Men really don’t understand the importance women put on their wedding day. I mean, we can’t help it. From the moment we are born, everyone is telling us that our wedding day will be the happiest day of our lives. And since we tend to do it at a relatively young age, well, then that means life is all down from there.
So since there really is nothing left to live for, we should be excused from being a little bit weird in the planning.
For our wedding, we tried to be low key and keep craziness to a relative minimum. John really didn’t care about anything except for the fact that he did not, I repeat, did not want those sappy “LOVE” stamps on our wedding invitations. So we picked stamps that we both liked:
Yes, we had pictures of Arctic Explorers on our wedding invitations. Surprisingly, I did not hear a single joke about my being or becoming frigid. Nope, nobody, not a soul commented on it. [Had I gotten an invitation with that stamp on it, I would still be making jokes about it, 26 years later. Our friends and family are way nicer than I am.]
There are a few things surrounding my wedding that I do feel bad about, though.
John and I got married in 1986 in September. I feel guilty about the fact that it was really hot out that day. John had wanted to get married in October, but that coincided with a big work project of mine, so I said no, we’ll do it in late September. It’ll be very cool by September 20, I assured him. It was approximately 180 degrees “cool.” In many of our pictures, John is sweating bullets and I’m pretty sure he was not terrified of marrying me. I don’t think. Although it never occurred to me to ask him.
I also feel guilty about the fact that our church and our reception hall were in different states. You see, we got married in the church where John’s parents had been married 41 years earlier. It seemed like a good omen. Plus it is a beautiful stone church. I was game. But it was a long way in between the two places.
Our reception was also in a really beautiful place. Plus we could afford to rent it out on our tight budget. It didn’t occur to us that the fact that the two places were a zillion miles apart might be a problem. But we have good friends and they made the trek. Family did too, but they had to. They were family.
If it had been up to me, I also probably would have had regular music, but, remember, John and I have different tastes, and he chose the music.
Yes, we had a bagpiper, although not this one. And John, who went to college in Scotland threatened to wear a kilt. Having a piper was OK, though. We didn’t know anybody in the neighborhood.
But we didn’t really demand much of our guests. We wanted them to share our day, have a good time, and enjoy themselves and each other.
Isn’t that what most people want from their wedding guests? Isn’t that why we invite them?
It would never have occurred to me to make other, more, well, personal requests.
Today I had lunch with my old friend Keily, who was one of my bridesmaids. Her son recently got married in Brazil and she was showing me pictures of the festivities. So it got me thinking about weddings, naturally, and about mine.
And then I happened upon this article about a bride who is asking way more of her guests than I certainly would have asked. She want’s them to do a three-week colon cleanse before her wedding day so that they will all look their best.
“Health guru” to the stars Rainbeau Mars will soon tie the knot with Hollywood business manager Michael Karlin, and she’s making one huge request: Each of her guests must do a three-week cleanse before her Big Day.
According to an email from her publicist, “Rainbeau hopes that by requesting her guests try out a vegan, and subsequently live food diet for 21 days, everyone will look and feel their best for HER big day.”
So I’m going to stop feeling bad about making people drive so far and about the heat and the piper. Because I stopped short of requiring bowel cleansing in my guests. I was, apparently, the perfect bride.