It's official, my brother's a married man and I couldn't be happier for him. Sarah is a fantastic woman. But, I can tell you this, if I ever get married my missus and I are eloping. We'll throw a party when we get back.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not throwing sour grapes at the newlyweds instead of blowing bubbles, but weddings seem like a ton of work for the bride and groom and only exacerbate an already stressful situation.
Why not just throw a party for family and friends after a trip out to Vegas? An invitation along the lines of, "Hi, the new Mr. & Mrs. So-And-So invite you to celebrate their recent marriage at such-and-such place on such-and-such date. No RSVP required. Dress Casual. Food, Drinks, Entertainment & Speeches to be provided."
No formalities. No bridesmaids or groomsmen. No wondering who's being left out or who's going to show up. No expensive ceremony. No possibilities of cold feet. No wondering if everybody is going to be where they're supposed to be and be there on time. No extensive planning. No worrying. No tension. Just a happy day to celebrate a joyous occasion.
Of course, in this Utopia, monkeys fly out of our enemy's butts casting forth rainbows and magical winning lottery tickets.
Weddings always seem to be surrounded by too much expectation. While really it's just about two people sharing their union with the people they hold dear, nothing more. The concept is simple, it's the formalities that drift toward complication.
I am thrilled for my brother and his wife. And I am glad the blessed day is over. Love seems so much less stressful when it just goes instead of must go according to plan. At least that's my opinion. What's yours?
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