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I have really enjoyed your site! It is very entertaining. I'm not too sure if the category fits the occasion, but here's an interesting tale.... My brother's stepdaughter got married a few years ago, I'll call her Kelly. He was divorced from Kelly's mother a year before (I'll call her Wilma). My brother, Will, felt honored to be involved in the wedding because he basically raised Kelly and loved her as his own. My mom and I were invited as family and were happy to attend.
The event was at a very elegant venue with all the trimmings. It was a picture perfect wedding except for one jaw-dropping surprise. It was held at a glorious two story ante-bellum style mansion. It was tastefully decorated with flowers and candles and crystal sparkling everywhere. There were no seating arrangements for the guests, and no ushers. My mom thought that odd, but we didn't have a problem finding a place to sit. We didn't see Wilma, but figured maybe she was upstairs with last minute arrangements for the bride. We didn't give it another thought at the time. The main room had a sweeping, curved staircase that the bride was to walk down and join Will, who was to give her away (or so we thought!). The processional was like a fairy tale. One BM after the other came down the stairs to a string quartet's beautiful music.
Then the moment we had all been waiting for... The Bride! The music built up to an exciting crescendo, we all stood up in anticipation....Then she appears at the top of the stairs-- all smiling and radiant... but wait! What's this? TWO brides? Can it be? No... its her MOTHER !(Wilma) in a long white sparkling wedding gown holding the arm of her daughter, in a long white beautiful wedding gown as well! The deciding difference was the bride had a veil and big bouquet. Wilma had a small yet sparkling tiara and BM bouquet.... They eased down the staircase to the amazement of us all. We thought we were seeing double!! Kelly joined up with Will for the walk down the aisle. Will was looking a little baffled as Wilma took Kelly's other side and the trio proceeded to walk to the altar. It was quite a bizarre sight, one gentleman and two "brides"...
The pastor did the usual asking of "Who gives this woman away" and first Will said, "I do," then Wilma said the same. Will hugged Kelly, then walked away and sat by his current wife. Wilma just stepped a few feet away next to the MOH for the rest of the ceremony (which went beautifully). I was sitting a few rows in back of Will, and could see his head shaking in embarrassment throughout the entire ceremony. My mom and I had to stifle the giggles, and that took quite an effort. After the announcement of Husband and Wife , Kelly and Josh (new hubby) walked out together, with Wilma close behind (alone), then the rest of the bridal party followed. Afterwards, my mother mentioned to Wilma (her ex-DIL) that the staircase processional was beautiful, and what a surprise to see Wilma with Kelly! Wilma explained that she always wanted to have a big fancy wedding but couldn't afford one until now, and thought it would be a fun surprise for everyone. My mom was appalled but replied in some tactful way. Wilma's new (third) hubby was hiding in corners behind large flower arrangements during the whole process. Bless his heart.
I later asked my brother, Will , if he was aware of what was going to happen. I thought he was privy to the proceedings since the night before there was the usual rehearsal and all. He said that the bride's mom stood in for her during the rehearsal (something about bad luck). But he had no idea Wilma would be marching down the aisle with him and the bride. The rest of the evening went fine, Kelly was very gracious and sweet. Josh, her new hubby was apparently very happy. She said she was a bit surprised by what her mom did as well. She said she should have gotten an inkling when Wilma tried on dresses at the wedding boutiques with her. But she was told, "It's just for fun"! We never heard about any "fallout" later. Our family isn't in that loop anymore. Knowing Kelly, all was forgiven. What a classy gal.
Many e-hellions have seen plenty of extremely tacky methods of having a wedding beyond the HC's means, and now here's a new way to have the wedding you've always dreamed of but couldn't afford: Simply hijack someone else's!