My submission for the perfect bride is my cousin. “Tamantha” got married in 2002 to her longtime significant other “Wade”. Since Tamth’s (my personal nickname for her) lost her parents several years before, I wanted to help and make sure all went well without stepping on toes or crossing too many lines.
I need not have worried. Tamth was in her very early 40’s and knew just what she wanted and she got it. She handled the problems with her MOH (quite the prima dona!) with grace and humor. During the ceremony her niece (who was standing up for her) started to cry, but Tamth just calmly handed her a tissue and turned back to the minister.
At the reception, her new MIL was urging the newlyweds to cut the cake and start the meal. Tamth simply smiled, said “Thank you for all you’ve done for us, but I have guests that I haven’t had a chance to talk to yet. We’ll eat in a half hour. If anyone leaves before then, I can’t stop them, but I have to talk to my guests. Some of these people I haven’t seen since either Mom or Dad’s funerals. I hope you don’t mind, but I won’t start until after I’ve seen to them.”
I almost cheered! It was only 4:30 in the afternoon! It wasn’t necessary to start the meal so early. Her MIL backed down and no one left early.
Tamth and Wade had a great reception and dance, even though her MOH left at 10:30 PM. That looked awful, but by then everyone figured out Tamth’s MOH was just a jealous, bitter woman who kept losing the men in her life by being too clingy.
I was so proud of my cousin for taking care of us and think she should be honored as a Perfect Bride. 01-02-09