I was watching a rerun of “How I Met Your Mother” the other night, and it was the one where Lilly and Marshall score their coveted wedding venue by taking the date of a cancellation. The caveat: they only had two months to plan everything, and Lilly wanted to hear the band before hiring them to make sure they could play ‘their song.’
Imagine if you had two months to plan a cocktail party. With that much time, you could revise the hors d’oeuvres menu 20 times over, make room for additional guests, and add music to your iPod minutes before anyone arrived. But when it comes to a wedding, a bride’s eyes become inverted clocks, and all they can see are the minutes ticking away…minutes they need to get everything in order for the big day.
I found myself thinking, ‘Lilly, if you only have two months to get this wedding planned, don’t you think you should just snatch up the band before someone else books them?’ But that wasn’t good enough for her. She insisted on hearing them, and snuck into a high school prom in New Jersey in order to do so. I couldn’t help but wonder how many other brides…real life brides…have done similarly maniacal things, like flashing a smile and their ‘get out of jail–because I’m a bride–free card’ to get what they want. Sheesh, first they get to register for gifts, and now they can get away with anything? Maybe this bride thing isn’t half bad!
Have you been an unusually crazy bride, or had to sit on the sidelines as a friend went from innocent to a white-clad devil in disguise? We’d love to hear your pre- or post-nuptial stories…for better, or for worse!