I went to a friend's wedding party Saturday. He is the son of an old friend and colleague whom I have gotten to know over the past couple of years. This was the second marriage for both. She has kids. He does not.
I have never been to a wedding like this before. Most of the truly bad weddings I have been to had some redeeming quality to them. But this one...
It was a civil ceremony. She and her family are devout Catholics, but she agreed to a civil ceremony and he agreed to have a catholic ceremony later.
On the day before the wedding, the mom calls to say that she will not attend the wedding and is going to Mexico for the weekend.
The same day, the caterer cancels.
Then, most of the bride's siblings don't bother to show up. Didn't call her. Didn't show up.
The maid of honor, the bride's adult daughter, didn't show up.
The one brother who was supposed to bring the cake showed up an hour-and-half late and then left after a very short time.
A few of the bride's friends showed up and all of the groom's friends and family showed up. They put the best face on things they could. But it was pretty sad.