My biggest concerns in watching yesterday’s Good Morning America segment on Single Bridezillas were as follows:
1) Would the producers make me look like a complete lunatic?
2) Would I look fat in my grandmother’s wedding dress (or worse: fat in the $12 reception dress I scored at Jomar’s)?
3) Would the sight of me in not one but two wedding dresses send The Wedding Date running for the hills?
24 hours later, I’m happy to report that I did not look like a complete lunatic (half lunatic, maybe, but not complete), that I looked “very pretty” according to one of my five year olds (and “skinny” according to the mother of one of my high school students) and that The Wedding Date did not go running for the hills, even when several of his friends texted him to say, “I just saw you on Good Morning America! Is that the girl?”
(They showed three pictures of us together. Three!)
Being rather new to the media circus, however (whoops—did I say “circus?” I meant “circuit”), I had no idea that the story would be “picked up,” first by Jezebel and then The Daily Mail. (Thanks, by the way, to everyone who has been posting the follow up stories on Facebook.)
This is why my concerns over the segment were rather benign. What I should have been concerned about were the comments that followed.
Here are a few of my favorites:
“I can see why they have to be already planning their weddings while single; who’s going to marry them!”
– Lorena, SC, USA
(Evidently Lorena has yet to embrace the question mark.)
“Talk about desperate. Plus, isn’t a wedding as much a groom’s big day as the woman’s?”
– VCHorseGuy, CA USA
(Yes, because men are known for their love of wedding planning. Show me a man who doesn’t love talking centerpieces. And bouquets. And cakes and processional music and bridesmaids dresses.)
“In a word, FREAKS. Any women that even half thinks like this you need to RUN AWAY from as soon as possible. They should plan to get a date, and plan to get a life first. Bunny boilers.”
– EUSSR, London
(Bunny boilers? Really? Besides, last I checked, I have actually have a date, and a life come to think of it. Then again, I suppose said life would be a whole lot richer and more exciting if I had the time to sit around commenting on other people’s quirks.)
“[The Wedding Date] and Travis [the boyfriend of the other “Single Bridezilla” featured in the segment] should run away so fast they leave a trail of dust in their wake. They would be completely superfluous to these women if they weren’t needed to wear a suit and show up at the wedding. The only part of the wedding day (ceremony and celebration afterwards) that is of any real importance is the marriage vows and what they mean, and these women don’t seem to be thinking of those at all.”
– Ab, USA
(What? Vows? Shoot! I guess I should have started working on those years ago. Obviously I’ll make them nice and generic so I can just “insert groom here” like Kim Kardashian.)
And finally, my personal favorite:
“Wow, that woman should give up on these crazy ideas and use the money to have a nose job. That witch’s nose is vile.”
– Tracey, Bolton
I’ll admit, this last one hurt a bit but when I told The Wedding Date about it, he got angry. Really angry. He even used the “F” word. Several times. And he never uses the “F” word. It was quite lovely, actually, plus he told me that he loved my nose so if Tracey from Bolton is reading this, please know that your comment only served to bring us closer together and that it’s impossible to get a nose job for $12 anyway.
There was, amongst the nonsense, one semi-rational comment:
“Please, this isn’t anything new. Ever heard of hope chests? Women have always planned for their wedding and marriage once they reach a marriageable age. Wedding dress, linens, household items. Not so long ago it was looked upon as the duty of a practical, forward-thinking woman to be prepared for her future husband. Now, it seems, public opinion would rather mock and vilify these women for simply being true to their naturally romantic, traditional natures and doing what generations of their mothers have done before them. How sad our society has become.”
– Nikki, Boise, USA
There! Take that! I’m not so crazy after all. I’m just a “practical, forward-thinking woman” who is being true to my “naturally romantic” nature. At least that’s why I’m going to keep telling myself. Thoughts?
PS: If you missed yesterday’s segment, you can see it here (at least within the US… I keep trying to find a way to share it with everyone in the UK but my attempts have served only to remind me how frustrating it was trying to watch the American version of The Office when I lived in London).
- And Now the Producers Want to Talk to My “Boyfriend” (fieldworkinstilettos.com)
- My Marie Claire Debut: What Every Man Wants to Hear (fieldworkinstilettos.com)
- We’re Rolling! And I’m Twirling Around in my $12 Wedding Dress… (fieldworkinstilettos.com)