A Texas Marriage

@slickcut (8141)
United States
May 9, 2007 11:58pm CST
Alright i just gotta share this with my friends..Most of you know im in Texas,raised here all my life...I just responded to a post asking about wedding and gifts..Ive been to two wedding here lately and this is how it goes here so listen up.......................These last two weddings took place in the back yard ok? They throw out a few lawn chairs for the guests...put up a little arch up front,they play a record of "Here comes the bride" so out comes the bride,they all end up out front by the arch..This preacher they got only God knows..he stands up there and says a few words that you can't possibly hear.Then the wind is blowing 15 miles per hour and he fumbles around trying to light a candle and my husband reaches over and whispers in my ear" Gotta see him light that candle"heehee...he finally gives up,and turns around saying well can't do that.he reaches for the ring,he thinks its the wrong one,looks closer and realizes its the right one( he can hardly see) none of these folks have a pastor cause they don't go to church anywhere....Then he says they are husband and wife...They have this big keg of beer,and a bunch of plastic glasses...They are cooking up barbecue...Gifts are Walmart gift cards ,money or pass the shoe...They all filling up on barbecue and drink the keg until everyone is buzzing...Thats a Texas wedding..other than that it off to the justice of the peace...you think im kidding ? No way thats the truth...Now its ok to laugh ,everybody was ans hey im a Texan so im not offended...I'll bet this will shock a lot of you all when you read this but this is the last two weddings that i have been too..The pictures they took at the wedding you would have thought it was an elegant affair...Now marriage is a scared thing,we all know that but thats how they are doing it down here...What do you think about this?
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@ElicBxn (60969)
• United States
10 May 07
Maybe because I'm in the city & because I'm a D*mned Yankee, but I haven't seen anything like that - but its been a while since I last went to a wedding. My bro was married in a big church in Houston that his ex's family attended. That was in 1980. The nearest I ever got to being included in a wedding party was when my former roomie was the maid-of-honor for a friend. We had the gal at our apt getting ready, I picked up & put the flowers in place. I took the bride to the church - I was GLAD my responsibilities were over when they walked down the aisle!
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
10 May 07
Elic I have found that you just can't win heehee..You say you are a D*med Yankee,well people have given you that name.I have a lot of very nice friends from up North,and they are good people...Down here in Texas we also have a name redneck's, but thats not true either,we are just down home good people..Its like you ABC"S of happiness,we need to accept people just the way they are...These weddings I meationed were real,but i suppose if the Bride and groom was happy thats all that mattered...I wrote this post because most people are use to elegant weddings ,and i have attended a few of those too,but this is the way they have been doing it down here a lot,maybe because of the cost,but people are calling this a "Redneck Wedding"...Personally i paid for a church wedding for my daughter and it was very nice...Thank you for your reply..
@ElicBxn (60969)
• United States
10 May 07
I tell ya, Slick, I wear my D*mned Yankee badge with pride! I may have said my first words in Texas, but I was born up north! Its just that I don't that many people that are getting married - probably because I never got married & never had kids. Most of my friends also never got married. I don't know if you've noticed this, but married "friends" soon only have other married friends & those of us that remain single soon mostly have single friends. Hey - I don't have to buy wedding gifts for all these kids!
@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
11 May 07
LMAO. I thought that was how they did it every where. I have been to formal traditional weddings as well as nontraditional. Usually the latter. When I was younger I supported myself with music. This gave me a really diverse group of friends. Total loser junkies to doctors. Normally it is as follows "We got married 2 weeks ago and having a party this weekend." LOL. They don't tell anyone or announce it. They just do it and like you said, then everybody gets drunk sometime later. Which falls between 2 weeks to 6 months. The gifts are more often than not less traditional. Normally they are favors like someone brings 25 mismatched lawn chairs. Which are traps that will lead someone to their demise when it breaks or tips over. Some of them even have duct tape repairs. Then there is entertainment and what ever else that is needed. Home made gifts are often given. I think it makes it a little more personal.
@Bizziebod (3526)
10 May 07
Hi, well that's sounds like a great wedding to me lol! Who said you should be stood at an alter in a church and then pass pleasantries around with the guests afterwards. Each to their own I say and if the bride and groom are happy with this and this is what they wanted, then why not... It's their day afterall!
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
10 May 07
Thank you Bizziebod,thats the way i see it too..Its very good that you are open minded..A lot of people call this a "Redneck" wedding but we all had a very good time....
• United States
14 Sep 07
-Oklahoma here and Ive been to more than one wedding like that here!
@charms88 (7541)
• Philippines
10 May 07
If its done in my country, we usually called it garden wedding. Seriously, Texas wedding the way you described it is not bad at all. Different countries have different ways of celebrating a wedding. No matter how simple or extravagant it is, it is still a wedding. Like what you said, a sacred one. I've seen a lot of people going the extra miles and pouring in a lot of money for a wedding and yet ended up separated or divorce. It doesn't matter if a wedding is held in the family living room or backyard. For as long as you are wedded to the person you love, I think even the bathroom is not a bad location, LOL!