There are many unwritten rules when it comes to wedding guest etiquette with perhaps the most important being, don’t wear a bridal gown unless you’re the actual bride.
It would be bad enough if a friend broke the fashion faux-pas, but imagine if your mother-in-law rocked up to your nuptials in a full-on frothy gown?
The unbelievable breach was brought to the Internet’s attention after Jimmy Fallon, asked people to tweet their best #weddingfail.
Thousands have joined in sharing some unbelievably cringe tales, from brides who were completely upstaged on their big day, to guests who laughed their way through the entire ceremony and best men who messed up their speeches.
But none were quite as shocking as the bride who confessed that the mother-of-the-groom donned an actual wedding dress for her son’s big day.
“My mother-in-law wore a wedding dress to my wedding. So, yeah, top that one, Twitter,” the user wrote alongside an image of two women both in floor-length white gowns.
Unsurprisingly, people were pretty surprised by her tweet and within hours it had clocked up almost 28K likes, more than 5K retweets and countless comments from users who couldn’t get over the rule break.
I'm ready to throw hands 😭😭 What was she thinking?! Her hair is even in an updo! I-🤮— ReamogetsweMthethwa (@Ngi_nguSamu) June 19, 2019
I need the FULL story 😭
The wedding would’ve been cancelled and we would all have had to come back again tomorrow 😊🙃— Dam_Bella_x (@Dam_Bella_x) June 19, 2019
Since the tweet has gone viral, Amy, a romance author, later provided more of a back story, revealing that her mother-in-law grew up poor and is now therefore an extremely "frugal" woman.
She went on to say that the dress was "an incredible bargain" which her mother-in-law simply couldn't turn down.
And Amy certainly doesn’t hold a grudge about her mother-in-law’s outfit of choice for her big day.
"If you ask her now, she says she feels terrible about it,” she says.
"But she has more than made up for it since."
So, a couple people have asked for the story behind The Dress. Sorry for the delay! I have four kids (yes, I married him) on summer break, so my permanent state of being is "frazzled." I called my daughter "mom" the other day.— Amy Pennza (@AmyPennza) June 20, 2019
So when she spotted The Dress at an incredible bargain, she couldn't turn it down. If you ask her now, she says she feels terrible about it.— Amy Pennza (@AmyPennza) June 20, 2019
Sure, she wore a wedding dress to my wedding. But she has more than made up for it since. When I told her about this getting a lot of attention, and said I worried it might hurt her feelings, she waved it off. "Whatever makes me famous."— Amy Pennza (@AmyPennza) June 20, 2019
It isn’t the first time a mother-in-law horror story has lit up the Internet.
Earlier this year a new mum was left fuming after finding out her mother-in-law had convinced her husband to secretly change the spelling of their son’s name behind her back.
And back in March a woman shared her shock after her MIL asked for a refund of her wedding contribution because the bride doesn’t want children.