A bride has spoken of her shock after discovering that a wedding guest had taken more than 35 items – including her bouquet – during their reception.
In a Facebook post shared on Reddit, the newlywed revealed how the guest – who is her estranged sister-in-law – had taken the 30 wedding favours, four bridesmaids’ bouquets (and the vases they were kept in) as well as her own flowers.
In a heartbreaking twist, she said that a memorial charm with her mother’s photo had been attached to the stolen bridal bouquet.
In her post, the bride said she was speechless when she discovered that the items had been so brazenly pilfered.
“So I married the love of my life Friday,” the bride wrote on Facebook.
“Everything went perfectly …. except one little issue and I am curious (as to) all your thoughts on it.
“My brother and his wife are separated but I still invited her because my nephew was a ring bearer and I know she wanted to be there.
“Anyhow, at the end of the night she helped herself to a centrepiece, about 30 favoured, four bridesmaid bouquets and the vases they were sitting in. And MY BOUQUET!
“Which had a memorial charm with my mum’s photo on it.”
Why she did it
The bride said she finally confronted her estranged sister-in-law in the days after the wedding and she offered a bizarre explanation.
“I didn’t find out for sure until the next day. I gave her that whole following day to speak up about it. Nothing,” she said.
“Finally I confronted her yesterday. When I asked her why, she replied, ‘I didn’t mean to hurt you. I just thought they were nice.’
“Is it me, or is this a complete WTF?! moment?”
Reddit users were dumbfounded by the wedding guest’s decision to take the bride and bridesmaids’ bouquets, with one describing them as “criminal”.
“Very uncouth. Take ONE centrepiece. It’s almost like she was looting!” said one.
Added another: “The centrepiece isn’t so uncommon. I let guests take mine, it was mostly family, many of whom still have them as they weren’t perishable. Taking people’s bouquets and the bridal bouquet is just crazy!”
Wrote a third: “This is just theft. And last I heard, stealing stuff is a criminal act.”
Added one more: “Taking the Bride’s Bouquet is the real WTF. Like the other stuff is rude but not unheard of but seriously who takes that?!”