Two Brides Almost Married Each Other's Grooms in Wedding Day Power Outage

A power outage in Madhya Pradesh, India, nearly caused two brides to marry each other's grooms, according to multiple reports.

The mix-up happened on Thursday shortly after three sisters and their respective grooms arrived at a wedding venue in Ujjain for their joint marriage ceremony, according to Times Now News. Despite the power outage causing the venue to go dark, the couples decided to proceed with their nuptials and in the "confusion" almost switched wedding parties.

Coal shortages have caused widespread power outages and power cuts throughout India, the BBC reported. Since the beginning of April, more than 21,000 people across 322 districts have reported experiencing outages of "two hours or more each day," one survey revealed.

The outages are "hurting economic activity," said NBC, and the country's railway ministry has been forced to cancel hundreds of trains.

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A power outage in Madhya Pradesh, India, nearly caused two brides to marry each other's grooms. Above, a representation of a traditional Indian wedding ceremony. Pintu Vishwakarma/istock

The darkness, coupled with the fact that all three brides wore identical dresses, caused "confusion" among two of the grooms, who wound up accidentally sitting beside each other's brides as the ceremony began. Thankfully, the error was spotted before each couple performed a ritual known as the seven circumambulations or "Saat Phere."

During the Saat Phere, a bride and groom exchange seven "sacred vows" to one another as they walk around a ring of "holy fire," explained Wedding Wire India. Each vow, or "Phera," has its own meaning. For example, the first vow is a "prayer to the Lord for provision and nourishment." Meanwhile, the seventh vow is a prayer for "love and friendship."

"The vows and the way they are performed are different for different cultures and religions, but the significance remains the same," the website explained. "While the core meanings of these Pheras have remained unchanged over the years, new-age couples are experimenting with a lot of ideas to make their wedding fun, and that includes making the seven vows quirky and fun as well."

Once a bride and groom have exchanged the seven vows they are officially man and wife, according to Times Now News, which is why it was so fortunate that last week's blunder was caught before the ritual was performed.

Of course, Thursday's misunderstanding isn't the first bizarre wedding story to make headlines in the past year. Last summer, a man in India called off his wedding shortly before the ceremony started because the bride's family didn't prepare the meal he wanted. That same month, an Indian bride refused to go through with her marriage after she learned her husband-to-be needed glasses to read the paper.

And last May, a woman married a wedding guest after her groom "unexpectedly disappeared."