ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to get the groom to the church on time (a true but funny story)

Updated on February 6, 2013

The morning of the wedding

It was the morning of the big day and to say the groom was nervous would be an understatement. I was one of three in the grooms party, a grooms man if you would, best friend to the groom and a friend to the family.

We spent the morning eating our ulster fry in the grooms home house, there was me, the groom, the grooms father, the best man and another grooms man, five of us in total all scoffing away at our greasy fry, all dying a bit from the drinking session the night before. No one really talking to much due to both nerves but mainly not feeling too good.

The wedding mass was due to start at a small chapel about one mile away at 12 O'clock, no one thought there would be any problems, god we were wrong.

An eight seater white stretched limo was hired for the big day to which the grooms side would be getting to the chapel and another classic car was hired for the bridal party. You would think if any car was going to give bother it would be the classic car and not the limo which I have to say was only a couple of years old and like new.

Things started to go wrong when the grooms father rang the limo company to make sure everything was "OK". the reply he got wasn't the one he was expecting. "eh, I am awful sorry to tell you this but the driver of the eight seater limo has phoned in sick this morning and we won't be able to send it up to you" said the receptionist from the limo company. Well you can guess what the grooms father said to the receptionist, I won't repeat it as the hub will be deleted. After a short time on the phone the grooms father came back and told the groom the bad news but on a brighter note they have a driver for their 6 seater limo (which is about 8 years old) and they are sending him up to collect us along with a brand new BMW 3 series.

At this stage the time was starting to get on, coming on 11.45 and the limo company was based about 30 mile away. In reality the grooms party should have been at the chapel by now, so a decision was made to call the bridal house and inform them that the groom was going to be late. For some reason that I can't remember I was nominated to do this task, so I duly rang the number and got speaking to the brides mother, told her what had happened and that although a hiccup everything will work out and for them not to leave until we ring them and let them know we are on our way first (we can't have the bride waiting on the groom after all).

I will never forget all of us standing there looking down the road hoping the limo will come round any second. I have to tell you at this stage the grooms home house was based out in the middle of the countryside so any traffic was few and far between, any noise was expected to be the limo coming round the corner and not a tractor, quad bike or car.

At around the 12 O'Clock stage things started to get desperate, there was suggestions of taking a few of our own cars and driving down to the chapel but that was dismissed out of hand. To try and lighten the mood I stood out in the middle of the road and stuck my thumb up, trying to hitch a lift, that got a few nervous laughs. I am sure anyone that drove past was thinking to themselves "what is going on there" especially as they were heading to the chapel.

Eventually at about ten past twelve the limo and BMW showed up, when quizzed on what had taken them so long they told us they got lost.... So we told him to turn the cars in behind the house and we will all jump in and get ot the chapel, while turning the limo we made the call to the brides house to let her know we were "eventually" on our way and everything was going to be fine.

You would be forgiving in thinking that is the end of the story and that the couple got married without any more problems and lived happily every after, oh no, as the limo done a 180 in the drive the engine conked out, the driver tried the ignition but nothing happened, no turning, no noise, nothing, the battery was completely dead. All hell broke lose, "someone quick get a car up beside the limo", "hold on" said another person "bugger the limo, just jump in a car and get to the chapel", after the voices died a bit we had decided to jumpstart the limo and get to the chapel urgently.

A happy ending

We got to the chapel at about 12.25 with the photographer taking some hasty photographs before being ushered into the chapel as the bride arrived. Needles to say as soon as the groom got in the car with his new bride he grabbed the champagne bottle and poured himself a very big glass.

A great day followed with plenty of food and drink on the go, everyone had a great time and I am sure there was a lot of laughs after it about that mental morning and that it must have been the first time ever the bride had to wait on the groom.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Luck of the Irish I guess?

      Very funny story, although probably not for the bride.

      Voting up

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I can only imagine how the bride felt waiting, waiting and waiting for her groom to show up. Funny story and glad it has a happy ending.

    • peachpurple profile image


      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Very funny real life wedding story. It is really a nerve wreck for everyone involved in the wedding. Hope that the happily married couple will having more funny stories going on. That's how marraige last long. Voted up and funny


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)