Groom Forgets to Book Venue, Freaks, Calls in Bomb Threat He phoned in threat after forgetting to book venue By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Oct 22, 2013 12:39 PM CDT 12 comments Comments (Shutterstock) (Newser) – The BBC and AP provide the details on a tale of wedding-day craziness in Britain: Problem: The day before he was supposed to get married in Liverpool's St. George's Hall, Neil McCardle realized he had forgotten to actually book the place. Solution: He sat on this nugget of information until the next day—his wedding day—then phoned in a bomb threat to the venue. Success: The ploy, coming less than two weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing, worked like a charm as police evacuated the building. (This resulted in McCardle's would-be bride standing in a street in her wedding dress.) Failure: Police traced the call to McCardle that same day, and he confessed and apologized. A judge yesterday sentenced him to a year in jail. So true: "If it wasn't so serious, the facts of this case have all the markings of a comedy," said his lawyer in court. Love endures: The couple is still together, though apparently still unwed.