17 TV Weddings That Were Nearly Derailed

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Have you ever noticed how TV weddings never seem to go as planned?

We often see our favorite couples spend weeks planning the perfect ceremony. They tour venues, try on dresses and tuxedos, sample twenty different varieties of cake, and yet when the big day comes, all of their planning goes right down the toilet. 

Natural disasters, car crashes, wardrobe mishaps, and even the occasional cold feet can threaten to derail the couple's ideal wedding. 

We've decided to compile a list of some of the more noteworthy wedding day disasters, but the good news is, despite the universe's best attempts, they all still made it down the aisle! 

Check out some our favorite TV weddings that were nearly derailed, and be sure to let us know which ones you think were the craziest! 


1. Alex and Jo - Grey's Anatomy

Alex and Jo - Grey's Anatomy
Honestly, Grey's weddings could take up a good portion of this slideshow by themselves. Everything seemed to be going well for Alex and Jo, until half of the wedding guests went to the wrong location. Since the wedding was delayed anyway, Alex and Jo took the opportunity to sneak off for a little fun, but then wound up locked in a shed with a corpse.

Needless to say, the wedding did not go as planned, but thanks to Meredith getting ordained online last minute, the couple tied the knot on the ferry ride back home. At least the wedding April planned didn't go to waste -- she ended up marrying Matthew!

2. Jake and Amy - Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Jake and Amy - Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Jake and Amy went through a lot of turmoil to plan the perfect wedding, but it all went out the window when a bomb threat was called in, forcing everyone to evacuate the venue. If that wasn't bad enough, the head of the bomb squad was taking his sweet time clearing the area thanks to the fact that he was still harboring feelings for Amy. To add insult to injury, Terry lost the veil!

By the time the bomb was found, the original wedding (and Amy's dress) was caput. Luckily, Gina has no tact, and was planning to wear a white dress, saving Amy's wardrobe. The rest of the team came together to turn the precint into a beautiful wedding venue, and the couple said their vows at the place where they spent the last couple of years falling in love.

3. Mike and Phoebe - Friends

Mike and Phoebe - Friends
If you plan a wedding in New York City in the winter, you run the risk of a snowstorm derailing everything. The blizzard was so bad, that the priest couldn't make it. Luckily, Joey was still ordained from Chandler and Monica's wedding, so he stepped in to officiate. Getting married on the street outside of Central Perk may not have been what they planned, but it was beautiful anyway. Thankfully it was a short ceremony, because Phoebe was freezing in just her dress!

4. Leonard and Penny - The Big Bang Theory

Leonard and Penny - The Big Bang Theory
Leonard and Penny decided to elope in Las Vegas, which seemed spontaneous and romantic, until Leonard decided it was the perfect time to inform Penny that he had kissed another woman. His logic of wanting to go into their marriage with no secrets made sense, but this was something he should have disclosed to her much, much earlier. It very easily could have prompted Penny to put the kibosh on the whole thing, but they went through with a lovely ceremony with their own vows that their friends could stream online. The wedding didn't end the fighting, but they eventually got through it. They even held a second ceremony for their families to attend.

5. Ben and Leslie - Parks and Recreation

Ben and Leslie - Parks and Recreation
Ben and Leslie decided they simply couldn't wait any longer to be married. Everyone they loved was already in Pawnee, so why not go for it? Of course, spontaneous weddings tend to hit a few snags. Tom gets ordained to officiate, but it turns out his certificate won't arrive for 24 hours. Ron and Ben go to a pawn shop for rings, but don't find anything useful. Ann is tasked with making the dress, but it's not going well.

In the end, it turns out Jerry is ordained, so he can perform the ceremony. Ron fashions two rings out of a fixture from the wall, and Ann makes one of the best wedding dresses in TV history out of documents from Leslie's career. Just when it seemed everything was working out, Jamm tries to ruin the wedding with stink bombs, causing Ron to punch him and get arrested. Ann bails him out, and the couple is surprised with a beautiful wedding inside the Parks and Recreation department. Honestly, it could not have been more perfect.

6. Marshall and Lily - How I Met Your Mother

Marshall and Lily - How I Met Your Mother
It was one disaster after another for Marshall and Lily. First of all, Marshall, do not experiment with highlights on the day of your wedding. There is a reason most women do hair trials before the big day. The tips were bad enough, but they were still better than the bald spot he accidentally shaved trying to get rid of them. That wasn't even the worst of it! The flowers weren't there on time, the harpist went into labor, and Lily's veil was ruined!

Most couples would have thrown in the towel at that point and rescheduled, but not these two. Their friends took them outside and helped them get the small, intimate wedding they've always wanted, complete with a guitar player. Thankfully, someone found Marshall a hat!

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