10 Things About Weddings That Even Romantics Might Hate

Recently one of my best friends got married, and by many standards, it was pretty lovely. It didn’t feature bad food, drunk relatives and (for the most part) god-awful music that makes you wish to invent invisible headphones. Still, despite the beautiful view of the venue, it was a wedding, and it featured enough uncomfortable, annoying and boring moments that inspired this article.

I’m a girl and pretty romantic. I believe in happy endings and root for romantic movie couples not just to find each other but to live together happily (you know, as opposed to tragic love stories). I’m also a shopaholic, so I don’t mind the occasional excuse to look at my most gorgeous self. So my aversion to weddings surprises a lot of people.

But let’s face it: at the end of the day, a wedding is one big party, and it’s damn hard to throw a thoroughly fun one when your guests come from so many different backgrounds (and generations).

So below are irritating elements of weddings:

1. The music

Most weddings insist on playing songs that people could (and probably do) use as torture devices. It’s worse if the bride and groom’s taste radically differs from yours. But even if these are the people you can go to concerts with, they pick songs that would entertain the majority, including parents and elderly relatives. Even the most tolerable wedding playlists I’ve encountered included at least 45 minutes of horrible tracks.

2. The volume

High volume isn’t an issue if you like the tune. But a barely bearable song can push your patience when played too loudly, taking away your ability to ignore it.

3. The expectancy to dance

Even if you have a very Zen approach toward the music you can’t stand and don’t mind being exposed to big chunks of it during parties, you probably don’t appreciate having to dance to them.

But at weddings, especially if you are close to the bride or groom, you’ll be firmly “encouraged” to join other dancers if you are not skilled at saying no without upsetting people, good luck.

4. The guests

If you have few mutual friends, you might end up at a table full of strangers. Depending on your luck, the loud music might be your savior from the unwanted dialogue. On the other hand, it might prevent you from connecting because you can’t hear each other.

5. The smoking

Smokers often treat non-smokers like little brats when they complain in the open air, but let’s face it, despite the strength or the direction of the wind, a lot of smoke will eventually find its way to your lungs when the smokers are sitting right next to you.

6. The weather

Too much heat or cold can lessen the fun, but rain isn’t always a mood enhancer. A little summer rain won’t hurt, but you are in trouble when it’s pouring down so heavily that servers must empty the water from the canopy.

7. The lack of cute singles

The hilarious movie Wedding Crashers portrays weddings as heaven for single men trying to score one-night stands with desperate bridesmaids. Unfortunately, most guests come with their plus ones.

Not to mention, not all weddings serve alcohol (mainly to cut expenses or to satisfy the more religious invitees), so without the booze and cute single people… You get the idea.

8. The transportation& schedule

It’s great if you have the time and place to relax and change, but when you have only a few hours between the ceremony and party, finding a place to hang out can be quite the hassle. This last wedding had me and two friends traveling around with large bags, changing at a Starbucks and switching to dress shoes in the cab. Add the traffic and unstable weather, and the level of comfort plummets.

9. Jokes about how your wedding will have all the same bad bits

When you start complaining, a couple of people might claim that your wedding will feature the same things you are whining about. Well, I challenge them right back.

Trust me, if I ever get married, at least the music will rock, and my friends won’t have to wear gowns and suits (they can if they want to). They will also be able to sit down during the whole thing if they like.

10. The expenses.

When one of your dearest friends is getting married, you get over all of these items on this list, including how much the gift and other costs set you back. But it’s never just two or three good friends getting married. Especially after entering a specific age interval, the frequency of wedding invitations will make your head spin. What can you do?

Well, you can always benefit from an extra savings/expenses account for surprises, avoid some of the weddings if you can get away with it and …… Well, that’s about it.

So there…Not all women (or romantics) have a hoot attending weddings. Some even dread it. How do you feel about weddings?

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