World of Warcraft is known for its dedicated fan base, and we do mean dedicated. That South Park episode parodying how much players invest in the game isn't much of an exaggeration for some people.
Regardless of your addiction level, the game offers a virtual world where you can form complex relationships and alliances with your fellow players. Marriage is just the next step.
WoW doesn't have an official system to link two characters or accounts in digital matrimony, but that hasn't stopped some players from getting hitched anyway. In fact, some guilds manage to pull off some pretty swanky events, and just like IRL (in real life, for you non-gamers), the wedding ceremonies usually end with some serious partying.
Here are our top seven picks for WoW weddings: the good, the bad and the ridiculous. Let us know your favorite in the comments below.
1. The Beautiful Ceremony
Here we have a beautiful World of Warcraft wedding video made by YouTube user Spotcats. As silly as it may seem, this is actually an awesome video, complete with a heartwarming soundtrack (the ceremony is set to "From This Moment On" by Shania Twain classic and the reception includes "A Matter of Trust" by Billy Joel).
Nicely done, Spotcats.
2. The Wedding Crashers
When these two wedding crashers stumble upon what they think is a role-play wedding, they watch the ceremony, take part in a fireworks celebration and then one of them jokingly objects.
Then they discover that the couple had actually met through WoW and were getting married in real life. Oopsie.
3. The Irreverent Celebration
Warning: NSFW language.
Most of this ceremony is in Swedish, but it doesn't take a linguist to realize that this is the least religious ceremony to ever take place, especially when the groom motorboats the bride and whole wedding party goes for a "sexy" dip in a nearby fountain.
Other highlights include a lot of celebratory fistpumping, the mourning of a dead squirrel and the priest's weird dirty dancing when the group goes to celebrate.
4. The Unruly Guest
This is actually quite a lovely video, with the possible exception of the gnome who keeps trying to mack on the bride and is insulted when she actually goes through with the wedding. This is a good example for why you should be very selective when inviting people to your fake wedding.
5. The Dragon-Bearers
Here's another set of crashers, with a twist. When this group decided they wanted to crash the wedding, they knew there was only one way to go: dragons.
Watch them get accustomed to their new dragon bodies, troll the wedding and then start an orgy with the other guests. Now isn't that the strangest sentence you've ever read?
6. The Matrimonial Massacre
It started out like a fairytale a dream wedding in the picturesque Stormwind Cathedral ... until a horde raids the party and kills everyone involved. We apologize for any Red Wedding-related flashbacks this may have caused.
7. The Wedding Singers
While this couple chose a lovely spot for their nuptials, we can't help but doubt their music choices. The epic battle march in the opening shots seemed out of place that is, until we heard Barry White playing during the ceremony, which drained the romance and instead made it seem like stuff was about to get weird.
The best moment, however, has to be the heartfelt duet to Aerosmith's "Don't Want to Miss a Thing" between the bride and groom. Now that's a touching moment we're glad we didn't miss.
Mashable composite: image courtesy of Flickr, sobcontrollers