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It appears he objects.

Donkey: Look, you wanna do this right, don'tcha?
Shrek: [about to burst into the cathedral] What are you talking about?
Donkey: There's a line, there's a line you gotta wait for: the priest's gonna say, "Speak now or forever hold your peace," and that's when you say, "I object!"
Shrek
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The Love Interest is about to get married to the Romantic False Lead, everything seems to be going smoothly, and the cleric gives the line, "Speak now or forever hold your peace" — which in the world of fiction is basically an invitation for someone to voice their objection to the marriage. The usual way the trope goes is for another character to burst in with an Anguished Declaration of Love, and possibly a denouncement of the hypotenuse as an utter Jerkass. If the wedding crasher is one of the good guys, the love interest will dump the hypotenuse and reciprocate the protagonist's feelings, and the new couple may even get married on the spot. Cue Happily Ever After.

Thanks to Pop-Cultural Osmosis, people will anticipate shenanigans of some sort when the officiant gets to this line, both in fiction and in Real Life. That lends this trope well to being played with. Some of the more common variants are attempts to get the officiant to Skip to the End, the objection being particularly stupid or irrelevant and easily ignored, a character whom everybody expects to voice an objection staying silent, using the objection as an excuse to wreak havoc, and someone voicing the objection before the line is even said (and getting shouted down because you have to wait for the line). It's also a great opportunity for a Big Damn Heroes moment, if the villain is forcing someone to marry him or her under duress.

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It's a Discredited Trope these days; the line is indeed said in Real Life weddings, but not as much as it used to be. The original purpose of the line was to see if anyone knew any legal reason that the couple couldn't be married (e.g. one of them is already married to someone else, or the parties are related to each other). Modern wedding ceremonies tend to drop the line, mostly because of this trope — it's an invitation for some Stalker with a Crush to crash someone's wedding, and a few Jerkasses have been known to crash strangers' weddings and, upon hearing the line, promptly call the bride a disease-ridden whore. And now that civil marriages have largely superceded religious marriages in most Western nations (at least on the legal end of things), the government can just refuse to issue a marriage license upon discovering that the marriage cannot legally take place. That said, the line is still required for certain religious wedding ceremonies, most notably in the Church of England.

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The trope commonly goes with Race Against the Clock — if you're too late and the officiant has already said the line, you don't get another shot. See also "The Graduate" Homage Shot, involving a particularly famous use of this trope (or attempt thereof, as the case may be). Compare with Wedding Deadline, the other dramatic moment to interrupt the ceremony.


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    Advertising 
  • Car commercials lend themselves well to this, because of the Race Against the Clock element requiring a good car:
    • The Volkswagen television commercial "Big Day" shows a man frantically driving cross-country in a race against his beloved's wedding to another — which he can accomplish in record time, because he's driving his great new Volkswagen — and throwing the church doors open right as the priest says, with dramatic reverberation, "speak now or forever hold your peace". That's the only dialogue in the entire commercial.
    • A Toyota commercial shows a man driving through a country club in his Camry being chased by another car, narrating, "Started my Camry. Drove to her wedding. Did not forever hold my peace." Cut to the bride in the backseat, smiling.
  • Advertisement for Meow Mix cat food with Baxter the cat - his owner Frank, is at a wedding and the justice of the peace declares this, then Frank gets a call from Baxter. As always, his wife urges him not to take it, but he does and Baxter meows the Meow Mix song.

    Anime and Manga 
  • The page image is from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, where Kira Yamato interrupts an Arranged Marriage by landing his Humongous Mecha in the middle of the ceremony. It works like a charm. Interestingly enough, said bride is Princess Cagalli, his twin sister, and his objection is on behalf of her boyfriend, who's also his best friend. And he kind of had to do it in his Gundam — it was a political marriage, and he had to be able to take on the Orb's military to get to her (but since he's a One-Man Army he could deal with them pretty easily).
  • In Mai-Otome, as a variation, Akane's lover Kazuya disrupts her Meister ceremony, just as she is about to become the King of Florince's Otome. He proclaims that he loves her, and the two flee away. It is later revealed that Kazuya becomes the new King of Cardair and Akane is forcefully contracted to him as his Otome, allowing them to be together but effectively cancelling the possibility of any real relationship between them.
  • In Speed Grapher, Kagura Tennouzou tries this in the wedding of her mother Shinsen and her henchman Suitengu. Not only didn't it work, but Shinsen dies. Saiga tries this later, when Kagura herself is about to be forced to marry Suitengu — it works much better this time.
  • In One Piece's Thriller Bark arc, Sanji saves Nami from marrying Absalom this way. Or rather, he tries to — despite Taking the Bullet for Nami and beating the shit out of Absalom, it's Nami's friend Lola who technically actually breaks up the wedding.
  • Billy Bat has a sad variation involving an interracial wedding in 1959. It's the white groom's racist family who objects at the crucial line. The groom ultimately decides not to go along with them.
  • In Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin, Joe tries to convince Mario to do this at Setsuko's wedding. However, Joe declines to do so, and even seems fine with the result.
  • In the second season of Code Geass, Xingke interrupts the Arranged Marriage of Tianzi and Oddyseus. His overt motive is political — it's a sham marriage designed to essentially hand over the Chinese Federation to Britannia, which he doesn't want to happen — but he's also clearly got a thing for Tianzi. Then it gets complicated when Zero and the Black Knights show up with their own objection, and they're less elegant about it.
  • My Bride is a Mermaid interestingly does this with a Shinto wedding ceremony. The eponymous mermaid-bride is interrupting another mermaid's wedding — and since they're both powerful daughters of even more powerful mermaid Yakuza bosses, she's also carrying a giant katana.
  • In the manga Negima Neo, Negi interrupts the wedding between Asuna and Fate. Curiously, in this Alternate Universe, Negi has no reason to suspect that Fate is secretly evil — he just felt it was a waste. The interruption degenerated into a ranged battle.
  • In Strawberry Panic!, Nagisa and Tamao are possibly about to be announced Etoile. Most Etoile pairs end up becoming couples if they aren't already, and Shizuma bursts into the chapel at the last minute to prevent this.
  • Parodied in Kimagure Orange Road, where Kyosuke tries to stop Madoka from getting married. Or so he thinks, because Madoka was only replacing the true bride (her older sister) during a wedding essay.
  • In The Castle of Cagliostro, Lupin, via recording, interrupts the Archbishop (who is actually Lupin in disguise) right after he says the line. Chaos ensues.
  • Played for Laughs (and subverted) in Great Teacher Onizuka, when Kunio races against time, crashes his single mother's wedding to some middle-aged salaryman, and promptly goes on a rampage — until she angrily reveals that she was just modeling the dress for said salaryman, her client.
  • In The Last: Naruto the Movie, Naruto, Shikamaru, Sakura, and Sai smash Toneri and Hinata's wedding on the Moon.
  • Tales of Wedding Rings has a variant: In the first chapter, Sato follows Hime through a portal to another world, worried that he'll never get a chance to tell her how he feels. He finds her in the middle of a wedding where she is about to marry some guy she never met in order to bestow upon him the power of the Ring King. Hime immediately kisses Sato instead, giving him the power and marrying him instead. Her fiance, Marse, is surprisingly okay with this; he was worried about the responsibilities of being Ring King, and he's in love with someone else anyway.

    Comic Books 
  • Played absolutely straight in the Douwe Dabbert story Florijn the Loafer.
  • The Flash: At the wedding of Wally West and Linda Park, it was the bride who objected, not because she didn't want to get married, but because she knew there would be a certain amount of trauma preceding the ceremony and she wanted to make sure that the groom had his head screwed on straight before they did anything irrevocable.
  • Superman: Subverted in Superman: The Wedding Album, when Lois's father arrives late to Lois and Clark's wedding, just before the line, and everyone assumes he's going to object. He assures his wife he wouldn't interrupt the ceremony for the world.
  • Spider-Man:
    • Spider-Man thinks he should do this to prevent his Aunt May from marrying Doctor Octopus. But Hammerhead beats him to the punch, and he objects not because he has any interest in the wedding, but because he's after the island with a nuclear reactor that Aunt May inherited.
    • Parodied in issue 600 at the wedding of Aunt May and J. Jonah Jameson's father. No-one interrupts, but J. Jonah Junior is officiating, so:
      Junior: Anyone? This's your window. Right here. Take your time, I can wait.
      Senior: Junior.
      Junior: (sigh) Very well.
  • Lampshaded in Batman Adventures #16 at Joker and Harley's wedding. Joker keeps pressing the justice of the peace to speed up the ceremony — and when he gets to this part, Poison Ivy surfs through the window on a vine.
    Ivy: I object!
    Joker: I knew it! I KNEW IT!
  • In Titeuf, the priest says the French equivalent, "Speak now or keep quiet forever." Titeuf, who had been instructed to keep quiet during the wedding, loudly complains that he agreed to keep quiet for a few hours, not forever!
  • Subverted in Nikolai Dante at the wedding of Jena to Arkady/Dmitri: the priest says the line, and there is a pause, as everyone in the church fully expects Nikolai to burst in at that moment. Since he is otherwise occupied, the wedding goes ahead, but Jena never does say "I do".
  • During John Byrne's run on Incredible Hulk, Bruce Banner and Betty Ross get their wedding interrupted at this point by Betty's father, General Ross — who's armed with a gun. He then shoots Rick Jones, but Betty tells him the only way he could prevent her from marrying Bruce is to kill her — and he stands down. Rick, meanwhile, not only survives, but refuses to be taken to the hospital immediately:
    Rick: Mr. Priest, take some 30 seconds and get this couple married at long last, and let's go to the hospital after that.
  • In the Wallace & Gromit comic The Curse of the Ramsbottoms, the titular characters and their allies crash the wedding of Wendolene and the Big Bad this way.
  • Back to the Future: In "Biff to the Future", Doc Brown goes back to the day Biff Tannen's parents got married and plans to use that cue to prevent the marriage so Biff won't be born, only to learn it's too late as Biff already exists at this point and his parents only got married because his grandmother didn't want people to know he was born out of wedlock.

    Fan Works 
  • My Life as a Teenaged Von Neumann Device plays this essentially straight in Chapter 11, except for the line "If any should dare oppose it, let them feel the full weight of the empire upon them!" It's an alien wedding, after all.
  • Reunion, a Kim Possible fanfic, has an interesting variation. Ten years after high school and six years after Ron disappeared from Kim's life, Kim is about to marry a guy named Ray Beam, who is secretly a villain trying to destroy both Kim and Ron. When Ron, now a costumed ninja hero named Ronin, returns to Kim's life, Beam frames him for his attacks on Kim. At the wedding ceremony, when the priest says those magic words, Wade (who had secretly been working as Ron's backup after the break-up of Team Possible) interrupts the ceremony. The fact that Wade, who was notoriously agoraphobic and seldom left his family's house, attends the ceremony to challenge Beam causes the priest to take him seriously.
  • In a Gargoyles fanfiction by Christine Morgan (appropriately titled "The Wedding"), Brooklyn suggests that the line be omitted on the grounds that their enemies shouldn't be given a cue to interrupt.
  • In The Private Diary of Elizabeth Quatermain, a wedding is broken up at precisely this moment. Played for laughs in that the heroes arrive just a little too late for the line, so they get the minister to say it again in order to achieve the desired effect.
  • In White Devil of the Moon, Miyuki Takamachi treats Jadeite's attack on Kyouya's wedding as one of these after the fact. Jadeite doesn't have any interest in the wedding — she's just trying to assassinate Nanoha, but the good guys fight back and all hell breaks loose. When it's over, Miyuki wipes her swords off on her ruined bridesmaid's dress and says, "Does anyone else have a reason why these two should not be wed?"
  • In Story of Three Boys Kurt, Puck, and Finn have been in a relationship for years, although it's been mostly secret, with only Kurt and Puck as the "official" couple. Eventually, Finn decides to marry Rachel, because that's what everyone (his mother in particular) expects. In a short AU within the AU, Puck and Kurt speak up during this part of Finn and Rachel's wedding, telling Finn that he doesn't have to marry her if he doesn't want to. Finn is all relieved, because he really thought he had to do it, and happily leaves with them in the middle of the ceremony. (In the fic's canon, Finn does marry Rachel and is miserable, in what is frequently referred to as "a farce of a wedding and a sham of a marriage".)
  • The Lost Girl fic The Rest of Your Life initially subverts this. Lauren comes to Bo in the dressing room to try and convince her not to marry Dyson, but is shut down. When the priest says the line, its Bo herself who says she has a reason, namely she had just learned the extreme (and horrible) lengths Dyson went to to ensure Bo and Lauren didn't reconnect.
  • Empath: The Luckiest Smurf:
    • In "Empath's Wedding", Empath's rival Hefty wants the opportunity to tell Smurfette how much he loves her and that he wants to marry her, and Papa Smurf tells him that as he's officiating the wedding, Hefty will have that chance when he says this line. But then Smurfette, Hefty, and Empath end up swapping hearts with each other to show how much they care for each other — at the ceremony, Hefty doesn't take the bait — though Grouchy does, as he starts to say "I hate..." but out of nervousness he ends up saying "I would hate that Empath and Smurfette would not be smurfed together as a married couple for all time!" When the ceremony proceeds onward, Grouchy mutters under his breath, "But I hate that it couldn't have been me with Smurfette."
    • In "Wedding Bells For Bigmouth", Gargamel the evil wizard takes this opportunity to speak out his "objection" to the wedding as he, Azrael, and Scruple show up at Bigmouth and Bignose's wedding to capture the Smurfs.
  • Played with in On This Winter's Night With You, a Bones fic showing Brennan and Booth getting married on Christmas. During the ceremony, Caroline Julian announces "If anyone here has any reason why these two should not be joined in holy matrimony... keep it to yourself, Cherie, 'cuz you ain't gonna stop this train."
  • When poor Zoro finds himself victim of an Accidental Proposal in chapter 28 from Thirty Tales of a Swordsman and is unable to wiggle his way out of the wedding, he's saved from marital bliss by Luffy, who claims to need Zoro for "adventure and stuff". The ceremony is immediately cancelled, to the village's great dismay.
  • An ER Fanfic based around Mark and Elizabeth's wedding parodied this, with the ceremony constantly being interrupted by every former lover (or would-be lover) of either half of the couple.
  • Played for laughs twice in the Skyhold Academy Yearbook series. At the first wedding, when the President of Ferelden (who is officiating) says the line, Dorian stands up and gives everyone in attendance a mock glare, prompting giggles. At the second wedding, the officiant doesn't even finish the line — he gets halfway through saying it, then pauses and asks, "Surely there's no one here who's that foolish?"
  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton: In Danny and Kim, when the line is mentioned during Danny and Kim's wedding, Vlad objects... "To both of them living!".

    Films — Animated 
  • In Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, the mortal heroine Victoria chooses not to interrupt the marriage of Victor to the eponymous Corpse Bride, Emily, even though it will involve his death. It is Emily herself who stops the marriage; she is the Corpse Bride because her lover abandoned her, and she can't inflict that pain on another person.
  • The climactic scene of Rugrats in Paris has such a wedding, coupled with a Big "NO!" which also happens to be Chuckie's first word. Not that you could blame him.
  • Spoofed in the first Shrek movie, providing the page quote. Shrek goes to interrupt the wedding of Fiona and Farquaad, but Donkey tells him to wait for the priest to say his "speak now or forever hold your peace" bit before before barging in and shouting "I object!". On further investigation, they find they missed that part, so Shrek barges in anyway.
  • The Princess and the Frog: When the priest asks if "anyone objects to this union..." during Charlotte LaBouff's marriage to Naveen's impostor, the real Naveen, trapped in a box in frog form, tries screaming, "Me! Me! I object!". He and Ray are forced to become Wedding Smashers.
  • In The Princess and the Pea, Sebastian and Fearless interrupt Rollo and Hildegard's wedding to prove that Hildegard isn't Heath's real daughter and, thus, not the real princess.
  • Happens in The Little Mermaid, when Scuttle the Seagull and friends interrupt the wedding of Eric and Ursula while in disguise.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Subverted in Big Trouble in Little China, wherein the heroes find themselves forced to stand by and allow Lo Pan to marry their girlfriends, because it is only after doing so that the villain will become mortal, and thus killable.
  • Played with in The Baxter, which actually starts with this scene: Caroline is about to wed her perennial Romantic Runner-Up fiance Elliott when her ex-boyfriend bursts in, ready to win her back. He does, of course, but the movie isn't really about them.
  • In the 1980 Flash Gordon, Flash objects to Ming's forcibly marrying Dale by impaling him with a war rocket he's crashing into the capital of Mongo. Dale herself also objects to the proceedings ("I do not!")
  • Played mostly straight in Four Weddings and a Funeral, except that the "speaker" is the only one in the room who can't actually speak, because he's the groom's deaf-mute brother and best man, who forces the groom to interpret his sign language because no one else can. But it's subverted at one point earlier in the film; at Carrie's wedding, Charles comes in right after the preacher says the line, but since he's just late as usual, he has no idea, and the wedding goes through as planned.
  • The Graduate has an attempt at such an objection which is so iconic as to be a trope in itself, with the objector banging on the church window screaming the bride's name. Note that it's an attempt — he technically shows up after the peace has been held.
  • In Wayne's World 2, Wayne re-enacts the famous scene from The Graduate, only to discover that he's in the wrong church. And then he steps outside to discover an identical church across the street. And then he goes in there and does the whole thing over again. At least this time, he's in the right place.
  • In The Lonely Guy, Steve Martin's character gives a long and impassioned speech about why his one true love shouldn't get married, only to find out that it's the wrong chapel and he's too late to stop the right wedding. However, for what it's worth, his speech does convince the other bride not to go through with it.
  • In The Guru, not one but two men interrupt Sharonna and Rusty's wedding: Ramu has come for the bride, and Randy has come for the groom.
  • This occurs in the climax to Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. All the standard cliches apply, of course.
  • Subverted in Mambo Italiano: Gay protagonist Angelo's boyfriend Nino is in the closet, which had put a strain on the relationship before Nino was browbeaten into marrying a woman. As the wedding begins, we see Angelo make up his mind and purposefully get in his car. Then, at the "forever hold your peace" bit, the church door bangs open. But it's just a late arrival ("Scusate! Scusate!"). Angelo, on the other hand, has gone off to hook up with the nice guy from his volunteer job.
  • Subverted in The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life Of Ethan Green, in which the gay title character tries to stop the wedding/commitment ceremony of his ex-boyfriend and the ex-boyfriend's new, villainous "Log Cabin Republican" partner. The big, climactic "running in to interrupt the wedding" scene actually doesn't pay off, but Ethan and his ex do end up getting back together eventually.
  • Averted in The Princess Bride, where the officiant could see this coming and skipped that bit — and most of the rest of the wedding, including the "I do's", so it works out for the objector anyway.
  • Subverted in two different ways in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Robin stops Marian's forced marriage to the Sheriff just before they kiss. Then later, King Richard (portrayed by the uncredited Sean Connery) objects to Robin and Marian's wedding, but only because he wants to do it over so he can give the bride away.
  • In Spaceballs, Lone Star arrives Just in Time to prevent Vespa from marrying Prince Valium, revealing that he's just discovered he's a genuine prince and can marry Vespa instead. Because of this, Valium doesn't seem to object too much himself.
  • Robin Hood: Men in Tights, being a Robin Hood pastiche, did it very similarly to Prince of Thieves, but funnier. The Sheriff of Rottingham forces Marian to marry him by holding Robin captive on a gallows with a noose around his neck, so everyone's too scared to object. As Marian's about to say "I do" (but very reluctantly), Achoo shoots the rope, and Marian's "I do" quickly becomes "I doooooo not!" Then, when Marian and Robin get married, King Richard turns up and objectsnote , on the grounds that as King, he's allowed to kiss the bride first. And boy, does he.
    Rabbi Tuckman: It's good to be the King.
  • Played with in Three Men And A Little Lady: The apparently senile vicar reaches this part and asks the question multiple times, and almost confuses someone's hat moving as an objection. Nevertheless, he continues, and the marriage happens. Two of the three eponymous men finally prove to the woman what her husband's real plans are, but only after it's apparently too late — or so it seems, as the vicar then removes his makeup and costume to reveal he is the third man in disguise, therefore revealing his earlier stunt (and his performance during the wedding in general) as a means to buy time — and also void the marriage.
  • Played with in Wedding Crashers (natch): John does interrupt a wedding at the climax, but he has no objection to the marriage. He's just in love with the bride's sister, and it's his only chance to talk to her.
  • Averted in What About Bob?, where Bob is marrying his psychiatrist's sister. The good doctor would really like to object, but having been driven insane by his patient, he can only gurgle at the critical moment. And then he regains his speech right after the vows have been exchanged. His first words are what you'd expect.
  • Spoofed in While You Were Sleeping, in which the main character, having been pretending to be the fiancé of a man in a coma in order to spare the feelings of his family, is now in the chapel about to be married to him, when she's in fact fallen in love with his brother. She doesn't even let the priest get past "Dearly beloved..." before she raises an objection. And then the brother, who is the best man, feels he must also object. And then the groom's real fiancée storms in and objects. And then her husband objects to her objection...
  • Played mostly straight in A Night at the Roxbury, where the groom's brother interrupts the wedding with a boombox held high, in homage to Say Anything.
  • In Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Lo very vehemently disagrees about Jen's loveless marriage to a man of her parents' choosing.
  • In Saving Face, Wilhelmina breaks up her mother's wedding because her mother is in love with someone else.
  • Subverted in Atonement: Briony does not speak up, realizing it would be futile.
  • Spoofed in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie: Divatox wants to marry the demon Maligore, and tells anyone who objects to shuddup before she even busts him out of his prison. She starts having second thoughts herself once she gets a good look at him.
  • In The Best Man, Olly rushes across London to get to his beloved's wedding before she marries Olly's best friend (who turns out to be a cad) in time for The Words — and he might have, too, except that he shows up at the wrong quainte olde church. Fortunately his roommate, played by Seth Green, is at the real wedding and is able to stall the ceremony until Olly can get there.
  • Bubble Boy is about a guy who's lived in a bubble his whole life traveling across the country to stop the wedding of the girl he likes.
  • In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Lancelot receives a note from someone begging for rescue from an Arranged Marriage. He slaughters an entire castle's worth of wedding guests before he realizes that the one who sent the note is the groom.
  • In Live and Let Die, a fancy outdoor wedding on the bayou gets to this point in the ceremony, and on cue, James Bond and his pursuers plow through on speedboats, cutting across the grounds and obliterating the wedding cake and caterer's tent. The bride is disconcerted.
  • In Who's That Girl, Nikki Finn interrupts the wedding of Louden Trott and Wendy Worthington at that point to reveal that (a) Simon Worthington is a criminal who had Nikki's boyfriend murdered and her framed for it, and (b) Nikki and Louden are in love with each other.
  • In The Infiltrator (2016), the FBI arrange a fake wedding between the two protagonists (actually undercover FBI agents) to get all the criminals in one place so they can be arrested. They even video the "wedding" for PR reasons. Naturally, they choose this moment to make a Dynamic Entry and arrest everyone.
  • In Kill Bill, when surveying the Massacre at Two Pines:
    Earl McGraw: It would appear someone objected to this union and wasn't able to hold their peace.
  • In A Guy Thing, the substitute priest (the groom's neighbor, who mistakenly believes him to be a pervert) says this phrase in a pleading manner, then continues to elaborate that the reason doesn't even have to be good, then gives the guests a minute to think about it. Finally, it's the groom who ends up speaking up and explaining why he wants to call it off. The bride gets a consolation prize — the groom's brother, who's been in love with her for years, and the groom chases down the bride's cousin, whom he realizes is more his type.
  • In the Disney version of Babes in Toyland, Barnaby shrinks Mary Contrary's beau, Tom Piper, with a shrinking gun to force her to marry him, lest he uses the gun a second time to shrink Tom away forever. Fearing for Tom's safety, Mary complies, but as the wedding progresses, Tom sneaks away and assembles an army of toy soldiers to fight back. Then, right at the moment where the Toymaker, forced to act as parson (but drawing it out as long as he can when he sees what Tom is up to), asks if anyone objects, Tom and the toy soldiers launch their attack on Barnaby.

    Literature 
  • In Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, Jane lampshades the absurdity of the phrase, claiming that no one ever really says anything — only for Richard Mason to turn up and object, for the very good reason that Rochester is already married to Mason's sister Bertha, except she's gone insane and Rochester has had her imprisoned in his attic.
  • Charlotte's sister Anne mentions the same trope in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall: When Gilbert Markham hears a rumor that Helen has been widowed and is getting remarried, he instantly packs up and leaves town, walking the final six miles when he can't find any transportation, intending to burst into the church and interrupt the ceremony if he has to. Fortunately, it's Helen's brother who's actually getting married.
  • Nodded at in Pamela Dean's The Hidden Land especially given that there's a damn good reason why it shouldn't proceed, but no one speaks up:
    Fence: If any wight knoweth any reason why this coronation should not proceed, let him speak now or forever hold his peace.
  • In Teresa Edgerton's The Castle of the Silver Wheel, Prince Tryffin learns that his very young cousin Gwenlliant is being forced into an Arranged Marriage, and interrupts the ceremony to allow her to claim that they have a Childhood Marriage Promise (which in their church constitutes a precontract, and thus is a legal impediment to any other marriage if it isn't dealt with). He also tells the groom — a man notorious for abusing all three of his previous wives as well as his mistresses — that the man is lucky; if the marriage had gone through, Tryffin would have killed him.
  • Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair features the somewhat unique example of a marriage being interrupted by a person who doesn't exist; the man whom the main character is in love with is about to be married when Mr. Briggs, the lawyer from Jane Eyre, arrives to declare the existence of an impediment, with almost exactly the same wording as in the book, except for the fact that the impediment exists in the form of the bride's still-alive husband.
  • The Action Hero's Handbook gives very practical advice about how to do it (having a prepared speech and a getaway vehicle ready helps heaps, as well as notes of apology and money so you can pay for having ruined a wedding). It also advises you to avoid doing it during the famous line, since emotions will be running quite high at that point.
  • Played for Laughs in a Tom Sharpe novel: the groom has been driven insane through the course of the novel, and hypnotised by his psychiatrist (the bride-to-be) so that the wedding can take place successfully — he can pretty much stand up, smile and say "I do", so they assume the wedding is pretty much fool-proof. That is, until the priest asks if anyone knows of any reason that it couldn't take place.
  • Present in Hawkbrother weddings, but apparently the wedding party has the right to reject the objection.
    "These two wish to join together in sight of our clans ... If there be any here who object to this joining, give tongue that we may hear and consider what you have to say."
  • Done twice in the Wicked books by Paul Jennings and Morris Gleitzman. In the first chapter, Dawn gets up at her dad's wedding to protest, based on the fact that she and her future step-brother Rory can't stand each other. She then runs out of the church and the wedding goes ahead without her. In the last chapter, Jack and Eileen get married again, but Jack interrupts at that point to take the time to thank Dawn and Rory for everything they did to stop the virus that nearly killed them all.
  • Phone Home, Persephone! has Hades and Persephone's first attempt at getting married get interrupted by his Uncle Shiner and Hades' mother, Rhea.
  • In Empire of Ivory, we have a very narrow aversion played for comedy. When the ship's chaplain gets to the phrase in question, a 15 tonne dragon with acid spray that could trivially sink the boat leans in to ask "Mayn't I?" The bride, who had raised said dragon from hatching, simply looked up and said "No, you may not!" The dragon just sighs and threatens to chuck the groom overboard if he is unpleasant to his new wife.
  • At the end of The Tamuli, Zalasta crashes the wedding shouting that he forbids it to happen. It's not clear whether this objection was allowed in any of the religions represented at the wedding. Zalasta certainly isn't counting on it, as he goes straight to trying to kill the bridegroom.
  • In Burrough's first Barsoom novel A Princess of Mars, the line itself doesn't really show up, but the incomparable Dejah Thoris is about to be married to Sab Than, prince of a rival nation, when a certain grey-eyed Virginian and his friends show up and object rather strenuously, to the extent that the prince becomes king — about a half-second before the royal line dies out completely.
  • Lampshaded in A Song of Ice and Fire: Though the actual wedding ceremonies use a different set of vows, when she is parading towards a ceremony to enter into a political marriage, Daenarys thinks that if this were a story, Daario Naharis would swoop in and grab her right now. He doesn't, and the marriage goes ahead exactly as planned.
  • In Stephanie Burgis's A Tangle of Magicks, Mrs. Carlyle breaks into the opening wedding to declare that her son is underage and can not marry without her permission. Even the revelation that this is not his wedding — he's just the best man — doesn't do much to stop her.
  • In The Secret Countess by Eva Ibbotson, the butler, Proom, stages an elaborate charade in order to encourage a third party to step up and protest at a wedding, because the groom is too honorable to jilt his bride even though everyone, himself included, knows that she's totally horrible and will make his life miserable. When the man finally shouts out "No! This wedding must not be!" we get this memorable line:
    In her pew, the dowager, who had read Jane Eyre no less than seven times, shook her head in disbelief.
  • In the seventh Safehold novel, Like a Mighty Army, this line is used at the wedding of Hektor and Irys. Three paragraphs later, a suicide bomber blows up the wedding reception. Bride and groom survive, 200 innocent bystanders don't.
  • A Sweet Valley High novel had Jessica falling in love with the fiancé of a family friend, ignoring her sister's warnings about how wrong the situation was. Jessica speaks up at the wedding, ruining everything.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Workaholics, Blake finds out Karl's fiancee is fooling around with someone else on their wedding day, but struggles to tell Karl. During the ceremony that Blake is presiding over, he calls for objections, and finally raises one himself, which leads to the fiancee running Karl down and the wedding being called off.
  • The Dukes of Hazzard: "Daisy's Shotgun Wedding," which literally employs the Shotgun Wedding trope, as Daisy has been kidnapped by a backwoods, sociopathic family with the intent of forcing her to marry the most brutal member of the family. Shortly after the preacher delivers the cue line and actually begins to proceed with the ceremony when no one objects (except for Daisy), Bo and Luke (along with Rosco and Boss Hogg) arrive to stop the wedding and rescue Daisy.
  • Coronation Street plays with this trope: (one example has the bride herself objecting),. At Peter Barlow's wedding to Shelly Unwin, there was no problem getting to the altar, except for that fact that Peter was already married and had just had a baby with someone else. It was set up to look like either Peter's troublemaker little sister Tracy or Kieran, his best man and old friend, would spill the beans (both had known about this for ages), or his wife who had just happened to walk by with the baby would interrupt. The Friday episode ended almost on this line exactly. However on Monday no one said anything, and the baby starting fussing, forcing Lucy to leave.
  • The Vicar of Dibley plays with this trope.
    • At Alice and Hugo's wedding, a woman bursts in insisting that she has the papers to prove that the groom is already married, but when Hugo turns around, she looks sheepish and says "Whoops, wrong church."
    • Geraldine dreams that she has accepted marriage to her perennial nemesis David Horton, but at the last second Sean Bean (whom Geraldine has a long-standing crush on) bursts into the church to stop the wedding and the dream.
    • In another dream, Geraldine fantasizes that she's the one breaking up a wedding, while singing "It Should Have Been Me" with the men of the parish council as her backup dancers. The fantasy ends with her punching both bride and groom in the face on her way out of the church.
    • And at Geraldine's wedding, no-one objects, but the officiating vicar, who's had a crush on her since the seminary, tries to encourage people: "It can be anything at all."
  • Spoofed in Ugly Betty:
    Betty: [Barging in] I object!
    Priest: We haven't gotten to that part yet!
  • Subverted in an episode of Sledge Hammer!, where the title character's ex-wife (who has been The Ghost up to now) is remarrying. He spends most of the episode depressed and being more of a jerk than he usually is, but when the wedding finally comes, he shows up late, just as those words are said. For a minute, it looks he might intervene, but he does not, and sits down with the other guests.
  • Subverted in M*A*S*H during Margaret's wedding. Father Mulcahy gets to that line and everyone present (including Margaret) turns to Frank, who was Margaret's lover for the past few seasons and eventually fell in love with her. Frank shifts awkwardly and replies, "Well, I'm not going to say anything!".
  • Monk plays with the trope a lot. Just so you know, Monk, murder and weddings tend to go in hand:
    • In "Mr. Monk and the Wrong Man," we have Monk interrupting the wedding of ex-con Max Barton's ex-wife Sherry to convince her to take back Max. Then, when Monk figures out that Barton had been guilty of the double murder he was originally convicted of and has killed the partner who helped him with those murders, he interrupts the remarriage to arrest Max.
    • In "Mr. Monk Goes to a Wedding," Monk and Captain Stottlemeyer are roped into attending Natalie's brother Jonathan's wedding after someone tries to kill Randy by running him over with a car in the hotel parking lot. To find the culprit, Stottlemeyer goes undercover as a photographer and takes photos of the guests. Then the body of the photographer who failed to show up is discovered dead in a mud bath. Monk soon realizes that the woman Natalie's brother is marrying is in fact a black widow, which causes an incident where he gets a knife held to his throat.
    • In the Tie-In Novel Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii, a wedding gets used as a plot device. In this case, Natalie's close friend Candace is getting married in Hawaii, and she gets invited to be maid of honor at Candace's wedding on the island of Kauai. Unfortunately for Natalie, any hope she has of spending a quiet week outside the mainland United States is dashed when Monk takes Dioxynl to follow her on the flight to Kauai. When Candace's wedding happens the next day, Monk crashes the party and exposes Candace's groom-to-be as a bigamist. Candace storms away when she realizes that Monk's deductions are true.
      • And then after the wedding, Monk and Natalie find themselves on a Busman's Holiday after they find a police investigation into a death at a nearby bungalow.
      • Meanwhile, Candace's fiance gets a Humiliation Conga - in addition to his wedding being ruined, someone vandalizes his car in the parking lot. The person responsible for that incident late steals a car that Monk and Natalie rent, then wrecks them by broadsiding their next rental car with a big pickup truck.
  • In Waterloo Road, Tom discovers that the 16 year-old girl he's looking after is going to marry her long-term boyfriend. He rushes to the Registry Office, enters at the correct point and states the marriage is unlawful. It isn't - she's got the required permission from her estranged father, her mother was killed at the end of the previous season and he has no legal authority over her. Turns into a fight afterwards, though.
  • Shake it Up: Flynn objects to his mother marrying Jeremy at the altar by revealing his parents' adulterous kiss the night before the wedding.
  • Parodied in The King of Queens. The priest gives the line, Spence is about to object on the grounds he still loves the bride...only for someone else to stand up and do so before he does.
  • Subverted in Peep Show, where Mark, desperate to get out of marrying Sophie, actually looks hopefully around the church for someone to come up with a reason. No-one does.
  • Parodied by Monty Python's Flying Circus in their 'Scotsman on a Horse' skit, in which the wedding is interrupted at a similar point by the titular scotsman entering the chapel, walking down the lane and, without missing a beat, wordlessly carrying off... The groom.
  • Subverted in Twin Peaks. An elderly man is about to marry a (reputed) nymphomaniac, despite concerns that she may cause him to have a heart attack through overexertion. After the priest's call for objections, the groom's equally elderly friend stands and proceeds to castigate the bride, only to have the sheriff take him by the elbow and gently steer him outside, still ranting. The wedding continues uninterrupted.
  • Subverted in The Nanny. During Fran's wedding, the priest says the line, but Sylvia simply glares at everyone present as a warning of what will happen if anyone objects.
    • Also on Amen, where Thelma not only turns around and glares at everyone, she then walks up and down the aisle to ensure that no one interrupts.
    • And on One Life to Live at Max and Luna's wedding, where both of them look around and Max even looks up (in true Soap Opera style, they have faced numerous obstacles in getting to the altar and probably expect one more disaster).
  • Jessie:
    • Creepy Connie says this line when she pretends to marry herself and Luke using a hand puppet as a minister. Jessie, Luke, Ravi and Mackenzie all object...only to have their mouths taped shut by Connie afterwards.
    • Subverted during Jessie and Brooks' wedding. When Tony (who is the one performing the ceremony) asks this question, Mrs Chesterfield tries to raise her hand only to be restrained by Bertram. Eventually it becomes double subverted when it’s time for Jessie to say her vow; she proclaims "I don't," rejecting the marriage herself.
  • The Suite Life on Deck:
    • Zack uses this trope to save Maddie from her nightmarish wedding to an 8 year-old prince by challenging the latter to a duel.
    • Maddie tried to object as well, only for the minister to say "besides you" when he asks this question.
  • Neatly used in an episode of Psych; Shawn's objection has nothing to do with why the bride and groom should not be married, but it's the only opportunity he has to do The Summation and reveal how the maid-of-honour committed the crime.
  • Turns up in the Torchwood episode "Something Borrowed", with the twist that the interrupter isn't a romantic rival, as most of the congregation assume, he's stopping the wedding because the bride has been implanted with an alien egg, causing her to look nine months pregnant, and the egg's mother is coming to rip it out of her.
  • Subverted in Californication, where Hank, having spent the whole season trying to convince his ex to choose him over Bill, not only doesn't object at the wedding, but tries to stop Bill's daughter when she objects.
  • Edmund Blackadder tried to get married quickly, in order to avoid having to marry the Spanish Infanta; his hastily-arranged-bride-to-be's husband objected.
  • Doubly invoked in The Dead Zone episode "Speak Now", first to inform the bride and groom that according to Johnny's visions the bride's beloved previous fiance is not dead, but a POW, and then a second time when the bride and groom themselves call off the ceremony, having realized that they can't go through with it while that situation is unresolved.
  • In the Season 1 finale of the BBC's Robin Hood, Marian is about to go through with her promise to marry Guy of Gisbourne. In an interesting twist, it isn't Robin that crashes the wedding, but his servant Much (Robin turns up on horseback soon afterwards though).
  • Played with in EastEnders during the wedding of Phil and Stella. Phil's son Ben, who's being physically abused by Stella, chooses this line to stand up... but only to ask for help, because he's bleeding through his shirt. The wedding is nonetheless halted while Ben is seen to, and when Phil finds out who inflicted those wounds on his son... suffice it to say that the wedding does not resume.
  • In the Doctor Who spinoff The Sarah Jane Adventures' serial "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith", the registrar's reading of the words ("Now, I have to ask this...") is almost drowned out by a strange wheezing, groaning noise. In what would be a shocking cliffhanger if it hadn't been heavily hyped beforehand, the Tenth Doctor himself bursts through the door, having realised that Sarah Jane was under hypnosis (again) and the wedding was being manipulated by the Trickster.
  • Used/subverted in A Different World. As Whitley prepares to marry Byron, Dwayne walks in just as the minister is reciting the ". . .hold your peace" line. He's about to speak, but thinks better of it and sits. However, when the time comes for Whitley to recite her vows, she freezes. Seeing her uncertainty, it is then that Dwayne leaps up, declares his love for her and begs her to marry him instead of Byron.
  • Used many times in soap operas.
    • A particularly notable example was in General Hospital where Laura's ex-husband Scotty shows up to catch the bouquet at her and Luke's wedding to protest the marriage long after the vows have been said. Guess something about his wife leaving him for her rapist must really bother him.
    • One Life to Live's Patrick walks into the church just as the minister says the line, but doesn't say anything, hoping that Marty will decide on him for herself. She doesn't.
      • At Max and Luna's wedding, both of them look around and Max even looks up (in true Soap Opera style, they have faced numerous obstacles in getting to the altar and probably expect one more disaster).
    • All My Children's Edmund bursts into Tad and Brooke's wedding right at this point—by mistake. Thanks to a case of mistaken identity, he thinks Tad has been injured in an accident and has rushed to the church to tell Brooke. Unfortunately, the timing makes him look like a crazy ex who can't let go.
    • The same thing happens to Melrose Place's Allison, having found out that ex-lover Billy's fiancee Brooke is a lying schemer. Unfortunately, Billy is so caught up in Brooke's lies, that indeed, Allison is the one who comes across like the villain.
    • Subverted on the 9 September 2010 episode of The Young and the Restless, which featured the wedding of Billy Abbott and Victoria Newman. The minister (played by Elinor Donahue) begins to say the line when Billy suggests she skip it. Given the large number of extended Newman and Abbott family members in attendance, this was wise. Subverted again when the cops break up the wedding for unrelated reasons.
  • In the third season finale of Gavin & Stacey, this gets quadruple-subverted at Nessa and Dave's wedding. The vicar does the standard speech and no-one says anything. He says "That's always a tense moment". Then Smithy shows up. He tries to persuade Nessa not to marry Dave but she says she loves him. Then Dave persuades her that she really doesn't and just wants a father for Neil the Baby.
  • Bones has this done with the wedding of Angela and Hodgins. As it turns out, Angela was already married.
    • Booth and Brennan’s wedding plays with it. Aldo starts the line, then replaces the “speak now” part with “keep it to yourself.”
  • Touched by an Angel had an episode that played the trope right: a guy who'd been in a coma brings an injunction to stop his exwife from marrying his friend, who had been given power of attorney and signed off on the divorce in the first place(which is what allowed him to get the injunction).
  • Everybody Loves Raymond Ray's brother Robert is about to wed his longtime girlfriend Amy when the priest asks if anyone objects, Robert's mother Marie stands, much to everyone's horror. The kicker is that Marie actually likes Amy (much more than Ray's wife Debra) and has been pushing Robert to marry her for years. She declares that she may have been wrong to put so much pressure on them. Unfortunately she chooses that moment to say so, basically ruining their day. It may have been the moment when the character crossed the Moral Event Horizon from Meddling Parent to Evil Matriarch.
  • In Lois & Clark, Perry and Inspector Henderson burst in and prevent the wedding of Lex and Lois, playing the trope completely straight like the Big Damn Heroes they are.
  • A late entry: Get Smart has Max marrying a KAOS femme fatale. It's a fake wedding - the Chief is officiating so it won't be legal - but this doesn't stop a very pregnant and jealous 99's loud disruptive sobbing through the ceremony. The Chief gets to the "hold your peace" line, getting ready for the worst, Max rolls his eyes and looks back at her, everyone in the congregation turns around to look at her... and she just groans, waving them off.
  • In Soap Tim's mother curses his marriage with Corrine on his wedding day when this comes up.
  • Played for laughs when Michael and Ben get married in Queer as Folk, as Brian is notoriously anti-marriage:
    Official: If anyone knows of any reason why these two people should not be joined marriage, speak now or forever hold your peace.
    Brian: *looks like he's about to say something*
    Debbie: You say one word, and you will be holding more than your peace.
  • In Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Horace and Myra were getting married. Just as the Reverend reached this part of the ceremony, Hank walked in. (Myra used to work in Hank's salon, 'entertaining' customers, and he had previously refused to attend the wedding as he is in love with her. Or what he considers love, anyway.) Everyone stared at him until he waved the Reverend on and sat down, giving his blessing to the wedding.
  • Yale used the comedy version when Bess and Morgan (re)married in Earth 2. 'If anyone has any reason why these two should not be wed, keep it to yourself or deal with me.'
  • On How I Met Your Mother, when Lily is getting ready to marry Marshall, her ex-boyfriend Scooter asks when in the ceremony people will be invited to object to the union. When told that weddings don't really do that part anymore, he decides that gives him license to object at any point in the ceremony he wants.
    • Stella's ex-fiancé, Tony, does the same thing in the movie version of Ted and Stella's wedding. In real life, Tony talked to Stella before the wedding, but because it was a movie...
  • On Party Down, during Constance's wedding, it happens twice in a row. First her ex-boyfriend shows up claiming he still loves her and came after he got her message, which she left after drunk-dialing him a few days earlier. Then, once he's gone, Ron stands up and objects to an entirely different marriage, since his Love Interest Danielle and her fiance are at the ceremony too. Constance insists he go on with his objection anyway.
  • A double-subversion on Home and Away when Dan and Leah's mothers successfully stop their elopement, but not until after they've run into one wrong church.
  • Parodied in the Grand Finale of Miranda. A message on Gary's answering machine leads Miranda to believe that he and romantic rival Jacinta are getting married. She frantically rushes to the venue to stop the wedding, arriving at just the right moment... only to find out Gary is merely the best man, and Jacinta isn't even present.
  • Played straight with Paul and Rebecca's first wedding on Neighbours. Lyn arrives at the right moment to reveal that she and Paul are still legally married.
  • On CSI: NY, Mac once interrupted a wedding because the groom's suit had been contaminated with toxic chemicals. Unlike most examples, the ceremony is implied to resume as soon as the groom has changed clothes and been checked over by the EMTs. Three guesses which line the minister had just uttered when Mac interrupts...
  • In the Charmed episode "A Paige from the Past", Piper bursts into a church to object to the marriage of (the ghosts possessing) Phoebe and Cole, who are holding a priest at gunpoint to force him to marry them. The priest protests that he didn't get to say the line...
  • In Dallas, when J.R. and Sue Ellen are getting re-married, when the minister says the line, Sue Ellen's ex-lover & J.R.'s business rival Cliff Barns stands up and opens his mouth. This is the end of the episode. The next episode shows him closing his mouth and walking out. Talk about a 'Cliff hanger'!
  • In The Odd Couple, Oscar is elated when his ex-wife, Blanche, decides to remarry, as it means he'll no longer have to pay alimony. However, when the minister says the line during the ceremony, Felix objects, because he feels Blanche is marrying the wrong man. Blanche agrees and the wedding is off. The next scene shows the angrily brooding Oscar, at home later that day, playing a recording of the wedding on his turntable, and lifting the needle to hear Felix's "I object" over and over. Then Felix comes home from the church.
    Felix: I stayed for the funeral.
    Oscar: What'd you do, stand up in the middle and say he wasn't dead?
    • If that wasn't enough, they try the wedding again, and this time Oscar objects after the line is said.
  • In Vega$, Dan goes to his secretary's wedding to stop her from marrying a guy who plans to marry her, then kill her and her son in order to collect the very large trust fund from her father which otherwise would be payable to her son. He has the police run a patrol car up to the church with siren, telling the guy that they found the witness that will prove he did this before. The guy panics and runs. It doesn't hurt that there's probably a lot of UST between Dan and his Secretary anyway.
  • A pretty... depressing example happens in Cheaters, a show dedicated to uncover infidelities. Jamie, a divorced mother with a kid was dating some dude named Michael for years, and it turned out that not only he was cheating on her, but was about to get married to another girl, who had no idea of WTF was going on. So they crashed the wedding to reveal this right before the marriage itself, and it not only had Jamie totally calling out Michael the Jerkass scumbag, but with her actually having to both show the truth and comfort the weeping bride.
  • In Eureka, Carter briefly objects at his own wedding. He wants to make sure that Allison is really marrying him because she wants to, and not just because they're a minute away from drowning.
  • Lady Edith in Downton Abbey's third series is jilted at the altar by her husband-to-be, who has second thoughts on whether their May–December Romance will last.
  • Done in a sketch for Comic Relief 2013. As Simon Cowell is in the middle of marrying a mystery bride, his fellow male X-Factor judges begin to burst through the door, wearing wedding dresses, to declare their love. Their fight over who gets to marry Simon turns into the entire room declaring their love for him, until the priest has to silence them all to continue the ceremony. They finish the wedding with the intended bride, he lifts up the veil, and it's Simon Cowell.
  • In the sixth season finale of 30 Rock, Liz lives in fear of this trope befalling the renewing of vows between Jack and Avery, which she is officiating. After several guests ask about the "speak now" bit, she tries to get through it as quickly as possible. In the end, nobody interrupts, prompting the not-so-happy couple to deride all the guests as cowards, since the renewal was a fairly obvious attempt to patch up their doomed marriage.
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Finster said the line when he officiated Rita and Zedd's wedding. Goldar tried to say something but Rita hit him with her staff.
  • During John and Katralla's wedding in the "Look at the Princess" arc of Farscape, the officiant (who also happens to be the Empress AND mother of the bride) recites the line "Should any one among you feel cause to sway the will of love, to question the ability, the sincerity, or the destiny of this union, rise now, and be heard." There are plenty of people (John included) who object to the marriage, but no one speaks up. That's fortunate because the Empress's tone of voice makes it clear that objections are NOT welcome.
  • In the Season 10 midseason finale of Grey's Anatomy, which premiered on December 12, 2013, April is on the altar, marrying her EMT boyfriend Matthew. Everyone responds, "We will", to the minister's question, "Will you promise to love and support their marriage in all the days to come?". Everyone, that is, except Jackson, who apologizes to his girlfriend Stephanie, and then stands up...only to stand there in silence, and then, sit back down. The minister continues, only for Jackson to stand up again, beginning a heartfelt pouring out of his feelings with, "I love you, April." Jackson ends his speech by asking if April loves him, too. Cue shots of many of their colleagues' faces, from exasperation on Alex's, to a look of appall from Meredith, to Stephanie being understandably crushed at this sudden occurrence. April stands at the altar, trying to take it all in. Her three sisters glare at her, waiting for an answer, as is Jackson, but the only sound April can make is a sharp inhale, before we go straight to black, with April's response to not be known until February 27, 2014. When the season finally resumed, the beginning of the next episode showed April and Jackson running from the barn the wedding was taking place in to his car, and the end of the episode showed them driving to Lake Tahoe to elope, and that the marriage is being kept a secret from everyone else.
  • In the season two finale of Person of Interest, a wedding is crashed by an ex of the bride trying to invoke If I Can't Have You.... Reese pulls up in a stolen sports car, shoots the wedding crasher in the back, congratulates the couple, and drives off.
  • This sketch from Inside Amy Schumer.
  • In Shadowhunters episode "Malec", the words aren't said, but Magnus crashes Alec's wedding, giving Alec the courage to come out as gay instead of going through with the marriage.
  • Played with in the Murder, She Wrote episode "Something Borrowed, Someone Blue": After so much has happened to delay, spoil and otherwise interfere with Grady and Donna's wedding, when the priest says the line, everyone holds their breath for a moment, wondering what's going to happen now. Nobody interrupts, and the episode ends with Jessica giving a sigh of relief that the wedding is finally completed.
  • Saturday Night Live exaggerates this in a sketch in which everyone attending the wedding of a phony Royal (Martin Freeman) and a WNBA athlete (Leslie Jones) has reasons to object to their marriage. The minister (Beck Bennett) lets a few of the attendeesnote  deliver reasons ranging from infidelity, to fragile genitals, to a premonition that one spouse might murder the other. The couple stubbornly disregards all of them.
  • Agatha Raisin: In "Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage", Agatha's wedding to James has just reached this point when the ceremony is interrupted by Bill bursting in with Agatha's husband (who she thought was dead) in tow.
  • Played for Laughs in the premiere of Lucifer (2016). Lucifer turns up at the wedding of a Hollywood record producer and a supermodel and causes the usual chaos (especially after using his truth telling powers to make the bride admit she'd really prefer to sleep with him instead).
    Priest: If there is anyone here that would oppose this holy union, speak now or forever hold your peace.
    Lucifer: Excuse me. Yeah, I have a problem. Has anyone else noticed how incredibly, jaw-droppingly, loin-stirringly beautiful this young woman is and how short, sweaty and altogether fugly this homunculus is? I mean, what is this... a wedding or a kidnapping?
  • On The Good Place, Janet asks this question during her wedding to Jason, which she is also officiating. Eleanor and Tahani, who are the only two guests, both object on the grounds that the entire idea is absurd. Janet overrules them.
  • In the Arrowverse crossover Crisis on Earth-X, no-one objects to Barry and Iris' wedding, but the ceremony is attacked by parallel-universe Nazis hoping to take out Earth's heroes. Naturally, they pick this exact moment to storm in and kill the pastor.
    • After the invasion is dealt with, the wedding proceeds again...only for Felicity to stop it. Because she's changed her mind and decided she does want to marry Oliver. At someone else's wedding.
  • Father Brown: In "The Missing Man", a pilot returns from the dead after eight years as Father Brown is about to marry his wife to his brother, entering the church as Father Brown speaks these words.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit In "Dearly Beloved", the line is followed by a woman standing up and accusing the groom of raping her.
  • Invoked and subverted in Undercover (2019). At Peter and Anja's wedding, the officiant skips the line, but Ferry interrupts and tells him that he's supposed to ask if anyone objects and says he objects. Then he immediately says he was just joking and launches into a speech about how much the couple meant to him.
  • Friends: Variant. Joey was supposed to officiate Monica and Chandler's wedding, but a work emergency meant they had to get a replacement. When the replacement starts saying "if anyone here know why these two should not be wed..." Joey bursts in and finishes the ceremony.
    Joey: Hey! That's my line!
  • Broad City: Just as the dog wedding in "The Matrix" is getting to this point, Ilana appears, shouting "Stop the wedding!" She has everyone put the wedding on hold while they look for Abbi, who has the dogs' wedding rings.
  • Discussed and defied in Brooklyn Nine-Nine at the wedding of Jake and Amy. The bride's ex-boyfriend, who still clearly nurses a torch for her, has found himself part of events and, in order to atone for various misdeeds, has agreed to help out... but hopefully asks when they'll be including this clause as part of the ceremony. When coldly informed that they've decided to remove it, he cheerfully replies "You've outsmarted me! Congratulations!"
  • The Grand Finale of The Golden Girls has Dorothy marrying Blanche's Uncle Lucas. Before the ceremony, Dorothy's ex-husband Stan secretly replaces her limo driver and pulls off to the side of the road—although he's actually not interested in stopping the wedding; he just wanted to tell Dorothy that he wishes her all the best and will always consider her the true love of his life (despite being remarried twice throughout the series). Later, when at the church, the priest says the line, and the camera cuts to Stan...who subverts the trope by simply smiling sadly and remaining silent. Deep down, he wants Dorothy to be happy.
    • "Stan Takes a Wife", an earlier episode, plays with the trope. Stan plans on marrying his third wife, Katherine, much to Dorothy's pleasure, as she thinks she'll finally be rid of him. However, the wedding plans coincide with Sophia getting sick and needing to go to the hospital; Stan shows up with food, stays the night with a frantic Dorothy, and shows off some newly-developed strength when he tells off an uncaring doctor for ignoring their requests for updates. Dorothy is so touched that she decides she still loves Stan after all, and plans to tell him before the wedding. Rose and Blanche are able to keep the two separate, but Dorothy tells them that she plans to use the priest's invitation to "speak now" to disrupt the ceremony. In the end, though, she ends up not going through with it when she meets a nervous Katherine at the wedding venue's bar, and the younger woman (not knowing who Dorothy is) proceeds to talk about how much she loves Stan and fears that she won't measure up to his first wife, who he apparently praises all the time. Dorothy realizes that she's being selfish and offers to escort Katherine to the ceremony, remarking that she has a feeling they'll be seeing each other again very soon...

    Machinima 
  • Gets Lampshaded and parodied in the Oxhorn Short Shorts video, "Inventing Swear Words 4". During Mortuus and Lacy's wedding, the Orc Priest gives the "or forever hold your peace" line and pratically begs the crowd to speak up. Someone does a little later which upsets the Priest that they didn't do so earlier.
    Orc Priest: And now, if there be any here who can show just cause why these two... people; should not be lovingly be joined together, speak now or forever hold you peace. (beat) Anyone? Really? No one? This is your big moment! Thunk, any objections? No? Sure? Okay then. Ah-Thought I saw a hand in the back there. No? Just stretching? Sure? Last chance! Alright.

    Music 
  • "It Should Have Been Me", performed by Gladys Knight and the Pips, Yvonne Fair, and Dawn French (see above):
    Then the preacher, oh yeah, the preacher asked,
    "Will there be silence, please?
    If any objections to this wedding, speak now,
    Or forever, forever hold your peace."
    Then I shouted:
    "It should have been me!"
  • Elton John's "Kiss the Bride" is about an ex-lover who chickens out at this moment despite planning to do this.
  • Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" is about her sneaking to her crush's wedding. When the preacher says, "Speak now or forever hold your peace," she stands up and asks the guy not to marry the wrong girl and run away with her instead.
  • Etta James' "Stop the Wedding" opens with this.
  • Billy Ray Cyrus's "Could've Been Me" mentions the trope:
    My buddy John said you looked real pretty
    And you acted like you were in love
    He said the preacher asked for objections
    And he thought about standing up.
  • Fabulously subverted in the video for Train's song "Save Me San Francisco," which you can see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zftcZYdOl3Y
  • Played for drama in Death Cab for Cutie's "Company Calls Epilogue", where the narrator crashes through the wedding doors, drunk and screaming. It's supposed to be sympathetic, but not of a heroic or righteous character.
  • The Shirelles' "Foolish Little Girl" is about how a fickle young woman is pleading that she still loves the groom in question and her friends are telling her to keep her mouth shut, since she didn't want him before and not to wreck a wedding between two people that love each other.
  • Implied in the Sandy Rogers song "Fool for Love":
    The last time I saw him alive
    He was standing up on the bride's side
    Shouting his objections at the groom…
  • The bridge of "N.M.E." by Set It Off, which is about the narrator trying to convince his friend to leave a controlling partner, references this trope.
    If you're both in black and white
    And they ask who dares defy
    I'll be raising my hand high

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Subverted in the wedding of Edge and Lita on WWE Raw, as the minister said the famed line, only for (the recently fired) Matt Hardy's entrance music to fill the arena. The whole proceedings stopped for several seconds... only for Edge to start laughing uproariously at the joke he had just played on the Smart Marks in the audience.
  • At Test and Stephanie McMahon's wedding on Monday Night Raw in 1999, when the minister says the line, Triple H comes out onto the stage to inform everyone that Stephanie is already married ... to him! He then rolls the footage of him and Stephanie getting married at a drive-thru wedding chapel in Vegas. Never mind that Stephanie was drugged and H had to forcibly move her lips to get her to say "I do." In other words, HHH got away with raping Stephanie with NO CONSEQUENCES OF ANY KIND, and this should have sent him down the road to Complete Monsterhood if he wasn't such a disgusting Villain with Good Publicity.
  • On Saturday Night's Main Event in 1985, hillbilly Uncle Elmer was marrying his wife, Joyce, in the ring. When the minister said the line, Roddy Piper came out with a microphone and declared, "You stink, you stink and this whole damn wedding stinks!"

     Radio 
  • In the first episode of Old Harry's Game season three, the late Professor's widow is about to marry someone who may actually be a criminal. When the Professor asks Satan to stop the wedding without bringing that up, he takes the form of an ordinary woman and reveals the officiating vicar is a wannabe Satanist (one of a group he'd chastised at the start of the episode).

     Stand Up Comedy 
  • Jeff Foxworthy once noted that anytime a pastor utters this line, any groom will be deathly terrified that someone is about to jump up and yell "I love her, and she's carrying my baby!"
  • EmoPhilips tells a story in one of his routines about being asked to attend his ex-girlfriend's wedding, but while he's there he realises he just so happens to be missing the World Series. He decides to listen to the game on a Walkman, and when the pitcher lets in another run, Emo forgets where he is and stands up at exactly the moment the minister says the trope title, screaming "Darn it, you loser; how many of these stinking bums are you gonna let score?!" Of course, as a peace offering, he makes coleslaw for the reception and it gets even worse from there.
  • Parodied with ventriloquist Jeff Dunham: in one concert film, one of his puppets, Walter, recalls that for him, the scariest movie he ever saw was a home movie of his wedding. Jeff asks what exactly he didn't like about it, and Walter replies, "The worst part was when the minister asked if anybody objected, and no one would listen to me."
    Jeff: Maybe they just didn't hear you.
    Walter: Hey, you're right - you weren't there!

    Theatre 
  • In the second Dream Sequence in Lady in the Dark, this is the cue for the chorus to object to the mentally afflicted Liza's marrying Kendall Nesbitt, over her protests of "I do! I do!":
    The murmurings of conscience do increase
    And conscience can no longer hold its peace.
    This twain should ne'er be joined in holy wedlock
    Or e'en in secular board-and-bedlock.
    This is no part of heaven's marriage plan:
    This woman knows she does not love this man!
  • Sorta-kinda subverted, rather touchingly, in the finale of Side Show - Violet, one half of a Siamese twin pair, is marrying a man who can't cope with her 'other half' in order to preserve everyone's careers. There's a man who loves and accepts her who she has turned down (because she can't bear the stigma of marrying a black man), but "if there is anyone who thinks these two should not be joined together..." is meant to refer to Violet and her sister Daisy, who have just affirmed that no matter what happens, they are (literally and figuratively) bonded forever and love each other. No one stops the wedding.
  • Pulled by Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing....at his own wedding. When he's led to believe that Hero was banging another dude the night before, he begins the wedding by revealing everything that he had appeared to see, leading to Claudio and Don Pedro berating and insulting her as she sits crying, Don John pretending to be sympathetic for them, and Leonato completely flipping out and demanding Hero's death.
  • In bare: a pop opera, this line is said at Peter and Jason's wedding. Surprisingly, no one objects, even though most of the attendees are homophobic—unfortunately, it turns out that it was All Just a Dream.
  • In Knickerbocker Holiday, Stuyvesant says, "Can anyone give reason why this troth should not be plighted?" Mister Schermerhorn speaks up, and charges that Tina visited Brom in jail and lost her skirts in the process. The objection is ultimately dismissed, but the wedding is interrupted by a battle.
  • Li'l Abner makes a whole song about this. Marryin' Sam is stopped at the last minute from marrying Daisy Mae to Earthquake McGoon by a timely rhyming interruption from Abner, whose own wedding to Daisy Mae is interrupted several times and is still up in the air when the show ends.
    "And so with my blessings, I pronounces you man and—" "Wait!"
  • A humorous non-wedding example shows up in 1776. When the Continental Congress decides that they need a formal outline of the colonies' reasons for seceding from Britain—that is, the Declaration of Independence—John Adams volunteers himself, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston, Roger Sherman, and Thomas Jefferson (known as the Committee of Five) to draft it. Jefferson doesn't want to be involved, as he's been separated from his wife for six months. As per the Rules of Order for a meeting, he tries to object, only for John Hancock to get in some epic trolling:
    John Adams: Move to adjourn!
    Benjamin Franklin: I second!
    Thomas Jefferson: (literally standing right in front of Hancock) I have objections! I have lots of—
    John Hancock: (with a massive grin on his face) SO MOVED! CONGRESS STANDS ADJOURNED!

    Video Games 
  • Final Fantasy X has Yuna being forcibly hitched to Seymour. Cue Tidus and the rest of the party crashing in on an air ship and cutting down the guards on their way to save Yuna.
    • And, as it turns out, Yuna manages to save herself (after the wedding is finished), and all Tidus and company manage to do is get themselves captured.
  • Apparently played straight in the final scene of The Secret of Monkey Island. You get to choose what to yell out — and yes, "ELAINE!" is an option. Lots of fun.
    • Alas, your heroism is all for naught, since Elaine has long-since freed herself and the 'bride' under the flowing veil is actually a pair of monkeys.
  • In the Hentai RPG Brave Soul Hero Rudy has to bust into the wedding of Cloudcuckoolander Rebellious Princess Karen to keep her from getting married to some prince she doesn't want to marry. He disguises himself by wearing a pair of spectacles. Then the two of them run off and have sex (it IS a h-game after all). The twist is that he gets away with it because the prince didn't really want to marry Karen either- he's actually gay and finds Rudy much more attractive...
    • Of course, being an RPG and not a visual novel means the game doesn't end there- you still have to beat the Dark Lord to get the actual ending.
  • In Rune Factory 2, when a girl with a maximum affection for you is being married to another guy, you can choose to congratulate them on their marriage, or be a Jerkass and run off the altar with her. Funny enough, the girl was apparently waiting for you to take her away, calls you a coward if you don't, which really makes you wonder why they were marrying the other guy in the first place.
    • Strangely enough, priest Gordon never says the line and you get to choose to steal the bridge after the vow. So, basically, you're destroying a freshly established marriage, rather than prevent one.
  • In Sakura Wars, the cinematic that shows during a combo between Sumire and Ohgami is him crashing her wedding in a scooter and her riding away with him into the sunset. Every time. The current (unfinished) Let's Play by Spirit Armor posits that each time the cinematic plays represents Ohgami going back in time to crash his own wedding.
  • Parodied in the ending of Arfenhouse 3, where everyone gets married:
    MINIZTER: N IF DER IZ N E OBJECSHUN 2 DIS MAARGE, MAY TEH SPEEK r SHUT UPLOL
    ?????: I OBJEKT!!!!!!
    (Daddy enters)
    HOUSEMASTER: DADDY!!!1111
    DADDY: I M HEER TO WISH U LUCK. I LUV U HOUSEMASTR!@11
    GOOD KITTTY: AAWWWWW
  • This is done accidentally, leading to a psychopath battle in Dead Rising 2. You have a very good reason to object - Randall 'Randy' Tugman has been capturing female survivors - and his own father, a reverend - and forcing them into a wedding with his chainsaw so that he won't die a virgin. He's then killed by one of his victims, now a zombie. 'You may now kiss the bride', indeed.
  • In Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, What your party members do at the end of the Group Date Café before the Merciful Clergyman can kill you - during the second zone you're paired with your 'Destined Partner' (basically any party member or helpful NPC in the game) and then you're almost shanghaied into a wedding. The stated reason is different depending on your Destined Partner, with your Mission Control also helping.
    • If it's a female love interest for that main character, Yukiko will barge in and say that they came to rescue you. Also, Rise will complain if you're playing the P4 Side.
    • If it's any female NPC (other side and Velvet Room), Naoto will barge in and call off the wedding due to it being non-consensual on the bride and groom's parts.
    • If it's a guy, Yosuke will barge in and make you reconsider... unless he's your destined partner, in which case he'll be replaced by one of the girls.
    • If it's Aigis or Koromaru then Naoto will object on legal grounds. Although, this is justified - Aigis is a robot with a limited grasp of humanity so she'd be considered a child in the eyes of the law. In the case of Koromaru, there is no legal debating how wrong that is.
  • Super Mario Odyssey: Stopping Bowser from forcing Peach to marry him is the driving goal of the entire game, and Mario dramatically bursts into the wedding chapel where the wedding is being held just as Bower's trying to put the ring on Peach (who, to her credit, is actively resisting his attempts to do so, despite being daintily-built and dressed in a fancy gown.)

    Visual Novels 
  • Umineko: When They Cry, Episode 6: Battler's mind is trapped in a logic error. Erika wants to take his position of Territory Lord by marrying him while he's a powerless breathing doll, trapping his mind forever. She succeeds and the "guests" are all enjoying themselves… when a resurrected Beatrice comes to crash the party, curb-stomping Erika and releasing Battler (who had bet on this happening all along). After that Battler and Beatrice have real, uninterrupted wedding.
  • Averted at the end of the DLC case of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice. In a series where lawyers and prosecutors throw out an "Objection!" every two minutes, here they humorously declare they have no objections. And it's not even during the wedding.

    Web Animation 
  • In the Bonus Stage episode "Rya's Wedding", Joel and Phil arrive to crash... um... Rya's wedding, but the priest says they've still got an hour of reading to do. When he finally gets to the line, nobody objects.
    • Phil was waiting for Rick to say "I do", specifically so he could punch him and say "Looks like you don't."
      Phil: "If I had done it that way, I wouldn't've gotten to use the one-liner!"

    Webcomics 
  • In a Shortpacked! guest strip, this happens at David and Maggie's wedding. Not because Batman really thinks they shouldn't get married, but because some running gags just can't miss a cue.
    • And in their Real Life, pirate-themed wedding, "speak now or forever hold your peace" was answered angrily by a pirate troupe member, "shot" by another pirate troupe member, and then as the ceremony proceeded the body was carried off by the rest of the troupe.
  • In Fisher, during a wedding ceremony, Tom Fisher raises his hand and pretends that he wants to say something in response to this line. Then he adds "No, never mind", and whispers to his girlfriend "I've always wanted to do that!". She is clearly not impressed with his quirky sense of humor, and responds "Now you die."
  • In the last arc of Ozy and Millie, Millie's father interrupts the wedding between Millie's mother and Ozy's father. Of course, he's not so much objecting as he is seeking confirmation that Llewellyn really loves his ex-girlfriend.
  • Averted in Captain SNES: The Game Masta during Locke and Celes' wedding. Although there are almost no word bubbles shown during the ceremony, words are definitely exchanged, and the trope line is marked by Edgar (the master of ceremonies) raising his auto-crossbow threateningly. Nobody says a word. Ultros had been planning to kidnap the bride at that very moment, but fell asleep and missed his chance.
  • In The Order of the Stick, Elan is at the re-marriage of his parents and notices something's wrong when Nale doesn't want to object. So he objects, realising that the Order are trapped in a Lotus-Eater Machine.
  • Defied in The Law of Purple. During Red and Rose's wedding, the (rather intimidating) pastor tells the guests that anyone who objects to their union should "please leave the premises now." The entire assembly is figuratively frozen in their seats.
  • Something*Positive
    • In the Back Story of SP 1937, Davan (the one modern day Davan's named after) apparently offered "constructive criticism" at Vester and Gladys's wedding (modern day Davan's grandparents), on the grounds that "What's the point of 'speak now or forever hold your peace' if no-one uses it?"
    • When Aubrey and Jason get married in the present day strip, Branwen says she's not attending because she wouldn't be able to keep silent. In fact, she's composed a PowerPoint presentation of all the reasons she's thought of so far. The Justice of the Peace waits longer than is traditional to see if anyone's going to say anything, and views the fact nobody tries to stop the wedding as evidence there is no god.
  • Subverted in this strip of Housepets!: a wedding is interrupted while the officiator is still on the "we are gathered here" part.
    Keene: Gyk— we have that whole "speak now" part for a reason!
  • Swords:
    • A dragon objects at a wedding...because the dragon is in love with both the bride and groom. Cue the couple flying off with the dragon, with three swords symbolizing their union.
    • In another wedding, someone tries to object...only to be scared off by the entire wedding party pulling out their swords.

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Looney Tunes:
    • "Hare Trimmed" – Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam are romantic rivals to Granny, with Bugs out to stop Sam from marrying Granny (here, established as a rich widow) to clean her out. In the climatic scene, "Granny" (Bugs in disguise) agrees to marry Sam, but at the church, when the pastor says the requisite line, Sam notices who he's about to actually marry and runs out, screaming that he won't marry her for even a billion dollars! "Boo hoo hoo! Always a bridesmaid but never a bride. Boo-hoo-hoo-hoo," mock cries Bugs at the iris out.
    • An inversion of this occurs in 1941's The Henpecked Duck, where Daffy's wife wants a divorce for losing their egg (he made it disappear doing prestidigitation and couldn't make it reappear). The wife browbeats to Daffy "Well, don't just stand there! Say something!! Say something!!" Just as Daffy is about to speak, the wife interrupts "Don't you dare open your mouth!!"
    • Played with in The Looney Tunes Show. Bugs is forced to marry Lola Bunny, and when the priest says the line, Bugs desperately looks around to find someone who will object. Much to his surprise, Lola does.
  • Subverted on Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, where Bloo totally destroys a wedding he believed was his best friend's. Turns out he was just the ring-bearer.
  • A similar case was done in an episode from the third season of Garfield and Friends in which Garfield thought Jon was getting married (he was in fact serving as the best man at his cousin's wedding).
  • In Justice League, Wonder Woman vehemently objects, with a tank, to Princess Audrey of Kasnia's wedding to Vandal Savage. Vandal Savage, however, simply knocks Diana out and continues with the service.
  • Variant in an episode of The Proud Family, where the objector is the groom's son; the groom is apparently senile and unaware of what year it is, among other things. He had a tendency to get in relationships with (and even marry) other women, only to wander off and forget about them.
  • When this question pops up in one episode of The Simpsons, Homer knows that Troy McClure doesn't love Selma. So what does he do? He hums to himself, missing the opportunity all together.
    • In another episode, Marge interrupts Patty's wedding to another woman. At first Patty thinks it's because Marge can't accept the fact that she's gay (which did happen earlier in the episode), but in reality it's because Marge learned that Patty's spouse-to-be was a man in drag who was deceiving her.
    • Another episode had Grandpa Simpson and Mr. Burns both fighting for the romantic attention of Marge's mother. Abe interrupts her wedding to Mr. Burns with a declaration of love and a proposal of marriage, but she says no, having decided she doesn't want to marry either of them.
  • Played with in the episode of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog where Robotnik gets married. Thing is, he knows that the woman to which he's getting married is not the right gal. (The reason why he's getting hitched is that the woman demands it because she's so lustful for him.) Just as Sonic's about to marry the two, Robotnik's mother comes in screaming "You bet I object!" Turns out that Sonic hired her to storm the spot because It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time.
  • In Ben 10, the priest was shot in the mouth by the bride's parents, who were aliens made of slime. They objected to their daughter marrying a human groom, despite the fact that this would unify both their races. Oddly, they were around for the entire episode while everyone prepared for the wedding, but specifically waited until the ceremony and that line to ambush the proceedings because they wanted to make it look like that the Ex-Boyfriend was the culprit.
  • Done on an episode of the animated series Beetlejuice, in which Lydia was being forcibly wed to outlaw Bully the Crud, a large and mean-tempered bull. The quivering official, terrified of the groom, invited anyone who objected to either "hold up a hand — or hoof — or forever hold your, uh, cud." A few of the attendees held up their hands, briefly, until Bully threatened to shoot them. Fortunately, BJ himself showed up at literally the last possible second to interrupt the proceedings.
  • In the Family Guy episode "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Fonz", Peter's father flashes back to Peter's behavior at a cousin's wedding:
    Priest: And if anyone knows of any reason why these two should not be married let him speak now.
    Peter: (looking around) Really? Nobody's going to speak up? I'm the one who's going to have to say it? ahhh. Alright. GENITAL WARTS.
  • One of the many spots of All My Circuits on Futurama makes fun of this trope. But then, they cover all the soap opera cliches with that Show Within a Show.
    Robot Priest: If anyone here objects to this union, let them speak now or forever hold their...
    Calculon's evil half-brother starts beeping from the vestibule, to loud gasps.
    Fry: ...Is he objecting or backing up?
    Amy: Looks like both.
    • Another episode has Fry and Bender go all out to interrupt Leela's wedding to a shape-shifting alien who is also planning to marry four other mutant women that same day. His excuse? "Do you know how much it costs to rent a tuxedo that can change with my body?”
  • Parodied in Pucca, when Garu's enemy, Tobe, is about to get married. Since Garu never talks, he raises his hand and waves it around, unnoticed, while the presider looks around, saying, "What's that? Nobody? Oh well, moving on then."
  • While they don't wait for the line (they miss it), this happens in the second Season Finale of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, with a twist. The one who does it is Princess Cadence and Twilight Sparkle to stop Queen Chrysalis, Cadence's impostor and the shapeshifting Big Bad, from marrying Cadence's husband-to-be/Twilight's older brother Shining Armor.
  • The Bakshi Mighty Mouse cautionary tale "Mighty's Wedlock Whimsy" has a hysterical inversion. Mighty Mouse is getting married to Pearl Pureheart, with Deputy Dawg—conducting the ceremony—starting it with "You have the right to remain silent...anything you say may be used against you..."
  • The Fairly Oddparents:
    • Believing Chip Skylark to be wealthy, Vicky tried to force him to marry her. When the Justice of Peace was officiating the marriage, he asked if there was anyone besides the groom objecting to it. Wanda then enters with the record company executive, and thus Vicky learns the secret that Chip is broke, thus she cancels the wedding and hates him.
    • At the end of another episode, The Tooth Fairy and Jorgen Von Strangle are getting hitched in Fairy World. When the officiant asks if anyone objects to the marriage, Cosmo (who's harbored a long-standing crush on The Tooth Fairy) begins to speak up, only for his own wife Wanda to threaten his life if he does. He clams up by literally turning into a clam, and wails, "I miss her already!", causing Wanda to scowl.
  • A rather cruel example happens in the episode of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero "Second Hand Emotions". Lifeline attends his younger sister's wedding (which he does not want to do, as his whole family considers him a Black Sheep) when Zartan intervenes right before this is said, using him to test a new emotion-control device. Lifeline gets angry as a result and objects, yelling that his sister is "too young to marry and too good for that wimp". (All the while, Zartan is chuckling to Zarana that "This is going to be fun.") Ironically, while this naturally makes Lifeline's relationship with his father worsen for the moment, the villains' plan ultimately causes them to make them talk about it and ultimately reconcile.
  • In the ChalkZone episode "My Big Fat Chalk Wedding", Rudy is forced into a wedding with a chalk drawing version of Bobbie Sue, a little girl who developed a huge crush on him, as they made an art project together "just like a mommy and a daddy". As the preacher asks if anyone objects to the marriage, Snap comes to the rescue in a wedding dress and veil, claiming that the wedding can't take place because Rudy promised to marry him.
  • In DuckTales (1987), "Till Nephews Do Us Part", Glittering Goldie crashes Scrooge's wedding epically, by popping out of the wedding cake and blasting away with a shotgun. It turns out the nephews invited the old flame specifically to keep Scrooge from marrying a Gold Digger after his money.
    Goldie: You no good varmint! I'll teach ya' to lay eyes on another woman!
    Triplets: Ya-hoo! Let's hear it for Goldie!
  • ReBoot does this twice with the same wedding. Bob portals in right at the "speak now or forever hold you peace" moment to stop Dot from marrying Clone-Bob. Dot convinces Real-Bob to leave but then Glitch reveals that Clone-Bob is Megabyte, who then crashes the wedding in a more literal sense.
  • Parodied in Episode 60 of Kaeloo: nobody wants Pretty and Quack Quack to get married, and everybody yells their objections including the bride and groom themselves, but Cloud Cuckoolander Kaeloo marries them off anyway, oblivious.
  • In The Adventures of Puss in Boots, after several close escapes from a Lotus-Eater Machine, Dream Weaver Maliflua decides to try keeping Puss in Boots busy and trapped within the dream with a wedding to his love interest Dulcinea. Of course, the real Dulcinea happens to enter Puss' dream just in time to be the one to object to the wedding.
  • In All Hail King Julien, Julien finds what seems to be his perfect match, but the relationship goes too fast for him and he finds himself engaged to her. His last hope is that someone will object, but he finds out that the Speak Now line is not part of a traditional lemur wedding, so Julien resorts to interrupting the wedding to solicit the question himself and then also having to be the one to voice his own objection. She doesn't take any of this well.
  • The wedding episode of Nina Needs to Go! uses this phrase to set up an Incredibly Lame Pun. After the person says it, Nina yells "I can't! I need to go!".
  • The 1950 Little Audrey short "Tarts and Flowers" has the villainous Devil Food Cake interrupt a wedding to steal the bride right as the priest says, "If anyone knows why these sweet things should not wed, speak now!"

    Real Life 
  • There was one time at the end of World War I where a priest was conducting a ceremony between an Austrian POW and a Russian woman. It was interrupted by someone from his town shouting that he was already married to His Girl Back Home.
  • Speaking of World War I, there was an isolationist political cartoon drawn near the end of the war that showed Uncle Sam getting married to a woman with the words "League of Nations" written on her dress. When the priest said the trope words, a man with the word "Congress" written on his clothes smashed through the window holding a piece of paper saying "will of the people."
  • Subverted by at least one pastor when he performed wedding ceremonies. He would replace the normal line with, "If anyone has reason why these two should not be wed, SHUT UP!"
  • Averted in many cases. Instead, the officiant asks the guests to pledge their friendship and approve the wedding rather than asking for objections.
  • There's one video where after the pastor says the line, the bride turns around to the guests and says "Yeah, go on, I dare you."
  • When gay marriage was legalized in New Jersey in October of 2013, outgoing Newark mayor Cory Booker officiated the first marriages of several gay couples at Newark City Hall. When he said the phrase, a heckler yelled, jumped up and began shouting, "This is unlawful in the eyes of God!" Booker had the heckler thrown out by security, and then said, "Not hearing any substantive, worthy objections, I now will proceed" to a standing ovation. The full story is here.
  • Marriage laws and forms vary a lot around the world, and asking this question is still a legal requirement in some marriages, such as marriages under the Church of England (which is the established church, ie part of the state, in England). Royal Weddings, for example, held in England usually do have this in the ceremony, following either the (1662) Book of Common Prayer: "Therefore if any man can shew any just cause, why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace." or the (modern) Common Worship: "First, I am required to ask anyone present who knows a reason why these persons may not lawfully marry, to declare it now". Non-religious weddings and non-Anglican religious weddings are not required to have an equivalent line (because notification of the intent to marry has to be published 28 days in advance, providing an opportunity to object).
  • 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!".
  • Many couples have the line omitted from the ceremony altogether, in order to avoid people (usually meddling family members that fall somewhere in the Dysfunctional Family Index) trying to stop the wedding.


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