Many women imagine their wedding day as the happiest day of their life. For one particular bride, her wedding day turned out to be the most mortifying day in her life thanks to a decision her groom made. What's worse is that the shocking story was later broadcast all over television, as one of the attendees of the wedding, Sean McInerney, went on a British talk show to happily report the events to the entire world. There has to be a strong reason to go through all of the trouble of planning a wedding only to throw the entire relationship in the garbage. Let's take a look at what happened.
Meet The Graham Norton Show
Like America, Great Britain has many talk shows that bring on celebrity guests for a fun time. The Graham Norton Show is one such program. Stars go on the show to talk about their films or projects, all while comedian Graham Norton slips in a few jokes here or there.
One aspect of the show that viewers love is that it isn't all about the famous guests he brings on. Instead, Graham concocted a way for everyday individuals to get some airtime, too.
The Moment Of Truth
Before the show ends, Graham Norton saves time for audience members to sit in a big red chair. This seat is designated for those who are brave enough to face the cameras and share an intriguing story.
This unique addition gets even more fun when Graham judges the storyteller. If he likes the story, they can tell it in full and entertain everyone watching. However, if Graham finds the story unbearable for whatever reason, he will flip the chair so the individual falls on their back.
This Brave Man Stepped Up
The man who decided to take on the challenge is Sean McInerney, an Irishman who had attended the wedding of a lifetime. While weddings can be a blast for many reasons, this one was not the fun-loving time that you might expect.
Fortunately for him, Sean was not close to the couple and therefore didn't have enough emotional attachment to be torn up over the insane turn of events. Furthermore, Sean mentioned that he isn't fond of such events since he isn't the most social of people. In the end, he's probably glad he went if for no other reason than having a crazy story to tell.
Your Typical Wedding Ceremony
According to Sean, the ceremony was beautiful and went on exactly as planned. The bride floated down the aisle. The two exchanged their vows. Everyone cheered as the newly-married couple made their way between the rows of loved ones.
After the ceremony, everyone gathered at a dining area to eat. It was also at this time that speeches would be given. What no one could have expected is that the groom had an elaborate plan behind everything that was about to occur.
The Uncomfortable Secret
As it turns out, the groom had learned a heartbreaking truth about his wife before the wedding took place. Several people notified him that she had cheated on him with numerous men. Even worse, some of these men were friends of his and all were at the wedding.
As the groom's rage began to boil, he decided to keep himself together rather than canceling the wedding right then and there. He rapidly concocted a plan to get his soon-to-be wife back.
His Secret Plan
Despite the groom's sudden hatred toward the women he had just committed his life to, he had to keep calm if his plan was going to work. Earlier that day, while the bride busily and blissfully prepared herself, he snuck off to find out where her many suitors were sitting.
In order to indicate who they were, he placed a red dot beneath each of their plates. While it seems like a pointless thing to do, the groom had a trick up his sleeve that he would pull out later on.
The Groom's Speech
Once everyone found their tables and seats, the groom prepared to give a speech. He gained everyone's attention and told them that they were going to play a game. First, he needed everyone to stand up.
The guests did so and the groom proceeded to ask them all to turn their empty plates upside down. He instructed anyone with a red dot under their plate to keep standing, while anyone without a red dot on their plate should sit down.
Then They Realized Something Was Up
Gradually, wedding guests began to feel the tension emanating from the groom and his unusual request. The red dots were strange enough, but as people sat down things started to feel even odder.
The guests took their seats and looked around to see who was still standing. It was apparent that the only ones standing happened to be men, but not all of the men, just a small group of them. The bride was probably the first to put two and two together.
The Big Reveal
A wave of shock crossed the room as the groom announced that each of the men standing had an affair with his new wife. The bride and the men all grew red with embarrassment.
The question on everyone's minds was why the groom would go through with the wedding if he'd known this. He continued by explaining that he planned to get the marriage annulled that afternoon on the grounds of adultery. The bride began to cry but it was too late; the groom left without another word.
Several Men Were Left Standing
Part of why the groom's scheme worked so well is because of the high number of men left standing. It still would have been a good plan if there were only a couple of men standing up who were accused of an affair, but it wouldn't have had the same sting.
Instead, there were a whopping eight men standing at the reception who were called out for cheating with the bride.
An Unforgettable Event
As the bride's parents attempted to console her, guests remained frozen with shock. Everyone kept their eyes on the bride, knowing that the allegations must be true if she had nothing to say.
The surprise eased and guests started reaching for the bottles at the center of the table. The party was over, but guests still attempted to gather themselves. The groom certainly got his revenge, seeing that everyone would remember that day whenever they looked at his bride.
The Rest Of The Night
The remainder of the evening was awkward, to say the least. Guests had to debate whether to leave right away or stay and support the bride. While some may have been close to her, there was no doubt that her choices had not been good.
On top of that, anyone who had come from out of town would have traveled for nothing. Then there was the issue of gifts: should they grab their gifts on the way out, or leave them for the mortified bride?
Then What Happened?
As strange as it is that the groom carried on with the wedding, it's also worth noting that the bride, too, was willing to marry a man she knew she had not been faithful to.
This begs the question: did she really love him? If so, what happened next? Did she try to win him back, or leave him alone knowing that she didn't really deserve him? Sean didn't get the chance to answer any of these questions because everyone was so taken about by his story.
Sean made it through the entire story without the big red chair being flipped. Furthermore, the celebrity guests and the audience alike cheered him on. Sean was officially allowed to walk from the chair, flip-free.
While many of the viewers found the story entertaining, some looked around in awe. While nothing would compare to actually witnessing such an appalling event, hearing the story alone was enough to rattle the crowd. The best reaction of all was that of the host, Graham Norton.
A Major Reaction
You can tell from Graham's wide eyes and open mouth that he was so shocked to hear the story that you'd think he was one of the guests at the wedding himself. This reaction, coupled with the story's unexpected twists and turns, have some thinking this might be the best big red chair segment to date.
While the people on the show got a good kick out of it, imagine if the bride saw the episode. With such a popular show, it's likely that someone who had attended the wedding would have seen Sean on the air.
Is This Story Real?
With such an outlandish story, you may be wondering how we know that Sean didn't just make the entire thing up. While there isn't a way to know for sure, an exchange on Twitter gives the story some validity. One Twitter user praised Sean's story, calling it the "Best red chair story ever."
The part that makes it seem true is the person who commented on said post. They claimed to have heard the story before since Ireland is a small country. If this person really had heard the story before, it would seem as though Sean was recounting events that did actually happen before he went on the show.
Here We Go Again
The story became so popular that it even reached the ears of Youtuber Jason Gunn. He managed to get into touch with Sean to ask if he'd be willing to share the story again on his podcast.
Sean agreed and told the entire tale again. Though Jason knew how the story went, he couldn't help laughing the second time hearing it. If the bride and everyone she knew didn't watch the story on The Graham Norton Show, they were bound to hear it in the podcast.
An Important Lesson
One reason why Sean's story may have gained so much recognition is because it isn't the usual cheating story. Often, it's men that are assumed to be the unfaithful ones. However, women can be unloyal, too.
Stories like Sean's give validity to the good men of the world who have been hurt by a woman. Trust can be hard to have in any relationship. While this can be discouraging, it also makes it that much more special when you do find a solid partner.
Justice Has Been Served
Anytime someone wrongs another, it's natural to want them to be served justice. While the groom would get justice from the court when he got the annulment, it's understandable that he felt this wouldn't be enough.
Being cheating on is humiliating and takes a huge hit to the ego. By revealing what the bride had done in front of everyone they were closest to, Sean prevented the story from being misconstrued by the bride. In other words, she had no choice but to own up to the truth.
A Taste Of Her Own Medicine
While it isn't exactly an eye-for-an-eye kind of story, the groom certainly gave the bride a taste of her own medicine. Sometimes people who are cheated on want to get back at their significant other by doing the same thing and cheating on them in return.
If the groom had done this, he would have sunk down to the level of the bride. Instead, he took the classier route. He gave her the feeling of shock and discomfort that she gave him simply by being honest.
A Clever Move
The groom in Sean's story could have handled the situation a million different ways. He could have screamed at the bride on the altar or left the wedding altogether before it even started, leaving her alone without an explanation.
While some may think he could have handled things better, the groom at least managed to remain calm and collected. He got his revenge without doing anything self-incriminating, and that's not easy to do when you're full of so many emotions at once.
It's Straight Out Of A Movie
They say that art imitates life and vice versa. That certainly is true in this case. Just look at the 2008 movie The Art of Travel. Don't worry, we won't spoil the ending. What we will say is that the movie's plot relies on a failed wedding that occurs at the start of the film.
A groom asks all of the wedding guests to look under their seats for an envelope. They do and discover that inside is a photo of the bride in bed with the best man. The groom then goes on his honeymoon alone and has a wonderful adventure.
An Outstanding Performance
Though the groom's plan filled everyone present with shock and made the wedding beyond awkward, that was only possible because he hid his true feelings so well. Few things are more emotional than committing your life to someone.
The groom managed to stand on the alter and keep a straight face and cool demeanor as his lying bride delivered her vows. It can't be easy to exchange loving lines with someone you know has ruined the relationship.
It's Kind Of A Funny Story
Humor is often caused by something being both outlandish and true. While it's heartbreaking to hear that a couple ended their relationship in this way, the events themselves are rather funny in that they are surprising.
It's ridiculous that a woman would cheat on her future husband with men who then show up to their wedding! It's a little funny to imagine the awkward moment after the groom dropped the bomb, but only because the bride totally deserved it.
Why Did The Bride Want To Get Married?
Considering there were so many men that the bride cheated with, it's a wonder that she wanted to get married in the first place. She clearly would have been happier without a faulty commitment to one person.
One person is too many to be giving that kind of attention to outside of a monogamous relationship. But eight? She was practically begging to get caught. Some people are too weak to end a relationship, so they sabotage it instead.
Did All That Money Go To Waste?
One of the reasons some people aren't fans of weddings is because of how expensive they are. Weddings often cost tens of thousands of dollars. Some couples find it hard to justify spending that kind of cash on a single day.
Unfortunately for the bride and groom in this story, all of that money turned out to be for nothing. The only thing we can hope is that the groom was able to get some of the money refunded.
What About The Honeymoon?
When a wedding gets canceled last minute, the honeymoon becomes a bittersweet thing to consider. While it may seem obvious that the groom deserved to go on the trip alone, being isolated and surrounded by reminders of his lost love may be the worst thing to do.
Plus, the groom seemed adamant about getting an annulment right away. Since couples usually plan their flights right after the wedding, it may not allow enough time to settle everything legally.
Did The Bride End Up With One Of The Men?
The bride isn't the only one to blame. As the saying goes, it takes two to tango. All of those men at the wedding were also responsible for being so disrespectful to the relationship between the bride and groom.
However, the bride seems like she'd be a perfect match for an unfaithful man like the ones she cheated with. A ruined wedding would leave her in a vulnerable state of mind. It wouldn't be surprising if she turned to one of the men shortly after being dumped.
Did She Ever Learn Her Lesson?
Some say that once a cheater, always a cheater. However, it's not every day that someone gets exposed in front of all of their loved ones at their wedding. Best case scenario, the bride will always remember that mortifying feeling when she thinks about being unfaithful.
At the same time, it can be easier to lie to yourself and play the victim that to own up to your own wrongdoings. Hopefully, the bride will at least take this moment into consideration before planning to get married again.
Will The Groom Try Again?
The worst part of this kind of story is when the one who was faithful all along is resistant to start future relationships due to trust issues. The groom clearly wasn't a great judge of character to have a dishonest bride and friends.
We can only hope that the groom learned from this experience and will be open to giving out his trust and loyalty to someone who deserves it. Marriage can be a great thing when both parties are truly on the same page.