Panicked groom Neil McArdle made a fake bomb call to his own wedding venue after he realized that he had forgotten to book it in the first place.
McArdle and his fiancée had planned to marry at the historic St. George’s Hall in Liverpool.
The 36-year-old called the receptionist at St. George’s on the day he was meant to be married, saying that a bomb would go off 45 minutes after his call. After the false report McArdle immediately hung up.
Receptionist Marie Harnick said he hung up too quickly to ask questions. She contacted her supervisor, who told her to evacuate the building.
McArdle’s fiancée Amy Williams arrived at St. George’s to get ready for the ceremony, only to find that the entire building had been evacuated and was being investigated by bomb disposal units.
“The building was immediately evacuated of all staff and visitors and a search lasting over an hour was conducted,” a Merseyside police spokesperson said.
McArdle later claimed that he tried to call St. George’s again to clear up the accusation, though no one answered the phone.
On Thursday, McArdle pleaded guilty to a single count of communicating false information with intent. He will be sentenced later this month.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the couple is not married but still in a relationship.