I Hated My Best Friend’s Wedding: A True Story


It was the summer after my freshman year of college and I was home for the summer. My best friend from high school, we’ll call her Jill, was getting married. I was happy for her but I was also dreading her wedding. I knew it was going to be a huge event and that I would be expected to be a part of it and to be happy and excited the whole time. But the truth was, I hated weddings. I hated the formality, the forced gaiety, the way everyone was always watching you and expecting you to smile and have a good time. I knew that Jill’s wedding was going to be all of that and more.

The wedding was held at a country club and it was huge. There were over 500 people there, all dressed up and looking very fancy. The ceremony was long and boring and the reception was even worse. It was loud and crowded and I felt like I was being suffocated. I couldn’t wait to leave.

But of course, I didn’t. I stayed and smiled and pretended to have a good time. I danced with Jill’s husband and all of her friends and family. I took pictures and laughed and clapped when appropriate. But inside I was dying. I was so glad when it was finally over and I could go home.

I thought that would be the end of it but of course it wasn’t. Jill and her husband went on a big honeymoon and when they got back, they started planning their lives together. And that’s when the real torture began.

Jill would call me almost every day, gushing about how wonderful married life was and how much she loved her husband. She would tell me about all the things they were doing together and how happy she was. And I would have to listen and pretend to be happy for her.

It was torture. I was so happy for her but at the same time, I was so jealous and angry. I was jealous that she had found someone who made her so happy. I was jealous that she was able to have such a beautiful wedding and honeymoon. I was jealous that her life was now perfect. And I was angry at her for being so happy when I was so miserable.

I know it sounds terrible but that’s how I felt. I was happy for her but I hated her wedding and I hated her happiness.

1 Comment

  1. It sounds like you didn’t have a good time at your best friend’s wedding. Weddings can be tough to get through sometimes, especially if you’re not really feeling the whole love and marriage thing. It sounds like you did your best to put on a good face for your friend though and that’s really all you can do in a situation like that.

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