Tying the Knot in a Meaningful and Memorable Way (Without Losing Our Savings or Sanity)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

A Bride Who Is Just Being Herself

I am absolutely tickled by this bride who rode the public bus to her own wedding.

She didn't do it to be different. Or make a statement. Or draw attention to herself.

She did it because it's a deep expression of who she is, and she didn't change herself to fit anyone else's preconceived notions of what she ought to do on her wedding day.

She rides the bus daily and has formed relationships with the friendly bus drivers. She's also committed to the environmental benefits of public transportation. Additionally, she said, "Using the bus is a nice part of my day. I get to relax while traveling to where I need to go, so why not make it part of my wedding?...Also, the bus route runs straight past the wedding venue, so it just made sense."

Hooray for a practical bride! I feel like it's so easy to lose ourselves in the pressures of wedding planning. It's easy to feel like we need to conform to our families' expectations because we love them and want them to enjoy the day. It's easy to fall prey to the subtle (and not so subtle pressures) of the Wedding Industrial Complex and societal traditions/expectations.

It's so refreshing to hear about a bride who is just being herself and making sure that her wedding day reflects who she is in "real life". Now that's something to celebrate!

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Mrs. Andi said...

Even though it is a part of herself, it's still really cute! I'm sure the other passengers got a kick out of it!

Unknown said...

I think it's terrific how she included her commuter buddies in her day.

Anonymous said...

i love it! my favourite wedding i attended this summer was actually held on top of a parking ramp overlooking the minneapolis cityscape; the bride and groom (fellow college classmates of mine) spent a great deal of their time hanging out with homeless people around the city, and wanted a locale for their wedding their homeless friends wouldn't feel intimidated by. it ended up being an absolutely beautiful day, an incredibly fun and relaxed wedding, and the diversity of the guests was a testament to the love that this couple has for everyone they meet. and yes, they took a city bus to their honeymoon escape in a hotel downtown ;-)

Sara E. Cotner said...

Wow! It reminds me of a wedding I just read about in a hospital because the couple was very connected to the place.

Would you mind asking the couple if they would be willing to send me some pictures and a summary of it so I can blog about it? My e-mail address is saracotner@yahoo.com.

Anonymous said...

Sure :) I can send some pics soon!

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