Andrea Petrou writes:Everyone has a story about a wedding guest they have met…perhaps they have laughed about the drunken uncle that dances like a chicken, complete with the wing flapping, or met the cousin that tells everyone he meets on the dance floor he’ll kill the groom if he hurts the bride. A worrying threat if it wasn’t accompanied by poor Soprano’s style acting and drops of drunken slurring for good measure.
Or perhaps it’s the best man, who sits in the corner mourning the loss of his best friend to the evil woman who has stolen his heart, his weekends of football and drunken weekdays out. If you’re a fan of Gavin and Stacey, you’ll know exactly what we mean.
While all these paint typical caricatures of the typical guests, which we can have a good giggle about for a least until the end of our wedding hangovers, there are other guests that stand out that little bit more. In a new series here on Bridalwave we’ll be bringing you a taste of them all.
Read on for the first in the series: the “soon-to-be-married guests”…
Namely the couple who are getting married a few weeks or months after the current bride and groom. Even though they have been happily planning their big day, sharing a few tips with the current bride, the day at this wedding is a totally different story.
For these couples the wedding is not just about love, it’s also about war as they struggle to keep up with the wedding Jones’s.
Just last month my other half and I had the pleasure of attending a colleagues wedding. Thrown together with a few couples we didn’t know, the only option was to make the dreaded small talk, which started with the very original “How do you know the bride?”
“We’ve been friends since we were three” gushed the girl next to me.
Pleased we hadn’t been seated next to the couple equivalent of Beavus and Butthead the champagne driven conversation flowed along nicely, until the gushing girl, who I had begun picturing having coffee with on a social basis, turned into something that can only be described as vicious.
Suddenly in her eyes everything was wrong about this wedding. The fizzy water was flat and the still water had obviously been fetched from the hotel pool as it tasted so strongly of chlorine.
And it didn’t stop there. Suddenly the couple at the other end of our table, which gushing girl had not even acknowledged, were the most important people on the earth. But she couldn’t see them over the “massive table display” that looked like “a bush someone had stolen and plonked on the table.”
“My flowers won’t be anything like that mess,” she claimed before picking up the florist’s business card and tucking it safely in her bag. “And my hair won’t be as wild as the brides”, while nudging her other half to take a picture of the happy couple, with particular instructions to zoom in on the brides hair and tiara.
Even the band, which could have been a finalist in X-Factor was “flat and lifeless.”
A few weeks later, while sifting through my newly married colleague’s pictures on Facebook, a familiar wedding scene caught my eye. However, underneath the wild hair and amongst the bushes on the table stood gushing girl.
So if your friend is getting married a little while after you its worth remembering that she may be closer to you than Batman is to Robin but, like any bride, she will want her day to be better than yours. And as guests it seems this type is something we will have to get used to as the tug of tiara war continues to rage.