The numbers are in for the royal wedding; an estimated 28.4 million viewers tuned in to watch Meghan and Harry tie the knot in the UK alone. I messaged our friends in England to see if they would be going into London to watch the fan fare. His response? An emphatic “Absolutely not!” The day of the wedding I received this message, “Ok. So we are watching the wedding after all. Sitting here with ...mum and dad and some flags.” My response? “ I knew you would cave!”
I tuned in to see her dress and quickly lost interest to be honest. I allowed our daughter’s to stay home from school for his brother’s wedding until the “kiss” and then shuttled them to class. Our oldest daughter, Alyssa, is studying in England and I don’t know if she watched and our younger daughter, Mia, like me, only watched to see the dress. The fan fare and frivolity and expense involved is tragically fascinating. The plans for the future weddings of our daughters will be simple and involve as few people as possible, the best food and drink and fun music somewhere happy like our home garden or the garden of our future son-in-law’s. parent’s home. The girls each want to wear my dress (or at least a revamped version of it) and my exquisite veil.
Weddings are about the couple, not the fan fare or “show off” money. A wedding day is about feeling regal no matter your circumstances. A bride and groom should truly feel like royal wedding figures. On our wedding day, nearly 25 years ago, the roses were from my mother’s garden and my husband, Russell, and selected the wines ourselves from Napa Valley wineries we found on sale. I helped set up tables at the community center hall and was disappointed in the DJ who was a bit of an idiot.
If I had the entire day to do again? I would keep our ceremony and skip the reception. I would have had champagne for all attending the service and then taken 20 of our favorite people out to an incredible and fun restaurant somewhere close by. One other thing? Why on earth do brides have a “going away outfit?” Why is that a “thing?” In the whole of a woman’s life she will NEVER look as lovely as on her wedding or wear anything as stunning as her wedding dress; why change? For goodness sake! Wear that gorgeousness as long as possible!
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