"I Do" 15 Years Of Wedding Misadventures

By Kiersten Hall

Biography & memoir, Comedy & satire, Personal growth, Short stories

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Where’s Grandma?

     There have been a few times when grandparents have disappeared. Nothing bad has happened to them, but they just wind up missing for a little while. The scariest thing about these memories is that they may predict what will happen to me when I become elderly. Oh no!

     Some brides and grooms choose to finish their family photo session after the ceremony, before parents, grandparents, etc. leave for the reception. Consequently, this disappearing thing happens quite often. Whether the grandparents were ever informed or simply forgot depended on the communication lines but a lot of grandparents came up missing when the photographer needed them in a shot. They were always found later at the reception enjoying their selves, but also wondering where everyone was…

     Speaking of grandparents who get whisked away to receptions, this memory is of a grandma who, after the ceremony in a large church, needed to visit a restroom. Before she was taken to the reception by whoever was assigned to give her a ride, she set off to find a bathroom. Apparently, there was another wedding, which had also just ended, in the small chapel of this ceremony location. When she came back out of the bathroom near the chapel, with her coat on and purse in hand, an overly helpful relative from the other wedding offered a ride to the reception. She accepted the kind offer and left.

     Once her family arrived at the reception and were seated for dinner, they noticed that Grandma Millie was nowhere to be found. Panic struck and the blame game of “You were supposed to drive her to the reception!” started between the various relatives. Reaching into the “You think?” basket of ideas, the minister suggested that perhaps she was at the reception of the other wedding, which had occurred at the church’s chapel, that afternoon. He and his wife were going to stop at that reception later that evening, and so they had the invitation out in the car. It was retrieved, the other reception location was called, and it was confirmed that they had an ‘extra’ grandma.

     Fortunately, the other reception was in a neighboring suburb and the father of the bride went over to collect his mother; she was found sipping champagne and having a lovely time chatting with everyone around her.

     In another case, a set of grandparents attended the wrong reception. The reception, for this particular wedding was held at a hotel hosting three different weddings, that evening. When these grandparents arrived at the hotel, they were conveyed along by a group of guests who were moving toward one of the ballrooms. Again, it wasn’t until everyone was seated for dinner that the couple and their parents realized grandpa and grandma were missing. Hotel security was notified and a few guests searched the parking lot for their car. Their car, in fact, was in the parking lot but empty, and hotel security checked the public areas as well as verifying they had checked into the hotel that afternoon but they weren’t currently in their room.

     Finally the bride and groom took matters into their own hands and set off to find his grandparents. They decided to look in on the other receptions scheduled that evening and found the dear souls sitting at a table in one of the adjoining ballrooms, talking with guests. The bride and groom for that reception had not yet arrived so they had no idea they were at the wrong reception. Isn’t it nice that grandmas and grandpas are so universally welcome at various events?



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