With my daughter’s wedding taking place in, ooh, a little under two months’ time, this Wednesday’s ‘w’ could only mean one thing to me as it’s an occasion I’m delighted about and greatly looking forwards to. Except for the four o’clock in the morning worries when I have a fret about everyone turning up on time and doing what they’re supposed to do – and I don’t mean the bride and groom. So long as everyone remembers this is Their Special Day, I’ll be happy – and no one will get to meet MoBzilla so they’ll be happy too.
Having studied some social anthropology, I’m very interested in the rituals and traditions of rites of passage (I’m also fascinated by borders and geographical locations on the ‘edge of places’ hence my penchant for setting my books by the coast, but that’s another story!). One of the rituals I’ll be carrying out for my daughter before she sets off to her wedding is helping her dress. In preparation, I’ve been studying YouTube clips to see how to lace up a wedding dress and how to arrange a veil (if only YouTube had been around when my daughter was born – I might have felt less at sea as a new mum!).
I also asked one of the young women at my hairdressers who’d recently got married, how long it had taken her to get ready. ‘Oh not long,’ she said, ‘my sister helped. Although it wasn’t until I saw the photos that I saw she’d laced the dress up wrong and got fake tan on the back of it.’ Eeek! And the veil? ‘That blew off as soon as I got out the car,’ she said. ‘But I had a lovely day!’
And that’s the point, isn’t it? Wedding days come and go and if something isn’t perfect, it doesn’t matter so long as the bride and groom are happy. So do feel free to share your triumphs and disasters…then this MoBzilla can know what to look out for!