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To find the whole "Bride's big day" odd?

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XCChamps Mon 31-Aug-15 09:07:33

The whole best day of you life thing? I don't get it. Surely there are loads of more special things that (should) happen in a woman's life than some chap agreeing to marry her?

It seems strange to me that we've come so far with equal opportunities etc but being princess for a day still seems to be so important to so many women and getting more important with all the bridezilla tales and huge sums spent on weddings.

And, if it is such a big day, why still all about the bride and not the groom?

ElementaryMyDear Mon 31-Aug-15 09:12:50

Certainly if it's a big day it should be the groom's as well as the bride. I think that the day you commit to spending the rest of your life with the person you love is undoubtedly going to be a big day, whether you have a big wedding or just pitch up to the Registry Office with your partner. But I agree that far too much pressure is put on the "special day" issue and that that leads to commercial interests piling in and pressurising people that they have to spend a fortune unnecessarily. I would also agree that the days of your children's births are just as big.

XCChamps Mon 31-Aug-15 09:16:32

Oh I agree absolutely that the day will be special no matter what form it takes, that's why I don't get all the other things that have to be "perfect" to make it a special day.

And, whilst it is special, 25 years on from my own wedding, I think there have been far more important days. The birth of my children of course, but also days relating to my career, personal achievements and experiences.

Birdsgottafly Mon 31-Aug-15 09:23:16

It's an old fashioned concept and tbh, I don't hear it put like that anymore.

In generations gone by, people had parties only on very special occasions and realistically, a lot of Brides would die in childbirth etc before a year had passed.

There must of been a level of fear hanging over women, DV wasn't illegal etc, so it gave a focus, because for many, it would be the last "big" happy day they ever had.

Nowadays, it's for the couple, as said.

My DD wants a "Princess Wedding", or not at all, she has that choice (her DP is happy to go along with this), as she will contribute at least half and we live in a society that she can happily stay cohabitating, in.

Birdsgottafly Mon 31-Aug-15 09:25:38

Just to add, I hate that women are critiqued if they want "a Princess Day/Dress", why the hell shouldn't they, if they aren't expecting others to fund it, of course.

ThursdayLastWeek Mon 31-Aug-15 09:27:22

The birth of a child is just as important, but a damn sight less enjoyable IME. I had a much better time at my wedding grin

The 'Brides Big Day' thing does seem terribly affected, but I haven't come across it it RL to be honest. These days, with the people I know I know it's about the couple, together.

Birdsgottafly Mon 31-Aug-15 09:29:18

Not everyone wants to have children though.

It's a big expense and a big occasion, so it is a pretty major event in your lifetime, unless your a serial marrier.

HermioneWeasley Mon 31-Aug-15 09:30:49

The princess for a day thing is just repulsive IMO. I don't understand why grown women buy into it

OurBlanche Mon 31-Aug-15 09:32:28

But it is not a Woman's Big Day is it? The clue is the word Bride... you only get to be that in the wedding day.

And, as far as I remember, my family made a fuss of me and his family made a fuss of him, so the Big Day belonged to both of us.

All in all, I don't know how it can annoy anyone unless they are being forced to take part in one of those OTT Don't Tell The Bride style extravaganzas. As in, not your circus, not your monkey's...

TheMotherOfHellbeasts Mon 31-Aug-15 09:33:37

I agree, I don't like being the centre of attention and to be frank, I felt like a complete twat on my wedding day, it all felt so staged and forced, and it made me feel like I was being treated like a naieve young girl playing dress up when by that point I had a very high profile and lucrative career which had taken me all over the world.

The only parts I genuinely enjoyed were the church service (the actual marring DH was amazing) and sitting having a cup of tea in peace and quiet on the battlements watching the sun go down with my best friend (maid of honour) and watching the party going on in the gardens below until we were caught and herded back down by bitch bridesmaid.

DH wanted the huge fairytale wedding, I wanted to elope, it was important to him and he's been an amazing partner and husband, so it was something I wanted to do for him, and I'm glad I did, much as I didn't enjoy it myself, seeing him enjoying it so much made it worthwhile.

Bunbaker Mon 31-Aug-15 09:34:07

Is it possible that it is the woman's first big occasion in her life?

OH confessed to me that he didn't start to enjoy our wedding until after he had given his speech. The idea of giving a speech was hanging over him until then.

We didn't have a grand wedding at all as neither of us wanted one and there weren't any funds for a big wedding.

elliejjtiny Mon 31-Aug-15 09:36:07

Thank goodness you posted that Thursday grin. The day my DS5 was born was probably one of the worst days of my life and it always worries me when people say how amazing their childrens births were. Good to know I'm not the only shallow person who preferred my wedding day!

Duckdeamon Mon 31-Aug-15 09:36:48

birdsgottAfly surely gets the cheeriest bank holiday post so far!

Brides - don't worry if your special day fails to meet expectations - be grateful that you'll probably survive the first year smile

Reubs15 Mon 31-Aug-15 09:42:43

I think people can have whatever wedding they want. However, in my opinion a wedding day should be about a man and a woman vowing to spend the rest of their lives together. It shouldn't be just the brides big day. For our wedding we'll just be having family whom we're close to.

Bunbaker Mon 31-Aug-15 09:47:18

"in my opinion a wedding day should be about a man and a woman vowing to spend the rest of their lives together. It shouldn't be just the brides big day."

I so agree with this. Ours was just close family and a handful of friends - about 40 in total.

MyNightWithMaud Mon 31-Aug-15 09:50:22

I tend to agree with you. It seems to me that the trend towards Disneyfied "bride's big day" type weddings has grown much stronger in the 20 years since we got married. Of course people can have whatever style of wedding that they want, but it seems to me that the changing nature of marriage (more cohabitation, more divorce) and celebrity-driven culture (anyone remember Posh and Beck's matching thrones) mean that the emphasis has switched from the marriage to the wedding.

Birdsgottafly Mon 31-Aug-15 09:50:51

""Brides - don't worry if your special day fails to meet expectations - be grateful that you'll probably survive the first year""

A bit of gratitude never goes amiss.

katienana Mon 31-Aug-15 09:53:11

If I could live one day again it would be my wedding day, it was awesome and I spent it with all my favourite people. Ds birth was a day I will never forget but it hurt and was scary!

TheMotherOfHellbeasts Mon 31-Aug-15 09:53:55

MyNightWithMaud yy, I've always felt that a wedding it just a means to an end - marriage to the one you love, just as pregnancy is a means to an end.

ThursdayLastWeek Mon 31-Aug-15 09:59:02

Of course that true -but it's nice to have a happy fun filled wedding day, as it is to have a healthy trouble free pregnancy. The means don't have to be gruelling.

But anyway, that's not to say that a wedding day should only be about the Bride. Mine certainly wasn't.

MyNightWithMaud Mon 31-Aug-15 09:59:29

Yes, that's exactly how I saw it. I wanted it to be a lovely day for us and our guests but just wasn't interested in lots of the superficial stuff that seems attached to weddings now.

Floralnomad Mon 31-Aug-15 10:00:48

I agree OP , we had a few hiccups before our wedding with the plans and my then lovely SIL to be said to me words to the effect of 'you could do without the hassle on the biggest day of your life' . At the time I said to her blimey I hope it isn't ! 26 yrs on ,I enjoyed my wedding day and love my DH ,but that day doesn't figure among my top days which among other things would include having my DC , getting my first horse , picking our puppy at Battersea .

TPel Mon 31-Aug-15 10:03:19

I don't get the princess thing either. After all a princess doesn't have any power or authority and is usually just the means for a prince to have an heir!

I blame Disney! grin

TheMotherOfHellbeasts Mon 31-Aug-15 10:05:47

TPel (love your username btw) yy, and who aspires to be a glorified broodmare?! confused

HamaTime Mon 31-Aug-15 10:07:43

I loved getting married and it's probably the biggest thing I've ever done despite having 2 degrees and 3 dcs. I wasn't wild about the actual wedding (DP is massively popular and extrovert and the wedding was huge) but it was the first (and only!) party I've ever had to organise where I would be front and centre and it was a big deal and I did want to enjoy it as much as possible. I don't see the virtue unpretending it's not important and experience has taught me that often the people who anti 'big day' are often the people who make no end of fuss about their supposed low key events. I'm not the 'princess' type, in fact I'm quite butch, but I don't see what is wrong with going all 'princess' if that's what you're into and can afford it

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