A bride went viral for saying she misplaced a buddy of seven+ years after not permitting her boyfriend to return to the marriage — and the video divided TikTok

  • Cora Breilein held an intimate, 96-person wedding ceremony on April 22.
  • She posted a TikTok overlaying her wedding ceremony web site’s FAQs, and confronted a barrage of hate on-line.
  • Breilein defended the requests, together with not extending a plus-one to a buddy’s boyfriend. 

Cora Breilein by no means wished a giant wedding ceremony — and that bought 

The 28-year-old occasion planner and her husband Jared had initially wished to elope, however her husband, Jared, had all the time wished a giant day. Finally, they opted for an intimate “family and friends barbeque”-themed occasion – and invited 96 of their closest family and friends to Glen Ellen, California, for the massive day. To suit the venue, the pair made robust cuts to plus-ones that Breilein says resulted within the lack of a seven-year friendship and a barrage of on-line criticism.

Breilein posted a brief slideshow of her wedding ceremony web site FAQs in a Could 1 TikTok, hoping, she advised Insider, to succeed in different brides. Inside days, although, the TikTok had been seen greater than 4.8 million instances — and Breilein advised Insider the publicity got here with a lot on-line hate. (Since then, Breilein seems to have filtered feedback). 

Breilein’s wedding ceremony day FAQs included some innocuous particulars about parking and lodging. Extra contentiously, although, the FAQs additionally warned friends that anybody late to the occasion would not be permitted entrance, requested them to not take footage on their telephones in the course of the ceremony, and requested friends skip carrying loud colours. In a single slide, Breilein famous that her determination to not prolong a plus-one to a boyfriend she’d by no means met ended a friendship of over seven years.

Some discovered the latter determination to be “pure madness,” however Breilein famous that the single or unknown companions of their closest associates — like fiancés — have been invited; “We did not need to meet anybody for the primary time at our wedding ceremony,” Breilein defined to Insider, “with the caveat that if they will be in our lives long-term — that will completely be alright.” This explicit friendship, Breilein mentioned, had grown much less shut all through the pandemic. The invite was symbolic: “I nonetheless need you to be in my life.” 

“There is a massive distinction between a friendship by which you discuss to them every single day — they’re in your lives, you are going to increase your youngsters collectively — versus one the place there’s perhaps some post-pandemic awkwardness.” 

Finally, the buddy declined the invite, and the pair have not talked since. 

Many commenters agreed with Breilein’s determination, sharing tales of comparable experiences. Breilein mentioned the lack of a  friendship after a marriage was “quite common” amongst the brides she’d labored with. 

Some criticized Breilein for not permitting late friends to affix the marriage ceremony. However, she defined, a grand staircase in her venue would have made the interruption exceedingly apparent, and the ceremony itself lasted simply ten minutes. Late friends weren’t kicked out — they have been escorted to a non-public space and bought early entry to the bar and snacks. “When you have been late, it was in all probability actually enjoyable,” Breilein joked in a Could 2 TikTok.


Regardless of feeling like she’d been “eaten alive” and by the web for just a few days, Breilein would not remorse any of her wedding ceremony day pointers which, in her skilled expertise, have been par for the course. Many commenters additionally rushed to defend her, agreeing that she’d requested for “primary wedding ceremony etiquette” from her friends. 


By design, her wedding ceremony day was completely different; “The truth that we knew each single individual there and I used to be in a position to stomach snigger — that made it really feel so particular, and it was so price it.”