My youngest daughter ( who is the apple of our eye) recently got married to a fine young man from South Africa. We could not ask for a better husband for her so I guess I will just have to get over these things that happened, although I still shudder when I remember them. We really went all out for this wedding since this was our baby and our last one. Her older sisters helped, too. We tried to make it her dream wedding and spent a small fortune on it although we are not wealthy people. Everything was great . People came from all over the US, plus Africa, Australia and Sweden for the wedding . The wedding rehearsal dinner ( which we paid for most of that, since the Groom’s Mom is a widow ) and all the parties were beautiful and went off without a hitch.
Then came the wedding day. I spent most of the day at the site making sure the caters and wedding planner got everything right and it was beautiful. Then the wedding party started to arrive at the site. First of all the Groom’s Mother was smashed when she got there and proceeded to get worse as the evening wore on. She would not listen to anything the wedding planner told her. When the wedding was suppose to start and they started to escort her in we could not find her, then discovered she was stumbling around in the wedding venue talking to the seated quests. Then she told the wedding planner her friend had to be seated up front with her and her “friend” was a young girl that she had met in the bar and she took her down the aisle with her and they were carrying glasses of wine. I found all this out after the ceremony. She then proceeded to the reception where she hit on every young guy there. Then my new son-in-law’s ‘s best man stood up and gave a speech and started to talk about all the great sex they were going to have. My husband was livid and wanted to hit him. Then one of the guys later on during rehearsal took off his pants and shirt and started walking around and we found this out when our photographer sent us our $3000 PICTURES AND HE HAD SHOOT ABOUT 5 PICTURES OF HIM.
To top it all off all of my family was there ( they are all very religious) and they just started leaving. I don’t blame them since I wanted to leave myself. I realize these people are from another country and have different customs, but come on . Show some class. Anyway you can bet it was an occasion I will never forget, but for the wrong reasons. 0822-08