11/19/2013 04:13 pm ET Updated Nov 20, 2013

Groom Disappears On Bride, Guest Marries Her Instead

When a groom in India failed to show up for his wedding this week, a guest stepped up to marry the bride instead.

P. Ponradha, 23 was set to be married to J. Sithiraivelu, 35, on Wednesday in the Tamil Nadu town of Lakshmimanagaram, according to The Star's translation of Tamil daily newspaper Malaysia Nanban.

The festivities were already starting on Tuesday evening when the bride's family learned the groom had vanished after an argument with his family. According to the Times of India, "the bride's family went into a frenzy, as a stopped marriage would affect the girl's future."

The frenzy subsided, however, when a second man, 30-year-old relative of the bride named Sivakumar, volunteered to marry her instead. From the Times:

The wedding then took place as per the schedule, much to the relief of the family. The other guests who had come there also congratulated and appreciated Sivakumar for his timely gesture.

This isn't the craziest thing to happen at a wedding in recent months. In September, a U.K. wedding was delayed after one of the guests cut his testicles off in the chapel an hour before the ceremony was scheduled. The bride was not informed of what caused the delay until the wedding was over.



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