attacked. Kate proceeded to tear a slit in her bridesmaid's dress, then start kicking ass alongside the Young Avengers, earning herself a spot on the team.
  • Exaggerated and Played for Drama at the end of the Red Queen arc of Elephantmen. Joshua Serengheti and his goons arrive at Sahara and Obadiah Horn's wedding and start shooting up the place. By the time it's all over, Panya and Gabbatha are both dead, along with dozens of innocents, Serengheti kidnaps Sahara's baby, Sahara is emotionally devastated, and all the Elephantmen inevitably have to deal with the fallout of the shooting.

    Fan Works 
  • 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 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 the Twilight/Supernatural fanfic The Wedding Crashers, Sam, Dean, and Cas end up going to the wedding of Renesmee and Jacob at the request of Leah. They try to remain civil, but reach their limit when Leah's own mother starts insulting her and one too many vampires offer to turn Sam, resulting in them acting as rude as possible towards the guests. Things come to a head when Jacob attacks Leah under Renesmee's orders and Dean and Cas shatter the illusion that vampires are invincible by smiting a few.

    Films — Animation 
  • 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 III: A Twist in Time, Cinderella crashes her own wedding. It Makes Sense in Context, it's really Anatasia disguised as Cinderella marrying Prince Charming.
  • In Wreck-It Ralph, Sgt. Calhoun's wedding was crashed by a Cy-Bug that swooped in and ate her fiancée 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.
  • An unused plot for Frozen involved a more villainous Elsa crashing her sister's wedding, freezing the guests, and kidnapping her. Anna understandably is angry and Elsa's Villain Song "Cool With Me" has Anna mad at Elsa while Elsa is passive-aggressive and wants them to be best friends again, like when they were children.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the 1964 film Father Goose, Cary Grant and Leslie Caron marry while their Matavala shack is being shot at by Japanese fighters.
  • At the start of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, the wedding of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann is interrupted by the beginning of the plot. Inverted in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: Will and Elizabeth interrupt the battle with their wedding, after figuring that if they keep waiting until there's time to hold the wedding properly it'll never happen.
    Elizabeth: Now may not be the best time!
    Will: Now may be the only time!
Also notable as the coolest wedding ever captured on film.
Barbossa: Dearly beloved, we be gathered here today... TO NAIL YER GIZZARDS TO THE MAST, YE POXY CUR!
  • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer opens with the Surfer accidentally crashing Reed and Sue's wedding, after Reed had already tried to Skip to the End because of a global crisis. It ends with a new problem popping up, and this time Sue asks to Skip to the End, while Reed did that the first time to her annoyance. Made even funnier by the fact that a quick bout of Fridge Logic on the part of the audience shows that the event (Venice is sinking) isn't actually that much of a disaster, in the fact it's happening in real life, albeit over the course of many years/decades/centuries.
  • Kill Bill centers around the revenge-seeking Bride, who is out for blood after a variation of this trope: it was her wedding rehearsal that was broken up by a squad of assassins.
  • The Jewel of the Nile features a Dream Sequence wedding interrupted by a pirate attack.
  • In Fiddler on the Roof, the wedding ceremony goes ahead but the reception is halted by a "little unofficial demonstration" spearheaded by the local sheriff.
  • Live and Let Die features a variation: a boat chase between James Bond and some thugs "drops by" a wedding, with the mook running over the cake.
  • Beetlejuice: "Sandworms. You know I hate 'em."
  • The partnership of Nate and Hayes starts after Hayes' arch enemy attacks the island where Nate's wedding is being held, and steals away his bride.
  • The otherwise farcical softcore porn film To the Limit has a tragic example when a gang of Malevolent Masked Men carry out a wedding massacre - and yes, there is a Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress prominently featured.
  • An early scene of Executive Decision had an SIS black bag team infiltrating a wedding reception; one of the guests being an international terrorist commander who was promptly abducted. To top it off, this was accompanied by a shootout where there was also an RPG and AK wielding terrorist dressed as an Orthodox priest.
  • In Krull, the slayers kidnap Princess Lyssa during her wedding.
  • Tombstone opens with outlaws attacking a Mexican wedding and horrifically slaughtering everybody there. The bride is one of the last to die and has to witness everyone else getting it, starting with her new husband, and making a very Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress. The slayers then cheerfully sit down to the wedding banquet.
  • Spy Kids has a flashback to the wedding of the spy kids' parents when it is attacked by enemy aircraft out to assassinate them. The newlyweds, being themselves professional spies, successfully escape by parachuting off a cliff. With pink heart-shaped parachutes.
  • In the TV movie Vows Of Deceit (aka Deadly Matrimony), thieving con artist Leo Friedman marries women to gain control of their finances, juggling several relationships at once. Seeking revenge, the wronged women team up and confront Leo at the wedding party of his latest victim. What follows is a chaotic sequence with improvised weapons, drag-out fights, gunplay, and an unbalanced groom out for blood.

  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, weddings seem to have a habit of turning nasty.
    Stannis: Weddings have become more perilous than battles, it would seem.
    • "The Red Wedding" (Edmure Tully to Roslin Frey) is definitely the Blood Splattered version, as the Freys used it to stage an ambush on Robb Stark and the collected top brass of the Northern army.
    • King Joffrey's wedding leads to his own death, seemingly at the hands of the bride's family.
    • Whatever you do, don't touch Lord Manderly's pies; in revenge for the Red Wedding, Ramsay Snow's marriage to an impostor of Arya Stark is sabotaged by Manderly and some other lords still loyal to the Starks.
    • An interesting play on the trope is the wedding of Daenerys to Khal Drogo, where some wedding guests start fighting with each other. According to Illyrio this is normal for the Dothraki.
      "A Dothraki wedding without at least three deaths is deemed a dull affair."
  • "Tacky", a short story set in the universe of The Southern Vampire Mysteries, focuses on a wedding between a vampire and a werewolf, which devolves into a full-fledged battle when the catering staff turn out to be gun-toting anti-supernatural fanatics.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. At least Bill Weasley's and Fleur Delacour's wedding makes it all the way to the reception stage before the party has to be broken up in a hurry due to an invasion of Death Eaters.
  • In The Savannah Reid Mysteries, Savannah's ready for her wedding, and then an arsonist burns the place down (it's not personal; the guy's just a creep).
  • In Madame d'Aulnoy's The Yellow Dwarf, the wedding of Toutebelle and the King of the Gold Mines is interrupted by the Yellow Dwarf and the Fairy of the Desert. The king and the Yellow Dwarf duel together. The sun turns red, the sky darkens, and thunder and lightning are heard. It ends with the Yellow Dwarf carrying off Toutebelle. Sadly, they don't get a second chance - both Toutebelle and the king die at the end.
  • Billy and Georgia's wedding from The Dresden Files was sabotaged by Jenny Greenteeth on behalf of Maeve as revenge for their part in the death of the Tigress in Summer Knight. Harry's attempts to stop Jenny Greenteeth nearly got him thrown out of the place, ironically because Georgia's stepmother assumed he was a Wedding Smasher.
  • "We Don't Do Weddings: The Band's Tale" from Star Wars: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina. The wedding of the two Whiphids Lady Valarian (Jabba the Hutt's main criminal competitor) and D'wopp (an up-and-coming bounty hunter) never had a chance to go forward without a disaster. Not only do Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes skip out on their contract with Jabba to play a gig at Valarian's casino for the event (prompting a score of Jabba's thugs to infiltrate the wedding party), but D'wopp triggers a nasty brawl with his bride-to-be when he accepts a bounty on Han Solo to be collected on the night of their honeymoon, and the fight between the two lovers quickly escalates - first into a proxy war by every disgruntled hoodlum in Mos Eisley against Jabba, and ultimately into a confused free-for-all with everyone throwing random punches at each other. Then Imperial stormtroopers raid the casino for illegal gambling! When the noise has finally died down and the blaster bolts finally stopped flying, D'wopp has been (literally) torn limb from limb, Wuher the bartender has been shot in the nose by an assassin droid's needle, and Figrin himself owes massive gambling debts that he and his boys can pay off only by playing indefinite gigs at Chalmun's Cantina - with Jabba's goons still hunting for them.
  • In the apocryphal book of 1st Maccabees, Judah Maccabee's brothers Jonathan and Simon along with the Jews ended up turning a very important wedding of officials from the Jambri tribe into a funeral by attacking them.
  • In The Falling Kingdoms Series, Rebel Leader Jonas crashes the wedding of Prince Magnus and Princess Cleiona in an attempt to assassinate the prince and his father—with the bride's help! It doesn't work and she has to go through her Arranged Marriage anyway.
  • In Raising Steam, a wedding between a human and a dwarf is attacked by dwarf extremists opposed to human/dwarf marriage, killing the bride.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.
    • Notably, in the third-season finale, Crichton keeps on seeing visions of returning to Earth along with Aeryn and getting married there, only for Scorpius and a platoon of mooks to crash it and kill everyone.
      Scorpius: What did you expect?
  • 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).
  • A very common Soap Opera trope, usually in the form of someone objecting in a violent manner. Even Lampshaded in an episode of One Life to Live, in which a character points out that "whenever we go to a wedding, no one ever gets married."
  • Lois & 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.
  • In the Arrowverse crossover event Crisis on Earth-X, Barry and Iris's wedding is crashed by a squad of machinegun-toting Nazis from Earth-X, led by Dark Arrow (Oliver-X), Overgirl (Kara-X), and Prometheus (Tommy Merlyn from Earth-X). After the heroes manage to fight them off, Mick, who has nodded off during the ceremony, pronounces that it's the best wedding ever. Thawne later chews Oliver-X and Kara-X for diverting from their original plan, with Oliver-X justifying the actions by hoping to take out all the heroes in one place.
  • The Warehouse 13 episode "Queen for a Day" has a collision between Pete's ex-wife's wedding and an artifact connected to the female Pharaoh Hathshepsut, putting everyone — including the fiancée — in peril from the bride's wedding party. Rental furniture gets wrecked. Pete and Myka are able to dismiss it as wild mushrooms in the salad.

  • Turn of the Millennium Boy Band Busted did a whole song about this trope back in 2003 called "Crashed The Wedding". In it, the protagonist crashes his ex-girlfriends's wedding. She is actually happy because she didn't want to marry the other man, but everyone else is mad at the singer.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • 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)

    Tabletop Games 
  • 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.)

    Video Games 
  • 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: When They Cry.
  • A unique twist on the theme occurs during the Cataclysm storyline in World of Warcraft. The wedding of Keegan Firebeard and Fanny Thundermar is supposed to be one of convenience to unite their rival clans, and as such, Grundy McGraff (who officiates it) tells the player to watch for attempts to disrupt it by the Dragonmaw cultists. However, the one who actually disrupts it is Grundy himself, who has been corrupted by the Maw of Madness. (Ironically, this turns out to be a case of Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!, as the assault convinces the two clans that they have a common enemy they must unite against.)
  • 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 the scumbag son of the local Arl and his men crashing a wedding at the Denerim Alienage because they want to have "a good time" with the bride and the other women of the wedding party.
  • In Sunrider Mask of Aradius, the titular ship’s crew launch Operation Wedding Crash—in which the Sunrider comes out of warp right above the space station in which the wedding is taking place—in order to rescue their friend and co-pilot Asaga, who is being married against her will to Veniczar Arcadius. They also try to assassinate the groom for good measure, but unfortunately Arcadius is one step ahead of them and the assassination fails.
  • This Video Game/Roblox place, Crash a Wedding for Fun, where you can literally crash a wedding and destroy the chapel and everyonenote 
  • In Sleeping Dogs, Winston Chu's wedding is violently interrupted by assassins sent to kill all the attendees, including Uncle Po.

    Web Comics 
  • As briefly shown in Homestuck's credits, Calliope brings a Spiral Sucker to Rose and Kanaya's wedding and somehow gets all the guests drugged with it. Chaos ensues.
  • 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.

    Web Original 
  • The main plot of Episode 2 of Season 3 of Arby 'n' the 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!"

    Western Animation 
  • Happens in the the '90s animated Spider-Man: The Animated Series. Harry Osborn as the Goblin crashes Peter and Mary Jane's wedding with the intent of taking Mary Jane for himself.
    • Notably averted in the original comics version of their wedding, which was surprisingly mundane.
  • Apparently, Ben Tennyson can't even be in someone else's wedding without being caught in the crossfire between the bride's family of sludge aliens and the groom's family of Plumbers.
  • In the second-season finale of The Venture Bros., the Monarch's wedding to Dr. Girlfriend is interrupted by the Phantom Limb and his Guild army.
  • Shredder and the Foot Clan attack everyone at April and Casey's wedding in TMNT: Back To The Sewer. Everybody Lives (except Cyber Shredder, who's most likely Deader Than Dead now), but a truly epic showdown nonetheless.
  • In Inhumanoids, when the Earth Corps are at the wedding of Derek and Sandra, Tendril emerges from the ground and start smashing the chapel.
  • King K. Rool does this in one episode of Donkey Kong Country where Donkey Kong gets roped into almost marrying Candy. In a variation, he's not doing it because they're his enemies, he's just angry that he wasn't invited. Funny enough, he actually WAS invited. His invitation just got lost in the mail.
  • In Episode 60 of Kaeloo, Pretty and Quack Quack are about to get married. Neither one actually wants to marry the other, as Quack Quack is in love with Pretty's sister Eugly and Pretty has a crush on Mr. Cat (which is far from mutual). In the end, Quack Quack, Pretty, Eugly and Stumpy all get into a huge fight at the wedding, and an oblivious Kaeloo gets them married anyway.

    Real Life 
  • 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 fiancé 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.
  • This is one of the reasons why brides have bridesmaids. Whether it was evil spirits or regular human kidnappers, the bride in a wedding is an open target, so many traditions had a group of women dressing up like the bride to confuse any ne'er-do-wells.

Alternative Title(s): Napalm Nuptials