Just as style guides differ in the correct way to write the plural of "do" and "don't," wedding guests are divided into people who DO enjoy a little humor during the ceremony and those who DON'T. And are perhaps further divided when that humor is intentional versus accidental. There's a broad range of what people find funny at weddings and receptions.
I love the candid moments that make a wedding day unique and memorable. I admit to preferring the unplanned and harmless humorous moments the best. I don't want anyone's day ruined. In fact, I can hardly stand watching the wedding scenes of America's Funniest Home Videos. Give the girl $10K or stop traumatizing her already!
A flower girl running down the aisle, merrily pulling every artfully placed floral arrangement off each church pew as she rushes to the front. Um, no, I don't find that one so funny.
But, I LOVE the little girls who clearly didn't realize what being a flower girl meant (how could they?) and have now decidedly changed their minds. Right. Now. Andwanttositwithgrandma.
Very sweet. You can always count on the unpredictability of children.
Pets can bring some funny moments to the big day. Your lap is your lap. They don't care it's covered in imported silk. They may learn silk tastes DELICIOUS. And hey! Now they've got your attention. Win-win, right?
Let's not even start with horses and grand entrances.
There have been cake incidents. Sometimes with the cake itself - maybe it's a late arrival or a leaning tower or a switcharoo groom's cake that the bride didn't pre-approve (LOVE those).
Or maybe it's the moment the bride and groom dole out a petite bite for each other. "What? We weren't supposed to smash it into each other's faces? Oops! Hope your makeup and hair are ok....you look better natural anyway. What? Not the right thing to say?"
Punch. Spiking. Don't.
Groomsmen are known for their IMpractical jokes. Really gentlemen, the bride has enough to worry about. Tone it down a bit.
Lighting candles and assembling crosses. Yes, someone came up with the idea to ASSEMBLE A CROSS during the wedding. I've seen it a few times and I love the thought of that cross gracing the couple's wall or mantle. But, I'm not good at assembling things! Much less when stressed!
Outdoor weddings. Weather in general. Traveling. Football season.
How I hold my breath and look around when they ask if anyone objects. It's the writer in me. I can't help it. I always think someone is about to raise their hand or jump up to denounce the union.
And wedding pictures have evolved into personalized vignettes...a T Rex chasing the wedding party (LOVE!) to bridesmaids showing buttocks (appreciate the irreverence, but I'm undecided on it).
The dance floor is a memory waiting to happen. Hopefully a memory which doesn't involve a visit to the emergency room.
The toasts. Enough said.
Things the bride and groom forget to say or do. Things they say or do but shouldn't. Things happening between the groomsmen and the bridesmaids. Parents. Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties.
My own engagement lasted 2 days, which could be considered funny in itself. Especially if you saw me try to find a ring and a dress....
My dear husband proposed on a Monday and on Wednesday we married. He took me quite seriously when I said, "I wish we could just get married on this cruise and not have to do the whole wedding thing." We married on a beach and it was just us and a clergyman in a private moment of devotion. I got what I wanted, just as any bride should on her big day. I just happened to want a not-so-big day.
Of course, despite the casual nature of our wedding, we still had a few mildly humorous moments...like the fact that our taxi driver was also our witness and photographer. And a good sport!
Do any funny moments come to mind from weddings you've attended? How about your own? Say goodbye to any remnant of St. Nick in favor of St. Valentine by sharing a good wedding story laugh!