A 40-strong brawl, a fight over a handbag and a dog being set on guests are just three of the dozens of crimes alleged to have taken place at weddings over the past three years. 

It comes as a Freedom of Information request reveals the details of police call-outs to nuptials across England and Wales between 2018 and April of this year. 

While your wedding is often touted as the happiest day of your life, the data highlights the threats borne by a perfect storm of family feuds, sibling rivalries and copious amounts of alcohol. 

The FOI, obtained by Sky News, reveals how one ‘travel community wedding’ in Somerset descended into chaos when a fight erupted involving 40 people ‘using glass as weapons’.

The same police force was called to another ceremony because ‘the father of the bride has become very violent and is trying to cause a fight’.

They were also contacted after two families at a wedding venue had ‘a physical fight, throwing drinks and smashing glasses’.

Meanwhile in Cleveland, the sister of a bride was ‘punched in the face and shoved into a table, cutting her back’. 

The horror stories come as rules regarding weddings are set to be relaxed from Monday, with up to 30 people allowed to attend ceremonies and receptions in England. 

Numbers have previously been limited to 15, with brazen rule-breakers often making the news, including one north London event in January, where 150 guests showed up. 

FOIs went on to reveal that, in Humberside, two siblings got into a row at their brother’s wedding as one spilled a drink into the other’s handbag, which police said ‘then escalated’. 

In the same region, a bride reported her veil being stolen at the reception. 

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In North Wales, officers were called when a wedding photograph received 244 negative comments on social media. The same force received a complaint claiming a wedding guest set a dog on another attendee and their daughter. 

Further south, an informant claimed to Cambridgeshire Police that a six-year-old boy had witnessed his mother and her partner ‘acting sexually whilst at a family wedding’. 

There were so many reported crimes at weddings that some police forces said retrieving all the data would have exceeded the time and cost limit set out by the Freedom of Information Act.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said it does not record how many fines have been issued for breaches of coronavirus rules at weddings.

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