When Catherine Nicholson of Doncaster, U.K. got married over the weekend, she probably didn’t expect her wedding to make international headlines.
Then again, she probably didn’t expect her husband-to-be to show up on the big day wearing jeans and a T-shirt, either.
Catherine, 16, was wedded on Saturday in a modest ceremony at church in the north of England, an occasion which her best friend Violet Price, also 16, celebrated with a tribute on TikTok. But instead of sending their best wishes to the newlyweds, users of the video-sharing platform couldn’t help but notice that the groom looked a little out of place.
TikTok Slams Catherine Nicholson’s Sloppy Groom
The now-viral video uploaded by Violet on Saturday opens with a clip recorded over the summer. She and Catherine are heard singing while on a theme park ride, and the caption reads, “My best friend a couple months ago telling me she [isn’t going to] fall in love.”
“… Versus her now,” the caption changes to read, as the video cuts to photos from Catherine’s wedding ceremony. She and her groom, whose name has not yet been reported, are seen taking their vows, posing for a newlywed photo, and kneeling before the altar during the sermon.
All the while, Catherine is seen showing off her gorgeous, traditional wedding gown, while her new husband sports a more, shall we say, casual look.
As the post garnered nearly 2 million views and hundreds of thousands of likes on the days that followed, the groom’s fashion faux pas was all that TikTok users could focus on.
“Did he not know he was getting married?” wrote one commenter, while another joked that maybe the man in the photos was “filling in for a mate.”
“When [you’re] getting married at 4, but lads’ night down at the pub is at 6,” quipped another poster.
“Man forgot he was getting married and was just like, ‘this’ll do,'” said a third.
Still, other users didn’t find the groom’s wardrobe choices a laughing matter, and expressed concern for the future of Catherine’s marriage based on Violet’s TikTok.
“That is sad,” opined one commenter. “Look how beautiful she looks, he couldn’t even be bothered changing from the night before.”
“I would’ve done a U-turn as soon as I [had] seen him,” another chimed in. “Imagine putting all the effort into looking beautiful, and then your ‘fiancé’ shows up like THAT?”
“This is a [red flag] about how much effort he’s [going to] put in this relationship,” said an observer. “This is disrespectful and she just settle for that… sad.”
One user put it even more simply, writing “His outfit shows he ain’t serious.”
For her part, Violet saw all the negatively surrounding her bestie’s big day and stepped in on Monday to put the the debate to rest.
“For God’s sake, stop,” the 16-year-old wrote in a pinned comment below the video. “She’s married and very happy […] She’s not bothered what way he dressed. She’s married and that’s all that matters.”
Not the First Fiasco for Wedding Wardrobes
Catherine can take some comfort in knowing that her new partner isn’t the first man to opt for function-over-form when it came time to walk down the aisle.
In 2017, an anonymous Reddit user uploaded photos from a wedding where the bride, again, showed up in a lovely gown, while her husband-to-be stood beside her on the altar wearing a flannel shirt, jeans, boots, and a baseball cap. Social media users were so flabbergasted by his outfit that the photos went viral for a second time in 2019.
Last March, a Nigerian groom caught some flack for sporting jeans under his dashiki at his wedding, though he took it in stride and even cracked jokes about it during his vows, according to reports.
Also last year, Dominican singer Nfasis turned heads when he got married in ripped jean shorts and a plain white T-shirt. His new bride Diana even got in on the joke, quipping on social media, “At least you should have worn a tie.”