It’s wedding season – dresses are being altered, flowers are being ordered, and bands are being booked. Some old traditions will be observed and some new traditions will be started. I was married for eight years and much like my marriage, my non-traditional wedding was short and sweet. If I ever do it again, it will be entirely different.
So many of the weddings I’ve been to lately are very hip affairs with trendy color schemes, the who’s who of guests, and extremely tasteful, well, everything. As I get a satiny and swirly script invitation to another “wedding of the year” - I wonder, where’s the soul? Where’s the fun?
Damn it, where’s the baby blue tuxedo with ruffles?
Here are some things that must occur should ever I take the plunge again:
1. La Marcha - Is there anything cooler than going to a wedding reception at a VFW Post and watching the unfolding of La Marcha? La Marcha is a wedding march danced by couples who separate into lines, circle around and come back together in a kind of tunnel made by raising and holding hands for the newlyweds to pass through. How did all those bridesmaids with their huge pastel dresses maneuver under the arms of the guests in the marcha line?
2. The Dollar Dance or Pin the Money on the Bride - Maybe inflation has taken it's toll, but it’s been far too long since I’ve seen someone pay a dollar to dance with the bride. As big as my family is, I could’ve really cashed in! I remember as a little girl seeing what I thought was hundreds of dollar bills pinned to a bride until it looked like her dress was green.
3. Decorated Car - Where are all the cars with tissue paper flowers and streamers honking all the way to the church or reception? I loved making those flowers and it was a real art spacing them exactly right on the car and having it look beautiful.
4. Kidnapping the Bride - Do families’ still kidnap brides from their grooms? I found the sweetest story from the Albuquerque Tribune about kidnapping the bride. Get me a wheelbarrow and an old blanket and I’ll be ready to go.
5. Real Food – I once saw mashed potatoes dyed to match the colors of the bridesmaid’s dresses – an array of pastel blues and greens. Now that’s classy! Can chicharrones be dyed to match too?
6. Bad-ass band – That’s right, nothing less than the Godfather of New Mexican music – Al Hurricane!
7. A fight! – What good New Mexican wedding doesn’t have a fight between family members? Note to self: make sure there’s plenty of ice packs…and tequila!
So getting married again is not exactly a high priority on my list of things to do. I’ve done it once and it was good while it lasted. Now that I’ve come up with this list, what should I do with it? I think I’ll save these fabulous ideas for my daughter. I know she’ll be happy that her future wedding is already planned!
(This is a picture of me at about 5 years of age. My Auntie Mary made wedding dresses for me and my cousin to play 'dress-up' in.)