Marriage is stressful in its own right. However, the actual process of having a wedding and getting married carries its own challenges and stress. Either you can pay thousands of dollars to a wedding planner to isolate you from that headache or you need to wrestle with the unexpected challenges yourself. Uncle Hugo can’t sit with Cousin Julio because they had a fight on the plane. It is a warmer day than expected and your seven-tiered wedding cake is melting so that it looks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. As ridiculous as those examples may seem, they both pale in comparison to one Chinese groom whose bride-to-be was so busy playing video games, he literally had to drag her to the altar.
Video footage of the event shows the blushing bride in a beautiful white dress. Her eyes gaze into the distance. However, her focus is the video game League of Legends, not her husband. While others were getting ready for the ceremony, she went down the street to play the addictive computer game. With her makeup applied and hair done, she looks out of place among the other gamers. Upon discovering the bride missing, her future in-laws went searching for her.
Upon finding her at an internet cafe, they reminded her that the wedding was about to start. She responded, “Wait a minute.” Her mother-in-law urged, “Come now child. We have to go.” but the bride simply continued playing. The groom begged her, “The ceremony is happening soon!” When his pleas went ignored, the young man’s father slapped him and yelled at him for not being able to control his wife. Seconds later, the bride’s future husband and two groomsmen physically dragged her away from the computer. She desperately tried to stay in her chair as she screamed and cried.
There is a division among people who watched the video on Chinese social media. Some Weibo users claim that the whole situation was just a stunt. Others believe that it legitimately happened. There is no evidence one way or the other. However, considering one Chinese man died after a 3-day gaming marathon and a Chinese baby died after its doctor refused to stop playing video games, it would not be out of the question that the couple’s unhappy start to married life was real.