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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' Lola ran away from her ArrangedMarriage with Loki the giant (who genuinely loved her) as Lola wanted to be free to choose whom she married, this royally pissed off both the giants and especially Lola’s [[EvilMatriarch tyrannical mother Big Mom]]. It’s also [[FridgeBrilliance beautifully ironic]] as when we’re first introduced to Lola, she’s considered a AbhorrentAdmirer whose utterly desperate for men to marry her though she’s always rejected.


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* In Creator/TomKing’s ComicBook/{{Batman}} #50 [[spoiler: ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} leaves Bruce at the altar as she stereotypically believes getting married to him will somehow negate his role as Batman. Unlike the Mariko-Wolverine example which was [[StatusQuoIsGod to be expected]] fandom reactions ranged from glumly disappointed to utterly livid as King had spent dozens of issues hyping the wedding up, and Bruce/Selina being fans’s OneTruePairing were major contributors to the CriticalBacklash. The InUniverse justification of the RoguesGallery actually manipulating Selina as part of their plan, didn’t fool fans who knew DC was just too reluctant to “tarnish” Batman’s HurtingHero image by making him HappilyMarried]].
* The X-Men do this again in ''ComicBook/XMenGold'' #30 [[spoiler: as ComicBook/KittyPyrde uses her {{Intangibility}} just as ComicBook/{{Colossus}} is putting the ring in her to go through the ground. However unlike other examples Kitty does explain her cold feet citing the numerous catastrophe that she and Colossus have endured being not the best basis to start a long term relationship on. Fans were upset, but Marvel pulled a fast one and had long-time favourite couple Rogue and Gambit [[ComicBook/MrAndMrsX get married instead]] which mollified fans a bit]].


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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWho2016CSTheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding of River Song"]], we finally learn exactly why Queen Elizabeth I was so pissed at the Doctor way back in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode The Shakespeare Code]]": they were supposed to elope, but he never showed. This is finally resolved in "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]", where Elizabeth forces Ten to marry her before he, Eleven, Clara, and [[spoiler:the War Doctor]] head off to the present to stop the [[spoiler:Zygons]], and it's implied that, thanks in part to him forgetting the specifics of the event because there was more than one of him around, he never returned.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWho2016CSTheWeddingOfRiverSong [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding of River Song"]], we finally learn exactly why Queen Elizabeth I was so pissed at the Doctor way back in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode "The Shakespeare Code]]": Code"]]: they were supposed to elope, but he never showed. This is finally resolved in "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]", where Elizabeth forces Ten to marry her before he, Eleven, Clara, and [[spoiler:the War Doctor]] head off to the present to stop the [[spoiler:Zygons]], and it's implied that, thanks in part to him forgetting the specifics of the event because there was more than one of him around, he never returned.


This trope could be the result of societal expectations. Men are stereotypically expected to have a dose of dread before a wedding. It's supposed to be more shocking when it's the woman who backs out to be free and single, or run away with another man. Since this offers zero comfort to the poor schlub who just got dumped in front of his family and friends on ''his'' big day, writers are careful [[DisposableFiance not to develop the would-be groom too much]]--or they flat-out make him the villain--to keep audiences from sympathizing with him and calling her out on her recklessness. This trope is particularly common if the character (or her social/cultural background) cares more about getting married than whether or not the relationship is marriage material in the first place. She runs away when she realizes this is absolutely not what she wants.

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This trope could be the result of societal expectations. Men are stereotypically expected to have a dose of dread before a wedding. It's supposed to be more shocking when it's the woman who backs out to be free and single, or run away with another man. Since this offers zero comfort to the poor schlub who just got dumped in front of his family and friends on ''his'' big day, writers are careful [[DisposableFiance not to develop the would-be groom too much]]--or much]] — or they flat-out make him the villain--to villain — to keep audiences from sympathizing with him and calling her out on her recklessness. This trope is particularly common if the character (or her social/cultural background) cares more about getting married than whether or not the relationship is marriage material in the first place. She runs away when she realizes this is absolutely not what she wants.



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* In ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'', the groom is the [[BigBad Sheriff of Nottingham]]. Who makes it quite clear he can't stand the girl, and is just interested in the dowry. When the Merry Men rescue her, but fail to steal the money, he's delighted.
* This is how ''Series/HappyEndings'' begins, with Alex running away from Dave (with a guy on rollerblades). However, since both Dave and Alex are main characters, neither are really demonized-Alex has legitimate reasons for not wanting to be with Dave, and Dave comes to forgive Alex after she apologizes, and the two eventually become friends.
* Played straight at the end of the seventh series of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', in which Daphne abandons her groom at the altar to be with Niles; subverted in the next season in that, rather than running away, both Niles and Daphne elect to confess to their respective partners and face the music. The show also treats the occurrence in a somewhat realistic fashion, in which both Niles and Daphne have to contend with the bitter and spiteful (if pretty justified) reactions of their partners and insecurity in their relationship in the episodes that follow, rather than it being an automatic HappilyEverAfter for the two.

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* In ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'', the ''{{Series/Amen}}'' Thelma almost does this to her would-be groom is before finally sitting him down and gently telling him that she doesn't love him the [[BigBad Sheriff of Nottingham]]. Who makes it quite clear way he can't stand the girl, and is just interested in the dowry. When the Merry Men rescue her, but fail to steal the money, he's delighted.
* This is how ''Series/HappyEndings'' begins, with Alex running away from Dave (with a guy on rollerblades). However, since both Dave and Alex are main characters, neither are really demonized-Alex has legitimate reasons for not wanting
deserves to be with Dave, loved. Similarly, Reuben hem-haws on proposing to Thelma, then faints during their (first) wedding, basically a physical manifestation of his fears about marriage. She then basically pulls this trope again by storming out on him and Dave comes refusing to forgive Alex after she apologizes, and the two eventually become friends.
accept his apologies.
** Reuben's backstory includes his fiancee doing this to ''him'', thus explaining his reluctance to propose to Thelma.
* Played straight at the end of the seventh series of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', PlayedForLaughs in which Daphne abandons her groom at the altar ''Series/{{Blackadder}} II''. Edmund gets Lord Flashheart to be with Niles; subverted in the next season in that, rather than running away, both Niles his best man, only for Flash and Daphne elect Kate to confess to their respective partners fall in LoveAtFirstSight, and face the music. The show also treats the occurrence in a somewhat realistic fashion, in which both Niles and Daphne have to contend run off together.
* Despite obviously still having feelings for Hank, as even [[RomanticFalseLead Bill's]] daughter [[SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace points out]], ''Series/{{Californication}}'''s Karen goes through
with the bitter and spiteful (if pretty justified) reactions exchange of their partners and insecurity in their relationship in vows, only to run away with Hank at the episodes that follow, rather than it being an automatic HappilyEverAfter for the two.after-wedding party.



* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Amy Pond joins the Eleventh Doctor in the TARDIS the night before her wedding. In this case, she rationalizes that she can use the time machine to come back whenever she wants and not actually miss the date - and theoretically, her groom would never know. Naturally, it's not that simple [[spoiler: since Rory does find out due to the Doctor's meddling and he ''isn't'' happy. Then at one point Rory gets removed from time altogether.]] In the end, [[spoiler: they ''do'' get married and the show moves on to depict what a married couple on the TARDIS would go experience.]]

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* ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'': In episode 4, Kaori temporarily abandons the team to marry her long-standing pseudo-boyfriend Soichiro Kitaooji, but after realizing that she belongs with her teammates and that Soichiro is an elitist who doesn't care about people of a lower class than he or Kaori, she delivers a GroinAttack to him and runs out of the church to rejoin her teammates in fighting Road Jigen.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''Series/ADifferentWorld'', Dwayne proposes to Whitley--as she's marrying another man. He's being dragged off by security guards, but still pleading with her to accept when she yells out "I DO!", then offers a lame apology to her groom before dashing down the aisle into Dwayne's arms.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
Amy Pond joins the Eleventh Doctor in the TARDIS [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour the night before her wedding. wedding]]. In this case, she rationalizes that she can use the time machine to come back whenever she wants and not actually miss the date - and theoretically, her groom would never know. Naturally, it's not that simple [[spoiler: since [[spoiler:since Rory does find out due to the Doctor's meddling and he ''isn't'' happy. Then at one point Rory gets removed from time altogether.]] In the end, [[spoiler: they [[spoiler:they ''do'' get married and the show moves on to depict what a married couple on the TARDIS would go experience.]]



* Shane in ''Series/TheLWord''. After a reunion with her [[DisappearedDad estranged father]], who shares her womanizing tendencies, spooked her into thinking that if she went ahead with her wedding to Carmen and started a family, she'd eventually abandon them just like her father did to her, Shane decided that leaving her bride at the altar would be the lesser evil.
* The very first episode of ''Series/WillAndGrace'' has Grace leave her groom because Will disapproved of him. We don't see the guy at the time, but we're told he treated her like dirt and [[ChristmasCake Grace was only marrying him to avoid spinsterhood]]. That they went from proposal to the wedding in the space of one day makes it slightly easier to accept Grace running out on the ceremony.
* Parodied in an episode of ''Series/TheKingOfQueens''. Spence discovers his old girlfriend is getting married, realizes he still has feelings for her, so he and his friends have to drive over to the place the wedding is being held to tell her. After plenty of wacky events that delay them getting there, they get there ''just'' when the priest is giving the "if anyone objects to this union, let them speak now or forever hold their silence" line. Spence is about to step forward and object, when ''another'' guy in the audience stands up, declares his love for the bride, and she runs off with him instead.

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* Shane in ''Series/TheLWord''. After a reunion with her [[DisappearedDad estranged father]], who shares her womanizing tendencies, spooked her into thinking that if In ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'', Drew marries Lily Crawford, but she went ahead with her wedding to Carmen and started a family, she'd eventually abandon them just like her father did to her, Shane decided that leaving her bride at the altar would be the lesser evil.
* The very first episode of ''Series/WillAndGrace'' has Grace leave her groom because Will disapproved of him. We don't see the guy at the time, but we're told he treated her like dirt and [[ChristmasCake Grace was only marrying him to avoid spinsterhood]]. That they went from proposal to the wedding
jumps in the space of one day makes it slightly easier to accept Grace running out on limo and drives off alone, with the ceremony.
explanation of "I can't do this."
* Parodied in Done on an episode of ''Series/TheKingOfQueens''. Spence discovers his old girlfriend ''Series/FamilyMatters'' when a friend of Steve's is getting married, realizes he still has feelings married. As the bride walks down the aisle, she encounters an ex, who happens to be the ceremony's piano player. He invites her to grab some coffee, and she happily accepts. Despite her being female, for her, so he once, it's portrayed as an incredibly cruel and his friends selfish thing for her to do--her ditched would-be groom tries to throw himself off the roof of the church afterwards. Fortunately, the cop sent to talk him down happens to be an ex of his.
* Played straight at the end of the seventh series of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', in which Daphne abandons her groom at the altar to be with Niles; subverted in the next season in that, rather than running away, both Niles and Daphne elect to confess to their respective partners and face the music. The show also treats the occurrence in a somewhat realistic fashion, in which both Niles and Daphne
have to drive over to contend with the place the wedding is being held to tell her. After plenty bitter and spiteful (if pretty justified) reactions of wacky events that delay them getting there, they get there ''just'' when the priest is giving the "if anyone objects to this union, let them speak now or forever hold their silence" line. Spence is about to step forward partners and object, when ''another'' guy insecurity in their relationship in the audience stands up, declares his love episodes that follow, rather than it being an automatic HappilyEverAfter for the bride, and she runs off with him instead.two.



* Done ''twice'' in an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'': An man is found innocent of a murder Monk worked on, and Monk (feeling very guilty about putting an innocent man in jail) helps him get back together with his ex-girlfriend on her wedding day. [[spoiler: It's later discovered that the man ''was'' guilty, and Monk helps the girlfriend reunite with her fiance, again at the altar.]]
* Despite obviously still having feelings for Hank, as even [[RomanticFalseLead Bill's]] daughter [[SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace points out]], ''Series/{{Californication}}'''s Karen goes through with the exchange of vows, only to run away with Hank at the after-wedding party.

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* Done ''twice'' in an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'': An man is found innocent of a murder Monk worked on, and Monk (feeling very guilty about putting an innocent man in jail) helps him get back together with his ex-girlfriend on her wedding day. ''Series/FullerHouse'': [[spoiler: It's later discovered that When Kimmy agrees to re-marry Fernando, she gets cold feet]]. This happens [[RuleOfThree three times]] in the man ''was'' guilty, and Monk helps the girlfriend reunite episode.
* This is how ''Series/HappyEndings'' begins,
with her fiance, again at the altar.]]
* Despite obviously still having feelings
Alex running away from Dave (with a guy on rollerblades). However, since both Dave and Alex are main characters, neither are really demonized — Alex has legitimate reasons for Hank, as even [[RomanticFalseLead Bill's]] daughter [[SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace points out]], ''Series/{{Californication}}'''s Karen goes through not wanting to be with Dave, and Dave comes to forgive Alex after she apologizes, and the exchange of vows, only to run away with Hank at the after-wedding party.two eventually become friends.



* ''Series/SuddenlySusan'' starts when Susan (Brooke Shields) escapes from her wedding ceremony and even gets to rip her gown when she gets out of the church. Much like the ''Series/WillAndGrace'' example above, it's revealed the guy was a jerk who would no doubt have eventually made her miserable, but she's still blasted by pretty much everyone (who all quite reasonably ask why she waited until literally the last minute to dump him) except for his brother, who hates him and relishes the humiliation he'll suffer.
* In ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow,'' Drew marries Lily Crawford, but she jumps in the limo and drives off alone, with the explanation of "I can't do this."
* In ''Series/ADifferentWorld'', Dwayne proposes to Whitley--as she's marrying another man. He's being dragged off by security guards, but still pleading with her to accept when she yells out "I DO!", then offers a lame apology to her groom before dashing down the aisle into Dwayne's arms.
* Happens in the final episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' when examines her and her fiancé's "Soulstones," which don't fit together, meaning they're not actually soul mates. She tells her would-be groom that she's unsure about the wedding and the two agree to call it off. Once outside the church, though, she happens to see her original love interest Harvey...and it turns out ''their'' soulstones fit. Not ''quite'' an altar abandonment in that both the guy and the girl mutually agree to end the ceremony, but they still gloss it over for the guy. Uniquely enough the initial wedding was a FourthDateMarriage, and Sabrina didn't think the proposal was serious at first.



* Carol did it to Jodie on ''Series/{{Soap}}''. Justified because they were only getting married because she was pregnant, and she'd been expressing reservations from the beginning.
* Done on an episode of ''Series/FamilyMatters'' when a friend of Steve's is getting married. As the bride walks down the aisle, she encounters an ex, who happens to be the ceremony's piano player. He invites her to grab some coffee, and she happily accepts. Despite her being female, for once, it's portrayed as an incredibly cruel and selfish thing for her to do--her ditched would-be groom tries to throw himself off the roof of the church afterwards. Fortunately, the cop sent to talk him down happens to be an ex of his.
* At the very beginning of the first episode of ''Series/HappyEndings'', Alex ditches her long-time boyfriend Dave at the altar and briefly runs off with another guy before going on their honeymoon alone. Subsequent episodes have dealt with them coming to terms with being JustFriends after having been a couple for so long.
* In ''Series/TheWanderer'', the reincarnated Lady Claire literally leaves her present day fiancee at the altar for her similarly reincarnated Knight.
* In ''Series/PanAm'' this is Laura's back story.
* An unusual variant on ''Series/McLeodsDaughters'', where Jodi goes through with the ceremony but runs when it comes time to sign the marriage certificate.



* PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/{{Blackadder}} II''. Edmund gets Lord Flashheart to be his best man, only for Flash and Kate to fall in LoveAtFirstSight, and run off together.

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* PlayedForLaughs Parodied in ''Series/{{Blackadder}} II''. Edmund gets Lord Flashheart to be an episode of ''Series/TheKingOfQueens''. Spence discovers his best man, only old girlfriend is getting married, realizes he still has feelings for Flash her, so he and Kate his friends have to fall in LoveAtFirstSight, drive over to the place the wedding is being held to tell her. After plenty of wacky events that delay them getting there, they get there ''just'' when the priest is giving the "if anyone objects to this union, let them speak now or forever hold their silence" line. Spence is about to step forward and run object, when ''another'' guy in the audience stands up, declares his love for the bride, and she runs off together.with him instead.
* Shane in ''Series/TheLWord''. After a reunion with her [[DisappearedDad estranged father]], who shares her womanizing tendencies, spooked her into thinking that if she went ahead with her wedding to Carmen and started a family, she'd eventually abandon them just like her father did to her, Shane decided that leaving her bride at the altar would be the lesser evil.
* An unusual variant on ''Series/McLeodsDaughters'', where Jodi goes through with the ceremony but runs when it comes time to sign the marriage certificate.
* Done ''twice'' in an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'': An man is found innocent of a murder Monk worked on, and Monk (feeling very guilty about putting an innocent man in jail) helps him get back together with his ex-girlfriend on her wedding day. [[spoiler: It's later discovered that the man ''was'' guilty, and Monk helps the girlfriend reunite with her fiancé, again at the altar.]]



%%* In ''Series/PanAm'' this is Laura's back story.
* ''Series/RealTimeWithBillMaher'': Creator/BillMaher praised Jennifer Wilbanks in his "New Rules" segment and applauded her "rugged individualism".
-->Americans reacted to the so-called runaway bride by branding her as crazy for skipping town rather than marrying a Sunday school teacher in Duluth, Georgia. Ah yes, the good life - the bake sales, the prayer meetings, the abortion protests - who could just walk away from all that? How come when the girl from ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'' ditches her fiancé, it's the greatest romance of all time, but when Jennifer Wilbanks does it, she's a criminal loon with a case of temporary insanity? Temporary sanity is more like it. She was staring down the barrel of 14 bridesmaids and 600 guests in the Georgia heat watching a Baptist in a blue suit sanctify her sex life with Welch's Grape Juice and a reading from ''Literature/ThePurposeDrivenLife'' - suddenly Greyhound to Vegas looked pretty good.
* Subverted in ''Series/RoadToAvonlea''. Felicity ran off on her wedding day, but only[[spoiler:to find her Aunt Hetty and tell her to put her anger at the family (for supporting Olivia's decision to leave Avonlea and move to England) aside and come to her wedding because all that mattered is that they're family.]]
* In ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'', the groom is the [[BigBad Sheriff of Nottingham]]. Who makes it quite clear he can't stand the girl, and is just interested in the dowry. When the Merry Men rescue her, but fail to steal the money, he's delighted.
* Happens in the final episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' when examines her and her fiancé's "Soulstones", which don't fit together, meaning they're not actually soul mates. She tells her would-be groom that she's unsure about the wedding and the two agree to call it off. Once outside the church, though, she happens to see her original love interest Harvey... and it turns out ''their'' soulstones fit. Not ''quite'' an altar abandonment in that both the guy and the girl mutually agree to end the ceremony, but they still gloss it over for the guy. Uniquely enough the initial wedding was a FourthDateMarriage, and Sabrina didn't think the proposal was serious at first.
* Carol did it to Jodie on ''Series/{{Soap}}''. Justified because they were only getting married because she was pregnant, and she'd been expressing reservations from the beginning.



* Creator/BillMaher praised Jennifer Wilbanks in his [[Series/RealTimeWithBillMaher show]]'s "New Rules" segment and applauded her "rugged individualism".
--> Americans reacted to the so-called runaway bride by branding her as crazy for skipping town rather than marrying a Sunday school teacher in Duluth, Georgia. Ah yes, the good life - the bake sales, the prayer meetings, the abortion protests - who could just walk away from all that? How come when the girl from ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'' ditches her fiancé, it's the greatest romance of all time, but when Jennifer Wilbanks does it, she's a criminal loon with a case of temporary insanity? Temporary sanity is more like it. She was staring down the barrel of 14 bridesmaids and 600 guests in the Georgia heat watching a Baptist in a blue suit sanctify her sex life with Welch's Grape Juice and a reading from ''Literature/ThePurposeDrivenLife'' - suddenly Greyhound to Vegas looked pretty good.
* Subverted in Series/RoadToAvonlea. Felicity ran off on her wedding day, but only[[spoiler:to find her Aunt Hetty and tell her to put her anger at the family (for supporting Olivia's decision to leave Avonlea and move to England) aside and come to her wedding because all that mattered is that they're family.]]
* ''{{Series/Amen}}'' Thelma almost does this to her would-be groom before finally sitting him down and gently telling him that she doesn't love him the way he deserves to be loved. Similarly, Reuben hem-haws on proposing to Thelma, then faints during their (first) wedding, basically a physical manifestation of his fears about marriage. She then basically pulls this trope again by storming out on him and refusing to accept his apologies.
** Reuben's backstory includes his fiancee doing this to ''him'', thus explaining his reluctance to propose to Thelma.
* ''Series/FullerHouse'': [[spoiler: When Kimmy agrees to re-marry Fernando, she gets cold feet]]. This happens [[RuleOfThree three times]] in the episode.
* ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'': In episode 4, Kaori temporarily abandons the team to marry her long-standing pseudo-boyfriend Soichiro Kitaooji, but after realizing that she belongs with her teammates and that Soichiro is an elitist who doesn't care about people of a lower class than he or Kaori, she delivers a GroinAttack to him and runs out of the church to rejoin her teammates in fighting Road Jigen.

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* Creator/BillMaher praised Jennifer Wilbanks in his [[Series/RealTimeWithBillMaher show]]'s "New Rules" segment and applauded her "rugged individualism".
--> Americans reacted to the so-called runaway bride by branding her as crazy for skipping town rather than marrying a Sunday school teacher in Duluth, Georgia. Ah yes, the good life - the bake sales, the prayer meetings, the abortion protests - who could just walk away
''Series/SuddenlySusan'' starts when Susan (Brooke Shields) escapes from all that? How come when the girl from ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'' ditches her fiancé, it's the greatest romance of all time, but when Jennifer Wilbanks does it, she's a criminal loon with a case of temporary insanity? Temporary sanity is more like it. She was staring down the barrel of 14 bridesmaids and 600 guests in the Georgia heat watching a Baptist in a blue suit sanctify her sex life with Welch's Grape Juice and a reading from ''Literature/ThePurposeDrivenLife'' - suddenly Greyhound to Vegas looked pretty good.
* Subverted in Series/RoadToAvonlea. Felicity ran off on
her wedding day, but only[[spoiler:to find ceremony and even gets to rip her Aunt Hetty and tell her to put her anger at the family (for supporting Olivia's decision to leave Avonlea and move to England) aside and come to her wedding because all that mattered is that they're family.]]
* ''{{Series/Amen}}'' Thelma almost does this to her would-be groom before finally sitting him down and gently telling him that she doesn't love him the way he deserves to be loved. Similarly, Reuben hem-haws on proposing to Thelma, then faints during their (first) wedding, basically a physical manifestation of his fears about marriage. She then basically pulls this trope again by storming out on him and refusing to accept his apologies.
** Reuben's backstory includes his fiancee doing this to ''him'', thus explaining his reluctance to propose to Thelma.
* ''Series/FullerHouse'': [[spoiler: When Kimmy agrees to re-marry Fernando,
gown when she gets cold feet]]. This happens [[RuleOfThree three times]] in the episode.
* ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'': In episode 4, Kaori temporarily abandons the team to marry her long-standing pseudo-boyfriend Soichiro Kitaooji, but after realizing that she belongs with her teammates and that Soichiro is an elitist who doesn't care about people of a lower class than he or Kaori, she delivers a GroinAttack to him and runs
out of the church to rejoin church. Much like the ''Series/WillAndGrace'' example above, it's revealed the guy was a jerk who would no doubt have eventually made her teammates miserable, but she's still blasted by pretty much everyone (who all quite reasonably ask why she waited until literally the last minute to dump him) except for his brother, who hates him and relishes the humiliation he'll suffer.
* In ''Series/TheWanderer'', the reincarnated Lady Claire literally leaves her present day fiancé at the altar for her similarly reincarnated Knight.
* The very first episode of ''Series/WillAndGrace'' has Grace leave her groom because Will disapproved of him. We don't see the guy at the time, but we're told he treated her like dirt and [[ChristmasCake Grace was only marrying him to avoid spinsterhood]]. That they went from proposal to the wedding
in fighting Road Jigen. the space of one day makes it slightly easier to accept Grace running out on the ceremony.



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* A ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' novel (''Jedi Search'' of the ''Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy'') has a minor plot in the form of a potential Jedi candidate investigated by Lando Calrissian, Artoo and Threepio, who turned out to be a wanted runaway from Dargul, having hacked into the palace's computer to modify his profile to be the perfect match for a particularly beautiful heiress. [[GoneHorriblyRight Unfortunately,]] this has led said heiress to become convinced that he is her soul mate and became so absurdly clingy he eventually fled. After being caught cheating at the blob races on Dargul's sister planet of Umgul, normally punishable by death, he VERY reluctantly agreed to be returned to her.

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* A ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' novel (''Jedi Search'' of the ''Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy'') has a minor plot in the form of a potential Jedi candidate investigated by Lando Calrissian, Artoo and Threepio, who turned out to be a wanted runaway from Dargul, having hacked into the palace's computer to modify his profile to be the perfect match for a particularly beautiful heiress. [[GoneHorriblyRight Unfortunately,]] Unfortunately]], this has led said heiress to become convinced that he is her soul mate and became so absurdly clingy he eventually fled. After being caught cheating at the blob races on Dargul's sister planet of Umgul, normally punishable by death, he VERY reluctantly agreed to be returned to her.



* Played a bit in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Here, Lwaxana Troi decides she doesn't want to get married to an old prude after all and to call the wedding off, she decides to attend the ceremony in the traditional Betazoid bridal costume -- nothing. While the ceremony's witnesses, well aware of Troi's true intentions, watch this with amusement, the Groom is incoherently repelled and flees the ceremony.
* In ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', due to a RoleEndingMisdemeanor, Preston Burke's last regular appearance was when he left Cristina at the altar. He shows up for one episode many seasons later to offer Cristina his cutting edge medical lab in Europe in order to move with his wife and their children back to her native Italy.
* Played with for extremely dark comedy on ''Series/PeepShow''; marrying someone he didn't love (but was too embarrassed to break up with), Mark ends up hiding in the vestry of the church until he's discovered, whereupon he (very very very) reluctantly goes through with the wedding (to the extent that he looks around hopefully at the SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace moment and -- along with Sophie, his bride -- bursts into tears when the vows are read. The wedding car doesn't even make it out of the church grounds before Sophie abandons Mark, screaming about how "horrible" he is. The next season sees much discussion (and passionate defense on Mark's part) about whether what he did technically constitutes a "jilting" or not, since he ended up marrying her anyway.

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* Played a bit Leo becomes one involuntarily in an the ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'' episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Here, Lwaxana Troi decides she doesn't want "Magic Hour" when he and Piper try to get married against the Elders' will. Just as the little ceremony is about to an old prude after all and to call start, the Elders abduct him. They do get married later though with permission.
* In the ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' finale "Can Josh Take a Leap of Faith?", [[spoiler:Josh runs away from
the wedding off, she decides to attend the ceremony in the traditional Betazoid bridal costume -- nothing. While the ceremony's witnesses, well aware become a priest. It's enough so that Rebecca declare that "Josh Chan must be destroyed."]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWho2016CSTheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding
of Troi's true intentions, watch this with amusement, the Groom is incoherently repelled and flees the ceremony.
* In ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', due to a RoleEndingMisdemeanor, Preston Burke's last regular appearance
River Song"]], we finally learn exactly why Queen Elizabeth I was when he left Cristina so pissed at the altar. He shows up for one episode many seasons later to offer Cristina his cutting edge medical lab in Europe in order to move with his wife and their children Doctor way back in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode The Shakespeare Code]]": they were supposed to her native Italy.
* Played with for extremely dark comedy on ''Series/PeepShow''; marrying someone
elope, but he didn't love (but was too embarrassed to break up with), Mark ends up hiding never showed. This is finally resolved in the vestry "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the church until he's discovered, whereupon he (very very very) reluctantly goes through with Doctor]]", where Elizabeth forces Ten to marry her before he, Eleven, Clara, and [[spoiler:the War Doctor]] head off to the wedding (to present to stop the extent that [[spoiler:Zygons]], and it's implied that, thanks in part to him forgetting the specifics of the event because there was more than one of him around, he looks around hopefully never returned.
* Sir Anthony Strallan jilts Edith
at the SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace moment and -- along with Sophie, his bride -- bursts into tears when the vows are read. The wedding car doesn't even make it out altar in series three of the church grounds before Sophie abandons Mark, screaming about how "horrible" he is. The next season sees much discussion (and passionate defense on Mark's part) about whether what he did technically constitutes a "jilting" or not, since he ended up marrying her anyway.''Series/DowntonAbbey''.



* Eric in ''Series/That70sShow'', realizing that he and Donna are not ready to be married. Later, Donna agrees with him.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'': Carol's fiance dumps her on their wedding day after gently, but firmly getting her to admit she doesn't love him the way he loves her.
* Played with when Chandler in ''Series/{{Friends}}'' runs away on his wedding day, because of his commitment issues. He actually loves Monica, having been blissfully happy with her, but is terrified they'll end up like his parents who had a horrible marriage and he'll make Monica unhappy. His friends eventually persuade him to come back, before Monica notices his absence. He goes through with the wedding and their marriage is a very happy one. Monica later finds out he ran away (while they're at the altar no less) but doesn't show any anger towards him. It helps she had been well aware of his fears from day one and was prepared for him to go all 'Chandler' at some point.
* A run away groom is mentioned in ''Series/MidsomerMurders''. DCI Barnaby managed to get through the important part of the ceremony, but ran off after saying, "I've got it!" instead of "I do" to chase a murderer. When his wife decides she wants to have a proper ceremony for their anniversary, he interrupts it by [[spoiler:arresting the vicar]].
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "[[Recap/DoctorWho2016CSTheWeddingOfRiverSong The Wedding of River Song]]", we finally learn exactly why Queen Elizabeth I was so pissed at the Doctor way back in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode The Shakespeare Code]]": they were supposed to elope, but he never showed. This is finally resolved in "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]", where Elizabeth forces Ten to marry her before he, Eleven, Clara, and [[spoiler:the War Doctor]] head off to the present to stop the [[spoiler:Zygons]]. However, since the events are {{Ret Con}}ned, it appears that the marriage never actually happened. Alternatively, it could have still happened, but Ten forgetting getting married and never returning to Elizabeth could have been what pissed her off.
* ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' did this with Toadie and Stephanie (as a result of Toadie realizing that Steph was far less enthusiastic about it than he was), Marc and Stephanie (Marc had fallen in love with Steph's sister Flick) and Mark and Annalise (Mark suddenly decided to become a priest - ironically, he had only converted to Catholicism because he was marrying Annalise).

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* Eric in ''Series/That70sShow'', realizing that he and Donna are not ready to be married. Later, Donna agrees with him.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'': Carol's fiance fiancé dumps her on their wedding day after gently, but firmly getting her to admit she doesn't love him the way he loves her.
* This sets the dynamic for season 1 of 'Series/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral''. Kash runs away from his wedding to Ainsley, chickening out right as he was expected to say "I Do". Ainsley soon realizes that she did not really love Kash and the marriage would have been a mistake but she cannot forgive him for how he handled things. The other characters are friends with both Ainsley and Kash and do not want to choose one over the other. They have to carefully maneuver the social fallout of the situation eg making sure that Kash is not invited to any events that Ainsley is attending.
* Played with when Chandler in ''Series/{{Friends}}'' runs away on his wedding day, because of his commitment issues. He actually loves Monica, having been blissfully happy with her, but is terrified they'll end up like his parents who had a horrible marriage and he'll make Monica unhappy. His friends eventually persuade him to come back, before Monica notices his absence. He goes through with the wedding and their marriage is a very happy one. Monica later finds out he ran away (while they're at the altar no less) but doesn't show any anger towards him. It helps she had been well aware of his fears from day one and was prepared for him to go all 'Chandler' at some point. \n* A run away groom is mentioned in ''Series/MidsomerMurders''. DCI Barnaby managed to get through the important part of the ceremony, but ran off after saying, "I've got it!" instead of "I do" to chase a murderer. When his wife decides she wants to have a proper ceremony for their anniversary, he interrupts it by [[spoiler:arresting the vicar]].\n* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "[[Recap/DoctorWho2016CSTheWeddingOfRiverSong The Wedding of River Song]]", we finally learn exactly why Queen Elizabeth I was so pissed at the Doctor way back in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode The Shakespeare Code]]": they were supposed to elope, but he never showed. This is finally resolved in "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]", where Elizabeth forces Ten to marry her before he, Eleven, Clara, and [[spoiler:the War Doctor]] head off to the present to stop the [[spoiler:Zygons]]. However, since the events are {{Ret Con}}ned, it appears that the marriage never actually happened. Alternatively, it could have still happened, but Ten forgetting getting married and never returning to Elizabeth could have been what pissed her off.\n* ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' did this with Toadie and Stephanie (as a result of Toadie realizing that Steph was far less enthusiastic about it than he was), Marc and Stephanie (Marc had fallen in love with Steph's sister Flick) and Mark and Annalise (Mark suddenly decided to become a priest - ironically, he had only converted to Catholicism because he was marrying Annalise).



* Leo becomes one involuntarily in the ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'' episode "Magic Hour" when he and Piper try to get married against the Elders' will. Just as the little ceremony is about to start, the Elders abduct him. They do get married later though with permission.
* Sir Anthony Strallan jilts Edith at the altar in series three of ''Series/DowntonAbbey''.



* ''Series/{{Vera}}'': In "Muddy Waters", the VictimOfTheWeek called of his wedding a couple of days before the ceremony and then disappeared.
* On ''Series/MidnightTexas'' Manfred is on the run from the father of his ex-fiance who he left at the alter. It was actually a con perpetuated by Manfred and his grandmother. The girl's father was a powerful Romani mage who wanted to add Manfred's psychic gifts into his bloodline. He contracted with Manfred's grandmother for an ArrangedMarriage and once he paid her the money, she and Manfred made a run for it. The bride killed herself soon after [[spoiler: because she saw the marriage as the only way to escape her abusive father]].
* In the ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' finale "Can Josh Take a Leap of Faith?", [[spoiler:Josh runs away from the wedding to become a priest. It's enough so that Rebecca declare that "Josh Chan must be destroyed."]]
* This sets the dynamic for season 1 of 'Series/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral''. Kash runs away from his wedding to Ainsley, chickening out right as he was expected to say "I Do". Ainsley soon realizes that she did not really love Kash and the marriage would have been a mistake but she cannot forgive him for how he handled things. The other characters are friends with both Ainsley and Kash and do not want to choose one over the other. They have to carefully maneuver the social fallout of the situation eg making sure that Kash is not invited to any events that Ainsley is attending.

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* ''Series/{{Vera}}'': In "Muddy Waters", ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', due to a RoleEndingMisdemeanor, Preston Burke's last regular appearance was when he left Cristina at the VictimOfTheWeek called of altar. He shows up for one episode many seasons later to offer Cristina his wedding a couple of days before the ceremony cutting edge medical lab in Europe in order to move with his wife and then disappeared.
their children back to her native Italy.
* On ''Series/MidnightTexas'' Manfred is on the run from the father of his ex-fiance ex-fiancée who he left at the alter. It was actually a con perpetuated by Manfred and his grandmother. The girl's father was a powerful Romani mage who wanted to add Manfred's psychic gifts into his bloodline. He contracted with Manfred's grandmother for an ArrangedMarriage and once he paid her the money, she and Manfred made a run for it. The bride killed herself soon after [[spoiler: because [[spoiler:because she saw the marriage as the only way to escape her abusive father]].
* In A runaway groom is mentioned in ''Series/MidsomerMurders''. DCI Barnaby managed to get through the ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' finale "Can Josh Take a Leap important part of Faith?", [[spoiler:Josh runs away from the ceremony, but ran off after saying, "I've got it!" instead of "I do" to chase a murderer. When his wife decides she wants to have a proper ceremony for their anniversary, he interrupts it by [[spoiler:arresting the vicar]].
* ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' did this with Toadie and Stephanie (as a result of Toadie realizing that Steph was far less enthusiastic about it than he was), Marc and Stephanie (Marc had fallen in love with Steph's sister Flick) and Mark and Annalise (Mark suddenly decided to become a priest - ironically, he had only converted to Catholicism because he was marrying Annalise).
* Played with for extremely dark comedy on ''Series/PeepShow''; marrying someone he didn't love (but was too embarrassed to break up with), Mark ends up hiding in the vestry of the church until he's discovered, whereupon he (very very very) reluctantly goes through with
the wedding to become a priest. It's enough so (to the extent that Rebecca declare that "Josh Chan must be destroyed."]]
* This sets
he looks around hopefully at the dynamic for SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace moment and -- along with Sophie, his bride -- bursts into tears when the vows are read. The wedding car doesn't even make it out of the church grounds before Sophie abandons Mark, screaming about how "horrible" he is. The next season 1 sees much discussion (and passionate defense on Mark's part) about whether what he did technically constitutes a "jilting" or not, since he ended up marrying her anyway.
* Played a bit in an episode
of 'Series/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral''. Kash runs away from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Here, Lwaxana Troi decides she doesn't want to get married to an old prude after all and to call the wedding off, she decides to attend the ceremony in the traditional Betazoid bridal costume -- nothing. While the ceremony's witnesses, well aware of Troi's true intentions, watch this with amusement, the Groom is incoherently repelled and flees the ceremony.
* Eric in ''Series/That70sShow'', realizing that he and Donna are not ready to be married. Later, Donna agrees with him.
* ''Series/{{Vera}}'': In "Muddy Waters", the VictimOfTheWeek called off
his wedding to Ainsley, chickening out right as he was expected to say "I Do". Ainsley soon realizes that she did not really love Kash a couple of days before the ceremony and the marriage would have been a mistake but she cannot forgive him for how he handled things. The other characters are friends with both Ainsley and Kash and do not want to choose one over the other. They have to carefully maneuver the social fallout of the situation eg making sure that Kash is not invited to any events that Ainsley is attending. then disappeared.



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* This sets the dynamic for season 1 of 'Series/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral''. Kash runs away from his wedding to Ainsley, chickening out right as he was expected to say "I Do". Ainsley soon realizes that she did not really love Kash and the marriage would have been a mistake but she cannot forgive him for how he handled things. The other characters are friends with both Ainsley and Kash and do not want to choose one over the other. They have to carefully maneuver the social fallout of the situation eg making sure that Kash is not invited to any events that Ainsley is attending.


* In late 2000, during the monologue of the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' episode he was hosting. comedian Creator/TomGreen proposed to fiancée Creator/DrewBarrymore that they marry at the conclusion. Everything was in place, but the bride was a no-show, leaving the groom repeatedly screaming "Drew!" as the credits rolled and the audience roared with laughter, assuming the whole thing was a joke. However, it turned out to be for real (Tom wasn't the only one shocked--producer Lorne Michaels and a handful of celebrity guests were too). Drew later explained that she thought it would be inappropriate to marry in such a setting. [[note]] Given that their eventual marriage lasted only three months, perhaps her cold feet were telling her something. [[/note]]

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* In late 2000, during the monologue of the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' episode he was hosting. comedian Creator/TomGreen proposed to fiancée Creator/DrewBarrymore that they marry at the conclusion. Everything was in place, but the bride was a no-show, leaving the groom repeatedly screaming "Drew!" as the credits rolled and the audience roared with laughter, assuming the whole thing it was a joke.AllPartOfTheShow. However, it turned out to be for real (Tom wasn't the only one shocked--producer Lorne Michaels and a handful of celebrity guests were too). Drew later explained that she thought it would be inappropriate to marry in such a setting. [[note]] Given that their eventual marriage lasted only three months, perhaps her cold feet were telling her something. [[/note]]


* In ''Kyou Kara Maoh!'', Yuuri is asked to speak at a wedding that he and Gwendal stumble into while on the run and, though flustered, he manages to delivery a short speech about love and devotion. The bride is moved by his words to abandon her fiance, a man she doesn't love.



* In ''Kyou Kara Maoh!'', Yuuri is asked to speak at a wedding that he and Gwendal stumble into while on the run and, though flustered, he manages to delivery a short speech about love and devotion. The bride is moved by his words to abandon her fiance, a man she doesn't love.

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* In ''Kyou Kara Maoh!'', Yuuri is asked to speak at a wedding that he and Gwendal stumble into while on the run and, though flustered, he manages to delivery a short speech about love and devotion. The bride is moved by his words to abandon her fiance, a man she doesn't love.



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* In ''Kyou Kara Maoh!'', Yuuri is asked to speak at a wedding that he and Gwendal stumble into while on the run and, though flustered, he manages to delivery a short speech about love and devotion. The bride is moved by his words to abandon her fiance, a man she doesn't love.


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* The ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' story "A Case of Identity" sees Miss May Sutherland seek help in the disappearance of her fiance, Hosmer Angel, on their wedding day after making her promise to stay true to him no matter what. She's convinced that he's the victim of foul play and encouraged in this view by her step-father. It turns out that her step-father ''is'' Hosmer, having worn a disguise and taken advantage of her poor eyesight to make her fall in love with him and then left her at the altar. His aim was to tie her love and loyalty to her "lost" fiance so that she wouldn't marry, keeping her inheritance under his roof and in his control. He gets away with it too. Holmes notes that it was not an actionable crime despite being a cruel trick and even decides against telling Miss Sutherland, who he says wouldn't believe him anyway.


* The very first episode of ''Series/WillAndGrace'' has Grace leave her groom because Will disapproved of him. We don't see the guy at the time, but we're told he treated her like dirt and [[ChristmasCake Grace was only marrying him to avoid spinsterhood]], so it seems [[JustifiedTrope justified]], except for the question of why she waited so late to dump him.

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* The very first episode of ''Series/WillAndGrace'' has Grace leave her groom because Will disapproved of him. We don't see the guy at the time, but we're told he treated her like dirt and [[ChristmasCake Grace was only marrying him to avoid spinsterhood]], so it seems [[JustifiedTrope justified]], except for spinsterhood]]. That they went from proposal to the question wedding in the space of why she waited so late one day makes it slightly easier to dump him.accept Grace running out on the ceremony.


* In the RealityShow, ''Married by America,'' two couples who met over the course of the show were to be married, and both ended like this. In one couple, it was the bride who backed out; in the other, the groom. It was pretty much the death-knell for wedding-themed reality shows (as opposed to just dating), since they've never ended well. Who would have thought marrying someone you've only known for three months was actually [[CaptainObvious a bad idea?]]

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* In the RealityShow, ''Married by America,'' two couples who met over the course of the show were to be married, and both ended like this. In one couple, it was the bride who backed out; in the other, the groom. It was pretty much the death-knell for wedding-themed reality shows (as opposed to just dating), since they've never ended well. Who would have thought marrying someone you've only known for three months was actually [[CaptainObvious a bad idea?]]idea?

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* In the Celendrial Empire from ''Literature/DarkShores'' women are property of their men (fathers, brothers, husbands). [[CorruptPolitician Cassius]] agrees to marry senator Valerius's foster daughter Lydia in exchange for [[AltarDiplomacy political favor]]. She is really not happy with that and would love to run away, only there is no place in the whole Empire that she would be able to hide.


* In the ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' finale "Can Josh Take a Leap of Faith?", [[spoiler:Josh runs away from the wedding to become a priest. It's enough so that Rebecca declare that "Josh Chan must be destroyed."]]


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* In ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', Princess Vespa does this to the uninspiring Prince Valium ''twice'', once at the beginning of the movie (resulting in her having to wear the gown through the entire film, being unable to change), and once at the end when her true love Lone Starr crashes the wedding ceremony. Valium doesn't really seem to mind, though. Partially because he's a narcoleptic that has no dialog anyway, and partly because the only reason the two of them were getting married at all was because Valium and Vespa were the only Princess and Prince in the galaxy, respectively. Until Lone Starr finds out he's a prince too, thus fixing the problem.

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* In ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', Princess Vespa does this to the uninspiring Prince Valium ''twice'', once at the beginning of the movie (resulting in her having to wear the gown through the entire film, being unable to change), and once at the end when her true love Lone Starr crashes the wedding ceremony. Valium doesn't really seem to mind, though. Partially because he's a narcoleptic that has no dialog anyway, and partly because the only reason the two of them were getting married at all was because Valium and Vespa were the only Princess and Prince in the galaxy, respectively. [[SuddenlySuitableSuitor Until Lone Starr finds out he's a prince too, thus fixing the problem.problem]].

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* Near the beginning of ''Film/TheExtraGirl'', Creator/MabelNormand[='s=] character runs away from her wedding to [[ArrangedMarriage the jerk her parents wanted her to marry]].

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