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I tell this story with a decent dose of compassion; I've got names muddled up in the past too!
At my Saturday wedding the registrar got completely confused with names. First off, she referred to the Groom as 'Middle Name, Surname' rather than 'First Name, Surname'. The first time it happened, most people noticed, but nobody said anything. She then repeated this at the 'Do you xxx take xxx...". At this point the Groom politely corrected her!
Then, astonishingly, she turned to the Bride and said "Do you 'Groom's Middle Name, Groom's Surname' take". At which point she pointed out that that was the Groom's name and everyone creased. It was pretty funny/bad!
I've had a few of these recently. One a few weeks back when the registrar said "Do you Carl XXX take Gregory XXX... I MEAN". She'd taken the Bride's name and substituted it for the Groom's middle name.
I feel for them, but they've got the names on a piece of paper in front of them!
I made a bit of a boo boo recently too. I was on top of a ladder, while doing a full group shot - a spectacularly cack place to screw up like this. After doing some polite yelling to put stragglers in position I usually have 30 seconds of banter with the group to get them onside. I quite often make a joke about whether there are any wedding crashers here today who haven't yet learnt the Bride & Groom's name. I explain that I'm going to get them to cheer and raise their glasses and shout the bride & groom's name, so they better know that it's Mark & Rebecca or whatever.
In this particular instance I'd asked a bridesmaid and her bloke (Helen & Ryan) to shuffle to the right just prior to this dialogue and so when it came to the point where I explained the bride & groom's names to the fictitious 'wedding crashers' I called substituted Ryan for the Groom's actual name. UTTER FAIL! It got a big derisive cheer, but thankfully with a bit of quick thinking I managed to make it look as if I'd made this error on purpose, as part of the 'who doesn't know the B&G's name spiel'. I think at least 50% of them believed me!
What good name fails (or similar) have you seen/been part of, over the years?!