One of the greatest celebrations of life’s joys has to be the wedding of two people in love. In fact, only a few days ago did two of my best friends (who happen to have been committed to one another for nine years) tie the knot in one of the greatest weddings I think I’ll ever witness.
While the standard cliché is that I always cry at weddings (and I’ll admit to crying at weddings, ’cause I’m a man and men can cry too), I’ve noticed that weddings also always bring about lots of smiles. More than just a standard smile, I’m talking everyone in the area with an ear-to-ear grin, and more merriment than you’d see in any movie featuring Robin Hood and his Merry Men.
So why exactly are weddings fun? Well, if you have to ask that question you obviously haven’t been to a wedding, ever. Weddings pervade our society and have for thousands of years, perhaps even before the written word. Every girl I have ever gone on a date with has fantasized since she was a child about her wedding, and for better or worse most have shared that on the first date (a tip for single women in the dating world: don’t bring up marriage on the first date!).
Weddings are such a classic expression of love, and I don’t see anything changing that ever, although I find it fascinating how much they’ve changed over the centuries. For example, diamond engagement rings seem pretty standard, right? They seem like one of those, “always been, always will be” type of things. But, it turns out the diamond engagement ring is actually a quite recent addition to the ceremony of matrimony, coming into popularity in the late 1400’s (and if you think 600-odd years is a long time ago, consider that the first recorded use of wedding rings is from 2,800 BC!). Another shockingly recent arrival on the wedding scene is the Bridal Registry. It seems rather odd, but these didn’t come into being until 1924! That’s a shock as registries seem like such an incredible no-brainer.
Now I’m not advocating marrying some random person off the street, but if you know and love the person you’ve been with for years, perhaps it’s time you did decide to get hitched. Do feel free to invite me. Oh, and definitely go for anything chocolate when it comes to the cake. People love chocolate.