There are two types of women: The women who wait and wait and wait for their significant others to propose to them. And the women who simply surprise their significant others with a full-blown wedding. Cherie Butler of New Zealand is of the latter school of thought.
When Cherie's boyfriend, David, returned from a fishing expedition this weekend, she asked him to meet her at a local park for what she said was a family picnic. When he eventually showed up, he realized that he was not, in fact, at a family picnic, but at his own wedding -- white dress, tiered cake and all.
In case you're wondering, the two did wind up getting married. Turns out David had actually asked Cherie to marry him countless times before, and she always replied with, "One day," so all's good in the 'hood. But still ... a surprise wedding. Eek.
I understand that, traditionally, weddings are more of a "female thing" than a "male thing," and nine times out of ten, the bride-to-be will get her way when it comes to decisions. But it doesn't matter. The point is, the groom is at least involved with the planning. He at least has an idea of what's going to take place from the moment he walks down the aisle until the moment he leaves the reception. He might not like it, but he knows.
Planning a wedding from start to finish with no input from your significant other whatsoever is a little nutty to me. Especially if the significant other is the one who wanted to get married -- everyday -- in the first place. It really says a lot about the drastic imbalance of power in this relationship.
I guess that's focusing on the bad, though. The good of this is that these two crazy kids got married. If David's cool with it, so am I. But I still think it's a little weird. Just sayin'.
Do you think it's weird that the bride surprised the groom with a wedding?
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