The sign in question was displayed at the wedding of Rebecca and Jack. The sign prominently read "Becca's Wedding" in large, italicized letters, followed by a much smaller "Featuring Jack" below it. The playful implication? That the groom, Jack, played only a minor role in his own wedding, overshadowed by the bride, Rebecca.
Many found the sign to be a light-hearted joke, laughing at the cheeky humor. However, not everyone was amused. Some critics on social media platforms like Twitter and TikTok felt the sign was in poor taste, suggesting that it belittled the groom.
In response to the controversy, Bex McMonagle, the officiant responsible for both the sign and the viral TikTok post, spoke to Newsweek. McMonagle, a former TV producer, explained her approach to wedding ceremonies. She aims to offer couples "funny, unique, and personal wedding ceremonies that are especially memorable." According to her, traditional wedding ceremonies can often be the most tedious part of the celebration. She seeks couples looking for something different, not overly traditional, but a wedding that feels true to them.
Addressing the negative feedback, McMonagle expressed surprise. She emphasized that the sign was clearly meant as a joke. She assured that if Jack had felt uncomfortable or disrespected in any way, Rebecca would not have displayed the sign. Ultimately, she believes that humor is subjective, and what's funny to one person might not be to another.