Ah, wedding photos. Nothing documents all the details of a couple’s big day better, from each tender bloom in the bride’s bouquet to every luscious layer of the cake. However, not every wedding photo is picture-perfect. In fact, there are plenty of wedding photos that are downright embarrassing.
Some are taken during just the right (or wrong) moment, mid-wardrobe malfunction or furry friend gone wild. Others are awkward from the start, with a weird angle or an uncomfortable pose. And don’t get us started on those practical jokes and classic “funny photos” that end up being just too cringe-worthy to be entertaining. Except, of course, if they’re for our amusement…
When your best friend knows they’re being replaced and revolts
From the dog’s point of view: “No, Bethany, I’m not going to look cute and sit still for this picture. You’re trying to replace me with Todd and I know it. We never go for walks anymore. We never snuggle just the two of us in bed anymore. He’s your favorite now, and I’m taking revenge by turning this cute photo idea into a nightmare. Screw you, Bethany.”
This bride has either really great aim or really bad aim
Any single woman can tell you that the bouquet toss at a wedding reception can be a traumatizing battlefield, one that wise women avoid at all costs. Why anyone thought it was a good idea to let a little flower girl participate, we’re not sure, but hey, a bouquet in the face is a lot kinder fate than being trampled by unmarried women trying to put a ring on it.
Because a photo of the rings on their hands would be too cliché
When you’re selecting a wedding photographer, keep in mind that too many “creative” shots are not a good thing. There is nothing wrong with a couple of standard, classic shots of things like the bride’s gown, the groom’s boutonniere, or in this case, the couple’s wedding rings. Sometimes normal is nice. Sometimes unique ends up being really, really weird.
Excuse me Rick and Lisa, but it’s my time to shine
Note: if you’re going to have a wedding photoshoot involving animals, make sure none of those animals are divas like Hank the horse here. Still, there’s nothing quite as fun as a good old-fashioned photobomb. And props to the photographer for framing the horse’s face so it perfectly blocks out both the bride and groom’s faces. 10 out of 10.
Warning: Do not attempt to waterfall champagne
*Sigh* We invented straws and glasses for a reason, ladies. We don’t know why this bride opted to forego a champagne flute and just use her mouth, but clearly, it didn’t end well. A bit of bubbly up the nose is going to burn for a good, long time, though it definitely won’t feel like a good time. And champagne can stain, so that wedding dress better get sent off to the cleaners ASAP after the wedding.
When the camera angle turns your future husband into an Elf on the Shelf
When it comes to lining up the perfect shot, perspective is pretty important. A good photographer will position you in certain ways to get your best angles, or to get a really unique perspective shot. Unfortunately, sometimes those experimental angles go awry, like in the photo above. Always know your angles, or you could end up making your groom look like one of Santa’s teeny tiny helpers.
The one where the bride was lost
Crowd surfing (verb) – stupid, reckless, and potentially very dangerous
Look, we get it; you and your guests have probably had a few drinks, and once the alcohol sinks in, a lot of previously terrible ideas start to sound really fun. Then somehow, you all decide to crowd surf the happy couple, which, judging by this photo, results in a very unhappy ending. There are safer ways to celebrate people!
When your wedding cake’s life flashes before your eyes
The bride is already gasping in horror. The groom’s lips are starting to curl back into a grimace. There’s nothing anyone can do at this point but watch in shock as the cake topples over. Hopefully one day, the couple will be able to look back and laugh at this moment. Currently, we’re just in awe of the symmetry between the decorative macarons cascading down the side of the cake, and the ones that are actually falling overboard.
What are they looking at and why is it so exciting???
Hats off to this lovely couple for realizing how awkward wedding photos can be, and deliberately embracing that fact. The wedding photography experience can be tense and uncomfortable, so why not acknowledge those feelings and have some fun with them? From the over-exaggerated fake smiles to the cutesy, cliché prom pose, we love the enthusiasm here.
Pose with the babies they said. It’ll be so cute they said.
As much as we love children, we know that most get pretty miserable when attending formal events. Either they’re anxious and bored from too much waiting around, or hyper and overwhelmed by all the stimuli and too much cake. They’re probably exhausted and cranky from missing their much-needed naptime. They’re definitely uncomfortable since you crammed their cute little bodies into adorable, yet typically tight and itchy dress clothes. All in all, it’s a recipe for disaster. If you want to avoid extra, unnecessary tears on your big day, either don’t take pictures with little ones, or consider a kid-free wedding.
Someone’s had a long day
After weeks, months, or sometimes years of wedding planning, it makes sense that often all couples want to do after their big day is rest. Wedding day itineraries are often booked down to the minute, and few remember to pencil in a little downtime, let alone a nap. We recommend that wherever a couple chooses to honeymoon, plenty of great nap spots are readily available.
This bathroom bridal party shot is too gross to be cute
Maybe, just maybe, if this photo were taken in the powder room area of one of those fancy hotel bathrooms, this shot would have worked. You know, those ones with the floral wallpaper, gilded mirrors, and plush chaises?
Unfortunately, a bride posing with her loyal bridesmaids in a bunch of public restroom stalls (no matter how clean) just looks awkward, weird, and pretty unsanitary.
Did…did anyone not realize that this cake is in a really awkward position???
While it’s unintentionally a bit suggestive, what really bothers us about this image is the cake’s precarious position. For the groom’s pants’ sake, we hope he’s not clumsy. Otherwise, he’s going to get frosting just about everywhere in about three seconds.
Also, who decided in the first place that this kind of shot would be cute??? Sure it’s kind of sweet and intimate (less so if you have a dirty mind), but it’s also pretty gross and risky having your cake on the floor like that. Even if the groom doesn’t knock over the cake when leaning toward his bride, there’s still a good chance that the bride knocks it over herself when trying to get up off the floor. Keep your cakes on tables, people. Case closed.