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MasterCard Wedding (The Bridegroom's Revenge)

An Urban Legend

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MasterCard Wedding

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During a lavish wedding ceremony at Clemson University with 300 attendees, the groom interrupts the proceedings to reveal a shocking secret about the bride and the best man.

Description: Urban legend
Circulating since: 1995 (online versions)
Status: False


'MasterCard Wedding' example #1:
Email contributed by Dan M., July 14, 2001:

For anyone who feels they've been invited to too many weddings lately have a laugh. This is actually true. It was in a local newspaper in South Carolina and even Jay Leno mentioned it on the Tonight Show.

This is a true story about a recent wedding that took place at Clemson University. It was a huge wedding with about 300 guests.

After the wedding, at the reception, the groom got up on stage at the microphone to talk to the crowd. He said that he wanted to thank everyone for coming, many from long distances, to support them at their wedding. He especially wanted to thank the bride's and groom's families for coming and to thank his new father-in-law for providing such a fabulous reception.

To thank everyone for coming, bringing gifts and everything, he said he wanted to give everyone a special gift just from him. So taped to the bottom of everyone's chair, including the wedding party, was a manila envelope.

He said that this was his gift and told everyone to open their envelopes.

Inside each envelope was an 8x10 photo of his best man having sex... with the bride. He had gotten suspicious of the two of them and hired a private detective to trail them weeks prior to the wedding.

After he stood there and watched the people's reactions for a couple of minutes, he turned to the best man and said, "F*CK you!" He turned to his bride and said, "F*CK you!" Then he turned to the dumbfounded crowd and said, "I'm out of here!"

He had the marriage annulled the first thing that Monday morning. While most of us would have broken off the engagement immediately after finding out about the affair, this guy goes through with it anyway, as if nothing was wrong.

His revenge:

1) Making the bride's parents pay over $32,000 for 300 guests for a wedding and reception.

2) Letting everyone know exactly what did happen. And, best of all...

3) Trashing the bride's and best man's reputations in front of all of their friends and their entire families.

This guy has balls the size of church bells. Do you think we might see one of those MasterCard "Priceless" commercials out of this? Huh?

Elegant wedding for 300 family and guests -- $32,000
Photographers for the wedding -- $3,000 Deluxe
Honeymoon accommodations in Maui for 2 weeks -- $8,500
The look on everyone's faces after seeing a photo of
the Bride and Best Man having sex -- Priceless!!!



'MasterCard Wedding' example #2:
Email contributed by Edward E., April 5, 1999:

Below is a true story about a recent wedding that took place at Clemson.

Subject: Revenge

This was a huge wedding with about 300 guests. After the wedding at the reception, the groom got up on stage at the microphone to talk to the crowd. He said that he wanted to thank everyone for coming, many from long distances, to support them at their wedding.

He especially wanted to thank the bride's and groom's families for coming and to thank his new father-in-law for providing such a fabulous reception. To thank everyone for coming and bringing gifts and everything, he said he wanted to give everyone a special gift from just him. So taped to the bottom of everyone's chair was a manila envelope including the wedding party. He said that was his gift to everyone, and told everyone to open the envelopes. Inside each manila envelope was a 8X10 picture of his best man having sex with the bride. (He had gotten suspicious of the two of them and hired a private detective to trail them weeks prior to the wedding.)

After he stood there and watched the people's reactions for a couple of minutes, he turned to the best man and said "Fuck you," he turned to the bride and said "Fuck you," and then he turned to the dumbfounded crowd and said "I'm out of here." He had the marriage annulled first thing that Monday morning. While most of us would have broken off the engagement immediately after finding out about the affair, this guy goes through with it anyway as if nothing is wrong.

His revenge:

1) Making the bride's parents pay $32,000 for a 300 guest wedding and reception.

2) Letting everyone know exactly what did happen.

3) And best of all, trashing the bride's and best man's reputations in front of all of their friends, their entire families i.e. their parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, nieces and nephews, etc.

This guy has balls the size of church bells. This is his world, we just live in it.



Analysis: This apocryphal tale has undergone some interesting revisions since it first erupted in the summer of 1985. There are two basic versions: one has the bride interrupting the wedding ceremony to reveal that the groom slept with the maid of honor; the other has the groom interrupting to announce that the bride slept with the best man.

In The Mexican Pet (W.W. Norton: 1986), Jan Harold Brunvand reports receiving a flurry of word-of-mouth variants beginning in August 1985, as well as one print version entitled "The Bothered Bride" by a columnist for the Pioneer Press and Dispatch of St. Paul, Minnesota, and another, "Bride's Wedding Shocker," from the tabloid newspaper Weekly World News in December of that same year.

The story continued to circulate on into the '90s, meriting a write-up by Chicago Tribune reporter Cheryl Lavin (correctly pegging the tale as an urban legend) in November 1990 and turning up on Internet message boards in early 1995 as a "true story" that happened at Clemson University. The main difference between the Internet version and previous tellings is the groom's alleged use of photographs of the bride and best man caught in flagrante delicto to inform the wedding guests of their indiscretion. An extended version dating from 2001 features the "Priceless" tag line from the well-known series of MasterCard TV commercials and continues to circulate to this day. The story is now popularly known as "MasterCard Wedding."

Also known as: "Clemson Wedding" or "Wedding Revenge."

Last updated 06/18/11

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