Last night I dreamt I ate a ten pound marshmallow. When I woke up the pillow was gone.

~ Tommy Cooper ~

Funny Wedding Thoughts

October 31st, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 52 secs

Why are weddings so special?

What is it about a wedding? All the hoopla about sending the couple off on their new adventure together. Then, mere weeks later, it’s back to work as usual. Special treatment finishes, budgets blown, and the new bride’s parents are left counting the cost for a wedding that could have put them in debt.

Of course,  it is wonderful to celebrate a couple’s love. Who can dismiss that? It’s the only time such a public show of support for two people’s couplehood occurs. Plus, a wedding certainly has its fringe benefits..  Not least, the food!

You can thank the power of a wedding ceremony for its ability to bring out the best in chefs, family cooks, and willing friends. Wedding tables, groaning with delicious dishes, provide delight for guests and imprint memories.  Who doesn’t fondly recall childhood recollections of family generosity, great celebration, and happy moments?

But, wait a minute. Surely there are times in every wedding when everything isn’t exactly smooth sailing. There are disagreements about dresses, and debates about the reception. Not to mention the debacle about Uncle Albert and his questionable habits (who later turns up at the wedding wearing his slippers).

I distinctly recall the bride at one wedding flying into a full-scale rage when a few footloose fellows brought her car’s backseat into the wedding reception for a joke. Or, the relatives who arrive late, teary and upset, because they’ve just been fighting. That’s all part of weddings too.

And I haven’t even mentioned the treatment given to the going away vehicle. Rotting fish hidden in the hubcaps was one old trick. Plus confetti in the air vents. Pranks and embarrassing shenanigans are, after all, standard fare at  many a wedding.

There are so many sensible reasons why focusing more on life thereafter and not the wedding makes sense too. There are obvious financial factors, aren’t there? But I think the most telling thing is that couples spend more effort and expense on their ceremony than developing their long-term relationship. To me, that’s crazy.

Yet, there is something about a wedding that is incredibly moving and inspiring. A big one, for instance, can even stop a nation.

We love what the marriage ceremony symbolizes. That two people defying the odds, with all the challenges modern life brings, can declare their love publicly (from the rooftops if need be). We want the kind of love that commits rather than wishes. Love like that is the highpoint many of us aspire to, and there is no more potent symbol of dedication than a wedding. Mazel tov!


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