This Great Society - Issue 6 - The Future

Thoughts and Analysis

Shari-Anne Gibson

Conversations of a Bride by Linette Schut
Shari-Anne Gibson

It’s starting to become an inevitability: move in with me and shortly following you will be engaged. Roommate Number One was married last August, a few short months after moving into the room next to mine. Roommate Number Two became engaged last June and was married just a few weeks ago. Roommate Number Three’s Christmas present was a diamond ring. Is it too soon to say “Congratulations!” to Roommate Number Four?
           I, on the other hand, am far from marriage. Thoroughly single—and quite happily so—I have been forced into the world of wedding dresses, invitations, centre pieces, cheesy photo slide shows, flower arrangements, hair and makeup trials, miscellaneous decorations.
           In the months leading up to Roommate Number Two’s wedding, I recorded the conversations I was privy to. Here is a taste.

The engagement
           On a beautiful summer day, Cameron walks into the apartment as my roommates and I are talking about our plans for a taco dinner.
           “Jess, let’s go down to the river. I hear there are boats!” Cameron says.
           “Boats? What kind of boats? Are they really worth seeing?”
           “Oh, come on. You love boats! It’ll be a good walk.”
           Fifteen minutes later, with a diamond flashing on the fourth finger of her left hand: “There were no boats!”

Choosing the venue
           “I’ve found the perfect place! Everything is included: the dinner, the flowers, the decorations, the photographer, the DJ, even Cam’s tux.”
           “Wow, that sounds so easy. But what about adding a personal touch? Don’t you want to make crafts? Maybe some origami paper crane garlands? Or centre pieces with milk bottle vases and fresh flowers?” I say, envisioning long evenings of bonding over paper-mâché crafts.
           “Are you kidding? That sounds like so much unnecessary hassle. Brides make it so stressful for themselves.”
           “But Jess, this is the one day when you get to show off to all the people you love. Are you sure you don’t want to have more say in exactly what goes on?”
           “No way. A few meetings with a wedding coordinator is all I need. They have stacks of books with pictures of centre pieces and flowers and cakes we can choose from. I’ll have plenty of say.”
           And with that, my dreams of months of DIY projects—who doesn’t love arts and crafts?—come crashing down.

Buying the dress
           “Linette, want to go wedding dress shopping with me this afternoon?”
           “This afternoon? But shouldn’t your mom come up? Shouldn’t you think about this and plan it out for weeks? Shouldn’t this be a bigger deal?”
           “I just want to look…”
           Fifteen minutes after entering the store (a five-minute drive from our apartment), looking radiant in the first wedding dress she’s ever tried on: “I’ve found the one!”
           Fifteen minutes later the dress has been ordered. TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” has taught me that this should not have been so easy.

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