Think tying the knot in front of hundreds of guests is nerve-wracking?
The couple tied the knot in front of more than 12,000 audience members and millions of television viewers, while Martina McBride and Train singer Pat Monahan serenaded the pair with a duet of Train's song "Marry Me."
It was originally McBride's idea to stage a live wedding. She told The Boot.com that it was an idea that popped into her head after she was invited to sing "Marry Me" at the ACM awards. "My manager called and told me and I thought, 'Of course, I'd love to sing on the show. Let's do a live wedding on the show!'" she said.
But while being serenaded by award-winning musicians on your Big Day seems like a romantic idea, some felt that the wedding was far from a fairy-tale affair.
Yahoo! Music blogger Wendy Geller wrote the wedding was "a bit bizarre." Although the vows went off without a hitch, the overall performance was poorly-structured. "What threw things off irreparably was the audio treatment of the event," wrote Geller. "The officiant presiding over the wedding was amped up at various times so the audience could hear him conducting the ceremony, then faded out to allow McBride and Monahan's vocals, resulting in a rather schizophrenic experience overall."
The wedding seemed to confuse audience members and television viewers as well. One viewer, @zachary_bever, tweeted, "This wedding at the ACM'S has to b one of the most awkward things ever #notafan #moreluke."
Another viewer, @LeslieWoodsMeyer, tweeted, " A live wedding on the ACM's?! "Train wreck" lol...is right! Thought it tacky...what are people thinking??!"
And instead of taking off for their honeymoon, the newlyweds fielded questions from reporters in the press room backstage immediately after their "I Do's." Now that's awkward.
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