We were married in 2006. It was about a year after the movie Wedding Crashers came out, so it was still relatively common for people to be quoting the movie and joking about it, especially because it was a big wedding year among our social group.
It was the year I accidentally showed up at a friend's wedding in the same dress as the bridesmaids.
What was not all that common, however, was to have actual, real-life crashers attend your wedding. But we did. Unfortunately for them, they were pretty much the dumbest wedding crashers of all time. Luckily, we can all learn from their mistakes.
The story goes like this:
We are at Ruth's Chris in the Pier 5 hotel on Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The restaurant is one of a few in the hotel and at any given time there may be several formal events happening. I am the bride, minding my own business, moseying about the reception in my very conspicuous huge white dress. "Great to see you! Thank you for coming. Yes, we leave on Sunday for the honeymoon..." etc.
Two guys I have never seen before come up to me. They are wearing suits and fit in well. They give me big hugs and congratulate me. BUT Eddie and I grew up together, so I know everyone who was invited. I am quite sure they were not on my guest list.
"I'm sorry, do I know you?"
"We're friends of the groom. Well, we know you have to get back to your family."
And they went back to mingling with our guests. I went over to Eddie and pointed them out. Of course he didn't know them either. We walked back over to them.
The Dumbest Wedding Crasher of All Time looked at my new husband and asked, "Who are you?"
"I'm the groom, who the ---- are you? Get out of my wedding."
Luckily, they left pretty quickly without trying to fight about it.
We have no idea how long they were there, but if they would have played their cards right, they might have been able to score a free dinner, or at least a few more drinks from the open bar.
So, my advice to any would be future wedding crashers is....
1. Stay away from the bride and groom. This isn't like the movies. They know that they don't know you.
2. Figure out who the groom is, then refer to rule number 1.
3. If you get caught, just leave. (That's the one thing our crashers did right.) It will make for a fun story in the future and the bride will be grateful you didn't do anything dumb to ruin her night.
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