Can You Axe Someone From the Wedding Party?

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Welcome to Pop The Question, a weekly space to dissect every aspect of wedding madness. Each Tuesday, we’ll ask a question (sometimes there might even be a poll!), you’ll share answers and stories, and then we’ll bring you the best of the bunch on Thursdays. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll fly into a total rage over something that doesn’t actually matter … it will be just like your wedding day.

The Knot’s Snarky Brides Forums (yessssssssss) feature all manner of wedding-related horror stories. The words ‘selfish,’ ‘bridezilla,’ and ‘cah-razy’ get thrown around a lot, to give you a sense of what things are like over there. It’s a great place for those of you (those of us, fine) who like to lurk in spaces where people act terrible so we can point and laugh. Sometimes though, the stories aren’t really ones to point and laugh at—there are also tales up in there that will make you wince. This is one of them.

In a thread entitled, “My sister kicked me out of her wedding!” one woman shares the following story:

So, about a month ago, my sister asked me to be in her wedding. We really don’t get along all that well but we’ve been working on it, at least I have. She’s my sister, so I’ve been trying to fix our relationship. I haven’t really talked to her much since she asked me. Anyway, I got a text 3 days ago saying that she and her fiance want a smaller wedding party than all the people they’d asked and she’s sorry but she’s un-asking me to be a bridesmaid. And, really, I get it but my feelings are still hurt. I still haven’t responded to her. :/

The fired bridesmaid, a bride-to-be herself, goes on to question whether or not she should ask her sister to be a bridesmaid. Most of the respondents fall into the “a bridal party isn’t tit for tat, but still … don’t ask her to be a bridesmaid, she sounds mean” camp. Which seems reasonable, response-wise. But that’s not really what we’re here to talk about today.

We’re here to talk about firing someone from a bridal party. Or, more broadly, from the wedding party in general.

So let’s hear it: Have you ever been fired from a wedding party? Did you kick someone out of your wedding party? What did they do to deserve it? What did you do to deserve it? What was the aftermath like? Was revenge taken? (Oh, please let revenge have been taken!)

Tell us everything, and we’ll meet back here on Thursday to hoot and holler over your best stories.

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