A wedding is a joyous occasion where two people declare their love for one another in front of family and friends and vow to stick together for better or worse. Except when it’s not.

The Minnesota wedding party that ended up in a lake when the dock they were standing on collapsed is just the latest in a string of wedding mishaps that no doubt go back to the very dawn of holy matrimony. Except these days, of course, bridal blunders are captured by a guest’s smartphone, uploaded onto YouTube and then picked up by a late-night talk-show host to be held up for international ridicule.

For those who love a good #weddingfail, here are a few of the recent high (or low) lights.

Best man?

The best man no doubt has a lot of pressure on his shoulders. His duties include organizing the all-important bachelor party, getting the groom to the church on time and ensuring the wedding rings are safe and sound.

Hopefully this groom’s bachelor party was a bash for the ages because his main man ruined the big day for him forever. Tripping while handing over the rings is one thing. Falling and knocking the bride and the officiant into a pond is a blooper that should really qualify you for the witness protection program.

I do, LOL

Using our smartphones at inappropriate moments has become a scourge of our times, from desperately waiting for two side-by-side colour bombs in Candy Crush after the lights go down in the movie theatre to incessantly checking Facebook while sitting at our desk at work.

I’m sure we would all like to believe, however, that at the very moment we were pledging our undying love and devotion to our beloved, that we would put our phone on silent and leave it in the limo.

Not this bride. We don’t know if she’s checking Instagram or texting an ex-boyfriend with the directions to the ceremony so he can rescue her from the worst mistake she will ever make. She could be trying to memorize the vows she wrote herself.

Either way, nothing says “class” and “I want to spend the rest of my life with you” like carrying your cellphone down the front of your dress like you did your fake ID when you were a teenager.

Baby on board

There are many ways to accessorize a wedding dress: a tiara, a cathedral veil or pink sash to add a touch of colour.

Last month, one Tennessee bride redefined the word “accessorizing” and came under fire from guests after she walked down the aisle with her infant daughter attached to the train of her dress.

Shona Carter-Brooks posted photographs to her Facebook page showing what appears to be her baby lying sideways on the back of her dress, being dragged down the aisle.

Carter-Brooks posted a follow-up comment defending her decision, saying “we do what we want when we want long as Jesus on our side everything worked out fine and gone continue to be fine.”

Organ failure

A lot goes in to planning a wedding. You have to pick the flowers, find a venue and make sure the caterer can accommodate your guests’ 27 different food allergies.

Thank goodness, then, that the organist comes with the church. There’s one item you can cross off your list.

Thank goodness, that is, until the organist forgets to play the second-most-famous piece of music ever played at weddings in the history of weddings punch-buggy-green-no-punchbacks: Mendelssohn’s Wedding March.

Just as wedding singers can sing the Ave Maria in their sleep (and probably hear it in their nightmares), the church organist should have the Wedding March down pat. It’s the tune that most couples leave the church to, just as Wagner’s Bridal Chorus, also known as “Here Comes the Bride,” is the most traditional processional.

In this case, maybe cousin Eddie singing Sinatra would have been better, after all.

Bum rap

Sometimes your maid of honour is a foregone conclusion. If you have a sister, she’s probably had the job secured since the day you (or she) were born.

The last thing any bride wants is to be upstaged by her maid of honour, and you’d think being a princess would make such a thing impossible. You’d think.

When Kate Middleton married Prince William and became the Duchess of Cambridge, her wedding was watched by millions of people around the world. She said her vows at Westminster Abbey and had her wedding reception at Buckingham Palace.

Her sister Pippa, however, stole the show. Or rather, Pippa’s figure did. Specifically, her bum. Twitter was lit ablaze with mentions of Pippa’s bottom, which apparently even Prince Harry couldn’t resist checking out.

Good thing for Kate, then, that she is the one with the title of Duchess and the wife and mother to future kings.