Runaway Groom

June 8th, 2009

Runaway Groom - Wedding

And you wonder why mom and dad sleep in different beds.

(submitted by Krissi)

85 Responses to “Runaway Groom”

  1. p-- says:

    this could very well be my sister’s wedding. i would have to see more of the pic or know where it took place to know for certain, as i was only 9. sounds like it was just a thing in the 70s, though.

  2. Dude says:

    it’s just amazing !! LOLL

  3. Nick says:

    I love the ‘lil’ bastard’ expression on the best man’s face. 😉

  4. kristin says:

    My uncle did this to my dad at my parents wedding. Apparently the aisle was made of some type of paper material and my dad kind of stuck to it the whole time he was walking down the aisle. I have no doubts my uncles almost peed their pants.

  5. Meesh says:

    I’ve seen a picture like this in the Newspaper years ago… it’s still funny tho!!

  6. tara says:

    This happened to my mom and dad except that the men added “me” to help, so his shoes read “help me” and they were married catholic so most didn’t think it very funny!
    Thanks for sharing! very funny and bring’s back stories i heard about!

  7. Matt says:

    Holy s***…this photo is actually my brother’s in-laws. They have the original framed at their house…the photographer ended up selling the picture to a stock photo company. It ended up being on a greeting card, which is probably where AFP got it.

    I can confirm it was the best man who wrote the “HELP” on the shoes.

  8. ionut says:

    really funny , great idea 🙂

  9. Kali says:

    I thought it was blasphemous to wear hats in church.

  10. crazyirishlady says:

    My cousin did this to his brother at his wedding. Instead of help it said “help me”. I remember, (I was 10 at the time), watching him paint it on with white car model paint the night before the wedding. And this will only work in a Catholic wedding, they are the only ones I’ve been to that have the participants kneel. It was hilarious.

    • Becky says:

      nope I was married in a Baptist ceremony and we knelt for a prayer and communion. At the time I would have been PISSED if anyone had done that to my groom’s shoes.

      I am since divorced and remarried (in Vegas) and would have LMAO if that had happened. So much more is awkward in this shot. THe best man- the hat…etc

  11. Blucat says:

    My mother was in a wedding in the early 70’s and she had the exact same hat only in that really weird peach color you only find on the walls of abandoned mental hospitals.

  12. Mike says:

    My dad was really mad when we did this to my brother at his wedding….. It is a fun memory.

  13. Melissa Ann says:

    Why do I have the strangest feeling that the best man( I assume the man whos standing up next to the groom) did this?

  14. Carrie says:

    I had to look twice at this photo because my dad did the same thing to his brother’s shoes at his wedding, which was during the same period, judging by the picture. I think it’s hilarious!

    • Sarah says:

      I had to do the same thing! My parents were married during this time period and my dad’s shoes definitely said “help” on one and “me” on the other.

  15. chipmunk! says:

    His shoes were against the marriage from the beginning.

  16. Wally says:

    Help from the marriage, or the priest…….

  17. Kimberly says:

    I always wondered what became of Holly Hobby.

  18. JMK62 says:

    My sister was a bridesmaid in a wedding in the early 70’s and someone wrote ‘Help Me’ on the bottoms of the grooms shoes. It still cracks me up when I think about it. Yes–it happens.

  19. Joanne says:

    In his defense, maybe he rented the shoes with the tux and the groom before him put HELP on the shoes.

  20. Hey. says:


  21. kelcut says:

    Preacher: “At what point did you decide to write that on your shoes, son?”

    Groom: “The moment she told me she’d bought a HAT to go with her dress.”

  22. Mary says:

    The only person who should be crying out for help should be bride for what she is wearing on her head.

  23. oh man this is TOO funny! and look at the best man’s face! totally not ready for the picture…

  24. GlennS says:

    His left shoe should say COMPOUND and the right BOW!

  25. blueelm says:

    I think it all depends on the personalities of the people. Something like this would have offended my husband so much because he would consider it trashy. For other people it’s all in good fun. Kind of like the cake smashing trend I guess.

  26. dsto says:

    His shoes on backwords, its supposed to say LPHE…..awkward!

  27. Tim says:

    I’ve heard so many stories about this happening at weddings…nice to see actual PROOF for a change!

  28. Amice says:

    I’d guess it wasn’t the groom that did this, but his groomsman/men…. Wife can’t actually kill them.

  29. Barbara says:

    Someone did this to my former brother-in-law at my sister’s wedding. Everyone thought it was funny. I guess it depends on the humor of the people involved.

  30. Vickie says:

    Our husband’s best man wanted to put “Hi Mom” on the bottom of his shoes

  31. Lindsay says:


  32. Bo Cross says:

    While this is funny, I am not sure I understand how someone could do something like this in the actual cermony. Tomfoolery at the reception is one thing, but the ceremony? Wow. I can think of three women in my life who would kill me for pulling a stunt like this.

    • sully says:

      “tomfoolery” should only be used with sarcasm.

    • Heavensburden says:

      As a woman who did not did not did NOT want to have a big wedding (Can you say courthouse?) and who got one anyway. Tomfoolery would have been welcome. In fact – it sorta was – one of my wedding pictures is of me, holding up the long skirt of my dress and showing off just how I went down the isle….. barefoot. My husband laughed, my family laughed, and my feet were KILLING me.

      I guess it depends on the wedding you’re at and the people who attend. I find this funny.
      Btw in case you were wondering how my marriage is since I hated having the ceremony… 7 years and still acting like newly weds. It’s a pretty good start I think.

    • Anne says:

      It’s normally the groomsmen who do this as a prank right before the wedding.

  33. brenda says:

    This is priceless!!! RUN FORREST RUN

  34. Bald Outing says:

    haha that’s pretty funny to see on a website – but really sad for the bride- even if he is joking around, i would not want a stunt like that pulled on my wedding day!

  35. Margarida says:

    haha too funny!!

  36. Albert says:

    why is he kneeling?

    • Glenn S. says:

      Because he is on his knees!!

    • Jeannie says:

      Because in a lot of weddings – I think Catholic, mainly – the bride and groom kneel before the priest.

      But the real joke here is the groom’s shoes! XD

      • Tabby says:

        My mom and step dad did this at their wedding. (The kneeling, not the “help”) They are Baptist, it was to have a prayer of blessing on the marriage and what not.

  37. asf says:

    as someone that does not know anything about religion, please explain

  38. Compound_bow says:

    Compound Bow! Compound Bow! Compound Bow! Compound Bow! Compound Bow! 🙂
    🙂 🙂 🙂

  39. Alan says:

    Hmmmmm. The priest and the best man look alike. Suspiciously alike.

  40. Trailerbilly102 says:

    Looks like he needs to take out his compound bow

  41. john says:

    “anonymous for obvious reasons” person from Shotgun Wedding pic.

  42. Jaime says:

    I love it!! LOL

  43. SEM says:

    I think that’s pretty cute actually

  44. wendy says:

    I had a friend who did this at his wedding. We were all laughing so hard when they neeled down and the bride was trying to figure out what was going on. She started cracking up when she finally saw.

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