June 2013 Editor's Note: It's Showtime!
Author: Maggie Washo
I’ve been to many weddings—I’ve almost had a few of my own, but that’s a story for another day.
What is so grand about weddings today is all of the personal touches Millennials are incorporating into their big day. Today’s wedding is a show, a big production number with choreographed dances, fireworks and hilarious surprises. Gone is the degrading dollar dance, the tasteless garter removal and the revolting bouquet toss.
In the past two or three years, I’ve had three very close girlfriends get married (well, one is actually in the planning stages as we speak), and watching them inject their unique personalities into their special day was splendid.
Ashton, currently in the planning stages, incorporated her fiancée’s favorite activity (with a fun play on words) into her Save the Date, which was a big surprise for everyone, because Ashton is pretty much the “girliest” girl you’ll ever meet.
My friend Morgan brought the house down with a karaoke-style rendition of Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman” at the end of her big day. Then, as the guests exited Windows on the Waterway, they were handed cookies (in the shape of flip-flops) and milk for a bedtime snack.
Lindsey and Brad’s stunning nuptials happened last November at the Ringling Brothers Museum in Sarasota, Fla. The couple wrote their own vows, and after Brad recited his, there was not a dry eye in the place. “I have just a few things to say as well,” said Lindsey when it was her turn. Having the forethought to know we all might need some comic relief at that point, she pulled out a scroll, which rolled down the aisle to the delight of onlookers.
The second surprise of the evening came during the reception, when it was time for Brad and his mom to take the dance floor. The strains of Carol King’s “Child of Mine” filled the air, and everyone looked on as the typical mom and son dance commenced.
Then suddenly, mid-tune, the music changed to Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and the two were wearing sunglasses and busting out moves “no one’s ever seen before.” Even the bride wasn’t privy to that little secret!
In closing, I wish you all an enjoyable wedding season, whether you are attending several or planning for one. And remember, these days, the bride & groom don’t want monogrammed towels. Get out your checkbook and help give them a honeymoon they’ll remember.