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This week’s writing prompt is “WHY I HATE WEDDINGS.”
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The thought of a traditional wedding in a church or in a hall suffocates me. I had no ‘little girl fantasy’ of wearing a white, princess dress, of writing my own vows to my husband to be, or inviting my boss and their family of brats to feast on a trough of shrimp and sparkling wine.
Nor do I want to do the planning associated with booking a Huey Lewis and The News cover band, picking linens and flowers, or having to arrange seating. Even if someone had offered me a wedding planner at no charge I’d decline. Because I’m not picking up the phone after a long week when I could be picking up a bottle of wine. The latter is way more important.
Not allowing the proper life flow of wine into my hand isn’t the only reason why I hate weddings, it’s just the start. Once, I had to sit through a themed wedding. The bride and groom chose Broadway, and when she came down the long, red stairs, The Phantom of the Opera blared in tandem with the fog of a smoke machine. There was so much smoke she couldn’t find her husband nor could I see my own hand holding my wine glass.
Let’s talk about seating. If you’re reading this and you’re planning a wedding, give some consideration to how well you know the couples you’re inviting. I once had to sit next to a couple that fought so much that they wound up breaking it off by dessert, right over the miniature vegan cupcakes. (If I had to attend that wedding again, I’d take the break up over the cupcakes.)
Even beyond the crappy miniature wedding deserts, there’s always one drunk family member. A relative of mine was so hammered at my sister’s wedding that during the toast they were crawling around the dance floor on all fours. And why was I the only one watching? Because when you hate weddings as much as me you take note of all these little things that can make the wedding halfway decent—like the relative in a suit on their hands and knees in the middle of a toast.
Each invite to a wedding sends shivers up my salty spine. I have to spend more money I don’t have on a seltzer maker that someone will wind up with after the divorce. A seltzer make I won’t even be able to experience. Or I have to abide by some made up bride rules like: you must wear a purple dress with one polka dot at the center of the stomach and the only company that makes them is in Scotland. And you can only fly there. And they only accept travelers checks made out of stone.
Then there’s the one glimmer of hope at every wedding, the part when an ex shows up and you look better than his girlfriend. However, this never happened to me. My exes always showed up with a girlfriend hotter than me, which yes, I know sounds self-deprecating, but let’s face it, I’m a writer. I sit allot and eat bacon.
And then, finally, there’s the guilt. Weddings are notorious for their arrow like ability to shed guilt on the following: 1) that gift I bought wasn’t expensive enough, 2) I didn’t buy the effing purple dress from Scotland and 3) I don’t appreciate the 80 pounds of shrimp frozen together in the shape of an iceberg that looks like it could’ve sunk the titanic. Even the bride notices my disillusionment and sends a slanted eye from across the rib eye. Next time I rent a helicopter for an emergency evacuation.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bitter. I’m just saying maybe we need to rethink how weddings are managed. Shouldn’t they be an opportunity to share love and happiness with family and friends? Let’s just say ‘no’ to seltzer makers, to vegan cupcakes, to guilt, and to smoke machines. Let’s get hammered and crawl around on all fours in front of our exes. Let’s laugh more. Let’s love more. I don’t need rules or a special purple dress to do these things. Let’s keep it real, or just keep the invitation, really.
So, your turn. Why do you hate weddings? What pisses you off about the food, the in-laws, the exes? What made you mad, sad and effing angry? Tell me here. I want to know why weddings make your skin crawl.
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Hurrah! A post that echos my sentiments on weddings. I hate weddings because:
1) It ruins a whole Saturday. Like, the entire thing.
2) Not enough open bars you cheapskates
3) Can’t get drunk anyway, supposed to behave
4) Lame music
5) No one dances
6) Horrible not fun traditions like bouquet tossing
7) Gross cake (how do you ruin cake)
9) Have to dress up
10) Can’t bring my dog
I hate to say I hate something, but yeah… weddings… agree with Christina above… a whole Saturday spent sitting somewhere holy in a dress; plus so often you’re sitting with strangers, or your boyfriend’s friends, and to be honest, your boyfriend isn’t very good in social situations,.. I mean, he didn’t even introduce you! You’re standing RIGHT THERE and he’s exchanging lame small talk with people he hasn’t seen in ten years and he… oh…. I’m sorry, what was the question?
Because it is a Futile Thing
After the long winter
the white trees come
one of the first to bloom
in a snowy burst
like a bride jumping out of a cake.
My first wedding I wore blue.
The second time a sea-shell pink.
I’m ready to step into white
after the long cold spell
brushing against trees and curbs
whoever will find me
– Susan Tepper
Yeah, I hate weddings. Did you ever try putting on Spanks over a body that’s been stretched out to capacity limited by carrying twins (first babies 48 years ago), only to further have stretched out the tummy area carrying two more kids? Going to a wedding is a struggle in and of itself. The dressing, the primping, the blood, sweat and tears. And that’s just the first five minutes of trying to get ready. Then once you’re finally dressed, standing at the sink staring into the mirror freaking out at the temperature you’ve created, in that fogged mirror the base makeup wipes clear off of your cheeks back onto your hands. All this for somebody’s wedding who isn’t even a relative. Just let me lay here on the couch like a beached whale, happy and content to drink a glass of wine and forget that I’m getting older by the minute.
I hate weddings when the bride thinks everyone should bow down to her. I am so sick of “It’s MY DAY”. Hello? It’s not YOUR day. It’s no one’s. Last I checked, I could spend that day somewhere else. It’s supposed to be about celebrating your love with family and friends, not ego and possession. And it’s not a free card to disrespect others’ feelings. I recently was the bridesmaid for a friend who was angry that I wasn’t in the room when she was ready to hand out the bridesmaid gifts. I was in the shower because I spent the morning decorating and then making lunch for her and the bridesmaids. Then I got myself ready. When I came out of the bathroom, I saw that the gifts were opened without me and she said she put my gift on my bed. She couldn’t even hand it to me like a decent human being as she did with the other ladies. That was one of several issues I brought up when I confronted her nicely about it, post-honeymoon. Her reaction was not pretty. In regards to the bridesmaid gift, she said she was offended that I wasn’t there when she was ready to give the gift and that’s why she put the gift on my bed. Um I’m not a mind reader. There was no set time about when she would give the gifts. Her reaction to my concerns was so ugly that I decided to take a break from the friendship. I’ve heard many people lose friends at weddings and I think it’s sad. It’s all about the bride impressing or competing with others and wanting to be worshiped. It’s sad, very sad.