A couple in Thailand was recently married. Instead of a quiet ceremony with their nearest and dearest friends and family, officiated by their clergy of choice, at home or in a far-flung destination, this couple decided to go big.
Maybe she was a Bridezilla. Maybe he was a Groomzilla. Or maybe they were both very, very nice people. Maybe it was a display of wealth or maybe they just wanted to celebrate good times, come on.
Regardless of the reason, the newlyweds – and the rest of the world – can now look through a sample of their wedding album chronicling a special day featuring 126 bridesmaids. You read that right. 126 bridesmaids. All wearing the same matching outfits. The groom had a much smaller entourage of 25 friends at his side. And there were more participants – 20 page boys and 23 flower girls.
That wedding was in Thailand, but wedding madness is a trend in America too. It doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere. With shows like Bridezillas, My Fair Wedding, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, there’s an entire industry telling couples that marital bliss can be found with a kick-start of a day that’s filled with a theatrical spectacle and enough cash dropped to pay for a house. But take a look back at Thailand – what do you see?
Many of the people in the wedding party, in the photo below, do not look like they’re having fun. Is this day, and this photo, really expressing the celebration known as a wedding? Do you see faces that look like they’re at a party or a funeral? Are they celebrating love, joy, happiness, commitment or fidelity?
Contrast the Thailand photo with another.
Here’s Brandon Blackstock and Kelly Clarkson, just married, during a small ceremony on a farm in Tennessee. What’s this picture tell you?